Events

Jack-o-lantern pumpkins
Come check out these Halloween-inspired events for toddlers, preschoolers and school-age kids at your nearest neighborhood library. Costumes are highly encouraged! Monster Mash - Hear spooky stories, create creepy crafts and eat some ghoulish grub! For school age children, grades K-5 Tuesday, October 28, 3:30-4:30pm at Hawthorne Library Wednesday, October 29, 4:00-5:00pm at Meadowridge Library Thursday, October 30, 1:30-3:00pm at Sequoya Library - register online Thursday, October 30, 3:30 ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
October 20, 2014
Downtown Madison Family Halloween
Downtown Madison Family Halloween is Wednesday, October 29 this year.  Drop in between 2-6 pm to make creepy crafts and more in the Central Library Children’s Room! Gather around our "campfire" as we share spooky seasonal stories--some scary, some not.  Not-so-scary stories at 2:30, scary ones at 3:30.  Librarians will start things off and then it's YOUR turn! Coming later? Join MadCAP performers for an Interactive Storytelling Experience with song, instruments, storytelling ...read more

Posted by Krissy on
October 14, 2014
kittens viewing a projection
Home Movies – we all have them. Wouldn’t you like to view them again with your friends and neighbors? Doesn’t matter if you shot the family trip to the Dells, 3 innings of a backyard wiffle ball game, or made your own version of the Billie Jean music video; we want to see the scenes of life you’ve documented at Home Movie Day 2014. Saturday, October 18 Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd. 11am-4pm:  Bring in your Super 8, 8mm, and 16mm tapes for free on-site film inspections by our expert ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
October 9, 2014
evening with garth stein
The Wisconsin Book Festival presents a special NIGHT LIGHT after-hours reading with Garth Stein, celebrated author of the new novel A Sudden Light. Friday, October 3, 7:30pm at the Central Library (Community Room, third floor) A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
October 3, 2014
MPL bags and t-shirts
Stop in at any of our Madison Public Library locations and pick up a t-shirt or tote bag! We have lots of shirt sizes available for both kids and adults. T-shirts (adult sizes XS-3XL): $18 T-shirts (children's sizes XS-L): $10 Bags (drawstring, green or black): $2 Bags (full color logo canvas): $8 All proceeds benefit the library. ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
September 30, 2014
Reflections by Miguel Leon
Sequoya Library proudly presents Reflections by Miguel León, on display now through October 31. From the artist: "It is said that photography never really reflects reality in its totality, that we only see glimpses of it through this medium, that all media reflects glimpses of our world, and what we do not see makes us wonder what was left out of the photograph, and if that portion of the world that we see is really what it.Like all graphic media, photography allows us to change the image ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
September 29, 2014
Out of the Fire promo
Kicking off Banned Books Week (September 21-27), the Forward Theater Company is partnering with the Dane County Library Service to present the first performance of Take It Off the Shelf!, a series which complements the group's upcoming Out of the Fire - The Banned Books Monologue Festival (February 2015). Wednesday, September 24, 7:00pm at Central Library (Rooms 301 & 302) Celebrating "our freedom to read," this event features Forward Theater Company actors reflecting on banned books ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
September 23, 2014
Trivia Night
Join us at the Central Library on Saturday, October 11, 2014 for a night of trivia competition while helping to support programming at Dane County Libraries. Teams will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medals. Please register your team here (this is a credit card only registration site). The pre-registration fee is $250 per table (2-10 players per table), or $300 at the door on the night of the event. Food and drink will be available to fuel your night with 4 rounds of questions. Game ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
September 18, 2014
The SynchroniCITY Networking Party for local musicians and industry innovators is designed to enhance creative connections and provide music industry insight for bands. The event begins with a panel discussion about “The Intersection of Music, Innovation, and Technology.” The panel, moderated by Guy Hankel (Yahara Music Library), will feature Preston Austin (Murfie), Beth Kille (Girls & Ladies Rock Camp, Madison Chick Singer Night, Exec Prod MAMA Awards Show, producer/audio engineer), ...read more

Posted by Jon - Central Library on
September 18, 2014
art by Michael Hecht
The Dust Bowl and The Wizard of Oz, an art exhibit by literary artist Michael Hecht, is on display at Pinney Library, now through November 6, 2014. Michael says, "Utilizing photos of movie scenes from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz in combination with photos of the 1930's Dust Bowl gave me a child's view of leaving the land of the dust for the land of Oz. I also wanted to highlight the photo documentation of Dorothea Lange and the words of Woody Guthrie." ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
September 18, 2014