Events

Drive-In Movie
Mix it up this summer! On Tuesdays at 2:00ish, Sequoya Library is bringing you a variety of clever family-friendly activities to engage your mind, inspire creativity, and take "fun" to another level. Duck Tape Mania  |  July 25 (registration required) Snacks, colored Duck Tape and loads of fun! Bring your friends and make wearable art - purses, wallets, sandals, bracelets, belts and more. Instructions provided. All ages, but children under 7 must have an adult helper. ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
July 20, 2017
Storytimes for Babies & Toddlers
Did you know that reading to your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost their brain power? The simple and enjoyable act of sharing books helps your child learn pre-reading skills such as understanding the sounds letters make, developing a bigger vocabulary, and building background knowledge. All skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond - and it's never too early to get started. Not sure where to begin? We have storytimes for kids of all ages, even babies, to help ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
July 18, 2017
Job Search
The library has plenty of free events and resources to help you, no matter where you are in the job search. From general writing help, resume assistance, interview guidance, online job applications, and so much more.  Upcoming Events Guaranteed Interviews – Job Skills BankCentral Library | Monday, July 17 | 12:00-1:00PM Join City of Madison Department of Civil Rights staff in this training session for job searchers. Learn how the job skills bank can assist you in obtaining meaningful ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
July 14, 2017
Summer Concert & Picnic
Every summer, the Madison Public Library celebrates the Summer Reading Club with several large family events. Join us for our grand finale event! Pack a picnic supper and head to Olbrich Gardens for a fun-filled family concert! Come, rain or shine, at 6:00 p.m. to play with bubbles and make a project with Olbrich Gardens staff. Then, at 7:00 p.m., Ken Lonnquist will get your toes tapping while you munch! Sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda. Tuesday, August 1 from ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
July 13, 2017
Maker Corps
Make something awesome at your library! Our Maker Corps artists Kai and Caide have been finding all sorts of ways to get kids building, making, and creating this summer. From paper puppets to Ozobots, these two have been bringing hands-on making to children and families in communities all over Madison. You can read all about their adventures and projects on the Maker Corps blog. There's still several Maker Corps events to get involved in this summer! Will you be screen printing? Sewing ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
July 13, 2017
Pinney Library Meet & Greet
Community Meet & Greet with OPN Architects Join Pinney Library staff and library leadership for an informal Meet & Greet on Wednesday, July 19, 5-6pm at the Pinney Library on 204 Cottage Grove Road. This is an opportunity to meet the designers and architects as Madison Public Library launches the design process of the new Pinney Library. This informal session will offer those interested the chance to discuss library design trends with the design team, as well as share hopes and ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
July 12, 2017
Art at Ife Williams event
Fridays are for Family Fun Nights! Bring the whole family to events meant to entertain, educate, and engage children and their parents. Enjoy a movie night, make a mosaic, join in a family health talk, explore science, and more! Fridays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Goodman South Madison Library July 7: How the Body Works with Dr. Jasmine Zapata July 14: Batcow – Bat Conservation of Wisconsin July 21: Movie Night - The Secret Life of Pets July 28: Black Story Hour with Pat Diehl August 4: Mosaic ...read more

Posted by Lauren on
July 3, 2017
Minecraft Clubs
Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun at the library! Minecraft Clubs are happening all summer long at several Madison Public Library locations. Sign up for 30-minute turns based on attendance. No account necessary. Bring your own computer or use one of ours! Ages 17 & under. Goodman South Mondays, June 5 - August 282:30-4:30PM Meadowridge LibraryThursdays, June 15 - August 311:00-3:00pm Lakeview LibraryMondays, July 10-August 143:00-4:30pm Central Library Tuesdays, July ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
June 28, 2017
American flag
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Use our book drops to return items while we're closed, or LINKcat to place holds, check your record, or renew items you've checked out.  While we're closed, check out our always-accessible online collections, OverDrive ebooks and downloadable audiobooks and Yahara Music Library.  All Madison libraries will resume normal hours on Wednesday, July 5. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 28, 2017
Memory Cloths Circle
Explore the threads that bind your life story. Throughout the month of July, you can learn how to translate your personal memories to textile art in a number of free workshops hosted by the Memory Cloths Circle in the Bubbler Room at Central Library. The Memory Cloths Circle evolved from the 2013 MMOCA Triennial as a Relational Art project at Lakeside Coffee House. People were invited to tell stories and embroider their memories. It was fun and meaningful, so the group has continued ever since ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
June 26, 2017