Summerlost Book cover
We're hosting some amazing local and national authors this spring as part of our Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series, including a treat especially for school age readers! Summerlost by Ally CondieTuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm - Central Library 3rd floor Community Meeting Rooms New from Ally Condie (author of the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller) comes SUMMERLOST, a tender and poignant exploration of family, loss, and the more

Posted by Abby on
March 10, 2016
Wisconsin Book Festival
We're hosting some amazing local and national authors this spring as part of our Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series.  Events are happening in our libraries, as well as some great Madison venues. Two if by Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard - Central LibraryMonday, March 21, 7:00 pmJust hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit. While on patrol, he more

Posted by Lucas on
March 9, 2016
poster for program series
You're invited to one of five free previews of this year's Wisconsin Film Festival (April 14-21, 2016) happening throughout Dane County in March of 2016. Watch trailers from this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the Festival from Festival organizers, and bring your questions about this year's festival. Sneak Peek events include: Friday, March 18, 6:30-8:00 pm - Pinney Library Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 pm - Madison Public Library's Central Library Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 more

Posted by Jaime on
March 8, 2016
National Medal Finalist button
The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced on February 23 that Madison Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. more

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February 23, 2016
Join us for a free screening of the documentary film Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, followed by a discussion co-facilitated by Madison Alder Sheri Carter and former Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton. Dream Big Dreams is the story of the remarkable Phillips and her struggles to build a better community in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Beginning with her upbringing, Dream Big Dreams shows how Phillips achieved several firsts throughout her life, rose to prominence as one of Wisconsin’’s more

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February 16, 2016
Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Angela Richardson
Don't be bored, get busy with Bubbler Jr. programs for kids! Amazing local artists are standing by to help you learn, share, create and MAKE SOMETHING this month: Paper Bag Pets with Bird Ross: Create your own paper pet to take home with paper bags, recycled materials, and bright paper. Instructor Bird Ross offers inspiration for creating a lovable (not quite furry) friend! Saturday, February 13, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Meadowridge Library [more info/register] Monday, February 15, 2016, 2:30 more

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February 12, 2016
Stories for the Whole Family in African and African American Traditions
Black History Month continues at Madison Public Libraries with more opportunities for families to enjoy stories lovingly shared in African and African American traditions: Black Storytime with Rev. Melva Bishop-Hewing, Friday, February 19, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Goodman South Madison LibraryRev. Melva Bishop-Hewing was born in Montgomery, Alabama; her grandmother was expert at sharing stories about her family's life. Melva learned to listen intensely and utilize her imagination to visualize the more

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February 12, 2016
Friends Feature
Support your favorite library and one of many Friends' groups by selecting great deals at these book sales hosted by Libary Friends' groups this weekend. Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale at Central Library - Hundreds of donated books, DVDs, CDs and more, will be available each day of the sale. Featured items at the sale will be romance novels and music books and scores, both vocal and instrumental, to inspire the romance in every soul. Thursday, February 11, 9am-9pm Friday, more

Posted by Emily on
February 11, 2016
Didn’t make your match on Valentine’s Day? Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, February 15 for our next Facebook online event - MADmatches. Madison librarians will be on Facebook from 5:30-7:30 pm with custom book recommendations just for you. Post the last three books you read and enjoyed on our Facebook MADmatches event page at any time between 5:30 and 7:30 pm, and our librarians will respond with a few titles they think you’ll more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 6, 2016
Poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator Fabu
Please join Goodman South Madison Library and Fabu as we celebrate our greatest civil rights leaders and discuss the importance of Black History. Fabu, as she is professionally known, is a poet, columnist, storyteller, and educator who writes to encourage, inspire and remind. The Madison Poet Laureate from 2008-2012, she continues to share experiences living in the South, the Midwest and in Africa. Enjoy music from the movement, soul food from Melly Mells Catering, trivia and more! Black more

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January 29, 2016