Adult Book Club

Our book club meets once a month. We read fiction and nonfiction with insightful, fun and energetic discussions about each read!      

Our December meeting is on December 14th at 6:30 pm in the main library.

Our December read is:  All the Frequent Troubles of our Days by Rebecca Donner.  “Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mildred Harnack was twenty-six when she enrolled in a PhD program in Germany and witnessed the meteoric rise of the Nazi party. As early as 1932, she began holding secret meetings in her apartment—a small band of political activists that by 1940 had grown into the largest underground resistance group in Berlin. She recruited working-class Germans into the resistance, helped Jews escape, plotted acts of sabotage, and collaborated in writing leaflets that denounced Hitler’s regime. Her coconspirators circulated through Berlin under the cover of night, slipping the leaflets into mailboxes, public restrooms, phone booths. When the first shots of the Second World War were fired she became a spy, couriering top-secret intelligence to the Allies. On the eve of her escape to Sweden, she was ambushed by the Gestapo.”  Books were handed out the night of our November. We also have a supply on our blue reserve cart if you were unable to attend.     

If you are interested in joining our book club, please email Carol Murphy at or call 608.935.3728. Thank you!

International Mystery Book Club

Members choose which books they want to read from our list of suggested titles, focusing on a different country or region each month.

Our international mystery book club meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at our Dodgeville Library Annex location, 301 N. Iowa Street. If you are interested in attending this book club, please contact Carol Murphy at or call the library at 608.935.3728. Thank you!

Job Resources / Education / Resume Building

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Job Resources

Below are several links to job listings near Dodgeville and the surrounding areas.
• Bigger Shoes – Network Area Job Searches
• Monster Jobs – Search Engine

Iowa County Job Center

Job Service in Dodgeville is located across the street from the Dodgeville Public Library at 201 S. Iowa St.

Southwest Tech Outreach Sites

Southwest Tech offers Adult Basic Education courses, GED/HSED preparation, career planning services, and many other programming options at several outreach sites throughout Southwest Wisconsin. Many services are free of charge! Southwest Tech Outreach site is located at 316 W. Spring St., Dodgeville, in the same mall as Piggly Wiggly.

Job Center of Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin – Department of Workforce Development is a proud partner of the American Job Center Network.

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Learning Express Library

Learning Express is a free source for Career Preparation, College Admissions Test Prep, Skill-building Resources, GED Preparation, Adult Core Skills, and more. Enter your SWLS library’s barcode as your user name and create a password to set up your account.

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Cypress RESUME

Cypress Resume is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps. (Library Card number needed to login.)

Reminiscing Kits for Seniors


Reminiscing Kits for Senior have been developed for individuals with memory issues and their caregivers. We hope these kits stir memories and spark conversation. The kits include activities that can be done individually or with someone. The kits feature different themes relating to various topics. For example, farming, cooking and baking, birds, games, quilting, fishing, etc.

These kits are available at the Dodgeville Public Library and may be checked out for up to 4 weeks. Each kit provides a multi-sensory activity; visual, auditory, and tactile.

There is no charge for damaged or lost pieces. We are aware cognitively challenged people may get a little too zealous with activities and even may hide items. We do not want anyone to be afraid to check out or use the kits for fear something may be damaged or lost.

The Aging & Disability Resource Center, Iowa County Health Department and Dodgeville Public Library worked on developing the kits. CrestRidge Senior Living provided additional funding for the kits.



The Dodgeville Lions Club donated a VideoEye to the Library for vision impaired patrons. Located in the Local History room, the VideoEye is available for reading print materials, writing or doing handwork.

The VideoEye has several features that allow patrons to control the visual image.
Reverse Image converts black on white text into white on black text to give increased contrast. This is especially helpful when reading.
Color/BW turns color off. Helpful when reading colorful print.
Focus Lock fixes the focus on the desired surface to help with writing.
Full Range Autofocus focuses at any camera height by moving the camera arm up and down.
PowerZoom fingertip control increases/decreases magnification continuously by pressing and holding
the button.

How does it work?
The arm unit is clamped to the reading table. Nearby, the television screen is connected to the arm. When both are turned on, the VideoEye magnifies and projects the image from the table top through the television screen. The VideoEye can also be moved over the patron’s lap for handwork such as knitting.

Click here to see an example of how the VideoEye works.