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Lunch and Learn

Enjoy lunch on us and discover something new over your lunch hour.  Learn some things that will assist in making you a great parent and discover library resources for you and your family. We’ll provide subs from Cousins Subs, chips and water. Feel free to bring additional munchies if you’d like.

Central Library
Community Room 1, Wednesdays, 12:15 – 1 pm.  
Doors open at noon. Lunch will be available starting at noon. Registration required and attendance is limited. Register for Lunch and Learns online by searching the library's calendar for the date and program in which you're interested. Or call 414.286.3011 to register by phone.

Wednesday, Jan 6
Choosing the Best School for Your Child

So many school options, where do you begin?  Attend this session and we’ll help participants understand the school selection process, outline the application timeline and provide information to help you make the best decision for your child.  This session is intended for parents with children entering school for the first time as well as parents of elementary and middle school aged children.  

Wednesday, Feb 3
Books, Magazines, Music & Movies – Oh, My
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Leaving town and need an eBook asap? Find out how to quickly find currently available titles. Forgot to pick up movies and you’re entertaining kids this weekend? Freegal Movies to the rescue! Go beyond the basics and learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of your library card with free downloads from OverDrive, Zinio and Freegal.

Wednesday, March 2
Helping Your Child Understand and Manage Difficult Feelings

Learning to manage emotions is an important dimension of your child’s social emotional development. Learn specific strategies that will help you support your child during challenging times and hear about the resources and services offered by The Parenting Network from one of their experts.

Wednesday, April 6
Helping Your Teen Get a Job

The hunt for a part-time job can be stressful!  Get some expert advice on what employers are looking for and learn about some Milwaukee job opportunities available to teens in summer of 2016.

Wednesday, May 4
Raising a Super Reader

Reading for pleasure is a life-long habit that begins in childhood.  Join us for a fun and informative session where you will learn tips and tricks for getting your child to read more and feel like a Super Reader.

Wednesday, Jun 1
Summer Reading for Adults

It’s not just for kids! Play Book Bingo with us for a chance to win prizes; we’ll give you a head start with ideas for crossing off categories on your bingo card like ‘one word title’ and ‘blue cover’. Even if you don’t play bingo with us, you’ll leave with a list of great books to read this summer, ideas including mysteries, history and much more.

Wednesday, Jul 6
Money Smart. Life Smart. 

Get your teen set up for life long financial success! Local financial literacy experts from Make a Difference, WI will be at the library to give you tips and tricks for helping your teen learn about budgeting, saving, banking, credit and more.     

Wednesday, Aug. 3
Career Exploration: A Parent’s Guide

Learn about tools and techniques you can use to help your child explore careers. Great for parents of Teens and Tweens who are making important decisions as they select high school classes and plan for post-secondary education.   

Wednesday, Sep 7
Starting the School Year Right!

Establishing school and homework routines can sometimes be a challenge after a long summer break.  Learn tips to use at home to help start the school year on the right foot! Discover ideas for establishing homework routines.  Find out about resources the library has to help your child get the most out of homework.

Wednesday, Oct 12
Give your Child a Daily High Five

Learn how to have a major impact on your child’s learning by incorporating five easy and fun things to do daily with your child.  This interactive presentation is perfect for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children infants through 7 years old.

Wednesday, Nov 2
Books for Gift Giving for Children and Teens

Books make great gifts for all ages.  Hear what’s hot and most wanted this holiday season for the children and teens in your life.

Wednesday, Dec 7
Books for Gift Giving – The Grown-up Edition

Everyone loves giving and receiving books. Join us for a round-up of the hottest titles of 2016 that your family and friends will delight in finding under the gift wrap. There’s something for everyone, including the sport nut, cooking fanatic and cozy fiction reader in your life.