Adult Programs

Virtual Escape Rooms
Friday, July 31 (All day) to Friday, February 26 (All day)

Here is a list of our current Virtual Escape Rooms:

  1. Escape from the Library 
  2. Norbert's Journey: Level 1
  3. Alice's Adventures at Hogwarts: Level 2
  4. Harry Potter & the Unicorn Rescue Society: Level 3
  5. Uchenna in the Shadow House: Level 4

2021 Winter Reading Program: Reading is a Hoot!
Monday, December 14 (All day) to Friday, February 26 (All day)

This reading program is based on what you read!

  • Pygmy Owls are reading Board, Picture, and Early Reader Books.
  • Screech Owls are reading Chapter, +, and Kids Books.
  • Barn Owls are reading Kids, Teen, and Adult Books.
  • Barred Owls are reading Kids, Teen, and Adult Books.

If you would like to submit your reading via a paper form instead of Beanstack you can download and print it here!

The last day to enter books is 5:00 pm on February 26, 2021. The last day to redeem and spend Dragon Dollars is at 5:00 pm on February 28, 2021. There is a small prize store set up in the Rosenberry Lounge. You may redeem your Dragon Dollars from the front desk and shop during Library open hours.

You can also get Beanstack on your phone:
Get it on Google Play



Q: What is the difference between Barn Owls and Barred Owls?

A: Barn Owls is for readers 18 and younger, and Barred Owls is for readers 18 and older. The Library Staff, aka Snowy Owls, challenge the Barn Owls to read more books than they can! If the Barn Owls beat the Snowy Owls they will get a special treat, where as if the Snowy Owls beat the Barn Owls the Snowy Owls will enjoy some yummy pie. In the past our Teen Services Librarian has been pied twice, drenched with water, and eaten hot sauce when the staff has lost. 


Q: What are Dragon Dollars?

A: Dragon Dollars are our Reading Program currency. As you read books and complete activities you will earn Dragon Dollars that can be spent in our Reading Program Prize Store, or donated to the DeForest Area Needs Network, the Dane County Humane Society, Homeless Action Network of DeForest, and/or the DeForest Area Public Library Endowment Fund.


Q: Who can join your reading program?

A: Everyone! We have a program for all ages and reading levels. If you are reading to your child or new born, you can register them and yourself under the Pygmy Owls program. If you do not live in the DeForest Area you are still welcome to join. Please note that we do not ship prizes so if you would like to claim Dragon Dollars or enter ticket drawings you must be able to come and pick up your prizes, either in the building or curbside. 


Q: I'm an adult reading picture books to my kids, can I still join?

A: Absolutely! Our programs are based on what you are currently reading. If you mainly read picture books to your kid(s) you can join the Pygmy Owls program and if you are mainly reading Chapter books you can join the Screech Owls program. It doesn't matter what age you are as long as you are reading or listening to books.


Q: Do graphic novels or audio books count?

A: YES! Any type of book counts.


Q: If my parent/guardian/sibling and I listen to the same book can we both count it?

A: Yes.


Q: Do the books have to be library books?

A: No. Although we do encourage you to use our library and our digital library, any book you read counts. During our Winter programs you can even count books you are reading in school! If you were given a Summer Reading List, not only can we help you get a copy of your book, you can count that book towards the reading program as well.


Q: Do we have to come into the library to claim our Dragon Dollars and get prizes?

A: We are willing to work with you so you feel comfortable and can still participate in the reading program. If you would like to donate your Dragon Dollars please email Jessica at


Q: Can I buy the prizes with real money?

A: No, the prizes in our prize store can only be purchased with Dragon Dollars. The reading program is free and open to everyone so sign up and start entering your reading!

Steaming Into the Weekend
Friday, January 22 - 9:00am | Facebook

We've missed seeing everyone explore and create in The Workshop, so we're going to work on bringing the spirit of The Workshop to you on our Facebook page. We will post a fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activity each Friday at 9 am, just in time for the weekend.

Badger Book Club
Monday, January 25 - 12:00pm | Zoom

badger book club

4th Monday of the Month
DeForest Area Public Library
12:00 p.m.

If you want to find a good book, look around you! Wisconsin abounds with local authors and books about our state. Copies of the books to be discussed will be available for checkout at the library.

Coloring for Adults
Monday, January 25 - 4:00pm | Zoom

You've probably heard that coloring has many benefits.  Here's what the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association recently stated.

"Studies have shown that “structured coloring of a reasonably complex geometric pattern,” such as a symmetrical mandala pattern or coloring book, can lead to a meditative state that helps reduce anxiety. Consider breaking out your adult coloring books, or drawing your own pattern."

Our library's Coloring for Adults group will be meeting via Zoom to color together.  If you would you like to join in send an email to at least one day before the next session and you'll receive an invitation to join in the fun.

 Those who are already members will automatically receive an invitation by email.

Qigong With Nancy Osley, Instructor
Tuesday, January 26 - 9:30am | Facebook

Instructor Nancy Osley invites you to practice this form of exercise and relaxation with controlled breathing and movement. 

A new class is posted every Tuesday morning on the Library's Facebook page.  Wear comfortable clothes and just follow Nancy's actions.

Covered Bridges of the Upper Midwest - Registration Required Presented by David & Rhonda Mossner | 4th Tuesday Forum
Tuesday, January 26 - 10:00am | Zoom

Registration: Register!

Covered Bridges are beautiful and perfectly functional – come see for yourself on a visit to the bridges of the upper Midwest.

Dave Mossner has photographed scores of them and will share their stories at this library outreach program.

Co-hosted via Zoom by DeForest Area Community & Senior Center & DeForest Area Public Library

Short & Sweet Qi gong with instructor Nancy Osley
Wednesday, January 27 - 1:00pm | Facebook

Step away from your day, recharge and replenish your energy with practice sessions led by our instructor Nancy Osley.

Workshop Wednesday Weekly Facebook Videos & Kits @ the Library
Wednesday, January 27 - 1:00pm

Every Wednesday at 1 pm, Michael, our STEAM librarian, will post an instructional video for a fun project you can complete at home.

Kits with most of the project materials will be available in our Library Street entrance (while supplies last).

The Workshop @ Home
Thursday, January 28 - 9:00am | Facebook

We've missed seeing everyone explore and create in The Workshop, so we're going to work on bringing the spirit of The Workshop to you on our Facebook page. We will share a Workshop-style project or tips each Thursday at 9 am.

Memoir Writing Group
Thursday, January 28 - 1:00pm | Email

Won't these be interesting times to write about someday? For now, our Memoir Writers group continues to think about events, places, and people in our lives. If you have not been able to participate in our group, this is a great time to get involved because you don't have to be in Room D to participate.

Everyone has a story to tell.  Share a memory from your life!  Send something you have written to Jane at   Your writing will be shared it with the group via email. Then read what others have written and reply with a short bit of feedback.

Dewey Stitchers
Thursday, January 28 - 4:00pm | Zoom

While we're all in isolation, crafts like crochet and knitting are a great way to pass the time, have fun, and relax.  

Our library's Dewey Stitchers group will meet via Zoom to craft together.  Would you like to join in?  Send an email to at least one day before the next session and you'll receive an invitation to join in the fun.

Those who are already members will automatically receive an invitation by email.