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Featuring the writing, art, music, and dramatic work of inmates from Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon, WI, Artists in Absentia brings the ideas of these men out from the walls of the prison and into dialogue with the community. Their work will be on display at Pinney Library from April 5 through April 30. You are also invited to a reception on Thursday, April 21, 6:30pm. Bring your questions for Jose Vergara, Exhibition Coordinator, and view a screening of a short documentary ...read more

Posted by Lucas on
April 2, 2016
Adult Coloring Book
"Join millions of adults all around the world who are rediscovering the simple relaxation and joy of coloring!" Our digital magazine collection Flipster now includes Adult Coloring Books.  They are featured alongside the magazine titles when you login to Flipster with a valid library card. Titles include... Stress Relieving Animal Designs Stress Relieving Ocean Animals Stress Relieving Patterns This collection of adult coloring books is available for simultaneous use to anyone with a ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
April 1, 2016
The Wisconsin Book Festival presents an evening with author Ally Condie at Central Library, Tuesday, April 12, 7:00pm. Condie's debut middle grade novel, Summerlost, is a tender and poignant exploration of family, loss, and the healing power of friendship. Last year twelve-year-old Cedar’s family was whole, and then her father and youngest brother, Ben, were killed in a devastating accident. Life wasn't uncomplicated before—Ben was different from most kids, and much of the family's world ...read more

Posted by Lucas on
March 31, 2016
Insider Newsletter
For all you nonfiction lovers out there, our nonfiction selector, Kathy, has created three handy booklists featuring 2015's most notable History Books, Biographies, and Memoirs.  From Mary Beard's SPQR, an expose of Ancient Rome, to The Last Love Song, Tracy Daugherty's biography of Joan Didion, and to Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, 2015 was a terrific year for unique and innovative nonfiction!  Check out Kathy's booklists now for more great titles.   To stay ...read more

Posted by Tyler on
March 29, 2016
PRAIRIE BURNS FILM STILL
The fourth annual Pinney Mini Film Festival will take place on Friday, April 1, 6-8 pm with refreshments generously donated by Willy Street Co-op.  The mini festival will present four short films that screened at the 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival, featuring a Q&A with some of the filmmakers and Wisconsin Film Festival Coordinator Ben Reiser. Space is limited; doors will open at 5:30 with seating for the first fifty attendees.  Films to be screened are: Little America by Kurt ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
March 25, 2016
Paid Summer Internship
The City of Madison, in partnership with Common Wealth Development, is hiring 50 teen interns this summer through the Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship Program.  Youth will have the opportunity to work in over a dozen different City of Madison agencies, including the library!  Sophomores or Juniors who live in the City of Madison are encouraged to print off an internship application packet, fill it out, and turn it in in person at one of 17 meetings throughout the city in April and May ...read more

Posted by Tana on
March 24, 2016
Easter eggs
For the first time, Madison's Central Library will be open on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1-5 pm.  All other Madison Public Library locations, including Pinney and Sequoya Libraries, will be closed. While we're closed, you may drop items off in our book drops or use LINKcat to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library's databases  and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks will also be accessible with your library card while we're closed. All libraries will be open ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
March 24, 2016
Pollworker Ad
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) encourages all private citizens to vote and to become involved in the election process. One of the most rewarding ways to do this is to become an Election Day poll worker (or “Election Inspector” as the position is formally called).  This is a paid position available to any resident of Dane County who is eligible to vote (and also to students aged 16 or older). Print off an application form or sign up online to work at the April 5 election or ...read more

Posted by Tana on
March 22, 2016
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 ...read 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 ...read more

Posted by Abby on
March 21, 2016
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