Adult Summer Reading Program

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Adult Summer Reading Program

Early Sign Up Week: June 6 - 11

Program runs: June 13 - July 30

This year's program consists of several main goals: to read as much as possible, to get adults active while trying new sea/lake/river-based activities/hobbies (the Great Lakes are inland seas!), and to travel/learn about local and statewide maritime history.

Similar to last year, 2022 will feature both reading and activity goals:

  • Reading Goals: For each hour that you read and log up to 70 hours, you will receive 1 raffle ticket for the grand prize drawings at the end of the summer. Reading a book, magazine, e-materials, newspaper, etc. or listening to an audiobook all count!
  • Summer Activities: Along with reading great books, we want to encourage our patrons to get out and about with their friends and families in fun and safe ways, so we've designed several different activities that adults can participate in all summer long:
    • Waterside Parks Passport: Get outside in the sunshine and head to local, county, and state parks that are right on a river, pond, or lake!
    • Summer of Seafood: Cook a new seafood-based recipe that looks interesting to you and impress your friends and family!
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Movies: Grab a bowl of popcorn and catch a sea-faring flick.
    • Splash Your Way Through Summer: Get out and about and enjoy some maritime-based activities throughout the state.
    • Explore Wisconsin Maritime History: Travel to one of Wisconsin's maritime historical sites.
    • Sail Across the World From Your Armchair: Read a book that features a maritime-based setting or sea-faring adventures.

More directions about each activity can be found in the Adult Activity Guide. You can complete one, several, or all of the activities. After each activity is completed, you will receive 10 raffle tickets that can be used for one of several grand prize drawings at the end of the program. Some activities also have additional reading lists that can be accessed through Beanstack, and for each reading activity completed, you will get an additional 6 tickets for the the grand prize raffles.

All reading/activities should be logged on our Beanstack. If you are not comfortable using Beanstack, fear not--our staff at the Reference Desk can assist you in filling out a paper version of the needed information. For any related questions, comments, or concerns, please see the Reference Desk staff, give us a call at (262) 367-3350, email us at, or head over to our Beanstack website at


Herb & Spice Club

June Spice: Curry

July Spice: Basil

We're starting a new take-home cooking club! Each month, there will be a unique herb or spice to use at home along with a corresponding recipe and historical anecdotes.

Mary Helen Stefaniak Author Reading and Conversation

Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm

Author Mary Helen Stefaniak visits the Library for a night of conversation and cookies! Mary Helen will read selections from her brand-new novel, The World of Pondside, speak about the writing process, and answer any questions from the audience. Signed copies of the novel will be available for purchase, and the author will provide free Pondside-themed cookies as well!

Genre Book Club

Wednesday, June 1 at 6 pm

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Science Fiction)

Wednesday, July 6 at 6 pm

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (Horror) 

Summer Reading Kick-Off Event: Cycropia Aerial Dance 

Friday, June 10
6 pm: Food available for purchase on-site
6:30 pm: Opening act – Artistic Edge Dance Centre
7 pm: Cycropia Aerial Dance

Reach new heights with us as we have a night of acrobatics! Madison-based dance troupe Cycropia will be here performing in our parking lot for an unforgettable night you won’t want to miss! Be sure to bring a blanket or chairs to stake out a spot.

Adult Coloring

Tuesday, June 14 and July 12 at 3 pm
Wednesday, June 22 and July 27 at 6:30 pm

Looking for a way to distress? Join us for a night of themed adult coloring. We will provide the pages, coloring utensils, and light refreshments, and you bring your creativity and sense of calm for an hour of artistic Zen.

Tuesday Tastes: Grilled Cheese

Tuesday, June 21 at 3 pm – Grilled Cheese
Tuesday, July 19 at 3 pm – Skewers and Kabobs

Join us for a new monthly cooking club focusing on beginner to intermediate recipes while learning various culinary techniques. Registration is required. Please email to register.

Shelf Indulgence Book Club

Thursday, June 16 at 11 am

The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood (Historical)

Thursday, July 21 at 11 am

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis (Mystery)