Programs for Adults
The library offers many programs for adults, from guest speakers to book discussion groups. Get email notifcations for our adult programs! Visit our sign-up page to customize your updates.
Our adult programs are supported in part by the Nancy B. Parker Endowment Fund and are free and open to the public.
When possible, programs are taped for later telecasting on the local public access television channel, JATV. A sign language interpreter can be arranged with two weeks' advance notice. Call 758-5807 to arrange this service.
Visit HPL on JATV to see some of the programs available online!
Family Search Learning Lab
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
April 11 • June 13
Volunteer FamilySearch specialists will show you how to use this social mediasite to save your family history documents, connect with others who are researching your family line and grow your family tree!
For beginners and experienced FamilySearch.org users.
Limited space. Registration required. Register online with the links above, call 758-6600 or stop by the Information Desk. Bring your email address/password (required), and your library card (if you have one) to each session.
Saturday, April 4,
11 a.m.–1 p.m. OR 2–4 p.m.
Discover the history of the “corrido” - a 150 year old Mexican ballad tradition - and learn the rules for writing the poetic lyrics of these captivating songs in these free, two-hour workshops. Presented by musicians from the GRAMMY™ Nominated Sones de México Ensemble and co-founder Juan Díes. Sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A Play About Jane Austen
Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m.
presented by Kristin Hammargren
Enjoy a one-woman theatrical
performance that brings the world of Jane Austen to life through a contemporary lens.
The Hollywood Librarian:
A Look at Librarians through Film
Tuesday, April 14, 6–8:30 p.m.
Celebrate National Library Week with the first full-length documentary film
to focus on the work and lives of
librarians – Hollywood style.
Using the entertaining and appealing context of American movies, the film will hold some surprises for people who may think they know what librarians do.
Plus, enter our Librarian Costume Contest!
Visit our website for details. A Fresh City Life Program.
Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Wednesday, April 22, 4-5:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading
audiobooks and e-books to your computer or non-Kindle device using the OverDrive Media Console app. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required. Register online or call 608-758-6600.
Tuesday, April 28,
presented by Judy Cook
You will see photos of the day, the letters themselves and lyrics. Judy, in costume, will read the letters, play tunes of the time, and sing songs that were written and sung during the Civil War. Features the letters of Judy’s great-great-grandparents: Gilbert Claflin, a Wisconsin farmer drafted at the age of 40; and his wife, Esther, keeping the farm going with their two teen-aged sons.
Learn to Download eBooks Kindle Edition
Wednesday, April 29, 4-5:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading
audiobooks and e-books using Kindles & Kindle apps. Library card number and RockCat
password required. Must have Amazon account
information. Library card number and RockCat
password required. Registration required. Register online or call 608-758-6600.
Saturday, May 2,
presented by Andrea Lochen and Julie Lawson Timmer
Join us as two recently published authors share about what it’s like to be a contemporary writer in the
Midwest, talk us through their writing process, what the publishing market looks like right now, and read from their work! Books will be available for purchase at the event. Lochen is the author of The Repeat Year and the forthcoming Imaginary Things, available April 2015. Timmer is the author of Five Days Left.
Fire, Ice, and
Tuesday, May 12,
presented by Dr. George Clokey,
Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences at UW Whitewater
Dr. George Clokey has been leading travel study
courses to Yellowstone for 20 years. Students
study ecology, geology, and natural history
while on the trips in January, July,