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Read like a Badger
Read like a Badger -- on your mark, get set, read! Visit a Madison Public Library location or check in online starting June 1 to join the Summer Reading Club. Every book or hour read (or read to) counts. Earn great prizes, including free event tickets or free pizza, a science kit, a puzzle challenge sheet and a free book! Prizes are available starting Friday, June 17.  And, summer reading isn't just for kids. Teens can sign up online or in the library for their own summer reading more

Posted by Tana on
May 18, 2016
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All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5. 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. more

Posted by Sean - Central on
May 18, 2016
To Kill A Mockingbird
Join us for a screening of the award-winning feature film and an accompanying talk by Children's Theater of Madison's artistic director, Roseann Sheridan. Saturday, May 7, 1:00pm - 3:30 pm - Hawthorne Library [register here!] To Kill A Mockingbird1962 / USA / English / Drama / 129 min. Gregory Peck won an Oscar® for his brilliant performance as the Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape in this film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The way in which it captures a more

Posted by Abby on
May 6, 2016
Reading for Peace, Justice and Understanding
Families and community members of all ages are invited for an afternoon of learning and creation as we celebrate the books chosen for the 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award and honor the local children who helped in the award process. Saturday, May 14, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Central Library Children's Room Featuring Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation, a 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book by Edwidge Danticat, reading and an art project will combine for a more

Posted by Abby on
May 4, 2016
Hawthorne Library is proud to present a number of exciting film screenings coming up this summer! All films will be shown in original language, with English subtitles as needed. These screenings are for adults and older teens, many have R or R-equivalent ratings. Refreshments will be served. Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the BorderFriday, May 27, 7:00-8:30pmA searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.–Mexico barrier. — more

Posted by Lucas on
May 2, 2016
Author Erin Celello headlines the 19th annual Book Club Café on Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm.  The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries.  This year's Book Club Café will take place at the Central Library in downtown Madison.  Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts from Chocolaterian Cafe; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club more

Posted by Tana on
May 1, 2016
Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older in the shared community space connected to Meadowridge Library. The meal is served weekly from May 3 through the end of December on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 and participants must arrive on-time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the more

Posted by Lucas on
April 29, 2016
The Hawthorne Anime Club was created to give people a place to gather, watch, and talk about Japanese animation. Each meeting will include screenings of everything from classic titles to new releases. The club is aimed primarily at teens and adults. Films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Refreshments served at each meeting. Hawthorne Library is excited to provide the following screenings this summer: Lord Marksman and Vanadis, Friday, June 3, 7-9pmTigre, a young noble, is more

Posted by Lucas on
April 28, 2016
Fiber art created by members of the Madison Felters' Guild is on exhibit at Pinney Library.  The objects on display were made from raw wool that had been carded or combed and then dyed. The dyed wool roving was then wet felted or needle felted by hand into the pieces of artwork.  Pieces featured include vases, scarves, flowers, and even a teapot. Visit Pinney Library from April 26 - June 26 to view this exhibit and be sure to check out what else is In the Galleries.  For more

Posted by Jaime on
April 26, 2016
Summer 2016 Kidpages
Check out the library activities for children and families this summer with the online version of Kidspages! Print copies are available at a Madison Public Library near you, or, print your own English or Spanish versions from our web site. Want to receive notices of upcoming events by age? Sign up for our email newsletters - Library Kids, Books for Nine Year Olds, Booked for Teens, Art of the Picture Book, and others. You can also check out the library's Spanish Facebook page: Biblioteca more

Posted by Abby on
April 25, 2016
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