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Programs for Adults
The library offers many programs for adults, from guest speakers to book discussion groups. Get email notifcations for our adult programs! Visit our sign-up page to customize your updates.

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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!


Upcoming Programs


Memories of The Parker Pen Company
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

with Geoffrey S. Parker, Vicki Hearing, and Genevieve Joyce
Join us as we share memories of The Parker Pen Company. Special guests will include great-grandson of the founding family, Geoffrey S. Parker and  Public Relations Manager Vicki Hearing. Vicki will discuss her experience planning some of Parker Pen’s larger promotional events including the 50th anniversary celebration of the WWII and the famous MacArthur pen created for the event. Hedberg Public Library Reference Librarian Sue Braden will moderate the discussion, and share some of her favorite moments as a Parker employee. JATV will present a short documentary honoring the forty year career of Janesville native Genevieve Joyce. Refreshments and mingling will follow the presentation.

Peace Week @ HPL
View & Discuss: The Peacemakers
Wednesday, September 17, 6 -8 p.m.

View a pre-release extended clip of this documentary film that tackles the growing epidemic of violence in America and brings survivors and peacemakers together in search of answers.

Brown Bag Lunch  
Friday, September 19, 12 – 1 p.m

with David Reinhart, Professor at UW-Whitewater

International Day of Peace
Sunday, September 21, 1 – 4 p.m.

Peace Park | 2801 Rockport Road*
with special guest speaker Buddy Bell
All ages welcome. Bring your own chair or blanket.

• Native American Drum
• Activities for children
• Community organization booths
• Music by Yuri Rashkin

*Inclement Weather Location: HPL Program Room

Fun with Fermenting
Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
with Christy Marsden, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator with Rock County
Discover the magic that happens when good yeasts, molds, and bacteria eat sugars in controlled environments: fermentation! Learn to ferment your own foods, like dill pickles, sauerkraut, cultured yogurts, beer, and cheese! A Local Experts program.

Reading on the Rock Contemporary Fiction Book Club
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. 
The Circle by David Eggers
All discussions take place in the Public Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level. Grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor coffee shop and join the conversation! No registration necessary.

Find Your Irish Roots: Genealogy Resources @ Your Library
Thursday, October 2, 6 p.m.
Learn to trace your Irish heritage through print and online resources.  Also learn about Janesville’s
Irish heritage.

Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Friday, October 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books to your computer or device.
(Windows, Mac, Nook, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle or Sony E-Reader and more.)
General understanding of computer operations required. Library card number and RockCat password required. Kindle users must have Amazon account information. Free and open to the public. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

A Night with Classical Guitarist, Peter Fletcher
Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This concert is part of a nationwide tour, under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, to promote Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, released in February by Centaur Records. Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, an all-Grieg album in which he himself wrote the guitar transcriptions.  CDs will be available at the concert.

Janesville in the Time of Lincoln
Thursday, October 9, 6 p.m.
Join us as we step back in time to explore what life in Janesville was like 150 years ago when Abraham Lincoln visited Rock County.

Night at the Library: Murder of a Flapper Girl
Saturday, October 18, 7-10 p.m.
Join us for our 5th annual joint fundraiser benefitting The Literacy Connection and the Friends of HPL. Catered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Costumes welcome. Tickets are $40.

Mondays are MurderMystery book group for adults
Monday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny 
No registration is necessary. Come to one or all of our discussions - and bring a friend!

Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil
Tuesday, October 21, 5 – 6 p.m.
presented by YWCA Rock County
Join us to honor the survivors and victims of domestic violence. Their moving stories will show the power of their resiliency. With special guest speaker Sergeant Anne Brophy, leader of the Janesville Police Department’s Domestic Violence Intervention Team. Free and open to the public.

HPL 130th Anniversary Open House
Wednesday, October 29, 3– 5 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate 130 years of providing books, programs, reference services and much more to Janesville and the surrounding area.  Meet the HPL board, HPL Friends board and HPL Foundation board members and enjoy some snacks.

Job Seekers Open Lab
Wednesday, October 29, 4-7 p.m.
Stop in to the library’s open lab for job seekers and find the help you need to get started. Library staff will be available to answer your questions about searching for jobs online, filling out online applications, writing resumes and cover letters, using our Job Resource Center, and more! No registration necessary - just stop in and fast forward your success!

Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Monday, November 3, 4-6 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books to your computer or device.
(Windows, Mac, Nook, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle or Sony E-Reader and more.)
General understanding of computer operations required. Library card number and RockCat password required. Kindle users must have Amazon account information. Free and open to the public. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

Faces of the World
Saturday, November 8, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
for all ages
Sample the sights and sounds of cultures around the world right at your library.  Enjoy entertainment, crafts, food and more. No registration required.

Used Book Sale
Friday, November 14, 1-5 p.m.
Saturday, November
15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Most titles under $1. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Hedberg Public Library.

Mondays are MurderMystery book group for adults
Monday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
No registration is necessary. Come to one or all of our discussions - and bring a friend!
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb 

Reading on the Rock - Contemporary Fiction Book Club
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. 
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells  by Andrew Sean Greer
All discussions take place in the Public Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level. Grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor coffee shop and join the conversation!
No registration necessary

Delivering an Ambulance
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30– 8:30 p.m.

After witnessing tragedy as a child, Hassimi Traore, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, promised one day he would find a way to help others in his small village in Burkina Faso, Africa. Over 40 years later, and with the help of individuals, organizations and communities all over southeastern Wisconsin, he is finally able to fulfill his childhood dream. Come learn about how people in our communities came together to give back to others thousands of miles away. No registration necessary.
A Local Experts program.

Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Wednesday, December 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books to your computer or device.
(Windows, Mac, Nook, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, iPad, Kindle or Sony E-Reader and more.)
General understanding of computer operations required. Library card number and RockCat password required. Kindle users must have Amazon account information. Free and open to the public. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

 




 

 
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