The 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival will be celebrating authors from across nation, including those who have a special connection to the state of Wisconsin. Sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, this year's festival will include a Wisconsin Authors Series noting individuals who once lived in the area and those who are still residents. With a wide range of genres explored, as well as a performance by First Wave artists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there is bound to be more

Posted by Liz B on
October 13, 2016
Fall is finally here! That means the Madison Public Library's "Fun with Falls Leaves!" program is right around the corner. On Saturday, October 1st at 10:00AM, Lakeview Library is hosting an event featuring fun stories, songs and art celebrating fall leaves! Local artist, Michael Hecht, will also be there to lead a special foam-cutting demo. Throughout the month of October, the artwork created at this event will be on display at Lakeview Library. Works by the elders at Skaalen Nursing and more

Posted by Lauren on
September 30, 2016
Vote at Central Library Credit: Philip Crawford @wiscoDude
Madison Public Library is proud to assist the Madison City Clerk's office as a location for in-person absentee voting and voter registration. This is the first time in Madison's history that early voting sites are available beyond the downtown City Clerk's office. Absentee voting starts on Monday, September 26 and lasts through November 4. Absentee voting will end thirty minutes before the library closes at all locations.  In addition, all Madison Public Library locations will be more

Posted by Luke on
September 29, 2016
Join us for three cooking classes with Neeta Saluja, local cook and author of the cookbook, Six Spices. She will share her knowledge and experiences in cooking at the Meadowridge Library: Fall Harvest Indian Cooking on Friday October 7 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm:In the evening cooking class, Neeta will talk about the origins of spices and how she came about to writing her cookbook as she demonstrates how to make  a vegetarian dish using fall produce and a rice pilaf. She will also talk about the more

Posted by Marcus - Central on
September 28, 2016
Bubbler Feature
Do your kids enjoy creative DIY projects? This fall, our Bubbler Jr. program welcomes local artists that will lead you in DIY adventures. The following Bubbler Jr. events take the same focus on hands-on making and learning that every Bubbler program is based on and gears it towards school-age kiddos. Shadow Boxes with Kimberly Friesen Stop by on Saturday, October 8 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Meadowridge Library for a Shadow Box project with Kimberly Friesen! Kids more

Posted by Lauren on
September 23, 2016
A child struggles to copy letters and numbers
An estimated 60 million Americans are dyslexic, roughly 1 of every 5 people! But how much do we know about this invisible disability? Join staff, students, and families from Madison's Children's Dyslexia Center to learn more about dyslexia and how we can all support our kids, students, friends, and neighbors who struggle to read printed words. Wednesday, October 5, 5:30 - 8 pm - Children's Program Room, Central Library A light dinner will be served before a short film screening and a brief more

Posted by Abby on
September 23, 2016
film events
Catch some favorite films from this year's Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) at a library near you this fall!  Pop up screenings of films that played the 2016 Festival are heading out to 6 libraries and 2 community locations, some with special guest hosts.  Watch the one near you or follow the film series across Dane County to see them all for free on the big screen.       Presenting Princess Shaw with host, musician Rob Dz Friday, Sept. 23, 6 pm Meadowridge Library more

Posted by Jaime on
September 19, 2016
teen writing group graphic
Middle and high school students can meet other aspiring authors, bounce ideas off of one another, share  stories, and feel the creativity flow at Pinney Library this fall.  The teen writing club will be led by published author Carole Madrzak and aspiring teen author Corey Pope.  Pinney Library 6-8 pm Thursday, Sept. 22 Thursday, Oct. 20 Wedneady, Nov. 16 Thursday, Dec. 15 Teen book club is open to students in grades 6-12.  No registration is necessary.  Come to one more

Posted by Jaime on
September 12, 2016
Stacked book return
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Thursday, September 15 for a staff inservice. Normal library hours will resume on Friday, September 16. We appreciate your patience as we spend a day learning about new and exciting ways to provide library service to Madison residents (including our new role as absentee voting locations in the upcoming election)! You are welcome to use our book drops to return items while we're closed, and LINKcat to place holds, check your record, or renew more

Posted by Sean - Central on
September 11, 2016
Author Roald Dahl made up a lot of fizzpoppingly fun words!
September 13, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of beloved children's author Roald Dahl. From amazing characters like Matilda and the BFG to positively revolting villains like The Twits or farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean, the world owes a large debt to the whizpopping imagination of this master Storyteller. Stop by the Hawthorne Library on Tuesday, September 13, to check out the many books by Roald Dahl and, while you’re there, color a character from one of his books to add to the more

Posted by Abby on
September 8, 2016