Spring Features
2017 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Throughout the year we will be celebrating this milestone with a series of marquee events culminating in the four-day festival November 2-5, 2017. We hope that you will join us to commemorate fifteen years of Wisconsin Book Festival events. The 15th Anniversary kicks off on January 17 with Dr. James Hamblin discussing If Our Bodies Could Talk, an enlightening book about how bodies work—and how to keep them working in a world full more

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January 16, 2017
Check out library activities for children and families this winter/spring with the online version of Spring Kidspages. Print copies are available at a library near you, or print your own from our web site. Our redesigned Kidspages includes more information about why we focus on classes for children and families, tips for engaging your child in learning, and just a few book recommendations. Want to receive notices of upcoming classes and age appropriate book recommendations? Sign up for our more

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January 14, 2017
Stacked book return
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  All libraries will be open regular hours on Tuesday, January 17. 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, Flipster online magazines, Yahara more

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December 31, 2016
Cinesthesia promo - Mulholland Drive
Central Library's Cinesthesia film series has more great films for you in 2017. Presented on the 1st Thursday of every month by Jason Fuhrman, Cinesthesia shows noteworthy art films, neglected masterpieces, and obscure works by famous directors you will probably not see on a big screen elsewhere in Madison. January 5, 6pm: Inherent Vice (2014) | view trailer February 2, 6pm: Traffic (2000) | view trailer March 2, 6:30pm: Before the Rain (1994) | view trailer April 6, 6:30pm: Dr. more

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December 31, 2016
Hawthorne has a great line up of documentary films, every other Friday from January through April. Screenings begin at 7:00 PM. January 6The Barkley Marathons:  The Race that Eats its YoungUSA  /  2014 / 90 minutesA famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary reveals the sports world’s most guarded secret. for more info see:    http:// more

Posted by Marcus - Central on
December 30, 2016
Imagine Madison
Imagine Madison is a unique public listening campaign, designed by the City of Madison alongside members of the community. The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used in planning the Madison of tomorrow - and beyond. The City needs your help to identify the most important goals for our community’s future. Let your voice be heard. Please join  Imagine Madison for their kickoff Community Meetings! Monday, December 5 Central Library ( more

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November 29, 2016
Giving Tuesday
Join the Madison Public Library Foundation for a Giving Tuesday celebration at the Harmony Bar and Grill (2201 Atwood Avenue) from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 29. 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 us bring a new library to Madison's east side community.This family-friendly event will feature live music by more

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November 21, 2016
Pull Toy
Though the weather doesn't exactly feel like it, it's almost winter. That means that our fall Bubbler Jr. programs are coming to an end. Join us in the upcoming weeks for our last two Bubbler Jr. events of the season!  How to Doodle with Angela RichardsonAre you an aspiring doodler? Do you feel like you learn better when your pencil is scratching away in the margins of your paper? You're not alone! On Wednesday, November 23 at Hawthorne Library, join Angela Richardson for this hands-on more

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November 18, 2016
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library presents MUNICIPAL, a one-day pop-up celebration of the Madison Municipal Building on the eve of its renovation. The free, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, December 10, 11am-6pm, at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. MUNICIPAL will celebrate the building’s history and highlight the many artists working in the city of Madison and the surrounding areas. Over 100 local artists are participating in this one- more

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November 15, 2016
Girls Coding Day
This will be a fun day full of programming, design, community, snacks, and women exploring tech. We invite parents to check out the student projects at the end of each section! Build a Mobile App4th-6th graders: Build your own app with Swift Playground and MIT AppInventor! Join us at either our morning section (9:30-12:30) or in the afternoon (1:30-4:30). Arrive at 9:15/1:15.Section 1 - 9:30am - 12:30pmSection 2 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm Build a Website in a Day7th-12th graders: Impress the world more

Posted by Marcus - Central on
November 12, 2016