Events

Harry Potter Birthday party
Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday at this Potter Party! Make edible wands and test your spell and other trivia knowledge.  Friday, July 31, 2015 at 2 pm, Central Library Costumes are encouraged but--unlike attendance in Professor Snape's class--not mandatory! Check out the magic of last year's party on the library's Flickr photosharing account. ...read more

Posted by Tina - Central on
July 16, 2015
Summer Library Carnival
Summer Library Carnival is just around the corner. Come celebrate reading at this event co-sponsored by the Overture Center for the Arts and Madison Public Library. Enjoy a free performance by Miller and Mike at 10:30 or 1:30 pm at the Overture Center for the Arts. Then, go next door to the Central Library for carnival games, crafts, face painting and more! The entire event is free of charge and open to everyone. Last year more than 750 children and their grownups attended this popular event. ...read more

Posted by Tina - Central on
July 15, 2015
Mayor Paul Soglin invites you to take part in a Community Budget Conversation. This interactive session will be focused on the 2016 Executive Operating Budget, and is a unique and important opportunity for Madison community members to share ideas and feedback. Tuesday, July 14, 6:00-7:30pm at Central Library (Room 301) If you have questions regarding this event, please contact the Finance Department at 608-266-4671.   ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 10, 2015
Puppet
Join artist Amy Mietzel from Bare Knuckle Arts for this Bubbler Junior workshop featuring creative puppet-making.  Friday, July 10, 2:00-3:00pm at Hawthorne Library [Register HERE] Using old billboards and duct tape, participants will make quirky puppets come alive! For kids entering grades K-5. The Bubbler program is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. For more information about Amy Mietzel and Bare Knuckle Arts, go to http://www.bareknucklearts.com ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 7, 2015
Eastside Playdate
Madison Public Library invites families to our Eastside Playdate, a pop-up educational fair celebrating early literacy and sharing fun, creative, low-cost (or darn near free) ways for parents and caregivers to create their own educational toys and games to support their children’s development. Tuesday, July 21, 5:30-7:30pm at Glendale Elementary School (alongside local food carts for their weekly Let’s Eat Out! night) In the event of rain, the Playdate will take place at Pinney Library. ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 7, 2015
Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, July 13 for MADmatches - our fifth Facebook online event. 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 from 5:30-7:30 pm, and our librarians will respond with a few titles they think you’ll enjoy. When you've read their suggestions, let us know what you ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 6, 2015
Join the Madison Fire Department and learn about the gear and tools used to fight fires and stay safe. Then go and look at a fire truck up close. Monday, July 13, 2:00-2:45 pm, Central Library Tuesday, July 14, 10:30-11:15 am - Hawthorne Library Wednesday, July 15, 10:00-10:30 am - Pinney Library Tuesday, August 18, 10:30-11:30 am - Lakeview Library Please note that in case of emergencies, the fire truck may have to leave. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 3, 2015
American flag
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Saturday, 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 Monday, July 6. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 25, 2015
Preschool Storytime
Join us for a special Preschool Storytime with Karen Lynn Williams, author of the Read On Wisconsin Summer 2015 Selection "A Beach Tail." Friday, June 26, 10:00am - 10:30am at Sequoya Library Preschool Storytime is a happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children, ages 3-5, develop print and phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. No registration is necessary for this event. Karen Lynn Williams is a celebrated author of children's ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
June 19, 2015
Meadowridge Library
Celebrate community engagement and strong neighborhoods at two open houses on Madison’s southwest side on Wednesday, June 24, 5-8 pm.  The event includes the grand opening of the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center and an open house celebrating the completion of the Meadowood Shopping Mall project that included a relocated and expanded Meadowridge Library and Meadowood Neighborhood Center and a shared space between the two organizations that includes a community meeting room and a ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 19, 2015