Events

B-fest
Meet Madison Public Library’s Teen Services Librarians at B-fest, Barnes & Noble’s Teen Book Festival on Saturday, June 11! Stop by to participate in some awesome (and free) activities, including: making a stop-motion book trailer, creating a bookmark, planting an herb garden, making a paper rose, trying a selection of board games, and adding to a community art project!  A percentage of proceeds from in-store sales all day June 11 support Madison Public Library and area community ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 9, 2016
Elmore Lawson Drumming
Celebrate the start of summer at Hawthorne Library's drumming circle on June 11, led by Elmore Lawson at 10:30am. Make your own shaker or twirl some dancing ribbons as you welcome the season. Meet Maynard the Mallard and some Mallards baseball players from 11:15am to 12:15pm along with enjoying other fun activities at this kick-off to summer. Elmore Lawson was born and raised in the Philippines on a small island called Batang. He has organized drum circles in Madison for the past eight ...read more

Posted by Bryce on
June 7, 2016
Join Madison Public Library Foundation for an afternoon of fun in the sun at the third annual Rock & Read. This family-friendly fundraiser will take place on Father's Day, Sunday June 19, in the Bier Garten at Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.  Enjoy a cheerful summer afternoon of live music by Yid Vicious and Sean Michael Dargan, kids' activities from Monroe Street Arts Center, a raffle with fabulous prizes, and more! ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 7, 2016
hands making a kite
Kite Making for Adults = Elaboración de cometas para adultos Kite-making is a craft that Julio Flores learned from his Abuelo, or grandfather, who learned during his childhood in the North Coast town of Cataño, Puerto Rico. He and the other kids in his community learned from the adults and each other how to construct and fly kites of different varieties. Learn this great pastime by making a miniature kite of your own.  During this workshop, Julio will also share information about the ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
June 6, 2016
National Medal
On June 1, Library Director Greg Mickells and community member Rob Franklin will receive the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony in the White House.  They will be joined by Library Board President Tracy Kuczenski.  The National Medal is the highest honor for public libraries in the nation and is granted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  You can watch it live at www.whitehouse.gov/live beginning ...read more

Posted by Tana on
May 28, 2016
Birthday Party #2 by Tyanna J. Buie
Goodman South Madison Library and The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library are excited to welcome Guest Artist Tyanna J. Buie for a one-of-a-kind week of exhibition and experience!  Family Drop-In Printmaking WorkshopArtist and printmaker Tyanna Buie is hosting a family-friendly drop-in workshop at Goodman South Madison Library! Learn about the technique of monoprinting and try the process out yourself, blending ink and pattern to create a one-of-a-kind unique print. No registration needed! ...read more

Posted by Abby on
May 20, 2016
To Kill A Mockingbird
Join us for a screening of the award-winning feature film and an accompanying talk by Children's Theater of Madison's artistic director, Roseann Sheridan. Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm - 3:30 pm - Hawthorne Library [register here!] To Kill A Mockingbird1962 / USA / English / Drama / 129 min. Gregory Peck won an Oscar® for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a ...read more

Posted by Abby on
May 6, 2016
Reading for Peace, Justice and Understanding
Families and community members of all ages are invited for an afternoon of learning and creation as we celebrate the books chosen for the 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award and honor the local children who helped in the award process. Saturday, May 14, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Central Library Children's Room Featuring Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, a 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book by Edwidge Danticat, reading and an art project will combine for a ...read more

Posted by Abby on
May 4, 2016
Hawthorne Library is proud to present a number of exciting film screenings coming up this summer! All films will be shown in original language, with English subtitles as needed. These screenings are for adults and older teens, many have R or R-equivalent ratings. Refreshments will be served. Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the BorderFriday, May 27, 7:00-8:30pmA searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.–Mexico barrier. — ...read more

Posted by Lucas on
May 2, 2016
Author Erin Celello headlines the 19th annual Book Club Café on Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm.  The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries.  This year's Book Club Café will take place at the Central Library in downtown Madison.  Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts from Chocolaterian Cafe; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club ...read more

Posted by Tana on
May 1, 2016