Events

We offer free tutors to help adults improve basic reading and writing skills so they can study for GED, find or get a better job, improve computer literacy understand doctors’ directions, and read notes from teachers. Classes start in the fall 2014, beginning September 9 at Hawthorne Library. Tuesday nights 5:30-7:30pm. In addition, classes will also be held at Goodman South Madison Library every Wednesday morning, 10:15-12:30pm, beginning September 10. To register, call (608) 244-3911 and ask ...read more

Posted by Yasmin on
July 30, 2014
digital bookmobile
The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will showcase the library’s free eBook service in two upcoming tour stops at Madison Public Library: Alicia Ashman Library (733 N. High Point Road) on Friday, August 8, 12-6 pm  Lakeview Library (2845 N. Sherman Ave.) on Saturday, August 9, 10 am – 4 pm.  At these events, readers of all ages will learn how to access free eBooks, audiobooks and video from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition ...read more

Posted by Yasmin on
July 30, 2014
Read-A-Romance Month
August is Read-A-Romance Month and the Central Library is getting in on the fun. On Thursday evenings in the month of August we'll be talking about romance novels. Each week we're covering a different sub-genre.  August 7th: One Foot on the Floor - Gentle Romance   August 14th: Things That Go Bump in the Night - Urban Fantasy Romance August 21st: Hot & Now - Contemporary Romance August 28th: Drama Queens - Young Adult Romance ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 28, 2014
Beth Rhodehamel's Critter Paintings
Beth Rhodehamel's charming "Woodland Friends" paintings are currently on exhibit at Pinney Library through August 28, 2014 in the Children's Area, and in the Pinney Library Meeting Room in September, 2014. Beth Rhodehamel has worked as a footwear, textiles, and home furnishing designer, and now has a shop called Forget Me Not Studio on Monroe Street. She creates custom pieces by request. The Critter Paintings she is showing at Pinney Library are acrylic and pencil on wood. "The wood boards ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 28, 2014
Enrollment for the Madison Metropolitan School District 2014-2015 school year begins on August 5, 2014. Find information on enrollment for new and returning students, including Infinite Campus usernames and passwords, internal transfer requests, open enrollment/tuition waiver requests, online fee payment/fee waiver information, and additional resources including a complete enrollment schedule for the 2014-2015 school year, where you can locate your child's school and find in-person enrollment ...read more

Posted by Paula S. on
July 28, 2014
Freedom Riders
Attracting a diverse group of volunteers—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. FREEDOM RIDERS tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 22, 2014
The Loving Story
When Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, such laws had been on the books in most states since the seventeenth century. But the Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in the middle of the night and arrested. THE LOVING STORY brings to life the Lovings' marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 22, 2014
Madison premiere of Julia Haslett's An Encounter with Simone Weil on July 22! The film tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil, a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time." On her quest to understand Simone Weil, filmmaker Julia Haslett confronts profound questions of moral responsibility both within her own family and the larger world. Tuesday, July 22 at 6:30 pm at Central Library, Room 302 ...read more

Posted by Kristen C. on
July 22, 2014
Supporting Families Together Association
   Supporting Families Together Association asks for your support in giving every child a happy ending through our “Once Upon a Book Drive,” which runs from June 15 through the end of August. This new annual event benefits early education programs and families across Wisconsin by placing quality literature in the hands of the children who need it most.   With the help of our members, and fantastic community supporters like you, we will collect quality, new/gently used ...read more

Posted by Paula S. on
July 21, 2014
Ambrosia the alien is lost, and needs our help to find her way home. Join Jacob Berkowitz for this 30-minute, interactive, theatrical-style puppet show that will take you out-of-this-world! This presentation is sponsored by the UW Geology Museum and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Tuesday, July 15:Central at 10:00 a.m.Sequoya at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16:Hawthorne at 10:30 a.m.Meadowridge at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17:Lakeview at 10:30 a.m.Pinney at 2:00 p.m. ...read more

Posted by Kristen C. on
July 15, 2014