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Sunday Hours start Sept. 13
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.  While we're closed, you may drop items off in our book drops or use LINKcat to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library's databases and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks will also be accessible with your library card. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 8.  Pinney, Sequoya and Central libraries will reopen for Sunday service (1-5 pm) on ...read more

Posted by Tana on
August 28, 2015
Bellucci Art
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is pleased to introduce its new artist in residence for August and September - James Bellucci. New to Madison, James has a background in (among other things) higher education, digital and analog technology imaging, and gallery curation. In his ongoing body of work, Anecdotes, James uses lightweight materials such as paper, wire, found objects, and cardboard to create table top sets. Each constructed set is created for the fixed focal point of the ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
August 17, 2015
Little Free Library Build, Bring, Browse, Bike!!!   Join Little Free Library for a day of building. Help build 4 Little Free Libraries. Plus help us stock them by bringing in books from home you don't want. Browse the free books on site, and maybe take a new-to-you book home. And, if the weather cooperates, come bike with us to local Little Free Libraries and stock them with books! Saturday, August 22, 9 am - Central Library, Bubbler [more info] Little Free Libraries are free book ...read more

Posted by Tina - Central on
August 13, 2015
Film and discussion at Meadowridge Library
In partnership with the Wisconsin Film Festival, we're excited to host a special Pop Up Event at Meadowridge Library: a film screening of FOOD PATRIOTS, Q&A with Robert Pierce, and light reception with locally sourced refreshments from Willy Street Co-op! Special guests from the Meadowood Community Gardens and Community GroundWorks will also be there for you to meet.  This free event is perfect for teens, adults, and families with older kids. Food Patriots film + Q&A with Robert ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
August 11, 2015
DVD Display
We've generated a list of the 100 Most Popular DVDs (not including titles in the youth collection) checked out at the Madison Public Library as of Spring 2015. Here is a sampling of that list. Counting down the Top 15 are... 15. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 14. The Big Lebowski 13. Monty Python and the Holy Grail 12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 11. Nanny McPhee 10. Ocean's Twelve 9. Sideways 8. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
August 11, 2015
Come on down to Madison Central Library for this FREE class to help you grow and develop your small business idea! Learn how to explore the potential of your business concept by conducting market research. Market research is a systematic objective collction and analysis of data about a particular target market, competition and environment. Come and learn what your local library has to offer and get access to reference materials, magazines, directories of associations and much more!Date: August ...read more

Posted by Kristen C. on
August 8, 2015
White Birch Ensemble
Bring your family to this rousing introduction to Russian folk instruments, featuring the White Birch Ensemble. Saturday, August 22, 2:00-4:00pm at the Alicia Ashman Library (Register online or by calling 824-1780) The White Birch Ensemble - performers of Russian Folk, Gypsy, Jewish, Classical, American Folk & Bluegrass, Jazz, and more! - will present a history of Russian folk, including a performance from domra soloist Yuriy Kolosovskiy. Visit the White Birch Ensemble website for ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
August 6, 2015
ebooks and audiobooks
Did you know you can get free ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from your library?  Wisconsin's Digital Library offers over 41,000 ebooks and 13,000 audiobooks, ready to download with your library card any time - even when the library's closed. Ebooks and audiobooks can be enjoyed on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader device. Most borrowed eBooks can be enjoyed immediately in your web browser with OverDrive Read. Or, you can download eBooks into free software, Adobe® Digital ...read more

Posted by Tana on
August 5, 2015
Dodgeball Kid
A new graphic novel book club with exciting hands-on projects that pack some POW! BANG! and ZAP! Tuesdays, August 11 & 18, 1:30-2:30pm at the Alicia Ashman Library For school age kids (K-5) and families. ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
August 4, 2015
Summer Concert & Picnic
Pack a picnic supper and head to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens on August 4 for a fun-filled family concert! Come, rain or shine, at 6 pm. to play with bubbles, make a project with Olbrich Gardens staff, or share a story through Madison Story Project. At 7 pm, the Madison Public Library Foundation will announce the winners of the Pop! Challenge, followed by a concert by Stuart Stotts. Sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 31, 2015
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