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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 beginning more

Posted by Tana on
May 28, 2016
Whether it's #TheRealUW stories on social media or the recent arrest of King Shabazz, Madison often seems miles away from addressing its racism and social divisions. Join us for two upcoming programs that explore these topics and spark conversation.   LakeFrontRow presents 19, The Tony Robinson Shooting Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 - 8:45 pm - Central Library, Meeting Rooms 301 & 302 LakeFrontRow is proud to present the Madison-area premiere of 19, The Tony Robinson Shooting: A Case more

Posted by Tana on
May 22, 2016
Birthday Party #2 by Tyanna J. Buie
Goodman South Madison Library and The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library are excited to welcome Guest Artist Tyanna J. Buie for a one-of-a-kind week of exhibition and experience!  Family Drop-In Printmaking WorkshopArtist and printmaker Tyanna Buie is hosting a family-friendly drop-in workshop at Goodman South Madison Library! Learn about the technique of monoprinting and try the process out yourself, blending ink and pattern to create a one-of-a-kind unique print. No registration needed! more

Posted by Abby on
May 20, 2016
Super Smash Brothers Tournament 2016 banner
Do you have what it takes to be Madison Public Library's Super Smash Bros. WiiU Champion? Compete in our summer tournament and prove it! If you place first, second, or third place in a qualifying round, you will be invited to compete against teens from across the city at the championship at Central Library on August 10th! Find out more details about the tournament dates and prize information over on the Super Smash Bros. tournament page. Qualifying rounds begin June 9th at more

Posted by Jake on
May 20, 2016
Blown glass art installation, Wingra Waters, by Lisa Koch at Monroe St Library
The new permanent art installation, Wingra Waters, at Monroe Street Library features beautiful blown glass created by local resident and Madison Public Library patron, Lisa Koch. Using her biochemistry background and the inspiration of "interconnectivity," Koch has etched each orb with different elements of nature and the Monroe Street community. The project was funded in part by the Madison Arts Commission through their Art in Public Places Program .  Support for this project more

Posted by Jamie on
May 19, 2016
Read like a Badger
Read like a Badger -- on your mark, get set, read! Visit a Madison Public Library location or check in online starting June 1 to join the Summer Reading Club. Every book or hour read (or read to) counts. Earn great prizes, including free event tickets or free pizza, a science kit, a puzzle challenge sheet and a free book! Prizes are available starting Friday, June 17.  And, summer reading isn't just for kids. Teens can sign up online or in the library for their own summer reading more

Posted by Tana on
May 18, 2016
To Kill A Mockingbird
Join us for a screening of the award-winning feature film and an accompanying talk by Children's Theater of Madison's artistic director, Roseann Sheridan. Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm - 3:30 pm - Hawthorne Library [register here!] To Kill A Mockingbird1962 / USA / English / Drama / 129 min. Gregory Peck won an Oscar® for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a more

Posted by Abby on
May 6, 2016
Reading for Peace, Justice and Understanding
Families and community members of all ages are invited for an afternoon of learning and creation as we celebrate the books chosen for the 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award and honor the local children who helped in the award process. Saturday, May 14, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Central Library Children's Room Featuring Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, a 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book by Edwidge Danticat, reading and an art project will combine for a more

Posted by Abby on
May 4, 2016
Hawthorne Library is proud to present a number of exciting film screenings coming up this summer! All films will be shown in original language, with English subtitles as needed. These screenings are for adults and older teens, many have R or R-equivalent ratings. Refreshments will be served. Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the BorderFriday, May 27, 7:00-8:30pmA searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.–Mexico barrier. — more

Posted by Lucas on
May 2, 2016
Author Erin Celello headlines the 19th annual Book Club Café on Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm.  The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries.  This year's Book Club Café will take place at the Central Library in downtown Madison.  Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts from Chocolaterian Cafe; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club more

Posted by Tana on
April 30, 2016
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