Greendale Public Library

Adult Programs and Events

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new  Senior Ambassador Program 

In partnership with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging and Interfaith Older Adult Programs, the Senior Ambassador Program is designed to reach out to these older adults to educate them on available services and resources. 

Drop In Hours: 

Tues. April 11  1 - 3 PM
Thurs. April 27 10 AM - 12 Noon

Tues. May 16 - 10 AM - 12 Noon
Wed. May- 31 - 1 - 3 PM


Poetry Open Mic Night 
Friday, April 21 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing your own composition or reading favorite poem before a supportive audience!  Contact the library at (414) 423-2136 (or email us at to book a time slot and tell us about your performance. 


ProCRAFTinator Meetup!
Monday, May 8 from 2:00 to 4:00pm
Registration Required.

Bring your unfinished crafts (knitting, quilting, paper craft, etc.) to the library and work on it with fellow "procraftinators" in a relaxed social setting.


Feed your Face! DIY Face Masks
May 27th 10:00-12:00
Registration Required.

Learn how to create refreshing and revitalizing face masks from materials in your own kitchen cupboard!  

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Meet Local Author Lee Krecklow
Friday, May 12 at 6:30pm at the Historic Greendale Hose Tower

Greendale resident Lee Krecklow will discuss and sign his debut novel, The Expanse Between. No registration required, but seating is limited.  Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:00pm. Books will be available for purchase at the event. 


Coffee and Donuts with the Library Director and a Guest 
Last Friday of the month from 9:30-10:30am

Visit the library and discuss ideas about library programming and services and also chat with a different Village guest each month.  The guest could be a Village Trustee, a Department Head, a Library Trustee or other members of the community and community organizations!

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Resume 101- First Steps to Building your Resume.  Presented by the Goodwill Workforce Connection Center/ Greendale 
Saturdays from 10am-noon.
Registration Required.

A resume has become a necessary tool in the world of job search and employment applications.  Make it work to your advantage by learning what employers look for in a resume and what style best markets your strengths.  In this workshop you will be prepared to create your personal resume tailored for specific job postings.

April 22


If This Is A Smartphone, Why Do I Feel So Dumb? Workshop 

Wednesday, May 17th from 6:00- 7:30pm
Registration Required.

They help us manage our lives, a big plus in today's fast-paced world. But why are they so confusing? 
This interactive workshop will include a variety of products and topics.

Digital Content 101
4th Wednesday of the month from 10:30-12:00 and the 2nd Sunday of the month from 1:00-3:00pm

One-on-one expert guidance to get you started with the library's digital collection! Drop in with your device of choice (tablet, e-reader, smartphone, computer) and we will guide you through any step or the whole process of using library e-books, e-audiobooks or digital magazines. No experience necessary. No appointments necessary.


NEW! Library Digital Resources Series

So much information is at your fingertips! Easy 24/7 access to placing holds, checking your library account, learning about new items and more. The Greendale Public Library has so many tools and digital services available for you to take advantage of! Let us show help you discover the many resources available to enrich your like and lead you to new learning experiences!

  • CountyCat Part 1: Basics of Using the Online Catalog ~ Monday May 1st from 6:30-7:45 at public pcs

            Learn how to search using the online catalog, request material and more!

  • CountyCat Part 2: Using My Library Account ~ Monday May 8th from 6:30 – 7:45 at the public pcs

            Learn all aspects of your library account and what you can do 24/7.

  • Using Zinio ~ Monday, May 15th from 6:30 – 7:45 in the Community Room. Please bring your mobile device.

            Learn how to use this online service that allows you to download digital copies of popular magazines to your            computer, tablet, or mobile device.

  • Using Text messaging Services ~ Monday, May 22nd from 6:30-7:45 in the Community Room. Please bring your smart phone.

        Keep up-to-date with your library account on your mobile phone using the library’s Shoutbomb text messaging service.

  • Using the 1000 Books before Kindergarten App/ Using the CountyCat Mobile App ~ Monday, June 5th from 6:30-7:45 on the main floor of the library.

