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Jazz in the Library
The National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 and has since been offering jazz programming in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Tracing its origins to the early music of the Africans who came to America as slaves, the development of jazz weaves through the history of African Americans and race relations in the United States. Jazz both emerged from slavery and the forced segregation of the Jim Crow South and influenced and more

Posted by Tana on
March 27, 2015
Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship
Are you an artist, crafter or designer who would like to learn to sell your products online?  The Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program may be for you.  Etsy and Madison Public Library are launching the Craft Entrepreneurship Program, an innovative program that will provide micro-business training to underemployed, low-income adults with existing creative skills, to help supplement their income and sell their product to new markets.    The program uses Etsy’s platform as a more

Posted by Emily on
March 25, 2015
Before You film pictures
You're invited to the 3rd annual Pinney Mini Film Festival on Friday, 3/27 at 6 pm! We are pleased to present three short films that screened at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival. Enjoy Q&As with the film Directors themselves and Ben Reiser, WFF Festival Coordinator will be in attendance to answer any questions you have about the Wisconsin Film Festival. Willy Street Co-op is generously donating refreshments for you to enjoy before the films.  Doors open at 5:30 with seating for more

Posted by Jaime on
March 19, 2015
Sneak Peek promotion
The Wisconsin Film Festival is just around the corner (April 9-16) and you are invited to a free preview of what will be playing this year. Bring all of your Fest questions to one of Madison Public Library's Sneak Peek events to be answered by Festival organizers. Watch trailers highlighting a select group of this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the Wisconsin Film Festival from Festival staff, and enjoy guided discussions about the largest campus-based film festival in the United more

Posted by Jaime on
March 10, 2015
Night Light
On Friday, March 6, 8:00-11:00pm, join Madison Public Library and The Bubbler for the next NIGHT LIGHT event, with grown up Arts and Crafts at Central Library. Arts! New art openings throughout the building from artists Jim Escalante, Lewis Koch, Shannon Troxler, and Aaron Laux Introducing our new Artists-in-Residence: The Dream Collectors - a social art project that invites everyone to draw, write, and record accounts of the dreams they have while they are asleep.  Crafts! Spring more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 27, 2015
IMLS National Medal Finalist
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that Wisconsin’s Madison Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. more

Posted by Tana on
February 24, 2015
Find great bargains for your loved ones this Valentine's Day and become a Friend of the Madison Public Library. Friends of Madison Public Library Book Sale at Central LibraryBooks for sale include a good selection of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults and will feature two-for-one romance novels. Friday, February 13, 11:00am - 6:00pm (Friends Only, 1-3pm) Saturday, February 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm (Bag Sale, 3-5pm - $5 per bag) Friends of Pinney Book and Bake Sale Friday, February more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 13, 2015
For any artist or group looking to apply for a Madison Arts Commission grant, representatives and volunteers will be available to answer your questions at these drop-in clinic sessions held at the Central Library (Conference Room, first floor) : Thursday, February 26, 5:00-8:00pm Thursday, March 5, 5:00-8:00pm Saturday, March 7, 11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, March 11, 5:00-8:00pm Friday, March 13, 11:00am-1:00pm Find out more about the grant writing process or receive help uploading grant more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 12, 2015
Nominee Nights
  Nominee Nights film series returns for a second year at Pinney Library. Watch newly released movies in HD on the big screen during Feburary and March!  Films selected for this popular series are nomintated or have won Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Pinney Library 204 Cottage Grove Road (608) 224-7100   Gone Girl Friday, Feb. 6 6:15 - 8:45 pm Rated R, for mature audiences only   The Theory of Everything Wednesday, Feb. 18 6:30-8: more

Posted by Jaime on
February 3, 2015
St. Croix background
Steve Ackerman, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at UW-Madison, will be dropping by for facilitated discussions on climate issues in Wisconsin. Wednesday, February 25 Tuesday, March 3 Wednesday, March 11 Wednesday, March 18 All discussions are 7:00-8:45pm at Central Library (Room 301) Also, beginning on February 23, UW-Madison, in partnership with WiLS (Wisconsin Library Services), will more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 3, 2015
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