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All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5. While we're closed, you may drop items off in our book drops or use LINKcat to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library's databases and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks will also be accessible with your library card while we're closed. more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 1, 2016
WonderWorks Activity
Explore science, technology, engineering & math through play (and books!)   At Pinney on Saturdays, July 23 and August 20 at 10 am. At Alicia Ashman on Wednesdays, July 6 and 13 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Registration begins June 8. At Sequoya on Mondays, July 11 – August 1 at 10:45 am. Registration begins June 27. more

Posted by Bryce on
June 30, 2016
Tom Pease performing with child.
With songs, movement, spontaneity and humor, celebrate books, reading, and children’s wondrous sense of play. On August 9, come to the Monroe Street Library at 10:30 am or the Lakeview Library at 2 pm for a family concert provided by Tom Pease! "Tom Pease has an infectious sense of fun and community building. With movement, sign language, humor, and joy, he creates concerts that leave audiences laughing and singing. He’s performed full time since 1982, often giving more than 200 performances more

Posted by Bryce on
June 30, 2016
Concrete Buddha Head
Hawthorne—On Saturday, July 9, starting at 1:00 pm, Hawthorne is hosting a public awareness event about Sid Boyum's art and the preservation efforts of the Friends of Sid Boyum. The Sid Boyum Sculpture Project, a film by Gretta Wing Miller, is a documentary following the course of a public art project on Madison's near east side, where residents became curators for a collection of concrete sculptures by artist Sid Boyum. Following the film, Friends of Sid Boyum representatives, more

Posted by Bryce on
June 28, 2016
Saturday, June 25m 10am - 12pmSábado, 25 de junio, 10 am a 12 pmFirehouse No. 10 - 1517 Troy Dr, Madison Join Madison’s firefighting heroes for stories, crafts, and book checkout. Meet the Fire Chief and other firefighters while you tour the firetrucks! Ven a escuchar cuentos con los heroicos bomberos de Madison. Habrán manualidades, y préstamo de libros. Conoce al jefe de bomberos y platica con bomberos que te llevaran a conocer los camiones de bomberos. more

Posted by Lucas on
June 24, 2016
Harry Potter Day July 31
Support the Pinney Library Capital Campaign on Sunday, July 31st at 4:05 p.m. as the Madison Mallards take on the newest member of Slytherin House, the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with the Mallards, who will be wearing custom Hogwarts-themed jerseys (available through a silent auction during the game) and running wizarding inspired activities all evening long. July 31st is also the release of JK Rowling's new book "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and more

Posted by Bryce on
June 21, 2016
Personal Archiving Lab
Digitize your old media with the Central Library's new Personal Archiving Lab. The Personal Archiving Lab is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials, like home movies, video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, and other paper-based documents. All are welcome to use the Lab, free of charge, on Wednesdays from 3-8pm (Room 209). You may also make an appointment, at least one week in advance, by calling the Central Library at 266-6350. The Library’s more

Posted by Sean - Central on
June 20, 2016
June 21 is Make Music Madison
The Madison Public Libraries are alive with the sound of music on the Summer Solstice, June 21, as we welcome musicians of all ages and genres for Make Music Madison!  Grab the kids and take in some live music! Alicia Ashman Library - 733 N High Point Road 10:45 am - 12 noon - Pnucklehead (Christopher Barnes and Paul Eagle, Americana/Bluegrass, Indie-folk, Indie-rock) 1 pm - 2 pm - Dan Stier (Americana/Bluegrass)  Hawthorne Library - 2707 E Washington Avenue 9:30 am - 10:30 am - more

Posted by Abby on
June 17, 2016
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 more

Posted by Sean - Central on
June 17, 2016
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 more

Posted by Sean - Central on
June 15, 2016
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