The Waukesha Public Library will conclude 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. 27-Nov. 13 include:

  • Bus Trip to Historic Bronzeville (Chicago), from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27: Trip includes Chicago Freedom
    Tour 1860-1960 (led by the Bronzeville Historical Society) as well as the Brown Sugar Bakery and lunch in Old Town. Ticket ($44) includes fees, motor coach transportation and a copy of the book. Note: registration was required by Oct. 1; call 262-524-3737 for availability and information.
  • "To Kill A Mockingbird" play performance, Friday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St.: Theater-goers will experience the play based on Harper Lee’s classic novel. Talkback sessions planned after Sunday matinees and weekday shows. For details and tickets, call 262-547-0708 or go online to
  • Ex Fabula StorySlam, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St.: Participants will listen to true, personal stories on the theme of “Loss of Innocence.” (Audience members are invited to share a story and then take the stage, if selected. (Stories must be 5 minutes or less, and told without notes or props. For ages 13 and older. For information, call 414-530-3503 or go online to
  • “Music for Us to Enjoy” Mockingbird Cabaret & Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Commons, C101, 1500 N. University Drive: An original cabaret (inspired by the featured book) created and performed by Candace Decker and Phil Smith. Following the cabaret, the Flash Fiction Contest winners in all categories will be recognized along with Festival Century Fence contest winners. For information, call 262-524-3746.
  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" author panel, Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, UW-Waukesha, Room N140, 1500 N. University Drive: An author panel discusses how the novel and Harper Lee inspired their writing. For information, call 262-524-3746.
  • Dinner & Movie for "To Kill a Mockingbird," 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Marcus Majestic Cinema, 770 N. Springdale Road, Town of Brookfield: Event includes a dinner, the award-winning 1962 film and the “Music for Us to Enjoy” Mockingbird Cabaret featuring Candace Decker and Phil Smith. Tickets ($20) and reservations (with payment) required in advance by Nov. 4, and seating is limited. Call 262-524-3694 or email
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