Youth, adult programs set at Racine Public Library

RACINE — The Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St., is offering these free programs:

* “Music Together” for children and their families/caregivers, 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23. This early childhood music and movement program is provided by Lisa Friedrich of Harmonious Beginnings.

* “After School Stories and Crafts” for children ages 4-10 and their families/caregivers, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Participants will hear stories and create paper spiral decorations. Registration is required. Sign up at the Youth Services reference desk, call (262) 636-9245 or go to

* “Fall Storytime” for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 13. The 20-minute baby and toddler storytime will be held in the Youth Services department, and the 30-minute preschool storytime will be held in the Martin room. Preschool storytime is recommended for children ages 3-5 who are able to participate independently.

* Criminologist and former Milwaukee homicide detective Steven Spingola will present a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. He will walk the audience through challenging crime scenes while discussing the motives and mind-sets of predatory homicide suspects. Prior to his retirement as a lieutenant of detectives after 30 years with the Milwaukee Police Department, Spingola supervised all major categories of criminal investigations. He is currently the chair of Gateway Technical College’s criminal justice studies program. Spingola is also the author of the books “Predators on the Parkway” and “Best of the Spingola Files.” Books will be available for purchase that evening.

* A showing the movie based on the book “Forks Over Knives: the Plant-Based Way to Health,” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the adult department. Following the movie, Dr. Kevin Fullin, cardiologist, will give a brief presentation and answer questions. For two years, Fullin has chosen a whole food plant-based diet. He has given numerous talks on the benefits this lifestyle change can bring.

CCC to be topic of presentation Sept. 21 at Burlington library

BURLINGTON — Michigan-based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a free music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Burlington Public Library, 166 E. Jefferson St.

He will share stories about the CCC, read excerpts from his novel, show a video clip from his PBS film and sing original songs with his guitar. Jamerson has performed at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of CCC built national and state parks. His presentation is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It’s about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.

A question and answer period and book signing will follow his presentation. Former CCC men and their families are encouraged to attend and asked to bring photo albums and CCC memorabilia.

One-man Shakespeare show Monday at Racine library

RACINE  — The Friends of the Racine Public Library will host the one-person interactive presentation,“To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now,” at 2 and 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in the adult department at the library, 75 Seventh St.

Actor Ron Fry will portray William Shakespeare as he interprets excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s most famous works combined with a humorous look at life in Renaissance England.

All ages and learning levels will have the opportunity to take the stage and speak Shakespeare’s words.

Fry is the founding artistic director of Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee and was the artistic director for the Bristol Renaissance Faire for 19 years.

Registration is required for the free shows by calling the library’s adult reference desk at (262) 636-9217.

Youth, adult programs offered at Waterford library

WATERFORD — The Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St., will offer the following programs:

* “Learn to use Microsoft Word,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17. Fee: $12. Advance registration, payment and current library card with PIN required.

* “Acupuncture: How Can It Help You?,” 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Katie Kupietz, owner of Bodhi Tree Acupuncture & Wellness, will discuss the benefits and healing methods of acupuncture and oriental medicine. Free, registration is required.

* “Teen Advisory Board Meeting,” 10 a.m. Sept. 21. For students ages 12-18 who are willing to take on leadership roles at the library. Contact Jen Puccini, teen services librarian, for an application form at

* “Cooking Basics with Linda,” 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 21. A basic cooking class for teens. Get hands-on help with how to do basic prep and cooking tasks. Learn the meanings of cooking and baking terms. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call the library at (262) 534-3988.

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