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The Teen Choice Award website has lots of great peer-recommended books
Love to read anything you can get your hands on? Passionate about one book and one book only? Then you are qualitified to choose the best book of the summer! Visit the Teen's Choice website to vote for your favorite titles with one click and see what book is winning in real time. Don't agree with the nominees so far? Create an account and add your own favorites or reviews! Then, don't forget to mark your calendars for our end of the summer celebration! Pizza, books, giveaways and other ...read more

Posted by Abby on
August 8, 2016
Kids create working circuits with everyday materials and Makey Makeys
With drop-in sessions in beginning screen printing, circuit blocks & paper circuits, sock monsters (with basic sewing skills!), strawbees geometric sculptures, engineering mystery box challenges, stop motion animation, or MakeyMakey invention machines, there will always be something new to explore and learn at your library this summer. The Bubbler has added two incredibly talented Maker Corps artists to our team his summer: Angela Johnson, a visual artist with a Master in Fine Arts and Arts ...read more

Posted by Abby on
August 8, 2016
Come to Pinney Library through August 30 to see a selection of cover artwork from Madison's own UMOJA Magazine. UMOJA Magazine is a monthly journal of positive, encouraging news about African American people and job opportunities in Madison, Wisconsin. Original art, primarily by Black artists, appears on each cover to promote creativity.   Artwork has been the flagship of UMOJA magazine for 25 years. Artists working in a variety of genres show a wide range of the Black experience from ...read more
August 6, 2016
Forward Festival
Madison Public Library is a partner of the Forward Festival, 45 events over 8 days focused on learning, networking, startups, and entrepreneurs in Madison. The Central Library will host four events, please see the Forward Festival website to register and learn more. Thursday, August 18 - 9AM-5PM: The 2nd annual Social Good Summit aims to create and sustain transformational entrepreneurship by moving from intent to action. With the charge of purposefully aligning Madison’s ...read more

Posted by Tana on
August 4, 2016
Picture of Sid Boyum
Sid Boyum: Film, Art and Stories  Thursday, August 11 6-8pm Pinney Library Recently discovered, cleaned, and digitized are some short films that Sid filmed and edited. Come to this event to view these films in their first ever public screening, as well as slides of his artwork. Bring your Sid stories to share and enjoy stories from fellow community members. "Sid Boyum was a Madison legend, one of those manic Wisconsin folk artists who just can't help themselves from churning out ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
August 4, 2016
A vase with a single flower is a gift to the person who finds it
Imagine stepping onto an elevator and finding a miniature bouquet of flowers with a note that reads, "If you've found these, they are for you!"Danika Brubaker is the founder of the For the One Who Finds Me project, a growing group of individuals of all ages who create, hashtag and hide surprise bouquets of flowers for strangers to discover in an effort to spread kindness and inspire community connections through found art.Begining during the Bubbler's August 5th Night Light event and throughout ...read more

Posted by Abby on
July 30, 2016
Library Takeover Logo
Have an idea for an event that you’ve always wanted to host? Madison Public Library wants you to TAKEOVER the library! You pitch your idea, we’ll commit $2500 + time + space + local experts to help you make it happen. APPLY ONLINE AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 6 in teams of 3-5 adults not officially affiliated with a non-profit or institution. Apply with a paper form instead at any Madison Public Library location, or contact Laura Damon-Moore at 608-266-6350 or ldamon-moore@ ...read more

Posted by Bryce on
July 26, 2016
A Book Art Exhibit at Pinney Library June 8 - August 31, 2016 Inspired by a dream, the exhibit is based on Kristin Sobol’s chapter illustrations from Ann E. Aswegan’s book entitled Awakening to the Song of Your Self: Revelations by Day & Dreams by Night.  The book art has been imprinted on vintage embroidered pillowcases creating an overall effect reminiscent of laundry on a line. Cindy Martinelli collaborated with Ann to provide project management, graphic design and technical support ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
July 24, 2016
Monroe Street
The Monroe Street Library will be closed Wednesday, July 27 through Friday, July 29 for a replacement of its heating and air conditioning system.  The library will reopen regular hours on Saturday, July 30, 9:30am –5pm.Monroe Street Library customers are encouraged to contact library staff at 608-266-6390 before July 27 if they require assistance in transferring their holds to another location during the closure or to suspend their holds until the Monroe Street Library reopens on July 30. ...read more

Posted by Tana on
July 24, 2016
Kids as young as six can have fun building and running their own interactive apps! This three-hour session will take attendees through the basics of writing simple software using a child-friendly system called "Bitsbox." We’ll start the session by going through a few small, pre-written programs from the Bitsbox booklet. Students, with help from volunteers, will type 10-20 lines of code for a ready-made example app which they can run right in the browser. Kids will be able to make small changes ...read more

Posted by Lucas on
July 15, 2016
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