In 1917, a young Alfred Engel, son of the founder of Bergheim, left for the Great War, leaving behind the love of his life, Louise Henkel. While serving on the front, he wrote several lovely letters home to his dearest, providing insight into the hardship of war, but always professing his love and desire to return to the young Louise. He did just that, and they were married on September 30, 1919 at St. Joseph Honey Creek, raising three daughters. Engel’s time at war and return home is retold in an exhibit opening today on the upstairs archives wall! Stop by and see it through the end of March. Items for the exhibit are on generous loan from the family and local historical re-enactors and collectors and digitized items can be found in the Dietert Historical Archives!
Adult Discussion GroupsThe library offers many types of programs for adults throughout the year. They're free and open to the public, and most do not require any registration. Checking our calendar frequently for information is best, but we have regular book and discussion groups as well, and more information can be found here: Adult Discussion Groups
Technology Assistance We offer technology assistance in the lobby most weekdays. Check our events calendar for times or call the library. In addition, we utilize several database programs to assist those in need of basic computer training. See the upstairs desk for assistance and we can log you into those self-directed programs today!
Historical Field Trips Library staff, volunteers from the Dietert Historical Archives, and anyone who is interested in history head to a town or location of historical significance to learn more about the area in which we live. Check our events calendar for more information.
ESL Classes take place in the spring and fall each year. Check our events calendar to see when the next set of classes will be offered. In addition, we offer one-on-one mentoring assistance to improve conversational language and we offer an online program through Burlington English. We are always seeking volunteers to assist us with mentoring. Call for more information.
We also offer two databases -- Mango and Pronunciator -- to assist you with learning any language you are interested in. Each Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., Conversational Language groups meet upstairs to work on Spanish (1st and 3rd) and French (2nd and 4th). All are welcome. For more information, give us a call.
Arts and Craft Classes We offer weekly coloring, fiber arts and drawing meetups! No experience necessary, but rather a chance to meet with other creative types and socialize while you experiment with arts and crafts. Check our events calendar to find out about specific classes.
Need a little more involved time for research or assistance? We can offer half-hour blocks of time with a librarian! Just give us a call to schedule it, so that we can make appropriate desk arrangements while we help you. 830.249.3053