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Day of the Dead
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the library! Day of the Dead is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans.  Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits.  The history of Day of the Dead is embedded with Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs. These customs ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 19, 2017
Lakeview Palooza
The Friends of Lakeview Library invite you to another fun-filled community party! Come by Lakeview Library this Saturday, October 21 from 10am-3pm for a variety of musical performances and activities the whole family will enjoy. Event Schedule 10 to noon: Firetruck, police car with K-9 unit, ambulance and the people who use them...and Eric De los Santos on marimbaNoon-1pm: Fiddling by Gene Delcourt and Shabazz music students 1-2 pm: Four Seasons Theatre presents “The Poets of Tin Pan Alley”: ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 18, 2017
Artist Reception
Lakeview Library's featured artist, Melissa Enderle, seeks to preserve and document images of traditional life. Her exhibit "A Portrait in Time" will be available to view at Lakeview Library throughout the month of November.   Get to know the artist and her work at the Gallery Reception at Lakeview Library on Friday November 3 from 5:00-7:30pm with a special presentation at 6pm. Specializing in portraiture, Melissa’s artwork captures the essence of the people and ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 18, 2017
Adventure awaits! Experience the Appalachian trail with author Jeff Ryan! Jeff Ryan, a Maine based author, speaker and photographer, has a contagious passion for exploring the outdoors, particularly on foot. He will be at Hawthorne Library on Monday, October 23 at 6:30pm to share his trail experiences with you!  Jeff has hiked thousands of miles including his first “trip of a lifetime”, a 6 month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 1985, Jeff began “section hiking” the Appalachian Trail ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 18, 2017
Hawthorne Hootenanny
Hawthorne Library is gearing up for the 4th annual Hawthorne Hootenanny on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00am-1:00pm. All are invited to sing, clap, and dance during this lively celebration of music and play. The Hootenanny will feature performances by local musicians like Dave Landau and Yid Vicious, as well as a square dancing demonstration by members of the Westport Squares of Madison. Artists and community members will host a number of family-friendly activities like screen-printing ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 16, 2017
Your New Pinney Library Community Update
Members of the public are invited to learn more about the new Pinney Library at two upcoming events. An interactive community update session is scheduled for Monday, October 16, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road. This informal open house will focus on several topic areas such as early literacy, accessibility and inclusion, community spaces, library collections, with the opportunity for community members to share their big ideas for the new library and play with some ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 15, 2017
photo of painting showing mountains and a night sky
In an arresting array of photographs, mixed-media collages, and oil and acrylic paintings, Karen Reppen, Kayliegh Mandt, and Jeff Livesey present “Troika” a new art exhibit at the Sequoya Branch Library, located on the corner of Tokay and Midvale boulevards on Madison’s west side. The show will be running through October. Sometimes, when one person’s fortune turns, so do others. “When I walked in to the library a few weeks ago, I noticed blank walls where artwork is usually displayed,” explains ...read more

Posted by Jake on
October 11, 2017
Dow Demonstrations
October 2017 will mark 50 years since the Dow demonstrations took place on campus, transforming the lives of many students, staff, and community members. Beginning on October 18 and into October 19, 1967, hundreds of students protesting Dow Chemicals blocked access to the Commerce Building on campus, with Madison Police removing participants with force. The events are considered to have transformed UW-Madison into one of the leaders in the anti-war movement of the time. Now, 50 years later, the ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 11, 2017
Book Club Kits
Choosing a book for your next book group meeting can be a challenge! Finding enough copies for all the members of your group just makes it even more complicated. The library has made it easier for you by creating book club kits using donated and withdrawn copies of discussible books and putting all the copies in a canvas bag. Each kit includes discussion questions and information about each author in a folder for each collection. There are at least 8 copies of the book in each kit. Best of all ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 9, 2017
How-To Fest
How-To Fest is a week-long series of workshops that gives you a chance to explore a new activity, master a new skill, or expand your understanding on a variety of topics. Events are held at multiple library locations with community experts wanting to share their knowledge and interests with you! Some workshops may be geared toward a specific age group, but there is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the week. Be sure to register to reserve your spot (if required). How-To Fest Events ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
October 5, 2017
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