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Be Crafty & Stay Cozy
The library fun doesn't stop when the weather gets cold! Stay crafty, creative, and cozy this winter - learn to make homemade gifts, decorate your holiday cards, or find a craft that will warm your heart.  Upcoming Events Crafty Creations to Beat BoredomNovember 22 & December 8 from 10:00am-1:00pm - Central Library Join creative Librarians for boredom-busting craft fun! Colorful paper, glitter glue, paint and more. Ages 5 and up. Children under age 7 must have an ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 21, 2017
Sunday Jazz - All That Jazz
Jazz up your Sundays! Visit Sequoya Library on Sunday afternoons now through December to enjoy a variety of local musicians playing all types of jazz. Sessions go from 1:30-3:30pm with a set break in the middle. Drop in any time! Here's their incredible list of upcoming performers: October 1 | Ken Wheaton (solo acoustic guitar and vocals)October 8 | The Jim Erickson TrioOctober 15 | Bob Kerwin QuartetOctober 22 | The Craig Mason ComboOctober 29 | Minor ChangesNovember 5 | The Marilyn ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 20, 2017
Giving Tuesday
Join the Madison Public Library Foundation for a Giving Tuesday celebration at the Harmony Bar and Grill from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to support the organizations you love and make a difference in your community. This year, support The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library and help construct a new library for Madison's east side community beginning next year.  The family-friendly happy hour event will ...read more

Posted by Tana on
November 18, 2017
Library Closed for Thanksgiving
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23th and Friday, November 24th. Take a break with family, enjoy the delicious food, and visit us again on Saturday when we re-open. 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 be accessible with your ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 17, 2017
Making Remixed
Explore hip-hop culture through making! Learn the history, artistry, and creativity that makes up the world’s most popular art form with Making Remixed, a Bubbler traveling artist-in-residence workshop series. You'll uncover hip-hop culture’s various aspects, or “pillars” including rap, beat making, graffiti, and fashion by creating your own original piece of hip-hop art. Workshops will also go over the basics of lyric writing, logo production, digital media, screen printing and a whole ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 13, 2017
Season of Shadows
It's the Season of Shadows - make messes and play with light at Meadowridge Library! Join Alaura Borealis in building metaphors and cultivating feelings with light boxes, shadow puppets, projectors, movie making, and more. Experiment with shadow art during this youth-focused residency. This series is part of the Bubbler's traveling artist-in-residence program, allowing artists the space, time, and materials necessary to explore the communities in some of our neighborhood libraries through ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 13, 2017
Writing at the Library
Are you an aspiring author in the middle of National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo)? A student looking for help with an assignment? A poet wanting to share their work with others? Or just someone looking for a quiet space to jot down thoughts? Whatever the case may be, we've got you covered! Take a look at these ongoing programs and special events for writers of all types: Bubbler Write-InEvery second Thursday of the month | 6:00-9:00pm | Central Library Enjoy a little silent sustained ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 7, 2017
Moving and Grooving
Kiddos and their families can get moving and grooving at the library! These upcoming events are great ways for children to learn about dance, music, and play - all while having the best time with new friends. Not to mention, programs like these can help improve cognitive development, motor skills, wellness, and general self-esteem in kids of all ages.  All are free to attend, but some do require registration. Please check the calendar to register for that day's event or view a ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 5, 2017
Coding for Kids
Learning to code can drive innovation and creativity - and kids can start to learn early! The library has a handful of events for kids, whether they are new to coding or a little more experienced. Check the calendar for a complete list of events! Kids Code Madison Thursdays: November 16, November 30 & December 7 | 6:00-7:30pm | Hawthorne Library Upper elementary (4th and 5th Grade) and middle school students are invited to Kids Code Madison, a weekly, drop-in coding club. A ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 5, 2017
Read to a Dog
Reading to dogs helps build early literacy skills! Children who might otherwise be self-conscious relax a bit when they read aloud to a furry friend. They practice their reading, build self-esteem, and associate reading with a pleasant experience. Kids who are already strong readers can further enhance their skills and find new excitement when reading alongside a dog. Children grades K to 5 are invited to bring a favorite book to read aloud to their companion. Time slots are available on a ...read more
November 3, 2017
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