Programs for Adults
The library offers many programs for adults, from guest speakers to book discussion groups. Many of our programs are also open to all ages. Look for them in our lineup!

Upcoming Programs

Beautiful WorldIt’s a Beautiful World: Learning About Diversity
Through Children’s Materials

Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the diversity of our community through books, audiobooks and DVDs with this workshop for adults. Reading, listening, and viewing multicultural materials can lead to wonderful discussions with our children. We’ll help you discover fabulous diverse materials available at your library and share information about interesting community programs.  Sponsored by the YWCA of Rock County and Diversity Action Team of Rock County.

Technology FairTechnology Fair  
Sunday, October 11, 2-4 p.m.
Visit our Technology Fair and explore exciting gadgets, including Snap Circuits, iPads, Makey-Makeys and our 3D Printer! Open to all ages.

That TreeThat Tree presented by Mark Hirsch
Tuesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.
One year. One phone. One tree.  Explore the iPhone photo journal created by photographer Mark Hirsch, documenting the life of a lonely bur oak. The images are stunning, the story is moving - and you may never look at your phone the same way again. A Fresh City Life program. Open to teens and adults.

Mondays are Murder – Mystery Book Club
Monday, October 19, 1:30 p.m.

Meets in the Public Meeting Room. No registration required.
October title: The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman

Domestic Violence VigilDomestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
presented in partnership with YWCA-Rock County
Tuesday, October 20, 6-7 p.m.
Join us to honor the survivors and victims of domestic violence.
Their moving stories will show the power of their resiliency.
Free and open to the public.

Reading on the Rock – Contemporary Fiction Book Club
Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Meets in the Public Meeting Room. No registration necessary.
October title: Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

Death at the DiscoA Night at the Library: Death at the Disco
Saturday, October 24, 7 p.m.
It’s 1979 and disco isn’t the only thing dying. Tickets $40.
Learn more.

Dia de los Muertos
Sunday, October 25, 2-4 p.m.
Learn about Day of the Dead, a traditional Latin American holiday, with stories, crafts, snacks and more. No registration necessary.  For more information, contact René Bue at 608-758-5803.


Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
- Kindle Edition -
Tuesday, November 3, 4:30-6 p.m.

- Regular Edition -
Tuesday, November 10, 4:30-6 p.m.

Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books.General understanding of computer operations required. Library card number and RockCat password required.

Kindle users must have Amazon account information. Registration is required. Register online or call 608-758-6600.

Friends of HPL Book Sale
Friday, November 6, 1- 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hip HopElements of Hip Hop
Tuesday, November 10, 6-8 p.m.
Discover the history of this ever-evolving, community-minded culture through the four core elements of Bboying, MCing, Graffiti and DJing. Local leaders will discuss their experiences growing up within the culture and how they work to educate and inspire future generations.

Faces of the WorldFaces of the World
Saturday, November 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sample the sights and sounds of cultures around the world right at your library.  Enjoy entertainment, crafts, food and more.  For all ages.  No registration required.

Mondays are Murder – Mystery Book Club
Monday, November 16, 1:30 p.m.

Meets in the Public Meeting Room. No registration required.
November title: The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey

Winter Window GardeningWinter Window Gardening
presented by Christy Marsden, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator with Rock County
Tuesday, November 17, 6-7 p.m.
Grow fresh vegetables in your home, despite the chill of winter! Learn what varieties you can grow indoors with a little help from your window or home-made grow light systems. Plus, make and take home a pot of  microgreens to kick-start your winter gardens. (Be ready to get your hands a little dirty!) A Local Experts program.

Reading on the Rock – Contemporary Fiction Book Club
Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Meets in the Public Meeting Room. No registration necessary.
November title: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel



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Our adult programs are supported in part by the Nancy B. Parker Endowment Fund and are free and open to the public.

When possible, programs are taped for later telecasting on the local public access television channel, JATV. A sign language interpreter can be arranged with two weeks' advance notice. Call 758-5807 to arrange this service.

Visit HPL on JATV to see some of the programs available online!



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