Special Adults & All Ages Programs

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ANCORA STRING QUARTET GERMAN-AMERICAN CONCERT (Wednesday, September 5 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Following their first overseas tour performing at concert halls in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, and Kassel and in venues on the Rhine and the Schlitz River, the Ancora String Quartet is returning in September to perform the same program in concert venues in Wisconsin.  They are bringing with them mezzo-soprano Melinda Paulsen, who serves on the voice faculty at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt.  The program will include classical music by German and American composers, a Q&A session afterward, and a chance for audience members to interact with and ask questions of the individual performers.  Refreshments provided.


GROWING GREAT GARLIC WITH JOEY & HOLLY BAIRD OF THE WISCONSIN VEGETABLE GARDENER (Tuesday, September 18 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Joey and Holly Baird return to the Germantown Library to discuss how to grow great garlic. Learn how to plant garlic in the Fall and harvest garlic next year that tastes so much better than store-bought garlic.


TURNTABLE TUNE-UP WITH JOHN STACKPOLE (Tuesday, September 25 @ 6:30 p.m.)

Meet audiophile John Stackpole as he discusses how to purchase and care for vinyl records and alignment and adjustment of tonearms. John will have set up a modest stereo system and have several turntables displayed and ready to make music after the lecture. He will also have a Sweet Vinyl Sugar Cube SC-2 vinyl click-n-pop remover for folks to listen to. Anyone who appreciates vinyl, whether you are starting a record collection or already have one, needs to hear this. Don’t miss it!


ART CONTEST & WISCONSIN GARAGE BAND MOURNING DAYZE (Wednesday, October 10 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Did you grow up listening to Rock ‘n Roll?  Ever wonder what it’s like to play in a Band?  Rick Pfeifer and bandmates will share the band’s story, depicted in their new book, Mourning Dayze: A Wisconsin Garage Band Rockin’ Since 1965. The book includes a 2-1/2 hour DVD and will be available to purchase and have autographed for $20.  Join us afterward at 8:10 p.m. for the 2018 Friends of the Library Purchase Art Awards Presentation!


INTERACTIVE RHYTHM/DRUM CIRCLE WITH TOM GILL OF RHYTHM FOR UNITY (Monday, October 15 @ 1-2:30 p.m.)

Join us for a drum circle where everyone plays a hand drum or other instrument. No experience required, only a willingness to try. We will play invented, in-the-moment music to amaze your ears and lift your spirits. Space is limited to 30 participants. Call the library at (262) 253-7760 or stop by the Adult Reference Desk to register.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.


MEMORY CAFÉ WITH TOM GILL OF RHYTHM FOR UNITY (Monday, October 15 @ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.)

Tom Gill of Rhythm for Unity will also lead a drum circle for memory café participants. Let’s have some fun as we beat to a different drum and create music together. First-time memory café attendees please call Alzheimer’s Association (800-272-3900) to register.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.

A Memory Café is a social gathering for those who are experiencing early-stage dementia, mild memory loss or mild cognitive impairment, and a family member or care partner. The Café is a place to have fun, find support, and share experiences.  Visit www.libraryproject.org to learn more.  Additional Memory Cafes will be held on the 3rd Monday of every month, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at libraries in Elm Grove, Brookfield & Menomonee Falls.


TAKING CARE OF YOU WORKSHOP (Tuesday, October 16 & October 23 @ 6:00 p.m.)

This research-based program offers practical strategies and experiences to help parents, caregivers, and community members deal with stress in their daily lives.  Join UW Extension Washington County in learning how to better manage life’s challenges in healthy ways to allow you to take better care of yourself, your overall health, and others in your care.  Call the library at (262) 253-7760 or stop by the Adult Reference Desk to register for this free workshop.  Participants can attend either or both days.


THE LURE & LORE OF SPICES WITH NATHAN VILLA OF THE SPICE HOUSE (Tuesday, November 6 @ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.)

Calling all cooking, baking, and eating enthusiasts! The Spice House (Milwaukee) will share the history of the spice trade, revealing fascinating tales of piracy, adventures, and wars fought to control the spice trade. Bring your spice questions. Product samples provided.


EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES & DEMENTIA (Wednesday, November 7 @ 3:00 p.m.)

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.  As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in the journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.  Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.  Registration appreciated.  Please call 800.272.3900 or email sprohuska@alz.org