Learn skills with textiles, knitting and needle work. Begin the process in the workshop in a community of learners and take your tools home to practice, or join a community of learners near you and in your local library. Tools and materials will be provided. Attend one or all of the classes in the series to work on a consistent project and build community. Ages 8-14 years old - younger children may want an adult helper. Hawthorne Library - Mondays, March 6 and 27, 3:30pm - register for March 6 more

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January 29, 2017
Minecraft Club at Madison Public Library
Kids grades 2-10 get creative in the library building creative, collaborative social worlds online, then explore them together in our multiplayer Minecraft Club! No account necessary. Bring your own computer, or use one of ours. Immerse yourselves in all things Minecraft by reading up on mods and hacks or indulging in fan fiction. Goodman South Madison Library –  Mondays, January 9-May 29, 2:30-4:30pm Meadowridge Library – Wednesdays, January 4-May 31, 3:30-5pm Pinney Library – more

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January 25, 2017
Madison Public Library will partner with the Madison Opera to celebrate the life and impact of Charlie Parker by offering events centered around jazz music. The “Extending the Stage” events include: a lecture on Charlie Parker and the history of Bebop by renowned saxophone professor Les Thimmig; and a viewing of rare jazz films by master-archivist Gary Alderman. The Life and Music of Charlie ParkerJoin us for this informative and entertaining event featuring UW-Madison's Professor of Saxophone more

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January 24, 2017
Spring Features
2017 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Throughout the year we will be celebrating this milestone with a series of marquee events culminating in the four-day festival November 2-5, 2017. We hope that you will join us to commemorate fifteen years of Wisconsin Book Festival events. The 15th Anniversary kicks off on January 17 with Dr. James Hamblin discussing If Our Bodies Could Talk, an enlightening book about how bodies work—and how to keep them working in a world full more

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January 16, 2017
Check out library activities for children and families this winter/spring with the online version of Spring Kidspages. Print copies are available at a library near you, or print your own from our web site. Our redesigned Kidspages includes more information about why we focus on classes for children and families, tips for engaging your child in learning, and just a few book recommendations. Want to receive notices of upcoming classes and age appropriate book recommendations? Sign up for our more

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January 14, 2017
Stacked book return
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  All libraries will be open regular hours on Tuesday, January 17. 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, Flipster online magazines, Yahara more

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December 31, 2016
Cinesthesia promo - Mulholland Drive
Central Library's Cinesthesia film series has more great films for you in 2017. Presented on the 1st Thursday of every month by Jason Fuhrman, Cinesthesia shows noteworthy art films, neglected masterpieces, and obscure works by famous directors you will probably not see on a big screen elsewhere in Madison. January 5, 6pm: Inherent Vice (2014) | view trailer February 2, 6pm: Traffic (2000) | view trailer March 2, 6:30pm: Before the Rain (1994) | view trailer April 6, 6:30pm: Dr. more

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December 31, 2016
Hawthorne has a great line up of documentary films, every other Friday from January through April. Screenings begin at 7:00 PM. January 6The Barkley Marathons:  The Race that Eats its YoungUSA  /  2014 / 90 minutesA famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary reveals the sports world’s most guarded secret. for more info see:    http:// more

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December 30, 2016
Imagine Madison
Imagine Madison is a unique public listening campaign, designed by the City of Madison alongside members of the community. The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used in planning the Madison of tomorrow - and beyond. The City needs your help to identify the most important goals for our community’s future. Let your voice be heard. Please join  Imagine Madison for their kickoff Community Meetings! Monday, December 5 Central Library ( more

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November 29, 2016
Giving Tuesday
Join the Madison Public Library Foundation for a Giving Tuesday celebration at the Harmony Bar and Grill (2201 Atwood Avenue) from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 29. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to support the organizations you love and make a difference in your community. This year, support The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library and help us bring a new library to Madison's east side community.This family-friendly event will feature live music by more

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November 21, 2016