Adult Programs

The Adult Library is a comfortable space in the Library for reading, studying, or working. Within the Adult Library is our Periodical Area containing a beautiful fireplace to sit by while reading our newspapers and magazines.. We also offer a public Conference Room, History Wall, restrooms, and computer area. Before you enter the Adult Library you will walk past our New Arrivals area where all of the new items added to the Adult collection are kept. Enjoy the monthly art displays on our Viroqua Area Foundation Community Art Wall and inside our Marie Weltzin Art Display case.  For a complete schedule of upcoming adult programs please scroll down.

All library programs are of no-cost to our patrons. 

To view recorded programs, please visit our YouTube channel HERE, or type in to YouTube: McIntosh Memorial Library Viroqua, @mcintoshmemoriallibraryvir9220

 

To register for adult programs, click HERE

We are shifting to an online registration system for our programming. Please fill out the form above to register for the program you are interested in.  You will be notified within 7 business days with either a confirmation email, or a notification that you are on the waitlist.

Please contact [email protected] or 608-637-7151 ext. 7 with questions.

8th Annual Vernon County Reads Presents:

Jennifer Chiaverini

Thursday, August 15th 2024 at 7:00 pm

At the Westby Performing Arts Center: 206 West Ave S, Westby, WI 54667

Admission to the event is free of charge. Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the book signing immediately following the program.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels, including critically acclaimed historical fiction and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. Jennifer was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for her novel Resistance Women and WLA awarded her the honor of Notable Wisconsin Author for her significant contributions to WI’s literary heritage.

Five public libraries in Vernon County are partnering with the Driftless Writing Center for the eighth annual Vernon County Reads adult reading program. Beginning Friday June 7, residents are encouraged to stop by their local public library to check out books by Wisconsin Author Jennifer Chiaverini. Jennifer is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-three novels, including critically acclaimed historical fiction and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. The latest addition to the Elm Creek Quilt Series “The Museum of Lost Quilts” was released in April of 2024.

 Programs include:

 

📚🎒 Get Involved: Backpack and Supplies Packing Days! 🎒📚

Welcome to our page! We’re excited to share an amazing opportunity for you to make a difference in our community. Our upcoming Backpack and Supplies Packing Days are a fantastic way to support students in Vernon County and we’d love for you to join us!

About the Event: We’re preparing for our annual Stuff the Bus event, which provides free school supplies and backpacks to students from Pre-K through High School across the county. This year, we’re packing and distributing supplies at seven different locations, and we need your help!

Event Details: 📍 Location: Bethel Home and Services Fellowship Hall, 614 S. Rock Avenue, Viroqua 📅 Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, July 23rd from 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Friday, July 26th from 10:30am-1:30pm

These packing days are all about community, fun, and making a positive impact. It’s a great chance to give back, meet new people, and enjoy a lively, multigenerational event. Feel free to bring your family, friends, and lots of enthusiasm!

How You Can Help:

  • Join Us: Participate in the packing events to help assemble and distribute the supplies.
  • Spread the Word: Share this information with anyone who might be interested in volunteering.
  • Contact Us: If you have any questions or want to let us know you’re coming, please reach out!

Your involvement will ensure that every student in our community starts the school year with the supplies they need to succeed. Thank you for your support!

Looking forward to seeing you there and making a big impact together! 💪📚

For more information and to RSVP, please contact us at [email protected] or call 608-637-7151 ext. 7.

Art Programs:

All Adult Programs require registration.

Click here to register

Alcohol Ink Coasters

 Thursday, July 18th at 5:30pm in the program room.

We will use alcohol ink to create unique and bright patterns and expressions on coasters that will be the perfect addition to your home, or a perfect gift. These classes are open to all levels of experience, and we are dedicated to have a great time above all else.

As always, library programs are of no cost to patrons, and all supplies are provided.

Registration is required.

