Events

Ride your bike to any Madison Public Library location between June 20 and 25 to participate in Bike to the Library Week. At the library you will recieve a bookmark that contains a link to enter a prize drawing.  We're also giving out Bicycle Benefits stickers to the first 30 bicyclists to arrive at each library. And check out these Bike to the Library Week events... Monday, June 20, 5:30-6:30pm at Central Library: Savvy City Cycling: John Rider from Wisconsin Bike Fed will ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
June 17, 2016
ReferenceUSA
ReferenceUSA - the "premier source of business and residential information" - has a brand new look and few new features for researchers and job seekers. This database resource includes information on over 44 million businesses, 147 million residencies, and 2.5 million job postings, updated monthly. Library patrons can now register for a personal acccount, allowing for more in-depth use of ReferenceUSA resources. Create a custom profile, save search criteria, build lists, and more. There are ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
June 15, 2016
A Wild Rumpus Critter
Discover an indoor Wild Rumpus this winter at Alicia Ashman Library! Join us on Thursday, December 8th, or Thursday, December 15th, from 10:00am-12:00pm. The library will provide special Anji Play equipment to inspire your chidren's imagination. In Anji Play, children enjoy self-determination in play. They choose what, where, with whom, and even whether to play. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, and come ready to let your child lead! You'll be amazed by what your child can accomplish ...read more

Posted by Lauren on
June 14, 2016
Spellbinder the Magician with children
Spend your Friday evenings this spring at the Goodman South Madison Library's Family Fun Nights! Goodman South Madison Library offers a variety of activities to entertain, educate, and engage children and parents throughout the season. There's always something new to catch your interest! Events will run Fridays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, January 20-May 19. Family Fun Nights are funded by a gift from The Capital Times Kids Fund. Jan 20: Black StorytellingJan 27: Family Movie NightFeb 3: Black ...read more

Posted by Bryce on
June 14, 2016
Olbrich Picnic
Celebrate summer reading at two great events this summer, our Carnival & Concert event with Justin Roberts and Concert & Picnic event with Dave Landau. Enjoy a performance by two time Grammy nominee and children's book author Justin Roberts at 10:30 am or 2:00 pm at Overture Center for the Arts.  Following the performance, Justin will be signing and selling merchandise in the Overture Center Library.  Next, stop by the Library for carnival games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and ...read more

Posted by Bryce on
June 14, 2016
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