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Elmore Lawson Drumming
Celebrate the start of summer at Hawthorne Library's drumming circle on June 11, led by Elmore Lawson at 10:30am. Make your own shaker or twirl some dancing ribbons as you welcome the season. Meet Maynard the Mallard and some Mallards baseball players from 11:15am to 12:15pm along with enjoying other fun activities at this kick-off to summer. Elmore Lawson was born and raised in the Philippines on a small island called Batang. He has organized drum circles in Madison for the past eight ...read more

Posted by Bryce on
June 7, 2016
MOST feature
School's out! Wherever you live in the Madison area, you can find before and after school programs, sensational summer sports and holiday-break activities for all ages and budgets. The Madison-area Out-of-School Time (MOST) Program Finder is a one-stop-shop for families and youth to find quality programs offered before and after school or during summer and holiday breaks for Madison-area youth. Locate programs near your home or at your child/youth's school. Search for programs that match your ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 7, 2016
Join Madison Public Library Foundation for an afternoon of fun in the sun at the third annual Rock & Read. This family-friendly fundraiser will take place on Father's Day, Sunday June 19, in the Bier Garten at Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton. Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.  Enjoy a cheerful summer afternoon of live music by Yid Vicious and Sean Michael Dargan, kids' activities from Monroe Street Arts Center, a raffle with fabulous prizes, and more! ...read more

Posted by Tana on
June 7, 2016
hands making a kite
Kite Making for Adults = Elaboración de cometas para adultos Kite-making is a craft that Julio Flores learned from his Abuelo, or grandfather, who learned during his childhood in the North Coast town of Cataño, Puerto Rico. He and the other kids in his community learned from the adults and each other how to construct and fly kites of different varieties. Learn this great pastime by making a miniature kite of your own.  During this workshop, Julio will also share information about the ...read more

Posted by Jaime on
June 6, 2016
National Medal
On June 1, Library Director Greg Mickells and community member Rob Franklin will receive the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony in the White House.  They will be joined by Library Board President Tracy Kuczenski.  The National Medal is the highest honor for public libraries in the nation and is granted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  You can watch it live at www.whitehouse.gov/live beginning ...read more

Posted by Tana on
May 28, 2016
Whether it's #TheRealUW stories on social media or the recent arrest of King Shabazz, Madison often seems miles away from addressing its racism and social divisions. Join us for two upcoming programs that explore these topics and spark conversation.   LakeFrontRow presents 19, The Tony Robinson Shooting Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 - 8:45 pm - Central Library, Meeting Rooms 301 & 302 LakeFrontRow is proud to present the Madison-area premiere of 19, The Tony Robinson Shooting: A Case ...read more

Posted by Tana on
May 22, 2016
Birthday Party #2 by Tyanna J. Buie
Goodman South Madison Library and The Bubbler @ Madison Public Library are excited to welcome Guest Artist Tyanna J. Buie for a one-of-a-kind week of exhibition and experience!  Family Drop-In Printmaking WorkshopArtist and printmaker Tyanna Buie is hosting a family-friendly drop-in workshop at Goodman South Madison Library! Learn about the technique of monoprinting and try the process out yourself, blending ink and pattern to create a one-of-a-kind unique print. No registration needed! ...read more

Posted by Abby on
May 20, 2016
Super Smash Brothers Tournament 2016 banner
Do you have what it takes to be Madison Public Library's Super Smash Bros. WiiU Champion? Compete in our summer tournament and prove it! If you place first, second, or third place in a qualifying round, you will be invited to compete against teens from across the city at the championship at Central Library on August 10th! Find out more details about the tournament dates and prize information over on the Super Smash Bros. tournament page. Qualifying rounds begin June 9th at  ...read more

Posted by Jake on
May 20, 2016
Blown glass art installation, Wingra Waters, by Lisa Koch at Monroe St Library
The new permanent art installation, Wingra Waters, at Monroe Street Library features beautiful blown glass created by local resident and Madison Public Library patron, Lisa Koch. Using her biochemistry background and the inspiration of "interconnectivity," Koch has etched each orb with different elements of nature and the Monroe Street community. The project was funded in part by the Madison Arts Commission through their Art in Public Places Program .  Support for this project ...read more

Posted by Jamie on
May 19, 2016
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 ...read more

Posted by Tana on
May 18, 2016
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