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Read to a Dog
Reading to dogs helps build early literacy skills! Children who might otherwise be self-conscious relax a bit when they read aloud to a furry friend. They practice their reading, build self-esteem, and associate reading with a pleasant experience. Kids who are already strong readers can further enhance their skills and find new excitement when reading alongside a dog. Children grades K to 5 are invited to bring a favorite book to read aloud to their companion. Time slots are available on a more
November 3, 2017
Kim Charles Kay
The stories of community members are vast and varied. New Madison Public Library artist-in-residence Kim Charles Kay is helping the public explore those stories through a variety of art forms, resulting in works as unique as the individuals themselves. Artist Kim Charles Kay can be found living and working in parts named and unnamed across the United States. As an interdisciplinary artist, Kay’s practice involves installation, photography, sculpture, performance and painting with each medium more

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November 2, 2017
Art at Ashman
Visit Alicia Ashman Library in November and December to appreciate the Jogakbo - Korean Traditional Patchwork exhibit by Miryeong Hong. Jogakbo is Korean traditional patchwork embedded with history. ‘Jogak’ means ‘pieces’ and ‘Bo’ means a wrapping bag. Jogakbo’s main use is as Bojagi, a Korean traditional wrapping cloth. It's a combination of fabric pieces in various colors and shapes. Bojagi has been used in every Korean household since ancient times. Much of the old Bojagi were made by more

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November 1, 2017
New Pinney Library
Members of the public are invited to explore design concepts for the New Pinney Library with OPN Architects. A meeting set for Thursday, November 9th from 6:30-8pm at Pinney Library (204 Cottage Grove Rd.) will feature OPN Architects and city and library planning staff displaying preliminary floor plan concepts to share with the public for feedback. The future Pinney Library location will be located in the Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s (RDC) “Royster Corners” mixed use more

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November 1, 2017
Immigrant Journeys
Voices of Courage and Longing: Honoring Immigrant Journeys will be a heartfelt program, featuring readings and stories about early and recent waves of immigration in an open mic format.  Current immigrants and descendants of past immigrants are invited to tell their own family's story, or to bring a possession from your country of origin and tell a story about it. Sequoya Library | November 4 | 2:00-4:00pm There will be displays of literature, CDs, cookbooks, and films inspired by more

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October 27, 2017
Local History Resources
Madison Public Library has a variety of resources and projects related to local history. Some are resources collected and preserved by the library; others are resources that community groups and individuals have gathered that the library can point to. If your group, neighborhood, organization, or personal network has a local history project that you would like to share through the library, please contact Michael Spelman at or 608-266-5600. Local History Room more

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October 21, 2017
Artist Reception
Lakeview Library's featured artist, Melissa Enderle, seeks to preserve and document images of traditional life. Her exhibit "A Portrait in Time" will be available to view at Lakeview Library throughout the month of November.   Get to know the artist and her work at the Gallery Reception at Lakeview Library on Friday November 3 from 5:00-7:30pm with a special presentation at 6pm. Specializing in portraiture, Melissa’s artwork captures the essence of the people and more

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October 18, 2017
Hawthorne Hootenanny
Hawthorne Library is gearing up for the 4th annual Hawthorne Hootenanny on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00am-1:00pm. All are invited to sing, clap, and dance during this lively celebration of music and play. The Hootenanny will feature performances by local musicians like Dave Landau and Yid Vicious, as well as a square dancing demonstration by members of the Westport Squares of Madison. Artists and community members will host a number of family-friendly activities like screen-printing more

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October 16, 2017
photo of painting showing mountains and a night sky
In an arresting array of photographs, mixed-media collages, and oil and acrylic paintings, Karen Reppen, Kayliegh Mandt, and Jeff Livesey present “Troika” a new art exhibit at the Sequoya Branch Library, located on the corner of Tokay and Midvale boulevards on Madison’s west side. The show will be running through October. Sometimes, when one person’s fortune turns, so do others. “When I walked in to the library a few weeks ago, I noticed blank walls where artwork is usually displayed,” explains more

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October 11, 2017
Book Club Kits
Choosing a book for your next book group meeting can be a challenge! Finding enough copies for all the members of your group just makes it even more complicated. The library has made it easier for you by creating book club kits using donated and withdrawn copies of discussible books and putting all the copies in a canvas bag. Each kit includes discussion questions and information about each author in a folder for each collection. There are at least 8 copies of the book in each kit. Best of all more

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October 9, 2017
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