Adult Summer Reading Program


Adult Summer Reading Program

Program runs: June 14 - July 31

Where will your tales take you this summer? Enjoy reading and gathering at the library this summer for fun activities and events. For the enjoyment of reading this summer, join in by using Beanstack, our online program, or by picking up a paper review sheet.

Participants need to:

  • read for 5 hours and
  • write a book review 

In Beanstack, you have to complete both badges to be entered in the weekly drawing for that week’s prize. See what it is when you visit the library. For paper logs, you need to complete both tasks to get 1 raffle ticket. Please return logs to the reference desk and receive your ticket.


Book Club – In-Person

Thursday, June 3 at 3 pm

Book: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

The Book of Two Ways is a return for Picoult to the themes of her earliest books—motherhood, complicated romantic love. . . . Picoult, at this point in her career, could skillfully build tension in a broom closet, but the best part of this book is not the suspense; it’s the look at the complexity of a woman as she enters middle age. . . . Picoult always tells both sides of a story not with judgment, but with grace.” ~The Washington Post


The History of the Hershey Chocolate Company - Virtual

Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 pm 

Today the name Hershey is synonymous with quality milk chocolate. But that wasn’t always the case. Milton S. Hershey worked hard and failed often before his chocolate company was finally successful.

Join the Hartland Public Library and Elm Grove Public Library in welcoming Laura Keyes for this illustrated lecture to hear “behind the scenes” stories of this beloved American company. Ms. Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s degree in Library Science, and has been presenting on historical topics for over ten years.   

Please email to receive the Zoom link.


Author Visit: Susan Marshall - Virtual

Tuesday, June 15 at 2 pm

Author Susan Marshall discusses her book “Mom’s Gone Missing: When a Parent’s Changing Life Upends Yours.” Three years ago Susan learned her mom who had Alzheimer’s went missing when she drove into the Arizona desert and no one could locate her. Susan didn’t know the type of car she had, where her auto insurance was kept or other pertinent details. The police sent out a ‘Silver Alert’ and eventually found her, but there were many lessons learned on this journey.

Susan will share her own experiences about this important topic. She shares many tips for when you find yourself a caregiver of a loved one and how each of us can organize our lives so we have good files of important documents. This story is insightful, often humorous and important as readers may too, need to traverse a multitude of bumps in the road as a personal caregiver to their parents, as Susan did–and what to look out for when they do.

Please email to receive the Zoom link.


Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Pictorial History – In-Person

Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 pm

Come travel with Barb and Ken Wardius to visit some beautiful lighthouses from around our state. Barb and Ken will share maritime history, stunning photographs of the lighthouses, and preservation efforts to save these lighthouses.

Please register at so we can safely social distance during the program. Masks are required. Registration limited to 20 people.

Book Club – In-Person

Thursday, July 8 at 3 pm

Book: Long Bright River by Liz Moore

"Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters' childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.” —Good Morning America

Virtual Cooking Class: Sweet Treats--Pecan Turtles

Wednesday, July 14 at 6:30 pm

Spoil your family with these decadent treats that are sure to impress! Join Mary Adashek, owner of Sweet Connections, as she guides you through the easy recipe. What to expect: This will be a fun and interactive hands-on class -- in your own kitchen! Once registered, you will receive all the details you need to get ready for class! This program will be through Zoom. Please register with Claudia at