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May Events for Adults

May Adult Events

The worst open-water disaster on Lake Michigan—find out more about the sinking of the Lady Elgin on May 5, starting off a program-packed month of May. Learn about container gardening from an expert, pick up some free comic books, and create some art as we kick off our Forging Creativity series of arts-and-crafts programs for adults in The Forge.

Seating for some events is limited. Please reserve your spot for any event that requires registration by calling 262-532-8920 or registering online.

Lost Lady: The Sinking of the Lady Elgin

The Lady Elgin was a sidewheel steamship carrying 300 passengers. It was returning from Milwaukee to Chicago when it was struck by a schooner, and sunk in Lake Michigan in the early hours of September 8, 1860.  Author Paul Timm will share his research and book that was inspired by this tragic event, which remains the worst open-water disaster on Lake Michigan.

Thursday, May 5
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Community Room

Free Comic Book Day

Everyone gets a free comic book! Pick yours up at the Library while supplies last.

Saturday, May 7
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Library Lobby

Container Gardening with an Expert

Flower gardening can take a lot of talent and effort.  But if you are starting out as a gardener or experimenting with container gardening, this program is for you!  Ann Wied from the Horticulture and Community Development Outreach at the UW Extension in Waukesha County will present a class on container gardening.  She will build a 12-inch pot full of flowers as a part of the presentation and raffle it off after the program is complete.

Tuesday, May 10
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Community Room

Library Friends Giveback Night @ Hot House Tavern

Eat delicious food and support the Menomonee Falls Library Friends!

From 4:00 – 10:00 PM on May 16th, dine in at Hot House Tavern. Let your server know you are eating for the Library Friends and the Friends will receive 15% of all sales! Proceeds will go towards support of LIbrary programs and initiatives such as 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, performers, and more.

Show your server this event post, show them a printed flyer, or just mention that you are dining for the Library Friends!

Monday, May 16
4:00 – 10:00 PM
Hot House Tavern

Veterans Programs

Battle Buddies Book Club

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Attention Veterans and the military community! Join this new book club just for you at the Library. Request your copy (print, large print, book on CD, Playaway, and digital available) and get ready for excellent discussion led by Tyson Cole.

Monday, May 2
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Community Room

Veteran Employment Services

Join Corry Hunter from the State of Wisconsin’s Office of Veteran Employment Services (Department of Workforce Development) to find out about the many resources OVES offers to Veterans in all stages of their careers. Corry will cover everything Veterans need to know to begin or continue their job search, from getting help with job applications and resumes, to making connections with Veteran-friendly employers.

Thursday, May 26
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Community Room

Forging Creativity

Arts and crafts programs for adults in The Forge! These programs are free, but we do appreciate donations. Supplies are provided, while they last. Seating is limited, please register in advance to reserve your seat.

Travel Collage

Bring your own travel picture(s) to create a collage using scrapbook paper, washi tape, and markers. OR make your own travel vision board. Bring a picture(s) of a place you’d like to visit and create a beautiful vision board.

Tuesday, May 3
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Forge

Paper Tube Flowers

Recycle paper tubes into daisy flowers. Color with paint and sparkle with sequence or top with a pom-pom.

Friday, May 13
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Forge

Paperback Book Tea Cups

Celebrate the return of “Downton Abbey” in style! Repurpose a discarded paperback book into a tea cup

Tuesday, May 17
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Forge


Seating is limited.  Please register to reserve a seat.  

Pavarotti (2019)

PG-13 | 1h 54min

The life, work, and achievements of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti.  Directed by Ron Howard.

There will be a short discussion after the screening.

Wednesday, May 11
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Community Room

Finding You (2020)

PG | 1h 59min | Drama, Romance

Starring: Rose Reid, Jedidiah Goodacre, and Katherine McNamara.  Violinist Finley Sinclair travels to an Irish coastal village to begin her semester studying abroad.  At the B&B run by her host family, she encounters the gregarious and persistent heartthrob movie star, Beckett Rush.  Directed by Brian Baugh.

Tuesday, May 17
2:15 – 4:15 PM
Community Room

Thursday, May 19
6:15 – 8:15 PM
Community Room

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) 

PG-13 | 2h 4min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Starring: Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, and Finn Wolfhard.  When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.  Directed by Jason Reitman.

Thursday, May 19
2:15 – 4:15 PM
Community Room

Book Clubs

Pick up your copies at the 2nd Floor Information Desk. Seating is limited; please register in advance to reserve your seat. Refreshments provided by the Menomonee Falls Library Friends.

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

Fiction Book Club
Thursday, May 12
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Children’s Program Room

Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper

Nonfiction Book Club
Wednesday, May 25
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Children’s Program Room


Seating is limited; please register in advance to reserve your seat.

Where Did My Ancestor Live? Discovering Land Records

Discover where to find land records and what clues can be found hidden in the records.

Wednesday, May 25
7:00 – 8:00PM
Community Room