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. 20-26 include:

  • Literary Approaches to To Kill a Mockingbird, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Local scholars share insights on this classic novel.
  •  An Evening with Mary Badham, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Carroll University Campus Center, second floor, Stackner Ballroom, 101 N. East Ave. Academy Award nominee Mary Badham will speak about her experiences portraying Scout Finch alongside Gregory Peck in the classic 1962 film. "To Kill a Mockingbird" Q&A to follow.
  • Ex Fabula Storytelling Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22. This is a special “Loss of Innocence”-themed storytelling workshop, led by an Ex Fabula coach, guiding participants through exercises to help them find, structure, practice and share a true, personal story. For ages 13 and up. For information, call 414-530-3503 or email
  • "Mockingbird" Music, featuring The School District of Waukesha Orchestras, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Waukesha South High School, 401 E. Roberta Ave. Featuring music reflecting Harper Lee's iconic book. For information, call 262-970-3375
  • Monday Night Movies, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24: Featuring a film about a Mississippi district attorney struggling to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Starring Alec Baldwin and Whoopi Goldberg. Rated R.
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to "To Kill a Mockingbird," 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Local scholars share insights on the book in relation to film, the inequalities of the justice system and segregation.
  • "Mockingbird" Poetry & Short Story Slam, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Open to teens in grades 7-12. Snacks provided.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Team Trivia, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at The Crest Pub & Grill, 257 W. Broadway. Participants compete for prizes answering questions related to the Harper Lee's classic novel and film. Event also includes raffles benefiting Greater Waukesha Literacy. For information, call 262-547-7323 or email
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