 

Groups/Monthly Programs:

Tabletop Takeover

1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Starting in the Month of May 2024

Join the McIntosh Memorial Library in our bi-monthly adult program called Tabletop Takeover. This program begins in May 2024 with the first date being Monday, May 6th. We will be in the adult library on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 4:00pm-6:00pm. This will be a space to play, learn, instruct, and enjoy! Join us by either playing the games available, or bringing your own to share! This is an opportunity to share games you love to play, to learn new games, and to come together in a neutral zone to enjoy all things tabletop games. Games Provided: Catan, Scattergories, The Great Dalmuti, Cards, Chess, Mahjong, Go, and more! Please bring your own games to share or suggest some favorites. Youth ages 12 and older are welcome.

Fiber Fun

 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Join the McIntosh Memorial Library in our monthly adult program called Fiber Fun. We will be in the Program Room on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm. This is a chance for those who love the fiber arts to come to a welcoming space to create. We have materials for Knitting, Sewing, Crocheting, and more. Come with your own project in mind as this will not be led by an instructor. Materials provided include limited fabric, thread, yarn, knitting needles, crocheting hooks, sewing needles, and use of four sewing machines. Come and enjoy a welcoming space to create and make connections.

Adult Advisory Group (AAG)

Third Thursday of the month at 1:00pm in the Library

The McIntosh Memorial Library is starting an Adult Advisory Group, or AAG for short. The group will come together, share ideas, generate what volunteer opportunities are available, and help reflect what the communities needs are so that we as a library, are catering to all who need us. Please consider joining! If you are interested please email Maggie at [email protected] phone: 608-637-7151 ext. 7.

 

Bring Your Own Book Club (B.Y.O.B.C.)

4th Thursday of the Month

5:30 pm at Magpie Gelato 113 S Main St, Viroqua, WI 54665

Registration Required.

Join us for something new, and a twist to the classic book club. B.Y.O.B.C. is a book club where readers are invited to share and discuss 1-3 books they have been reading. Bring your books of choice, and be ready to share your recommendations!

Each month, there is a suggested “theme” for those who’d like some guidance. But feel free to break free of the mold.

  • June: An author who is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • July: A book with an outdoor theme.
  • Aug: 2023 national book award finalist.
  • Sept: An author who is Hispanic-American
  • Oct: A new author as of 2023.
  • Nov: A non-fiction book on any subject.
  • Dec: A book set in another country.

Open Chess

On Wednesdays in June, July and August “Summer Open Chess Game Playing Time” will happen at McIntosh Memorial Library from 4:00-6:00pm. Players ages 7 through adult are welcome to check out chess boards from the library’s front desk and organize in the Adult Library for game playing. Coaches will be present per their availability. Registration is not required as library staff will not be directly supervising the game playing. Open Chess is player-driven, community-oriented time to independently organize to play chess!

 

The Fellowship

Islands of Brilliance:

Small Group Classes for Those on Autism Spectrum

Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the McIntosh Memorial Library.

This program will bring together neurodiverse teens and young adults in the Viroqua area.

Interested participants can connect with us at https://islandsofbrilliance.app.neoncrm.com/forms/connectwithus or call (262) 224-4230. To ensure individual attention, each community fellowship is limited to 10 participants.

The weekly, 60-minute sessions run February through September and will be led by a local educator and artist who have been hired and trained by IOB. Many of the Brilliant Fellows identify as neurodivergent and/or have close ties to the autism community.

The Fellowship is being held in-person on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the McIntosh Memorial Library. The classes couple a creative hands-on activity with a technology component that helps students express themselves and encourages them to develop positive interaction skills. In addition, attendees will establish connections with peers and mentors in their community, which can help address the isolation that neurodiverse teens and young adults often face.

Funding for the program came from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services through a grant using American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

Past Conversations

Press the link above to watch previously recorded Conversations programs!

Many of our Past Programs are available on our YouTube page. Click Here for our YouTube page or search McIntosh Memorial Library Viroqua on the YouTube home page.

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