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Hits! Runs! Metaphors!
Celebrate National Poetry Month with author and baseball fan William Tecku, presenting his lively “Hits! Runs! Metaphors!” baseball poetry reading. Friday, April 24, 1:00pm - 2:30pm at Central Library Literature fans and baseball fans alike will cheer for this "out of left field" event. Be sure to stop in before the reading at 12:30pm to meet Maynard G. Mallard in person! more

Posted by Sean - Central on
April 20, 2015
If we gave you $20,000 to make Madison Public Library even better, how would you spend it? In honor of National Library Week and its theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library,” the Madison Public Library Foundation wants to bring YOUR best ideas to life!  Tell us what you would do to take our library system from very good to great. Want to see more large-print books? Expanded collections or a new special collection? New youth programs? More technology? No idea is too outlandish, and more

Posted by Tana on
April 20, 2015
Trivia Night
Join us at the Central Library on May 9, 2015 for a night of trivia competition while helping to support programming at Dane County libraries. Teams will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medals. Preregister your team online (credit cards only, $250 per table) or pay $300 at the door on the night of the event.  2-10 players per table. Food and drink will be available to fuel your night with 4 rounds of questions. Game starts at 7:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm).  Check out more

Posted by Sean - Central on
April 17, 2015
growing cities film poster
Our Lakeview and Pinney Libraries invite you join them in celebrating all things spring at these upcoming special Earth Day themed events.  Biking Sticker Giveaway Saturday, April 25 9am-5pm Pinney Library Ride your bike and wear your helmet to Pinney Library anytime during the day to receive a limited edition sticker - perfect for decorating your helmet or bike! Button Making Saturday, April 25 11am-1pm Pinney Library Stop by the button making table, select your favorite Earth Day image, more

Posted by Jaime on
April 16, 2015
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Saturday, April 18 11 am - Noon Pinney Library Calling all school age kids! Put on a crazy hat and join us at Pinney Library for a Mad Hatter Tea Party.  Learn tea time etiquette while enjoying tea, juice, and cookies. We'll have stories and crafts to round out the tea time fun.  Call 224-7100 or register at this link.  Don't be late - for this very important date! more

Posted by Jaime on
April 13, 2015
Book Club Cafe
The 18th Annual Book Club Café features Julie Schumacher, author of the novel Dear Committee Members. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Central Library (Community Room) The Book Club Café is an annual Friends of the Madison Public Library tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries. Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts from Chocolaterian Cafe; a book gift basket raffle; and a more

Posted by Sean - Central on
April 3, 2015
Easter eggs
All Madison Public Library locations, including Central, Sequoya and Pinney will be closed on Sunday, April 5, for the Easter holiday. 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. Keep in mind, however, that our web site will be not be accessible, due to scheduled more

Posted by Sean - Central on
April 2, 2015
Anyone with a South Central Library System card (including all Madison Public Library cardholders) can now access 30 popular magazines using Flipster™ from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster offers current issues of online magazines with the ability to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines or search for topics of interest. In addition to print copies, Madison Public Library has Flipster copies of magazines like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, more

Posted by Molly - Central on
April 2, 2015
Millions of children around the world are living with food allergies. Whether you live with a food allergy, love someone who does, or just want to boost your allergy awareness, this free family event is for you! A wide variety of educational and entertaining activities await: storytime with The Bugabees award-winning author Amy Recob, Ask the Expert with a board-certified allergist and pediatrician from Meriter crafts from Learning Express Toys and goodie bags and giveways (while more

Posted by Tina - Central on
March 29, 2015
Jazz in the Library
The National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 and has since been offering jazz programming in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Tracing its origins to the early music of the Africans who came to America as slaves, the development of jazz weaves through the history of African Americans and race relations in the United States. Jazz both emerged from slavery and the forced segregation of the Jim Crow South and influenced and more

Posted by Tana on
March 27, 2015
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