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Adult Programs

Summer 2017 Program Guide for Adults

We've planned great programs for you this spring! Click here to learn about some of the programs scheduled from May-August! We look forward to seeing you at the library!




Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home

Tuesday, May 30th | 6:00-8:00 pm

Heritage Room

Join us for a screening & discussion of Hometown Habitat, a 90-minute environmental, education documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems.

Flyer Here


Why Wellness Works

Wednesday, June 7 |10:00-11:00 am

Heritage Room

Join us for an exciting morning of discovering exactly what health is and how to achieve it. Learn valuable information on how you and your family can live healthier, happier, and longer. You will learn tips and techniques for getting through the stresses of everyday life. Registration is required.

Presented by the husband and wife team from McCann Chiropractic of Brookfield. 



LEGO Brickumentary Screening

Thursday, June 8 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Conference Room 

LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids!
Since 1958, The LEGO Group has made over 400 billion LEGO bricks. Join us for a screening of the LEGO Brickumentary to learn about Adult Fans of LEGO across the globe. See their stunning and surprising LEGO creations in this playful and entertaining documentary.



I Heart Wisconsin: A Paddling Adventure with Ruth Oppendahl

Monday, June 12 | 6:00-7:15

Heritage Room

The I Heart Wisconsin trip was an 18-day paddle from the source of the Wisconsin River to the confluence with the Mississippi in October 2015. As a positive response to the state’s budget cuts to natural resources, Ruth Oppedahl decided to use her vacation exploring our state from north to south and meeting with conservation groups and citizens along the way to learn how they help protect our lands, waters and wildlife. She discovered a beautiful, wild river and wonderful people along the way!

The map and Ruth’s online journal:



Upcycled Herb Gardens

Monday, June 19 | 5:30-7:00 pm

Heritage Room

Interested in growing your own herbs? Registration is required for this event, and the library will provide supplies to pot and plant one type of herb. Feel free to bring along your own small container to plant your herbs in! Registration is required.


Where Have All the Bees Gone?

Wednesday, June 21 | 6:00-7:15 pm

Heritage Room

Jennifer Lazewski is a Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer working with UW-Extension and the founder of its Pollinator Group. An experienced butterfly and hummingbird gardener who last year hosted a rare Anna’s hummingbird, she is now focusing her efforts on the many native bees that increasingly visit her small, urban Wauwatosa yard. After learning about the crucial role that bees play in the local ecosystem and local food movement, she is dedicated to bringing university-based research on bees and other pollinators to the community.

Pollinators drive seed and food production throughout the world. Nearly 1/3 of the food we eat requires it. If you want local food, you also need local bees and other pollinators. Their numbers are declining, however, due to habitat loss, pests, diseases, pesticides, and management practices. Find out how to attract and keep these crucial insects in your gardens with a succession of blooms throughout the season. Also learn about the different types of native bees, how to recognize them and how to help then thrive. Registration is required.


Benefits of Acupuncture

Tuesday, July 11 | 10:00-11:00 am

Heritage Room

Have you ever wondered why someone would purposely have little needles stuck into them? Then join us for a speaker from Aurora Healthcare talking about the benefits of acupuncture! It is believed acupuncture can help with a variety of ailments including asthma, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Registration is required.


Wild Edibles

Wednesday, July 12 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Heritage Room

Get ready to start foraging in your yard for things to eat! Dianne Robinson, from the DNR, will join us to explain about all the wild plants that are edible. She'll go over what's safe to eat and what you want to avoid. 


Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Conference Room

Come to the library for a showing of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (Not Rated, 79 min). 

CODE documentary exposes the death of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Following the viewing try your hand at some coding! Workstations will be set-up to introduce participants to various programming languages.Registration is encouraged. 


Paint Your Own Garden Markers

Monday, August 14 | 6:00-7:30 pm

Heritage Room

These stones, straight from the shores of Lake Michigan, can be decorated to proudly display in your home, or even to be used in your garden to mark what kinds of plants you've planted! Registration is required.


Maximize Your Medicare Benefits

Thursday, August 31  | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Community Room

Learn more about your Medicare options! This presentation will provide an overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D as well as supplemental insurance and an explanation of how they all fit together. The program will also include information about Medicare’s upcoming annual open enrollment period (October 15 – December 7) and an explanation of how to use and understand the plan comparison tool on Medicare’s website.

Important information will be shared about special programs for Medicare beneficiaries with limited income that may help them pay their Medicare costs (Medicare Savings Plans) and also help pay for their Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (“Extra Help”).

Remember, the better informed you are, the better decisions you can make!

Presented by:
Debbie Bisswurm
Waukesha County SHIP Outreach Specialist
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.


 TED Talks

 Technology + Education + Design = TED Talks. We listen and discuss! Join us in June to watch and discuss the following innovative TED Talks on building community through art, activism, and kindness. 


Haas & Hahn’s How Painting Can Transform Communities
Monday, June 12th 1:00-2:00 pm
Conference Room

Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.


Alessandra Orofino’s It’s our city. Let’s fix it.
Monday, June 19th 1:00-2:00 pm
Conference Room

Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, she says: "It is up to us to decide whether we want schools or parking lots, recycling projects or construction sites, cars or buses, loneliness or solidarity."


Jonathan Zittrain’s The Web As Random Acts of Kindness
Monday, June 26th 1:00-2:00 pm
Conference Room

Feeling like the world is becoming less friendly? Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain begs to differ. The Internet, he suggests, is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity, and trust.