        The all new CountyCat Mobile is a service for mobile devices that allows you to search the catalog, maintain your         account and get information from the public libraries in the system while on the go. The 1000 Books before Kindergarten App is a free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school.

Adult Basic Computer Classes
Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:45pm Registration Required - Limit 13

April 3 – MS Word 2013 Basics – What are the big changes?
April 17- Google Apps


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

Friday, May 5
10:00 -11:00am
Registration Required. Books available to check out.

Meet former Gov. Martin J. Schreiber as he shares lessons from his 10-year journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. Gov. Schreiber will candidly describe his challenges and missteps, and highlight how compassion and humor provide comfort to both caregiver and the person with dementia. My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver will be available for purchase at a special price of $15.00.


Money Smart Week is April 24- 29th

What Everyone Must Know About Retirement Presented by Sharon Staley-Smith, Thrivent Financial

Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30pm

Many who are beginning to think about their retirement have questions like: “Will we have enough retirement income?”  “Will we outlive our retirement savings?” “Will we really ever be able to retire?”

Join us as we discuss these and other questions we all wrestle with during our retirement journey.  We’ll cover strategies to maximize your retirement savings and how to watch out for situations that can derail even the best retirement plan.


New! Open Acoustic Music Jam

3rd Thursday of the month beginning May 18th from 6:00-7:45pm


Grab your guitar, banjo, ukulele or any other unplugged instruments you have and bring them to the Greendale Community Room. Bring some friends and play with fellow community members. Let's make some great music together. No registration is required and the event is free. 


Discover Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy Research
May 16th 6:30-7:30

Interested in learning about your family history?  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archives Specialist Heidi Anosko will be at Greendale Public library to provide information on how to get started with your genealogy research.


What to Read Next? Workshop (3 different sessions- same class) 
Registration Required.

Tuesday, April 18th from 6:30-7:45pm

Saturday, April 29th from 1:00-2:30pm

Thursday, May 11th from 10:00-11:30am.



Year-Round Programs

Monday Matinee Movie Series

Grab some popcorn and join us in our Community Room for our Monday Matinee Movie Series!  Series offers free showings of recent, popular films at 2:00 p.m. on the following Monday afternoons:


4/10       Fences
5/15       La La Land
6/19       A Dog's Purpose
7/10       Florence Foster Jenkins

This is a free adult program.  No registration required. 

Color Me Calm


1st Monday of the Month
Color Me Calm 6:00-7:30

Greendale Public Library invites you to enjoy a stress free evening of coloring fun and intricate coloring pages designed just for adults.  This is a free program for ages 18 and up.  The library will provide the materials but feel free to bring in your own supplies.  Registration is not required, just drop in! For more information call 414-423-2136.  

May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7

Brown Bag Book Club


Brown Bag Book Club, Meets every 2nd Thursday 12:00-1:30pm 

Brown Bag Book Club provides the perfect opportunity to hear about new books, see what others have been reading, and share your own recent reads with other book lovers.  The Book Club meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12:00pm in the Greendale Community Room.  Bring your lunch and we will provide the dessert!  There is no registration, just drop in!

April 13, May 11, Jun 8

Books on Screen Book Club 

Books on Screen Book Club Meets every 1st Thursday of the Month 6:00-7:30


Join us for a discussion of books and movies as each month we meet to discuss a book and its film adaptation. Participants should read the book and watch the movie before each discussion.  This is a free book club but registration is required.  Drop by Greendale Public Library or call 414-423-2136 to register. For information on the books and films that will be discussed at the meetings please contact the library.

Apr 6, May 4, June 1


Tech Tuesdays – One-on-one Technology Help

Need help with your computer, tablet, or other device?  Stumped by email, the Internet, or your smartphone?  Greendale High School MacPac volunteers offer free one-on-one technology help at the Community Learning Center from 4-6 p.m. on the following Tuesday evenings:

Apr 11, Apr 25, May 9, May 23

Drop in help is available on a first come, first served basis.  Appointments are encouraged and appreciated.  Contact the library at (414) 423-2136 (or for additional information or to set up an appointment.