Special Adults & All Ages Programs

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RESILIENCE & POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH (Wednesday, September 4 @ 6:00 p.m.)

What skills and strengths help us to develop resilience?  Greg Young, Resilience & Post-Traumatic Growth and Crisis Intervention Consultant, will discuss his experiences working with trauma survivors and share tips on growth after surviving traumatic events.  Greg teaches nationwide and has responded to many local and regional critical incidents. He is also a chaplain with the FBI and Germantown Police Department.


ANCORA STRING QUARTET (Tuesday, September 10 @ 6:00 p.m.)

The Ancora String Quartet returns to the library this fall.  Verdi, Puccini, and Donizetti: three great Italian composers known for their many masterpiece operas.  However, each one also wrote beautiful works for string quartet as well. This fall, the Ancora Quartet’s program consists of three such works: Verdi’s String Quartet in E minor, Donizetti’s Quartet No. 7 in F Minor, and Puccini’s “Chrysanthemums” in C-sharp minor.  Come hear how vocal and dramatic four string players can be!


VOLUNTEERING IS “EASY AS PIE!” (Monday, September 16 @ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

Becoming a volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers is “Easy as Pie!”  Stop by our table in the lobby and find out how easy it is and enjoy a piece of pie on us!  We guarantee that the “sweetest” part of volunteering for Interfaith won’t be the pie, it will be the difference you’ve made by helping someone in your community.  The senior you will help will be so grateful, you’ll be back for another serving. Learning about Interfaith Caregivers and what you can do to make a difference in Washington County.


GERMANTOWN: A HISTORY PRESENTED BY BILL GAY (Tuesday, September 17 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Whether you’re an old-timer or a transplant, you’ll learn new things about Germantown and the original settlement of Dheinsville.  The chairman of the Germantown High School English department for thirty-five years, Bill retired to devote himself to writing, travel, and volunteering.  He is a life member of three historical societies, and plays the piano when he is not reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends. Bill’s third book on the history of Germantown will be released this fall.


OUTSMART THE SCAMMERS (Thursday, September 19 @ 3:00 p.m.)

Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex.  Join Jon Hafemann, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones for an informational presentation to give you the information you need to Outsmart the Scammers.  During the program, we’ll discuss how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources individuals can turn to in the event they or loved ones are targeted, and steps attendees can take to help protect themselves and loved ones.  To reserve space for yourself and a guest at the educational workshop, please call the library at (262) 253-7760 or sign-up through the library website no later than September 12.


MUZIK BANDE IN CONCERT (Monday, September 23 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Join us for a concert by the Muzik Bande.  Germantown’s own multicultural ensemble will perform a variety of German polkas, waltzes, and folk songs.   Reception to follow.


LET’S TALK ELDERBERRIES (Wednesday, October 2 @ 10:30 a.m.

Join Sage Naturals from Hustisford to talk about the amazing benefits of Elderberries.  We will be demonstrating how to make your own Elderberry syrup so you can stay ahead of seasonal sickness.  After we’re finished making, we’ll be sharing a sample so everyone can get a taste of the best herbal medicine.  Come hang out and talk natural health and herbal wellness with us!


CHANGE IS INEVITABLE: WHY ARE WE SO DETERMINED TO FIGHT IT? 

(Thursday, October 10 @ 3:00 p.m.)

Why is change so challenging?  Why do we prefer routine over change even when it could lead to more positive outcomes?  In this program with Adele Lund from the Laureate Group, we will reflect upon the various factors that impact our receptiveness to change and the constructive approaches we can take to embrace change, instead of fear it.


FAMILIAR SPIRITS (Monday, October 14 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Imagine…the lights go out and you spend a chilling hour as you become part of the mysterious, the lizarre, and the haunted.  William Pack returns to the library this October for an interactive performance of spine-tingling horror stories, true eerie history and inexplicable supernatural occurrences. This free program is best suited for adults and older children 13+ and is sponsored by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.


MEMORY CAFÉ (Monday, October 21 @ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.)

Join us in celebrating Oktoberfest at the library.  We will have German activities, music and treats! 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.  Registration required for first time attendees.  Please contact Wendy Betley of the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.  Additional Memory Cafes will be held on the 3rd Monday of every month, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at libraries in Brookfield, Elm Grove,  Menomonee Falls & Sussex.


RETIREMENT: MAKING YOUR MONEY LAST (Tuesday, October 22 @ 3:00 p.m.)

