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Anyone with a South Central Library System card (including all Madison Public Library cardholders) can now access 30 popular magazines using Flipster™ from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster offers current issues of online magazines with the ability to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines or search for topics of interest. In addition to print copies, Madison Public Library has Flipster copies of magazines like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, more

Posted by Molly - Central on
April 2, 2015
George Dreckmann
Spring is in the air and it's time to start thinking about your garden. Join us at Lakeview Library Saturday, April 4th for a program about Home Composting. George Dreckmann, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Madison, will cover home compost basics, including an introduction to compostable materials, where to place your compost bin, and how to tend to your compost. Plans for building a compost bin will be available, and information regarding leaf management will also be presented. See you more

Posted by Emily on
April 1, 2015
Millions of children around the world are living with food allergies. Whether you live with a food allergy, love someone who does, or just want to boost your allergy awareness, this free family event is for you! A wide variety of educational and entertaining activities await: storytime with The Bugabees award-winning author Amy Recob, Ask the Expert with a board-certified allergist and pediatrician from Meriter crafts from Learning Express Toys and goodie bags and giveways (while more

Posted by Tina - Central on
March 29, 2015
Jazz in the Library
The National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 and has since been offering jazz programming in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Tracing its origins to the early music of the Africans who came to America as slaves, the development of jazz weaves through the history of African Americans and race relations in the United States. Jazz both emerged from slavery and the forced segregation of the Jim Crow South and influenced and more

Posted by Tana on
March 27, 2015
Before You film pictures
You're invited to the 3rd annual Pinney Mini Film Festival on Friday, 3/27 at 6 pm! We are pleased to present three short films that screened at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival. Enjoy Q&As with the film Directors themselves and Ben Reiser, WFF Festival Coordinator will be in attendance to answer any questions you have about the Wisconsin Film Festival. Willy Street Co-op is generously donating refreshments for you to enjoy before the films.  Doors open at 5:30 with seating for more

Posted by Jaime on
March 19, 2015
Science Club at Hawthorne
Join kids from the Goodman Community Center Science Club for science demos and hands-on projects! This month, learn how potential energy converts to kinetic energy as you play with spinning tops. Then, learn how chemical reactions make Alka-Seltzer rockets fly! Wednesday, April 22, 4 - 5 pm at Hawthorne Library. No registration required. For kids in grades K-5. more

Posted by Tina - Central on
March 13, 2015
Sneak Peek promotion
The Wisconsin Film Festival is just around the corner (April 9-16) and you are invited to a free preview of what will be playing this year. Bring all of your Fest questions to one of Madison Public Library's Sneak Peek events to be answered by Festival organizers. Watch trailers highlighting a select group of this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the Wisconsin Film Festival from Festival staff, and enjoy guided discussions about the largest campus-based film festival in the United more

Posted by Jaime on
March 10, 2015
Night Light
On Friday, March 6, 8:00-11:00pm, join Madison Public Library and The Bubbler for the next NIGHT LIGHT event, with grown up Arts and Crafts at Central Library. Arts! New art openings throughout the building from artists Jim Escalante, Lewis Koch, Shannon Troxler, and Aaron Laux Introducing our new Artists-in-Residence: The Dream Collectors - a social art project that invites everyone to draw, write, and record accounts of the dreams they have while they are asleep.  Crafts! Spring more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 27, 2015
IMLS National Medal Finalist
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that Wisconsin’s Madison Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. more

Posted by Tana on
February 24, 2015
Find great bargains for your loved ones this Valentine's Day and become a Friend of the Madison Public Library. Friends of Madison Public Library Book Sale at Central LibraryBooks for sale include a good selection of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults and will feature two-for-one romance novels. Friday, February 13, 11:00am - 6:00pm (Friends Only, 1-3pm) Saturday, February 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm (Bag Sale, 3-5pm - $5 per bag) Friends of Pinney Book and Bake Sale Friday, February more

Posted by Sean - Central on
February 13, 2015
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