Back to School

Back to School!

The new school year has just begun! Let the library be a resource.

We have databases to help with homework, computers and internet access, little nooks and rooms for studying or group activities, and plenty of exciting after-school clubs. There are endless opportunities to learn, make friends, and get creative. Perhaps the best part - our friendly librarians and staff are always here to help. (Educators? We have plenty for you, too!)

Ready for the School Year?

Get the information you need to feel empowered moving into the new school year. Those attending a Madison Metropolitan School can find your school's supply list to make sure you have everything you need! They also have school bus route information, school calendars, and more on Madison Metropolitan School District's website

Get a Library Card

Your free library card opens a world of resources to you, from books and magazines to downloadable content and computer time at one of our nine libraries. Here's everything you need to know about getting a library card, if you don't have one already!

You can even use your card to reserve a computer at the library, or bring your own computer to any library location and use our free WiFi

Each library can serve as a delightful place to study and focus. Many have reservable study rooms for small groups to meet and work. Groups may reserve study rooms in advance; individuals may use study rooms on a first come, first served basis. Study rooms must be reserved with your library card. Check out our study room policies to learn more

Homework Help

Call or visit any of our libraries for homework help when we're open, or, if your project doesn't require an immediate response, use our email form and we'll get back to you in 24-48 hours with recommendations.

We also put together a list of the most popular databases and research tools for students. 

Madison Writing Assistance holds free one-on-one coaching sessions at the library to help with writing projects of any kind, including school assignments. Check the calendar to see a list of upcoming sessions

Find a Tutor

Need a little extra help or want to get ahead? Find tutoring options in the Madison area

Be Creative with the Bubbler

The Bubbler offers hands-on pop-up workshops that introduce people of all ages to a variety of local experts who share their talents and physical resources. You can learn anything from screen printing to clothing design to dance - and so, so much more. There's even a Teen Bubbler with some groundbreaking programs and events that teens will love. 

Students who enjoy a little creative writing won't want to miss the Bubbler Write-In every Thursday (beginning in October), offering a special space for silent sustained writing! Use this time for free play or make progress on a current project. We also encourage writers to use this opportunity to form and meet with smaller workshop groups.

Get Involved in After-School Events & Clubs

This is just a sample of all the fabulous programs, events, and clubs taking place at a library near you. Check out the library calendar for a complete list! 

Kids Code Madison
Thursdays, Sept. 28 - Dec. 7 (EXCEPT 10/12 & 11/23)
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. Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations using programs and tools like Scratch and Trinket. New and experienced kid programmers welcome! Kids Code Madison is a club, not a class, so you can come any week, anytime. New programmers will be given some direction with tutorials and help from volunteers, and experienced programmers can work on ongoing projects, start something new, help a friend, or practice the “sushi” (mini, bit sized) skill of the day.


Fifth Fridays Poetry
Fridays: September 28 & December 29
6:30-8:30pm | Alicia Ashman Library

Teens, join us on 5th Fridays for a night of poetry, featuring a Madison poet and an open-mic reading. Come to read your own poetry or a poem by a favorite author. Come to listen and enjoy other poets. Come to celebrate poetry!


Youth Tuesday
Tuesdays, September 5-26
3:00-5:30pm | Goodman South Madison Library

Teens will enjoy fun and enriching activities at the library every Tuesday in September!


Tabletop Game Clubs

Monthly on Third Mondays: September 18 - December 18
3:00-4:00pm | Pinney Library

Monthly on Second Tuesdays: September 12 -December 12
4:00-5:00pm | Sequoya Library

Monthly on First and Third Tuesdays: September 5 -December 19
6:00-8:00pm | Meadowridge Library


Pokemon Clubs

Monthly on Third Tuesdays: September 19 -November 21
4:00-5:30pm | Central Library

Tuesdays: September 26 & October 24
4:00-5:30pm | Sequoya Library

Do you love Pokémon TCG (The Card Game)? Learn to play during the first 15 minutes, and then compete against other kids! 


Minecraft Clubs

Weekly on Mondays: September 4 - December 18
2:30-4:30pm | Goodman South Madison Library

Tuesdays: September 12, October 17, November 14, December 5
3:30-5:00pm | Pinney Library

Weekly on Tuesdays: September 19 - October 10
4:00-5:30pm | Central Library

Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun at the library! Connect to the library's private servers for a customized gameplay experience using MinecraftEDU. No account necessary. Bring your own computer or use one of ours. Ages 17 and under. Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.


Chapters Teen Writing Club
Weekly on Thursdays: September 7 - December 28 (EXCEPT November 23)
6:00-8:00pm | Pinney Library

Middle and high school students can meet other aspiring authors, bounce ideas off one another, share your stories, and feel the creativity flow! Writing club will meet most Thursday evenings, led by local author Carole Madrzak and aspiring teen author Corey Pope.


We have plenty of other fun events for kids and teens to get involved in! Check out the library calendar for a complete list.