Events

Let's read banned books! According to the American Library Association, over 320 books were challenged last year. Banned Books Week continues Sept. 24-30, more than thirty years of celebrating—and protecting—the freedom to read. Join the banned book festivities Tuesday, September 26 at Central Library at 7pm. Help us continue to protect the freedom to read what we want, free of censorship. You'll hear from community leaders and civil libertarians as they read short excerpts from some of ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 25, 2017
The four-day Wisconsin Book Festival event will take place November 2-5, 2017, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library.This year’s lineup includes:•    Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University, for Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment•    Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, for It Devours•    Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of Three ...read more

Posted by Tana on
September 24, 2017
Beyond the Page
Beyond the Page is a permanent endowment held by the Madison Community Foundation that annually funds humanities programming in Dane County libraries – forever. There are still plenty of chances to celebrate the humanities with Beyond the Page in 2017.  Take a look at some of the upcoming programs taking place at a Madison Public Library in your neighborhood! Get to Know Our Neighbors: Wisconsin's Tribal Nations and Communities American Indian nations and tribal communities in Wisconsin ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 21, 2017
Making Spaces
Support making and learning in Madison schools! Making Spaces is an exciting new partnership with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library, Maker Ed, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Google and YOU to support maker education in public schools. Making and thinking go hand in hand to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement, but can be approached in many different ways. In the first year of the Making Spaces project, six Madison Public schools have worked to design a ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 20, 2017
Diana Konkle
Meet the Author! The Madison Senior Center and Madison Public Library Central are co-hosting a brown bag lunch series featuring a variety of local authors. Bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion! All events are held on a Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm at the Madison Senior Center (330 W Mifflin St), unless otherwise noted. Visit madisonpubliclibrary.org/events-and-classes for more information about these author events.   August 8: Marilyn Taylor Marilyn L. Taylor ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 20, 2017
National Hispanic Heritage Month
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 19, 2017
Chess Club
Library chess clubs are open to all ages and skill levels! Come and compete against your friends and neighbors, learn something new, and (most of all) have fun. Get involved in a library chess club at a library near you:  Alicia Ashman LibraryMonthly on First and Third Monday: Sept. 18 - Dec. 186:00-8:00pm *Lessons from 6-6:45pm followed by free play from 6:45-8:00pm  Lakeview LibraryMonthly on 2nd & 4th Monday: Sept. 25 - Dec. 116:00-8:00pm Meadowridge LibraryWeekly on Wednesdays ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 19, 2017
Dyslexia Awareness
An estimated 60 million Americans are dyslexic, roughly 1 of every 5 people!  Join staff, students, and families from Madison's Children's Dyslexia Center on October 4 at Central Library to learn more about dyslexia and how we can all support our kids, students, friends, and neighbors who struggle to read printed words. A light dinner will be served before a short film screening and a brief panel discussion highlighting local resources. Young people ages 8 and up especially welcome! ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 19, 2017
MPL Foundation Events
Madison Public Library Foundation's seventh annual Ex Libris event will take place Friday, October 13, 2017, from 7–10 p.m. at the Central Library. This year's fundraiser has a new theme: Beer & Bites. Guests will have the opportunity to sample beer from Wisconsin breweries, as well as food from local restaurants and food artisans. This combination of local food and craft beer is a one-of-a-kind experience that is not to be missed. Additionally, attendees will enjoy live music, plus a ...read more

Posted by Tana on
September 18, 2017
Yoga at the Library
You can stretch your minds and your bodies at the library! We have yoga events for a variety of ages, and even a little meditation. Below is just few of our upcoming yoga events! Please note, many do require or recommend prior registration. Check the calendar for the full list. Upcoming Events: Little YogaTuesday, September 1910:30-11:00am | Hawthorne Library (Registration recommended) Try a yoga class at the library! Yoga enhances children's ability to concentrate and works out those wiggles. ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 15, 2017