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Death’s Door, Old Menomonee Falls, and the Soundtrack to the Vietnam War

August Events for Adults

Adult Events

Seating is limited. Call 262-532-8920 or register online to reserve your seat.

The Streets of Old Menomonee Falls: Part One, Up the Big Hill

Local historian Jill Schmidt will speak about the Menomonee Falls area businesses and families that lined up along Appleton Avenue many decades ago. Among these were William Hesk, George Neu and his ginseng and cider business, the Koehler family, the first firehouse and firemen, Fritz Thomas and his hardware store, the hotel and showhouse, and finally ending with Fredrick Nehs.

Tuesday, August 2
6:30 PM
Community Room
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Wild Plum Memory Cafe: Express Yourself with Art!

Join Art Therapists from DonnaLexa Art Centers to express yourself through a variety of FREE art projects. This is an inclusive program for people of all artistic abilities.

A memory café is an informal social gathering to connect those with early-stage memory loss and their care partner with conversation, activities, and refreshments.

Registration is required for each café.  Please visit LibraryMemoryProject.org for the most current and complete information on area programs.

Monday, August 15
3:00 PM
Community Room
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We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

Badger Talk speaker Doug Bradley places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive Bradley’s book’s narrative.

Thursday, August 18
6:00 PM
Community Room
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The Legend of Death’s Door with Brennan Christianson

Have you ever wondered about the Door County Death’s Door and how it came to be named that? The strait between Door County and Washington Island is rich in history and lore.  Brennan Christianson, Site Manger and Collectors Coordinator for the Death’s Door Maritime Museum in Gills Rock, researched and curated THE LEGEND OF DEATH’S DOOR power point and will speak on the topic.  Christianson has a Master’s Degree in Public History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in History, with Minors in German and Humanities from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Saturday, August 20
2:30 PM
Community Room
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Genealogy: Do I need to use a Software Program?

Spreadsheet, Word Document, Online Tree or Computer Software. Learn about some of the popular methods of recording your family information.

This program is both in-person and online via Zoom.

Wednesday, August 31
7:00 PM
Community Room/Virtual on Zoom
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Book Club

Copies of the book are available at the Adult Information Desk.  Call 262-532-8920 or register online to reserve your seat. Refreshments will be provided by the Menomonee Falls Library Friends.

A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue – a beautiful socialite of a certain age – has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young lover, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. But though times are changing, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question.  When Theresa’s bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the youngest daughter of a newly wealthy inventor, Theresa enlists her lover to present the family’s diamond rose ring to pretty ingénue, Miss Sophie Fortescue – and to check into the background of this little-known family. Yet even as he uncovers a shocking secret, Octavian falls under Sophie’s spell…

Thursday, August 11
7:00 PM
Children’s Program Room
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Movies

Seating is limited. Call 262-532-8920 or register online to reserve your seat.

Destined to Ride (2018)

G | 1h 25min | Adventure, Family

Starring: Madeline Carroll, Denise Richards, and Cassi Thomson.  Lily thought her summer was ruined until she meets and builds an unbreakable bond with a young horse named Pistachio, proving destiny can be found in places you least expected.  Directed by Anna Elizabeth James.

Tuesday, August 16
2:15 PM
Community Room
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Desperate Riders (2022)

PG-13 | 1h 30min | Western

Starring: Drew Waters, Vanessa Evigan, and Sam Ashby.  A loner and a female sharpshooter must save a boy’s mother from a ruthless outlaw.  Directed by Michael Feifer.

Thursday, August 18
2:15 PM
Community Room
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Docs and Donuts: The Truffle Hunters (2021)

Join us for this screening and enjoy a short discussion with coffee and donuts provided by the Menomonee Falls Library Friends.

PG-13 | 1h 24min

A handful of men and their expertly trained dogs search for rare, expensive, and delicious white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.  Directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw.

Wednesday, August 10
10:00 AM
Community Room
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Documentary Film Screening: Solutions and Kalani’s Story

Join Healing Warrior Hearts for a screening of two documentaries from the award winning film series, Veterans Journey Home, along with a talk back from participants in the documentaries.

Solutions (15 min.): Explains the philosophy behind the entire five film series, showing how relatively simple and inexpensive it can be to shepherd Veterans back toward wholeness and productivity.

Kalani’s Story (30 min.): Marine Captain Kalani Creutzberg battles with suicide, homelessness, prescription drugs, and depression until he finds a way back toward wholeness with a new mission to guide his civilian journey.

Wednesday, August 24
6:00 PM
Community Room
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Adult Arts & Crafts

Forging Creativity Adult Arts & Crafts programs are free, but seating is limited. Call 262-532-8920 or register online to reserve your seat. Supplies will be provided, while they last.

Nautical Necklace

Swim into a new necklace! Choose from a variety of ocean inspired beads to create a distinctive piece of jewelry.

Tuesday, August 2
1:00 PM
The Forge
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Color the Ocean

Drop the anchor on this year’s Summer Reading with a relaxing afternoon of coloring ocean themed pages.

Forging Creativity Adult Arts & Crafts programs are free, but seating is limited. Call 262-532-8920 or register at MenomoneeFallsLibrary.org/events to reserve your seat. Supplies will be provided, while they last.

Friday, August 12
1:00 – 3:00 PM
The Forge
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Open Sewing Day

Stop by anytime during the day to explore, learn, or use the sewing machines! Choose from an abundant array of fabric colors and patterns to make your own pot holders. You can machine sew or hand sew – or both.

Friday, August 26
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Forge
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