Adult Summer Reading Program


Adult Summer Reading Program

Early Sign Up Week: June 5 - 10

Program runs: June 12 - July 29

The 2023 Hartland Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program's theme is All Together Now! This year's program focuses on several main goals: to read as much as possible, to get adults active while trying new activities and hobbies, and to travel and learn about our local community and world!

2023 will feature both reading and activity goals:

Reading Goals: For each hour that you read and log up to 70 hours, you will receive 1 raffle ticket for the grand prize drawings at the end of the summer. Reading a book, magazine, e-materials, newspaper, etc. or listening to an audiobook all count!

Summer Activities: Along with reading great books, we want to encourage our patrons to get out and about with their friends and families, so we've designed several different activities that adults can participate in all summer long:

  • Explore the Outdoors- Participate in some fun outdoor activities right in your backyard in Waukesha County!
  • Travel Dishes- Try a new recipe from another culture (or two, or three)!
  • BFF: Book Friends Forever- Read from our reading list focusing on friendships and community.
  • Hartland Happenings- Support local businesses and explore what Hartland has to offer this summer.
  • Genre Adventurer- Dive into a genre you wouldn't normally pick up, and see what you think!
  • Read It First: 2023 Edition- Let us know if the book really is better by reading these books that are being adapted into movies or TV series this year.

More directions can be found in our activities guide or on Beanstack. You can complete one, several, or all of the activities. After each activity is completed, you will receive 10 raffle tickets that can be used for one of several grand prize drawings at the end of the program. Some activities also have additional reading lists that can be accessed through Beanstack, and for each reading activity completed, you will get an additional 6 tickets for the the grand prize raffles.

All reading/activities should be logged on our Beanstack. If you are not comfortable using Beanstack, fear not--our staff at the Reference Desk can assist you in filling out a paper version of the needed information. For any related questions, comments, or concerns, please see the Reference Desk staff, give us a call at (262) 367-3350, email us at, or head over to our Beanstack website at


Herb & Spice Club

June Spice: Fennel

July Spice: Mint

Join our take-home cooking club! Each month, there will be a unique herb or spice to use at home along with a corresponding recipe and historical anecdotes.

Dementia Friends Session

Thursday, June 8 at 11 am

What Makes You a Dementia Friend? You become a Dementia Friend by attending a one-hour informational session to learn about this worldwide movement, about living with dementia, and the simple things you can do to support someone living with the disease. This is not a training session but more of an informational session.

Party in the Park

Saturday, June 10 at 11 am – 1 pm

Join us for our Party in the Park as we kick off our summer programming with a GIANT INFLATABLE OBSTACLE COURSE! There will also be yard games and an opportunity to sign up for our summer reading program. Food will be available from Endter’s Sports Grill.   

Genre Book Club

Wednesday, June 14 at 6 pm

The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald

Wednesday, July 12 at 6 pm

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Shelf Indulgence Book Club

Thursday, June 15 at 11 am 

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

Thursday, July 20 at 11 am

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Board Game Night

Tuesday, June 27 at 5-7 pm

Tuesday, July 25 at 5-7 pm

Head over to the Library for a family fun night of games! Stay for a little bit or play for the whole two hours playing board games or card games with friends and family! Games are supplied by the Library. No registration required.

Blood Drive

Friday, June 30 at 9 am - 2 pm

The Library will be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the Red Cross. For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter 'Hartland' in the 'Find a Blood Drive' box. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Drumming with Gary Huber Memory Café

Friday, July 7 at 10:30 am

Join us at Hartland Public Library for a fun morning filled with drumming led by Gary Huber. Memory Cafés are informal social gatherings for those who have early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, and their care partner. Registration is preferred but not required. Please visit to register or call the Library at 262-367-3350 to register.

Memory Screening

Thursday, July 27 at 1-4 pm

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It creates a baseline of where a person’s memory is at and if further evaluation or diagnostic testing should be discussed. Kathy Glaser, a Dementia Care Specialist from ADRC, will be here to provide a free confidential 15-minute screening. Please call Kathy at 262-548-7354 to set up an appointment. Screens will be provided by appointment only, based on availability.