The Waukesha Public Library continues its Waukesha Reads event, a schedule of reading related programs that place in October and November, featuring the classic Harper Lee novel “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

The program, now in its 10th year, was created in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts to boost reading and community involvement. The program runs through Nov. 13, with multiple events weekly through Nov. 5. For a complete list of events, go online to

Most events will take place at the library, 321 Wisconsin Ave., except where noted. Call 262-524-3682 (also except where noted) for information on these events:

Events for the period Oct. 10-19 include:

  • Monday Night Movies, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10: Featuring a film about the 1965 marches for equal voting rights in Selma, Alabama. Rated PG 13.
  • “To Kill A Mockingbird” book discussion: 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Avalon Square, 222 Park Place. For information, call 262-547-1060 or email
  • Soap Carving for Teens, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11: For grades 7-12. Snacks and supplies provided.
  • Northern Mockingbird – the Great Mimicker, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11: Led by Rick Fare from the Hoy Audubon Society, who will discuss northern mockingbirds' influence on literature, music, folklore and politics.
  • Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12: The screening of a documentary that focuses on Harper Lee and both of her novels. 
  • “To Kill A Mockingbird” book discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Led by former Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson.
  • Explore the Night Skies: 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium at the Retzer Nature Center on S14 W28167 Madison St.: Featuring information on the constellation nicknamed the Drinking Gourd, which helped runaway slaves find their way north, For information, call 262-896-8423.
  • The Big Blue Ball Children’s Theater, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15: Featuring an original musical about the environment and diversity.
  • Jem’s Box of Treasures, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15: Program during which kids can decorate a box and go on a scavenger hunt.
  • "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" book discussion, 4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17: For children in grades 4-6 on book by Christopher Paul Curtis.
  • "Go Set a Watchman" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" book discussions, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Catholic Memorial High School's Innovation Wing, 601 E. College Ave.: Discussion led by author Mary Ann Noe on both of Harper Lee's novels. For information, call 262-993-4434.
  • The Paradox of Being a Black Reporter in Today's Society, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18; Discussion led by Officer Corey Saffold on his experiences at a time when police are often viewed as the enemy, especially by African-Americans.
  • Brown Bag Conversation, Atticus Finch: Public Defender, noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Frame Park Rotary Building, 1150 Baxter St.: Led by Waukesha City Attorney Brian Running. Participants can bring a lunch (dessert and coffee will be served). For information, call 262-548-0421.
  • Comedy Improv with Funny Bone Mafia & Sticky Rhinoceros, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at  Carroll University's Shattuck Recital Hall Room 107, 100 N. East Ave.: Featuring skits by Carroll and Catholic Memorial High School students on themes of children and growing up. For more information, call 262-650-4887 or email
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