Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 2, 6:00 pm


The Mount Horeb Area School District, in partnership with the Mental Health Community Coalition, is planning an open forum for families and citizens on Thursday, August 2nd at 6:00 pm at the Mount Horeb Public Library.  Together we can rally in support of those who have lost a loved one to suicide.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  No registration required.

Monday, August 6, 10:00 am

An American Marriage Book CoverWe will discuss An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. 

Check out a copy of the month's book at the Circulation Desk. All are welcome. We enjoy great conversation, coffee, tea and light refreshments.




Thursday, September 6, 6:30 pm

With author Carrie Meyer                

In partnership with the Driftless Historium

WWI ended 100 years ago, but the words and lives of the brave soldiers live on. Professor Carrie A. Meyer combed through Wisconsin newspapers and collected letters from soldiers in Green County, Wisconsin, who wrote home. Meyer writes and shares what these soldiers shared - from preparing for war, to life among French families near the front, to the terror of the battlefield. These true stories remind us that armies are made up of individuals who strove to do their part and then return to their families. This book and presentation brings this war to life. 


Saturday, September 8, 9:30 am

We begin handing out copies of Educated at 9:30am.  (Note - the library now opens at 9am.)

Jerry Apps will speak at 10 am. Though not the author of this year's book, he will be speaking about his time teaching at UW Wisconsin, which ties into education.

Do you want to participate in this year's Big Read? Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we give away 50 copies of Educated. Large print available. First come, first served. Arrive early! We do not allow pre-reservations. Not able to be here on giveaway day? You may call (608) 437-5021, ext. 100, starting at 9:30am. Please speak with someone. Leaving a message does not guarantee a book.


Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am

 Jerry Apps, Once a Professor: A memoir of teaching in turbulent times. Beloved Wisconsin author and storyteller Jerry Apps talks about his years teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1957 to 1995, Apps experienced the protests and riots of the 60s, conflicts surrounding tenure and faculty governance, and the constant pressure to secure funding.  Through it all, he formed a personal philosophy of education. This morning is sure to make you smile, think and recall your own memories of education.  Spending time listening to Jerry is a true delight.


Monday, September 10, 10:00 am

Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Check out a copy of the month's book at the Circulation Desk. All are welcome. We enjoy great conversation, coffee, tea and light refreshments.




Wednesday, September 12, 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 am
Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 3, 10:00 am

Sharpen your writing skills during this four-week writing series. Alex Bledsoe, author of the Tufa novels, Eddie LaCrosse series and more (visit his website), encourages and challenges writers in his supportive classes.  Gain insight, meet other writers and receive guidance. Registration required. Please call 608-437-5021 to sign up. 



Monday, September 17, 6:30 pm

Chances are, you’ve had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts. The Someone's Gotta Do It monologues introduce you to characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd. Written for and performed as part of Forward Theater Company's SOMEONE'S GOTTA DO IT Monologue Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Sponsored in part by Beyond the Page.



Monday, September 24, 1:00 pm

Family Tree PhotoDid you know you can access the online genealogy research tool Ancestry for free in the library? Lori Bessler, from the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau, shares tips on using this extensive database.  Registration appreciated.



Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 pm

Patricia McConnellFor decades, animal behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell grappled privately with intense fear, anxiety, and guilt. She was forced to face her past by her love for Will, a young border collie whose frequent, unpredictable outbreaks of fear and fury shake Patricia to her core and trigger memories of three harrowing traumas and a shameful secret. In order to save her dog from his problem behaviors, Patricia had to first address her own long-buried emotional pain. As she did, she learned that willpower alone is not enough to heal. She recounts the compelling story of her past and how Will helped her recover through her latest book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and a Dog.



Monday, October 1, 10:00 am

This month's title to be announced.

Check out a copy of the month's book at the Circulation Desk. All are welcome. We enjoy great conversation, coffee, tea and light refreshments.



Thursday, October 4, 6:30 pm

herbal salve photoTry your hand at making your own herbal salves and lotions with Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs. Registration Required. Space is limited. Please call 437-5021 to reserve your place. Though this program is part of our Big Read programming, all are welcome to attend, even if not participating in the Big Read.



Monday, October 8, 6:30 pm

Tara Westover, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Educated, joins us live via Skype (video). Educated is our library's Big Read selection for 2018.

Registration recommended.  Please submit questions for the author to by October 1. (Based on the number submitted, all may not be selected.) There will also be limited time for additional questions during the evening.  Funded in part by Beyond the Page. Westover photo by Paul Stuart.



Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm

School photoAmericans spend billions and billions of dollars annually on tax-supported, public education. Why? What are the true purposes of public education? Historian of education and assistant professor Kyle Steele (UW Oshkosh) will lead a discussion, ranging from the Founding Fathers to the near-present, that will use our past to contextualize--and perhaps even answer--these questions.

This program is part of our Big Read series. All are welcome to attend, even if you are not participating in the community read.




Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm
How do we know what we know is true?  How does one's family of origin shape the lens through which we view the world? Join Drs. Scharrer and Vu for a conversation exploring the relational and psychiatric themes presented in Tara Westover's #1 NYT Bestseller, Educated.   (Trigger warning: Due to the subject matter of the book, discussion topics will include mental illness and child abuse/neglect.) Dr. Melanie Scharrer and Dr. Vuong Vu are senior psychiatry residents at the University of Wisconsin.
This program is part of our Big Read series. All are welcome to attend, even if you are not participating in the community read.



Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 pm

Herbal Medicine PhotoLearn about safe uses for herbs in medical treatment today.  Dr. Greta Kuphal, UW-Health, brings samples, talks about formulations, and discusses what to look for in a good product.

This program is part of our Big Read programming series, but all are welcome and encouraged to attend. 



Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am

Stress Happens! Dr. McGrath will discuss a range of strategies you can use to increase your resilience during times when the stress level in your life goes up. Robert McGrath, Psy D, ABPP is a licensed psychologist providing Mind/Body Wellness Services at University Health Services. Robert has expertise in health psychology, positive psychology, authentic happiness, mind/body wellness and stress management.

This program is part of our Big Read programming series, but we encourage everyone (even if not participating in the Big Read) to attend. 



Monday, October 29, 6:30 pm

Join your friends and neighbors to discuss Educated by Tara Westover. All are welcome, even if you didn't finish the book.


Thursday, November 1, 6:30 pm

Terese Allen PhotoDiscover the sources of culinary traditions throughout Wisconsin. (Beyond delicious fish fries and cheese!) Food samples provided! Registration required. Funded in part by Beyond the Page.



Monday, November 5, 10:00 am

Because you (hopefully) spent October reading our Big Read book and attending the events, we skip a November book club discussion.


Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm

Wisconsin Veterans Museum LogoWith Kevin Hampton, Curator of History at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

This Veterans Day we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended WWI. Join us as Kevin Hampton, Curator of History at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, explores the legacies and stories of some of the over 122,000 Wisconsinites that served in WWI.


Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am

Get a jumpstart on managing your stress and increasing your resiliency while learning to incorporate meaning and presence into your preparations, activities, and gatherings. Taught by Social Worker and Certified Wellness Coach Jennifer Dean. Registration required. Funded in part by Beyond the Page.



Thursday, November 15, 6:30 pm

Chef Tom Wolowik teaches the secrets of delectable seafood dishes - just in time to impress for the holidays!  Registration required.








We look forward to seeing you at the library! Registration for events is always appreciated, but not required unless otherwise noted. (Events are also marked with an *). To register, please call (608) 437-5021. Questions? Please contact our adult programming librarian, Melissa Roelli, at or (608) 437-5021, ext. 109.


Summer Mini Read 

Community Discussion July 16. 

"Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans." --from publisher Seal Press

Books available for check out at the library. Limited copies available. Please ask for one at the Circulation Desk. We believe this will be popular so if you finish the book before the discussion, please return it so others can check it out. (There are multiple copies in the library system as well. Feel free to put one on hold!)  

  • Monday, July 16, 6:30pm at the Mt. Horeb Public Library: Community Book Discussion. All are welcome, even if you didn't have a chance to read the book!  Registration always appreciated (call 437-5021), but not required. 



2018 Big Read

Educated by Tara Westover

"Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others."— NEW YORK TIMES

"Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable. Her new book, a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.— USA TODAY

Each fall we encourage our community to read the same book and talk about it. Usually kept a secret until late summer, we decided to release the title early this year! The 2018 selection is Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover.  Growing up in a secluded survivalist home, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, had never seen a doctor and received no formal education. She helped her family prepare for the end of the world and assisted her mom with herbalism and midwifery. However, as she grew and endured harrowing ordeals at home, she realized she could gain education outside of what her family was giving her. She taught herself enough math, science and English to take the ACT and attend college. She went on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.  Her story is truly remarkable. This book will make you question family relationships, education and more. We cannot wait to talk about it with you!

The Friends of the Library generously donate 50 copies of our Big Read book for us to give away to our community. The book giveaway will take place Saturday, September 8, 2018.  As always, we will have a variety of programs relating to the themes covered in the book. These events will be announced later this summer.



Along with the exciting and enriching programs listed to the right, the library offers a variety of other resources for adults. A few are listed below.



Memory Loss Caregiver Kits

Created to support caregivers helping people with memory loss, our newest kits are filled with a variety of books, pictures, videos, music and other items designed to evoke memories and invite sharing. Five separate kits, each with a different theme, are available to check out.




Free Career Assistance at the Library from Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

1st and 3rd Fridays, 1pm-4 pm

The Mount Horeb Public Library is excited to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to offer one-on-one assistance with job searching, resume writing, interview skills and more! Jennifer Seese, DWD, will be at the library the first and third Fridays of the month from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Some Fridays will feature a program followed by personal assistance, other Fridays will be all one-on-one appointments. Community members are invited to stop in the library during these times to receive help with their specific career development needs.  The meeting times are first come, first served, or by appointment by calling the library Help Desk at 437-5021.

Anyone looking for help with their career is encouraged to take part.




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