Barrett Memorial Library
65 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay, WI | Phone: (262) 245-2709
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00PM

Events and Programs

Mark your calendars! The ‘2024 Day in the Bay’ Book Sale is open from Saturday, Jan 27 thru Saturday, Feb 3. (Jan 27, 10-2. Jan 29-Feb 2, 9-5. Feb 3, 10-4). The Friends of Barrett Memorial Library STORE-Age Room is overflowing with donations. On our bargain Tables (books marked below $1) we will have a large number of cookbooks, travel books, and inspirational books. Music CDs and DVDs are always priced at 50 cents. Most books are $1. Our ‘Boutique Section’ is priced slightly higher and you’ll find ‘like new’ old & interesting, beautiful coffee table books, etc. People planning on attending the Day in the Bay festivities qualify for raffle tickets by spending $10. Just want to donate? The yearly Friend’s membership starts at $10. The membership is either a donation or an opportunity to volunteer with Friend’s fundraising activities. The Friends mainly provide money for programming and new items for the library. We hope to see you there!


This is a free, in-person event on January 30, 2024 at 6:30 PM hosted by the Geneva Lake Libraries. No registration is necessary to attend.

What is hygge? And how does it relate to happiness and health? In this talk, Professor Andersen will introduce the concept of hygge, explain how it relates to the Scandinavian way of life, and show what Americans can learn from it.

Professor Andersen is a native Dane who came to Wisconsin in August 2017. He has been teaching in the field of Scandinavian Studies for more than 15 years at places like the University of Minnesota, UCLA, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Helsinki in Finland. He conducts research on Scandinavian culture, history, and literature. His current research focuses on the Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard and his six-volume autobiography, My Struggle.

Nancy is back with another fun Adult Craft Class! On February 9th at 10AM we will be making a fun, easy wreath for our favorite February holiday. Call the library at 262-245-2709 to register!

Barrett Memorial Library is teaming up with the ADRC to bring you the HBO Club, a fun social club that will use games and activities to promote brain health. We will meet on the first Thursday of every month from 4-5PM at the library. We hope you can join us!

We've teamed up with the Williams Bay High School Spanish Club to bring you this Bilingual Spanish Story Time! On the last Wednesday of each month we will meet in the Williams Bay Elementary School Library. See you there!

Stories, games, and songs! Story Time with Miss Emily is always a blast!

Wednesdays at 10AM at the library.

You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Regularly reading aloud to your child beginning at infancy establishes an intimate relationship with you and their developing a love for reading. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a self-directed national program that promotes reading to your newborn, toddler and pre-school child. Register for this free, on-going program at the circulation desk.

Have a story about Williams Bay you'd like to share?

Come down to the library community room every 3rd Saturday at 11AM for Shore Stories!

A Shore Story is a special memory, poem, lyric, or even an illustration of your fond times experiencing nature in the Bay on land, or on water. At this Writing Session, we will reflect, write, and share our stories. Shore Stories will be collected and kept at the library.

We hope to see you there!

Please join us every 2nd Saturday at 10AM in the library Community Room for book club! Each month a new book will be chosen to be enjoyed and discussed. There will be copies of the upcoming book available behind the desk at the library! We can't wait to see you!