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 go to 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.

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.


 Programs include:

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.

April: A book you chose because of the cover.

May: A book by a local author.


Meet Your Neighbor:

All Things Fire Department

Friday, April 19th at 10:00am. In the McIntosh Memorial Library lobby.

Join the McIntosh Memorial Library for a monthly program called Meet Your Neighbor where local community member, leaders and organizations come and speak about topics involving the city of Viroqua and Vernon County.

Fire Chief Chad Buros will be at the library to talk all things fire department. He will talk about our local Viroqua Fire Department, and fire safety in general. As we change seasons where dry, and hot weather is eventually coming our way, what are some things that homes and businesses can do to prepare for what we hope will never happen. What fire safety tips and tricks should be common practice.


Macular Degeneration

With Dr. Troy McKay, Optometrist with Gundersen Health

Wednesday, April 24th @2:15pm. In the Library lobby

In Partnership with the Vernon County Over 50

How can our age and other risk factors lead to severe vision problems? Learn how early detection can benefit us all!

Magic and Miracles: A Sharing Circle

With Rebecca Brown

Join us at the McIntosh Memorial Library on Thursday, May 2nd at 5:30pm.

Rebecca Brown is gratefully returning to our library for a special event starring YOU.

Could you use a little hope and wonder? Let’s pass around the spring twig and share our experiences of the paranormal, the miraculous and the magical. Strange things in the sky, glowing orbs in the trees, a guiding voice, a sudden healing, a figure in white, and inexplicable rescue, these things happen every day.

Life can make us forget that moment of clear vision. Other people’s stories will remind you of your own inheritance. Your miracle is not small to someone else. When you share it, you take your place in human mythology. Sitting in a circle and telling stories is spirit medicine. We look forward to seeing you here!

Rebecca Brown has been a spiritual advisor for 20 years. Her practice includes: Teaching, Publishing, Entertaining, Shamanism, Reiki, Sound Journey, and so much more. Check out her website for more information:

7 Simple Actions to Help Birds

With Ben Johnston of the Valley Stewardship Network

Thursday, May 9th, 2024 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Lobby

Join us in welcoming Ben Johnston of the Valley Stewardship Network on Thursday, May 9th, 2024 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm for a presentation on the “7 Simple Actions to Help Birds”. This presentation is in partnership with the Valley Stewardship Network and will be held in the McIntosh Memorial Library Lobby. A 2019 report discovered that the overall bird population in North America has decreased by 25%, with habitat loss as the primary cause. As a result of the report, 7 Simple Actions have been identified that people can take to help birds. Ben will discuss how we can implement these 7 actions in our own backyards and day to day life.

Meet Your Neighbor:

Protecting Our Night Skies

with Scott Lind

Friday, May 17th at 10:00am in the McIntosh Memorial Library lobby.

Join the Library for our monthly program called Meet Your Neighbor. This month Scott Lind will talk on how to implement the use of dark-sky-friendly outdoor lighting to save energy, reduce glare, benefit wildlife, help prevent light pollution & preserve our night skies. Friday, May 17th at 10:00am in the McIntosh Memorial Library lobby. Poorly executed and excess outdoor lighting is rapidly degrading the night for all of us with glare and loss of true darkness even many miles from small cities. It has extraordinary negative impacts on other species we share the planet with.  Recognizing there are legitimate needs for outdoor lighting; come and learn how to do it right and help preserve the night sky, enhance safety, save energy and protect other species from harm. 

Scott Lind is a licensed professional electrical engineer and master electrician who has worked for 35 years on a wide variety of power and lighting designs. Kickapoo Valley Dark Sky Initiative is a conservation initiative focused on providing education and resources for individuals, businesses, and communities to prevent light pollution and protect dark skies in the Kickapoo Valley, and beyond. 

Art Programs:

All Adult Programs require registration.

Click here to register

How to Draw: Flowers

When: Thursday, April 18th at 5:30pm

Where: The McIntosh Memorial Library Program Room

Join the Adult Programming and Outreach Coordinator, Maggie Strittmater, for an adult art program “How to Draw: Flowers”. This is a beginner’s level class where there will be step by step and guided how-to on how to draw flowers. We will be drawing Daffodils, and other flowers will be available for self-exploration. Create a bouquet, or focus on mastering a single type of flower. Let’s welcome spring with this wonderful art program!

Registration Required.


Sewing Potholders

With Beth Smith

Tuesday, April 23rd 10:00 am- 12:00 pm In the McIntosh Memorial Library Program Room

Join us for a fun beginners/intermediate level sewing class. We will provide all you need, but feel free to bring your favorite fabric if you have one you wish to use.

Registration Required.


Paper Wreath Making

Thursday, May 16th at 5:30pm in the McIntosh Memorial Library program room.

The Adult Art Program for the month of May is “Paper Wreath Making”. Join us on Thursday, May 16th at 5:30pm in the McIntosh Memorial Library program room. We will be using discarded books that were intended for the dump, and repurpose them into pieces of art we can display. Come and create a variety of different wreath styles using book pages to create a unique and wonderful wreath.

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

Registration Required.


Groups/Monthly Programs:

Tabletop Takeover

2nd and 4th 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 2nd and 4th 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

1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of the month from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Starting in the Month of May 2024

Join the McIntosh Memorial Library in our bi-monthly adult program called Fiber Fun. This program begins in May 2024 with the first date being Tuesday, May 14th. We will be in the Program Room on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s 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.

Chess Club 65

Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm January 3rd-May 15th 2024.

Whether you know how to play chess or want to learn we’re bringing a Chess Club 65 to the McIntosh Memorial Library! All ages and all levels of experience are welcome.


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 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.



Woodcarving Group

With John Sutton and Local Carvers

SATURDAY 10:00AM-12:00PM

April 13th, 2024

For ages 9+ Under 18, an adult must be present

Registration is Required. Please stop by the library or call 608-637-7151 ext. 6

Please bring your own tools if you have them

What to Expect: Workshops are subject to change

  • Workshop 6+:
    • Guest’s Show and tell
    • Patterns
    • Finishing
    • And more!

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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