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Adult Programs

Spring 2017 Program Guide for Adults

We've planned great programs for you this spring! Click here to view the schedule from January-April! We look forward to seeing you at the library!




Get Crafty: Paper Bead Making

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 5:00-6:00 pm

Let's get creative! Join us to learn about making beads from paper, along with ideas about how to use the finished beads. Materials for bead making will be provided, but space is limited. Registration is required.


Author Appearance:  Martin Schreiber 

My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver 

Wednesday, March 9, 2017 | 10:00 am-12:00pm

As part of the March ElderCare Focus Group of Southeastern Wisconsin informational program, join us for a conversation with former governor of Wisconsin Marty Schreiber about dementia. Governor Screiber has seen his wife Elaine gradually transform from the woman who had gracefully entertained in the Executive Residence to one who sometimes no longer recognizes him as her husband. In My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver, Marty candidly counsels those taking on this caregiving role. More than an account of Marty's struggles in caring for his wife, My Two Elaines also offers sage advice that respects the one with Alzheimer's while maintaining the caregiver's health. As two-thirds of those with Alzheimer's are women, he offers special guidance for men thrust into an unexpected job. With patience, adaptability, and even a sense of humor, Marty shows how love continues for his Second Elaine. 

Here's a link to Schreiber's story:


Computer Classes

Thursday, March 9 | 10:00am- 12 noon or Tuesday, March 14 6:00-8:00pm

This class is designed to give you the basic tools to get started with Gmail. Each class is divided into two parts. The first half hour of the class will walk you through the process of signing up for a Gmail account. After that, we’ll cover inbox and message composition basics. If you already have an e-mail account, you do not need to attend the first half hour.



SCORE Business Counselling Event

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 9:00 am-4:45 pm

Here is your chance to sit down for an hour with a SCORE professional, in confidence, and discuss your business or start up. Select the counselor with the expertise you need for a FREE face-to-face session to jump start your business. Registration is required and appointments are limited.

For flyer, click here!

Visit for more information on these services.
Phone: 414-297-3942 or 866-548-4358 E-mail:


Hillbilly Elegy: Humanities Book Discussion

Monday, March 13, 2017 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.

In HillbillyElegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck. This book discussion will be moderated by Professor Russell Brooker from Alverno College.

Russell Brooker is a political science professor at Alverno College. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1981. At Alverno he teaches a variety of courses on elections, American politics, African American history, and statistics. He is currently writing a book on the American civil rights movement from 1865-1950.


Ted Talks: "The Risky Politics of Progress" with Jonathan Tepperman

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 am

Global problems such as terrorism, inequality and political dysfunction aren't easy to solve, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying. In fact, suggests journalist Jonathan Tepperman, we might even want to think riskier. He traveled the world to ask global leaders how they're tackling hard problems — and unearthed surprisingly hopeful stories that he's distilled into three tools for problem-solving.

After viewing the TED Talk together, we will share a group discussion.

RSVP to the Adult Reference Desk at 262-785-4980



Memory Screeings

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 9:30 am-4:00 pm

 A Dementia Care Specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County (ADRC) will be at the library to provide free memory screenings.



Timeless Trivia: Famous Faces and Famous Places

Monday, March 20, 2017 | 10:00-11:15 am

Film clips, historic photos and commentary present viewers with entertaining trivia challenges!


What is Reiki and How Does it Heal?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

 Rhiana Tehan, trained in Usui Reiki Ryoho, will be presenting on what Reiki is and the areas it can work to provide healing in one's life. 


Sewerology 101

Monday, March 27, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Discover where your water comes from, where it goes when you are finished with it, and the difference between storm sewers and sanitary sewers. In this interactive presentation about water, we will also discuss the Waukesha water issue, find out what a watershed is and what impact you have on our waters—for better or worse. You can become a positive influence on your watershed. 

This is part of a Water Resources Series sponsored by Waukesha County. 


How to Grow the Best Tomatoes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Tomatoes are a popular crop to grow. This session will have tips for beginners and veterans alike and teach you how to get your best tomatoes ever.

This is part of our Spring Gardening Series presented by Joey and Holly Baird of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener. 


Local Author Fair

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 10:00 am -1:00 pm

The library will be hosting an array of local authors. Stop by and meet writers from all over the region and learn about their books. The fair will include a Q&A starting at noon.

Any authors interested in participating must complete a registration form.



Value of Rain Gardens and Rain Barrells

Monday, April 3, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Rain barrels have been used for many generations. Discover how they can actually help restore a more natural water flow while saving you money. Not only will we explored how to install rain barrels, we will learn about the benefits of rain gardens. Rain gardens and rain barrels can be a beautiful solution to water pollution.

This is part of a Water Resources Series sponsored by Waukesha County. 


Clean Water, Healthy Law Workshop

Monday, April 10, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Learn how to have a healthy lawn and yard without harming local rivers and streams. This workshop will cover lawn care and watering, plus how to incorporate features like rain barrels and rain gardens into your landscape Practices covered in this workshop are not only friendly to our local lakes and rivers but to our pets and children as well.

This is part of a Water Resources Series sponsored by Waukesha County. 


Poetry Reading with Jim Landwehr

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 7:00-8:00 pm

Jim Landwehr is a local author whose love of outdoor sports and life in the Midwest has influenced his writing. His poetry relates to all walks of life while delving into the intricacies of Midwestern life in the 21st century. Landwehr has two poetry collections, Written Life and Reciting from Memory, as well as, his memoir Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir.


Growing Potatoes

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Interested in growing some spuds? This session will cover tips on how to get started with this versatile vegetable and how to grow potatoes in containers and in the ground. 

This is part of our Spring Gardening Series presented by Joey and Holly Baird of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener. 


How to Maximize Your Garden Space

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 6:00-7:00 pm

Whether your garden is limited in size or you have room to grow, this session will teach you to get the most out of whatever size space you have! 

This is part of our Spring Gardening Series presented by Joey and Holly Baird of The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener. 



Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

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

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. 




Wisconsin Landscapes

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 10:00-11:00 am

Tips and tricks for shooting landscapes and some great location ideas in New Berlin, and around Wisconsin.


Beginning Photo Tips

Wednesday, March 8, 2107 | 10:00-11:00 am

Some great pointers and things you may not have thought about for your next photo shoot.  We will also look at some library books that are  excellent resources.



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.


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


Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, February 24, 1:00 pm
Come enjoy a free movie at the library! FREE ADMISSION. No RSVP required… please

As the Pages Turn Book Club

Monday, February 27, 2:00 pm
The As the Pages Turn is a general fiction book discussion group that meets every 4th Monday

Get Crafty: Paper Bead Making

Wednesday, March 1, 5:00 pm
Let's get crafty!  Join Librarian Leah to learn about making beads from paper, along

Books & Brews Book Club

Thursday, March 2, 6:00 pm
Books and Brews is for book lovers (21+ only) who want to stay away from typical book club

Friday Movie Matinee

Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm
Come enjoy a free movie at the library! FREE ADMISSION. No RSVP required… please

Classics Book Club

Tuesday, March 7, 4:30 pm

Capture New Berlin! Beginning Photo Tips

Wednesday, March 8, 10:00 am
Some great pointers and things you may not have thought about for your next photo shoot. 

Introduction to Gmail

Thursday, March 9, 10:00 am
Are you interested in setting up an email account but aren’t sure where to start? Do

Color Your Way to Calm

Thursday, March 9, 1:00 pm
Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Studies show

SCORE Business Counseling Event

Saturday, March 11, 9:00 am
Here is your chance to sit down for an hour with a SCORE professional, in confidence, and discuss

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