Join Jon Hafemann, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones for an informational presentation designed for people who are thinking about retiring or have retired recently.  The workshop discusses ideas to help build a reasonable and sustainable strategy for managing income and expenses during retirement and includes topics such as understanding the possibilities, planning for the unexpected, and staying on track.  To reserve space for yourself and a guest at the educational workshop, please call the library at (262) 253-7760 or sign-up through the library website no later than October 15.


HAUNTED LIBRARY MAZE (Saturday, October 26 @ 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.)

Haven’t you ever wondered why the library closes after 8:00p.m.? Come to the library after hours for a haunted maze around the library. Tickets required: $1 in advance or $2 at the door.  Parents strongly cautioned. Intended for ages 13+ & adults.


THINKING ABOUT INKING? (Wednesday, October 30 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Join us to learn all you need to know from tattoo artist Joe Vargas.  Joe will discuss the training a tattooist undergoes and the state requirements to become a licensed tattoo artist in Wisconsin.  He’ll also go over common questions and concerns about getting a tattoo. The only thing he won’t cover is you! Joe has been a professional tattoo artist for over 15 years.  You can see his art on bodies all over Milwaukee.


PACKERS’ CENTURY WITH JIM RICE (Tuesday, November 5 @ 6:00 p.m.)

Last year, the Packers played their 100th season.  On August 11, 2019, the team celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding.  Celebrate all things Green Bay Packers with sports author Jim Rice.  The presentation will include photos and memorabilia that traces the team’s history from Lambeau to LaFleur.  All the great victories, players, and moments of the Packers over the last 1,430 games are included! Question & answer session and reception to follow.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.


WILDLIFE CONSERVATION (Wednesday, November 13 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Wildlife conservation has a rich and varied history in the nation and in Wisconsin.  Learn more about the history behind wildlife conservation and some of our Wisconsin-specific conservation success stories with Dianne Robinson from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Question & answer session and reception to follow.


FRIENDS HOLIDAY BOOK & BASKET SALE (November 16 – December 31)

The 2019 Holiday Basket & Book Sale will begin in the library on Saturday, November 16.  Over 200 baskets, each wonderfully gift wrapped, cover dozens of both adult and children’s themes as well as gently used books. All items will be available until after Christmas. For the best selection come early! For more information, see the Friends web site www.germantownlibraryfriends.com/.

The Friends of the Library meet the second Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. Come join us!


THE ABCS OF CBD (Tuesday, November 19 @ 4:00 p.m.)

Come and learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about CBD (cannabidiol) oil!  Join Connie Mose as we learn the history of hemp, why we need CBD, if you are depleted of it and how it works on our endocannabinoid system.  We will also find out what CBD feels like, absorption rates, and how to find the purest CBD oil. Free samples will be provided if interested.  This program is for informational purposes only.


TIME MATTERS: A WOMEN’S RETIREMENT OUTLOOK (Thursday, November 21 @ 3:00 p.m.)

Join Jon Hafemann, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones for an educational program that shares perspectives on financial concerns facing women who are getting ready for or have recently transitioned to retirement.  THe presentation shares retirement income strategies, including perspectives around Social Security, withdrawal and reliance rates. It also addresses how to prepare for the unexpected, including market and inflation risks, and the rising costs of healthcare and long-term care.  To reserve space for yourself and a guest at the educational workshop, please call the library at (262) 253-7760 or sign-up through the library website no later than November 14.


HUMOR: HOW IT CAN KEEP YOU YOUNG AND HEALTHY (Wednesday, December 4 @ 3:00 p.m.)

With each passing year, loss, failing health and life challenges can impact our ability to maintain our sense of humor and joy.  Yet we know laughter can have a profound effect upon our overall health and well-being. Join Adele Lund from the Laureate Group before the holiday season gets busy as we experience the physical benefits of laughter.


EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES WHEN CARING FOR A PERSON WITH DEMENTIA (Tuesday, December 10 @ 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 alsommerfeldt@alz.org


LAURA INGALLS WILDER: IN SONG (Wednesday, December 11 @ 3:00 p.m.

Hear Laura’s story through the songs she and her family loved to sing out on the prairie as portrayed by Laura R. Keyes.  Learn folk songs from long ago, and discover why Pa’s fiddle meant so much to Laura. All ages welcome. Join us afterwards for refreshments and a few pioneer crafts.  This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.


LAURA INGALLS WILDER: CHRISTMAS MEMORIES (Wednesday, December 11 @ 6:00 p.m.

Christmastime was also full of traditions for Laura Ingalls and her family on the prairie.  Join Laura portrayed by Laura F. Keyes as she reminisces about her childhood Christmases, and looks forward to making memories with her soon-to-be husband, Almanzo Wilder.  All ages welcome. Join us afterwards for refreshments and a few pioneer crafts. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Germantown Community Library.