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A rolling meeperBOT, controlled with a Bluetooth device
Make your LEGO creation into a moveable masterpiece with meeperBOTS! Staff from Wisconsin's own Meeper Technology will be on hand at selected Library LEGO Clubs this month to introduce meeperBOTS, the "most full-featured, versatile motor-controlled toys on the planet."  Simply build your LEGO creation, connect your meeperBOT to the free dowloadable app, and drive! We'll bring the LEGOS, the BOTS, and some Bluetooth-enabled devices to demo: what will you create? Thursday, April 14, 3:30 pm more

Posted by Abby on
March 21, 2016
Storytime with the UW Badgers
Celebrate the joy of reading with University of Wisconsin students and student-athletes at this year's Red, White & READ event! Saturday, April 2, 10 am-12 pm (noon) - Central Library Children's Program Room [more info] Bring the whole family to read with UW student-athletes, check out books and more at this event sponsored by the UW Student United Way and Student-Athletes Equally Supporting Others (SAESO). You may even get to meet Bucky, that is, if he's not too busy cheering on the more

Posted by Abby on
March 21, 2016
painting of white owl
ArtWorking provides career development and support, to artists and small business owners who have cognitive disabilities. ArtWorking actively seeks opportunities for our artists and small business owners, to compete with their non-disabled peers in local and regional markets, while participating in mainstream art and business communities. More information at This exhibit is on display at Sequoya Library through April. more

Posted by Jake on
March 16, 2016
Trace Your Family History
Your Madison Public Library card grants you FREE access to powerful genealogy tools like HeritageQuest Online. Whether you are just beginning family research or have spent years tracing your history, HeritageQuest Online has a wealth of genealogy data. • Search more than 25,000 family and local histories. • Search Census Records from 1790 – 1930, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files and the Periodical Source Index • Search for information about ancestors more

Posted by Kristen C. on
March 12, 2016
Institute of Library and Museum Services medal
On February 23, 2016, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that Madison Public Library is among the 30 finalists for the 2016 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 22 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 Abby on
March 11, 2016
Summerlost Book cover
We're hosting some amazing local and national authors this spring as part of our Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series, including a treat especially for school age readers! Summerlost by Ally CondieTuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm - Central Library 3rd floor Community Meeting Rooms New from Ally Condie (author of the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller) comes SUMMERLOST, a tender and poignant exploration of family, loss, and the more

Posted by Abby on
March 10, 2016
Wisconsin Book Festival
We're hosting some amazing local and national authors this spring as part of our Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series.  Events are happening in our libraries, as well as some great Madison venues. Two if by Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard - Central LibraryMonday, March 21, 7:00 pmJust hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit. While on patrol, he more

Posted by Lucas on
March 9, 2016
poster for program series
You're invited to one of five free previews of this year's Wisconsin Film Festival (April 14-21, 2016) happening throughout Dane County in March of 2016. Watch trailers from this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the Festival from Festival organizers, and bring your questions about this year's festival. Sneak Peek events include: Friday, March 18, 6:30-8:00 pm - Pinney Library Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-8:00 pm - Madison Public Library's Central Library Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8:00 more

Posted by Jaime on
March 8, 2016
You can become financially savvy by logging into the Morningstar Investment Research Center, FREE with your library card. The Investment Research Center is an easy to navigate database that was designed especially to help YOU reach your investment goals. It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about invesment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary. Morningstar Investment Research Center provides data more

Posted by Kristen C. on
March 3, 2016
Photographer Allison Welch and her American Girl doll, Josephina
Visit the James Watrous Gallery (201 State Street, 3rd Floor Overture Center for the Arts) on Saturday, March 6, the final Saturday of their family-friendly art show, Meet Allison: an American Girl, and pick up a special coupon for your own free American Girl book redeemable that day at the Children's Desk of the Central Library! Meet Your Own American Girl Book!Saturday, March 6, noon - 5 pm Pick up your coupon at the James Watrous Gallery (201 State Street, 3rd Floor Overture Center for the more

Posted by Abby on
February 26, 2016
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