Adult Programs

Steaming Into the Weekend
Friday, April 23 - 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, April 26 - 12:00pm | Zoom & Library Community Room


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, April 26 - 4:00pm | Zoom & Library Community Room


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 jhenze@deforestlibrary.org 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.

Qi gong With Nancy Osley, Instructor
Tuesday, April 27 - 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.

Please Note: This is a pre-recorded session, the in-person sessions on Tuesdays are not being streamed live or recorded.

Qi gong In-Person! - Registration Required
Tuesday, April 27 - 9:30am | Community Room


Registration: Register!

What is Qi gong?

It is a slow movement exercise with gentle stretching. Qi gong can create better energy, better sleep, relaxation, and reduce stress.

It’s been a long time since we were able to offer in-person Qi gong classes. Public Health Madison & Dane County Order #13 allows 20 people in our Community Room with 6 foot distancing, masks, and hand sanitizer available. To participate, please call the Library at 846-5482, or register on our website. Wear comfortable clothing, bring water, and you’ll need to fill out a waiver form.

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate, please contact library staff.

Please Note: The Qi gong on our Facebook page is a pre-recorded session, the in-person sessions on Tuesdays are not being streamed live or recorded.

Strategic Exercises for Pain-Free Knees & Hips - Registration Required Presented by Aaron Gustum | 4th Tuesday Forum
Tuesday, April 27 - 10:00am | Zoom


Registration: Register!

Ready to get active with the warmer weather, but not sure where to start?

Learn how to take a smart approach toward your spring activities that will keep you and your joints feeling good! Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Aaron Gustum will present this program for us on Zoom.

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

The Martians Are Coming - Registration Required Presented by Historian Laura F. Keyes
Tuesday, April 27 - 6:30pm | Zoom


Registration: Register!

On the Eve of Halloween 1938, a young actor/director broadcast a radio drama based on a 40-year-old novel: The War of the Worlds.

While the original broadcast had a relatively low audience, the impact it had, and continues to have, on American culture is staggering.

But how much of that impact was reality, and how much has been exaggerated over the years? Were there riots in the streets from panicked listeners, or did most of the audience simply enjoy a well-done piece of theatre? Did Orson Welles know he would frighten listeners, or was this an unintended accident?

Attend this illustrated lecture, and learn the real story.

Sponsored by a grant from:

Beyond the Page, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation

Beyond the Page is a permanent endowment held by the Madison Community Foundation that annually funds free humanities programming in Dane County libraries – forever.

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate, please contact library staff.

Short & Sweet Qi gong with instructor Nancy Osley
Wednesday, April 28 - 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, April 28 - 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, April 29 - 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.

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