Sun Prairie Public Library

The Polish Gray Samaritans

By the end of the first world war, the world had become used to the pillaging of Poland. Thirty young Polish-American women, called the Polish Gray Samaritans, changed that.  Their relatively unknown story will leave you in awe and inspire you by how much a small band of committed people can accomplish against great odds. The perseverance of these amazing women, essentially America's first peace corps, helped save a generation of Polish children in the midst of chaos, occupation, and war.

Speaker: Lindsey Hulstrom, research historian and college writing teacher

Joan & Bette Bette & Joan

Joan & Bette Bette & Joan is an original off-Broadway one-woman musical about the tumultuous relationship between two Academy Award winning icons of Hollywood's Golden Age, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Involved in a real and manufactured feud for most of their screen careers, their story is rendered via 14 original songs as well as live performance.

A Q&A will conclude the event.

Performer: Jillann Gabrielle (Website:

Historic Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Author Visit with Mary Bergin

Midwest travel, regional foods, German heritage and environmental sustainability are Mary Bergin's writing specialties. The lifelong professional journalist boasts decades of newspaper work as an editor and reporter. Her weekly, syndicated and award winning "Roads Traveled" columns began in 2002.  

The author will share stories from her many travels throughout the state & surrounding area as well as present her findings (& a few recipes!) which are detailed in the book. 

Someone's Gotta Do It: Monologues with Forward Theater

Chances are, you’ve had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound.  Jobs.   Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts.


The Someone's Gotta Do It monologues introduce you to characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd.

Play Club with Forward Theater: Marjorie Prime

Play Club is part book club, part performance experience.  This program presents the opportunity to explore a play in depth through guided discussion, performance of scenes by actors, and discussion with director and actors. Participants will gain a new perspective on what makes a play work and how it is brought to life on stage.

Participants will sign up at the library for Play Club and will receive a copy of the play, Marjorie Prime, by Jordan Harrison, to read prior to Play Club.  

Wisconsin Film Festival Pop Up! Neruda

Join us for a free WI Film Festival pop up screening of the film, Neruda. This Golden Globe nominee tells the story of an inspector who hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda after he becomes a fugitive in his country for joining the Communist Party in the late 1940s.

Refreshments served.

This film has a run time of approximately 107 minutes and is rated R. Adults only please.