Verona Public Library

Speaking with Music

Program Description:

HMong music is the last surviving musical language in the world—it is able to mimic HMong speech by using musical intervals, ornamentation, and chords to mimic linguistic tones, consonants, and vowels—allowing musicians to literally speak with music. However, there have not been many opportunities for this unique trait of HMong music to shine. HMong American refugees first arrived to the United States in 1975, after having supported American CIA forces in Laos during the Vietnam War.

Creating a Sense of Belonging Through Slam Poetry

Program Description:

Charles's workshop will help participants delve into crucial conversations across differences. And by doing so, participants will foster a deeper understanding of themselves. The learning objectives were designed to challenge participants to think, write, and share experiences they've had that contributed to their sense of belonging by giving participants a brave space to share their personal stories and challenging them to listen critically.

Monster: The True Story of the Jeffrey Dahmer Murders - Author Event

You may view the program live on Youtube without registering by following this link:

In 1991, Anne Schwartz, reporter for the former Milwaukee Journal, broke the story of Milwaukee serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Schwartz will discuss her book Monster: The True Story of the Jeffrey Dahmer Murders.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Chocolate World Tour

Take your tastebuds on a world tour! Join Stan Kitson, chocolatier at Driftless Chocolates, for a virtual chocolate tasting. Taste single-origin chocolates from five countries along the equator: Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Madagascar. Stan will share each country's chocolate story, history and unique regional flavor profiles. 

Registration required and limited to 20 participants.

Participants will get a free sample of box of chocolates to be picked up in the library or via curbside appointment starting Friday, November 14th.

Hamilton: How a Musical about History is Making Musical History

HAMILTON: An American Musical tells the story of the founding of the country and the Revolution, while also commenting on contemporary issues in America today. With a soundtrack and script that fuses classical musical theatre and poetry with elements of popular music and hip hop, its storytelling both builds on the past and looks to the future. Sarah Marty, Faculty Affiliate at the UW-Madison Division of the Arts, will discuss how both Hamilfans and those new to HAMILTON will enjoy learning more about this award-winning show.


Hamilton Sing-Along

Join Hamilton Fans of all ages and sing along to the soundtrack of the Hamilton musical. Snack provided; Hamilton-themed costumes encouraged.

The sing-along is open to all ages, but because of profanity used in the musical, anyone under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.

Alexander Hamilton: The Historian and Playwright

John Kaminski, Ph.D., Director at the UW-Madison Center for the Study of the American Constitution, will discuss Hamilton's spectacular rise from obscurity in the West Indies to the heights of power directing the new nation's finances and serving as the leader of one of the two great political parties of the 1790's. Kaminski will also highlight the strengths and shortcomings of Lin-Manuel Miranda's play, Hamilton.

Dr. Kaminski's book, Alexander Hamilton: From Obscurity to Greatness, will be available for sale and signing.

Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Patriot, Visionary - Traveling Exhibition

Alexander Hamilton was one of the leading Americans who recognized the need for a strong centralized government and understood the structures that were needed to support the new Republic and allow it to grow and flourish. Hamilton's vision, probably more than that of any other Founder, is reflected in the modern America in which we now live.