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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

Family Search Learning Lab
Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
January 10 • February 14• March 14 • April 11 • June 13

Volunteer FamilySearch specialists will show you how to use this social mediasite to save your family history documents, connect with others who are researching your family line and grow your family tree! For beginners and experienced FamilySearch.org users.

Limited space. Registration required. Call 758-6600 or stop by the Information Desk to register. Bring your email address/password (required), and your library card (if you have one) to each session.

Together We Can: Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
Saturday, January 10, 3–5 p.m.
Blackhawk Technical College
Student Commons | 6004 County Hwy G | Janesville, WI

Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with readings by Beloit and Janesville high school drama students, musical selections by the combined choirs of area high schools, the Mime Minstry, and an ethnic food tasting.

Sponsored by Diversity Action Team of Rock County, Blackhawk Technical
College, the School District of Beloit, the School District of Janesville, Hedberg Public Library, Beloit Public Library, the UAW Local 95, YWCA of Rock County and American Association of University Women.

Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Tuesday, January 13, 2-3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books to your computer or non-Kindle device using the OverDrive Media Console app. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

Railroads through the Lenses of Mike and Mark Nelson
Tuesday, January 13, 6–7:30 p.m.
Mark and Mike Nelson have been snapping photos of railroads for over 40 years. Their work is well known throughout the Midwest and often captures the history of railroads no longer in existence. These railroads are sometimes called fallen flags. Enjoy stories and railroad photographs taken over the last several decades. In partnership with the WIS-ILL HO Modular RR Group.

Job Seekers Open Lab
Wednesday, January 14, 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!

Model Railroad Display for all ages
Saturday, January 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
presented by the WIS-ILL HO Modular RR Group

KidLit 101: Writing for Children and Young Adults
Tuesday, January 20, 6–7:30 p.m.
Ever dreamed of writing books for babies, kids or teens but aren’t sure where to start? Have you written a book and are wondering what’s next? Join published children’s author Jamie A. Swenson for a discussion about the business of writing for kids and teens in today’s ever- changing market. A Local Experts program.

Learn to Download eBooks Kindle Edition
Tuesday, January 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books using Kindles & Kindle apps. Library card number and RockCat password required. Must have Amazon account information. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Monday, February 23, 9:30-11 a.m
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books to your computer or non-Kindle device using the OverDrive Media Console app. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

View and Discuss: Freedom Summer
Tuesday, February 24, 6–8:30 p.m.
facilitated by Michael Edmonds
Freedom Summer documents the historic efforts of 700 student volunteers and local African Americans in Mississippi during the summer of 1964 as they worked together to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Presented in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television’s Reel to Real program.

Learn to Download eBooks Kindle Edition
Monday, March 2, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books using Kindles & Kindle apps. Library card number and RockCat password required. Must have Amazon account information. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

Job Seekers Open Lab
Tuesday, March 3, 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!

Art + Music Remixed
Tuesday, March 10, 6–8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of fine arts and classical music served up with a twist! You’ll get to try your hand at creating a piece of art inspired by DJ remixed classical music! a local
artist will be on hand, creating along with the music! The Rock River Philharmonic and HPL are excited to offer you a sneak peek at their Explorer Series of programming. A Fresh City Life program.

Eat Well, Shop Local: How to Get the Most of your Local Farmers
Tuesday, March 24, 6–7:30 p.m.
presented by Christy Marsden, UW-Extension Horticulture Educator with Rock County
You may have heard about the importance of supporting local through where you shop and how you eat. But, why should you eat local - and how? From navigating the Farmers Markets to getting produce directly from farmers and even growing produce in your own backyard, Marsden will discuss how to eat well by eating locally. A Local Experts program.

The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians through Film
Tuesday, April 14, 6–8:30 p.m.
Celebrate National Library Week with the first full-length documentary film to focus on the work and lives of librarians – Hollywood style. Using the entertaining and appealing context of American movies, the film will hold some surprises for people who may think they know what librarians do. Plus, enter our Librarian Costume Contest! Visit our website for details. A Fresh City Life Program.

Learn to Download eBooks with OverDrive
Wednesday, April 22, 4-5:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books to your computer or non-Kindle device using the OverDrive Media Console app. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

Job Seekers Open Lab
Monday, April 27, 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!

Civil War Hijinks
Tuesday, April 28, 6–7:30 p.m.
presented by Judy Cook
You will see photos of the day, the letters themselves and lyrics. Judy, in costume, will read the letters, play tunes of the time, and sing songs that were written and sung during the Civil War. Features the letters of Judy’s great-great-grandparents: Gilbert Claflin, a Wisconsin farmer drafted at the age of 40; and his wife, Esther, keeping the farm going with their two teen-aged sons.

Learn to Download eBooks Kindle Edition
Wednesday, April 29, 4-5:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of downloading audiobooks and e-books using Kindles & Kindle apps. Library card number and RockCat password required. Must have Amazon account information. Library card number and RockCat password required. Registration required; call 608-758-6600 to register.

New Voices in Women’s Fiction
Saturday, May 2, 1–2:30 p.m.
presented by Andrea Lochen and Julie Lawson Timmer
Join us as two recently published authors share about what it’s like to be a contemporary writer in the Midwest, talk us through their writing process, what the publishing market looks like right now, and read from their work! Books will be available for purchase at the event. Lochen is the author of The Repeat Year and the forthcoming Imaginary Things, available April 2015. Timmer is the author of Five Days Left.

Fire, Ice, and Buffalo Chips: Exploring Yellowstone
Tuesday, May 12, 6–7:30 p.m.
presented by Dr. George Clokey, Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences at UW Whitewater
Dr. George Clokey has been leading travel study courses to Yellowstone for 20 years. Students study ecology, geology, and natural history while on the trips in January, July,
and August.

 




 

 
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