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The Loving Story
When Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, such laws had been on the books in most states since the seventeenth century. But the Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in the middle of the night and arrested. THE LOVING STORY brings to life the Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life more

Posted by Tana on
July 22, 2014
Madison premiere of Julia Haslett's An Encounter with Simone Weil on July 22! The film tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil, a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 pm at Central Library, Room 302 more

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July 22, 2014
Supporting Families Together Association
  Supporting Families Together Association asks for your support in giving every child a happy ending through our “Once Upon a Book Drive,” which runs from June 15 through the end of August. This new annual event benefits early education programs and families across Wisconsin by placing quality literature in the hands of the children who need it most.   With the help of our members, and fantastic community supporters like you, we will collect quality, new/gently used children's more

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July 21, 2014
Value Line recently changed their interface and a variety of issues have been reported. Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the problems. more

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July 18, 2014
Ambrosia the alien is lost, and needs our help to find her way home. Join Jacob Berkowitz for this 30-minute, interactive, theatrical-style puppet show that will take you out-of-this-world! This presentation is sponsored by the UW Geology Museum and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Tuesday, July 15:Central at 10:00 a.m.Sequoya at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16:Hawthorne at 10:30 a.m.Meadowridge at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17:Lakeview at 10:30 a.m.Pinney at 2:00 p.m. more

Posted by Kristen C. on
July 15, 2014
In 1957, as Americans obsessed over the launch of the Soviet Sputnik Satellite, another less noticed space age was taking off. That year, astrophysicist Fred Hoyle and colleagues solved a centuries-old quest for the origin of the elements, from carbon to uranium. The answer they found wasn’t on Earth, but in the stars. Their research showed that we are literally stardust. The year also marked the first international conference that considered the origin of life on Earth in an more

Posted by Tana on
July 12, 2014
Learn how to bring a book to the stage in this acting class with the Children's Theater of Madison! On July 16, come to the Central Library Children's Program Room to learn about books and acting. The class goes from 10:30-11:30 am for grades K-5. You can register online here! more

Posted by Paula S. on
July 11, 2014
The Summer Library Carnival is back! Celebrate reading at this event co-sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts and Madison Public Library on Wednesday, July 23, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy a performance by The Zinghoppers at 10:30 am at Overture Center.  Then, stop by the new Central Library for jugglers, face painting, and crafts. The carnival games include fishing, bowling, a lollipop pull, and a bean bag toss. Bring your camera and take a picture with Curious George or be more

Posted by Paula S. on
July 9, 2014
Slavery by Another Name
It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: A huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants more

Posted by Tana on
July 7, 2014
Bonnie & Clyde Musical
During the Depression riddled years of the early 1930s, one couple became notorious for their disregard for authority, their contempt for banks, and their passion for one another. They became known to the world simply as Bonnie and Clyde.  Joined by Clyde's brother Buck and sister in law Blanche, they robbed, cheated and murdered their way across the country, evading authorities from several states and providing morbid entertainment for a country desperate for distraction. Don’t miss out more

Posted by Yasmin on
June 30, 2014
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