 Attendees will need to bring their library card so they can sign onto the computers. If you have your own laptop, you are welcome to bring it to learn on. No tablets please. Registration is required for all computer classes. 


Introduction to Facebook

Thursday, May 25 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Computer Lab

Have you been told to get on Facebook but aren’t sure what that means? Do you have a Facebook account but don’t know how to use it? The library is offering a class on Facebook and what social media beginners need to know about the site.
During the class, we’ll first go over how to sign up for those who don’t have an account. From there we’ll cover the basic features of Facebook as displayed on a laptop/desktop, discuss the difference between your timeline and your newsfeed, and talk about how to make a post versus sending a message. This class will NOT include using Facebook on a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc).

We ask that everyone, even those who already have a Facebook account, arrive early.  If you don’t have a Facebook account and plan to sign up for one during the class, you’ll need to know your email address and password OR bring your mobile phone. If you already have a Facebook account, please make sure you know your login information.


Computer Basics

Tuesday, June 20 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, June 22 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Computer Lab

When it comes to computers there’s a lot to learn. Often people who are just starting out feel a bit lost. This class is specifically designed for people who are new to computers and want to master the basics. We’ll walk you through how to turn on the computer and use a mouse. We’ll also talk about keyboarding basics and focus on important computer terminology. The class will move at a leisurely pace, so there will be plenty of time to practice and ask questions. Attendees will need to bring their library card so they can sign onto the computers. 


Internet Basics

Tuesday, July 18 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, July 20 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Computer Lab

The Internet is a remarkable resource but can be daunting to use if you’re not familiar with it. In this class we’ll start by talking about what the internet is and the different web browsers—Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. From there we’ll cover browsing, searching, and navigating the internet to find information or get to your favorite websites. Attendees will need to bring their library card so they can sign onto the computers. If you have your own laptop, you are welcome to bring it to learn on. 


Make the Most of Your Library Card: An Introduction to the Library’s Digital Resources

Tuesday, August 22 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, August 24 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Computer Lab


In this day and age, more and more people are turning to the internet to do research and find information. With your library card, you have access to many digital resources free of charge. Once we talk about the basics of the online catalog and how to find these resources, we’ll cover the different options available and all the ways they can benefit you whether you’re interested in genealogy, educational classes, Consumer Reports, or job hunting.
Attendees will need to bring their library card so they can sign onto the computers. If you have your own laptop, you are welcome to bring it to learn on.


Friday Movies at the Library

Community Room | 1 pm - 3 pm

Movie Matinee Schedule

We transform the Community room into a movie theater most Friday afternoons for free flicks! Join us! Movie ratings and contents may vary. Not all movies will be suitable for all audiences.

Click on the popcorn for this month's movie matinee schedule. 



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. Memory Cafés are being held monthly on Tuesdays at four public libraries in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.

Click here to learn more about the Memory Café and other upcoming events.

Click below for flyer! 

Tuesday, June 20th Memory Cafe  


Book Clubs

Do you enjoy talking about the books you read? The New Berlin Public Library offers an array of book discussion groups.

Mystery of the Month meets every 2nd Monday in the Conference Room from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Agatha Mystery Club meets every 2nd Monday in the Quiet Reading Room from 2:00-3:30 p.m.  (This book club will resume in September.)

Never Ending Stories (general fiction) meets every 3rd Wednesday from 7:00-8:45 p.m.

As the Pages Turn (general fiction) meets every 4th Monday in the Quiet Reading Room from 2:00-3:30 p.m.  

Classics Book Club (classics) meets every 1st Tuesday in the Conference Room from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Books And Brew Book Club (variety, mostly fiction but maybe some non-ficiton) meets every 1st Thursday at a local bar from 6:00-8:00 p.m. You can learn more about this group on Goodreads

Please contact the Adult Reference desk at 262-785-4980 if you are interested in joining one of the book clubs.

Home Delivery Service

The New Berlin Public Library provides home delivery of materials to patrons who are not able to visit the library in person. This service is provided for those cardholders with residency in New Berlin who are confined due to illness, age, disability or other qualifying circumstance. 

Learn More >


Upcoming Adults Events


Introduction to Facebook Follow Up

Tuesday, May 30, 3:00 pm
For those who took our Intro to Facebook class, this one hour open house is the perfect time

Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, June 2, 1:00 pm
Come enjoy a free movie at the library! FREE ADMISSION. No RSVP required… please

Classics Book Club

Tuesday, June 6, 4:30 pm

Why Wellness Works

Wednesday, June 7, 10:00 am
A community forum for creating optimal health and wellness. These 60 minutes will quite literally

LEGO Brickumentary Screening

Thursday, June 8, 10:00 am
LEGO bricks aren’t just for kids! Since 1958, The LEGO Group has made over 400 billion

Color Your Way to Calm

Thursday, June 8, 1:00 pm
Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Studies show

Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, June 9, 1:00 pm
Come enjoy a free movie at the library! FREE ADMISSION. No RSVP required… please

Mystery of the Month Book Club

Monday, June 12, 1:30 pm
Mystery of the Month is a mystery book discussion group that meets every 2nd

Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, June 16, 1:00 pm
Come enjoy a free movie at the library! FREE ADMISSION. No RSVP required… please

Upcycled Herb Gardens

Monday, June 19, 5:30 pm
Interested in growing your own herbs? Registration is required for this event, and the library

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