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Summer Concert & Picnic
Pack a picnic supper and head to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens on August 4 for a fun-filled family concert! Come, rain or shine, at 6 pm. to play with bubbles, make a project with Olbrich Gardens staff, or share a story through Madison Story Project. At 7 pm, the Madison Public Library Foundation will announce the winners of the Pop! Challenge, followed by a concert by Stuart Stotts. Sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 31, 2015
Tell Us
Madison Public Library wants to get to know you better. What better way to do this than a good conversation? Your feedback will steer us in the right direction as the City grows and changes.  Tell Us is a kit that takes the public meeting from our place to yours, and helps us develop spaces, programs and services that meet your needs. Available in four languages: English, Spanish, Hmong, and Mandarin Chinese. Learn more about Tell Us or download a kit. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 27, 2015
Mural Design
Drip, splatter, and spray large scale art! This 6-hour workshop with a local mural artist explores visual art and creative expression through the use of drawing, color, and painting with acrylics. Starting with pencil and paper, participants will be led through a design session that results in many individual images making up one larger picture. They will then learn how to convert the small paper images to a large scale canvas platform and paint a mural that will be displayed at the library. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 24, 2015
Hero Expo
The Hawthorne Library is partnering with the Goodman Community Center to bring you Hero Expo: Tales of Tricks, Trouble, and Triumph! Tuesday, July 28, 5:00-5:45pm at the Goodman Community Center Gymnasium (149 Waubesa St.) Join multi-lingual storytelling troupe Sadarri & Company for an interactive showcase of stories and songs that feature whimsical HERO characters from around the globe. Especially suited for children in preschool through Grade 5. For more information about Sadarri & ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 23, 2015
Rebecca Van Dan
Stop in at the Alicia Ashman Library to experience the work of Rebecca Van Dan. Entitled "Unguarded," this series of oil paintings is "an exploration of human and animal expression through portraits." NOW until Friday, Aug 28, 2015 Statement from the artist: "I have always loved making art, any kind of art, and find that it calms me. From glassblowing to pottery to jewelry-making, I like to try everything, but do oil painting the most.  The challenges of light and shadow, motion, and ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 22, 2015
Aug 3, 2015 • 7:05 pm • Warner Park • 2930 N. Sherman Ave., Madison • $15 Do you love libraries and all-American baseball? Madison Public Library Foundation is teaming up with the Friends of Pinney Library and the Madison Mallards to help raise funds for the new east side Pinney Library with Pitching for Pinney on Monday, August 3.  Head out to the Duck Pond to watch the Madison Mallards take on the Alexandria Blue Anchors that evening at 7:05 p.m. Your $15 ticket includes game admission, ...read more

Posted by Terriun on
July 20, 2015
Dr. Seuss Bookfair
There's Fun to Be Done! .... and kids to be helped. Shop to support Madison Public Library and One Upon and Book Drive on Friday, July 31st, from 9 am to 10 pm. How? Stop by Barnes and Noble at 7433 Mineral Point Road. Purchase items in the store. Say you're a Bookfair Supporter. And done! A portion of the money earned from your transaction is donated! ...read more

Posted by Tina - Central on
July 17, 2015
UMOJA covers
Come check out this new exhibit, displayed at the Goodman South Madison Library - Saturday, August 1 thru Saturday, October 3.   The Traveling Exhibit of UMOJA Covers is a selection of artwork gleaned from over 250 cover paintings that have been published in UMOJA Magazine over the past 25 years.   The artwork has been the flagship of UMOJA magazine. Now in this exhibit, some of the best paintings are assembled in one collection. Artists from all kinds of genre are displayed from ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
July 17, 2015
Harry Potter Birthday party
Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday at this Potter Party! Make edible wands and test your spell and other trivia knowledge.  Friday, July 31, 2015 at 2 pm, Central Library Costumes are encouraged but--unlike attendance in Professor Snape's class--not mandatory! Check out the magic of last year's party on the library's Flickr photosharing account. ...read more

Posted by Tina - Central on
July 16, 2015
Summer Library Carnival
Summer Library Carnival is just around the corner. Come celebrate reading at this event co-sponsored by the Overture Center for the Arts and Madison Public Library. Enjoy a free performance by Miller and Mike at 10:30 or 1:30 pm at the Overture Center for the Arts. Then, go next door to the Central Library for carnival games, crafts, face painting and more! The entire event is free of charge and open to everyone. Last year more than 750 children and their grownups attended this popular event. ...read more

Posted by Tina - Central on
July 15, 2015
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