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Closed for Labor Day
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed Monday, September 5 for Labor Day. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6. 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. Central, Pinney & Sequoya Libraries will resume Sunday hours beginning Sunday, ...read more

Posted by Marcus - Central on
August 29, 2016
Join us for the Friday Feature Film at Hawthorne Library: Clare Lewis' documentary I Am Ali, September 2nd at 7:00 PM. The documentary delves into the life of the celebrated champion boxer and galvanizing social figure who famously refused to enter the military when drafted for service during the Vietnam war, a decision that cost him his title. The filmmakers utilize a wealth of audio material recorded by Ali over the course of his life, and interview a number of fight game experts who ...read more

Posted by Marcus - Central on
August 29, 2016
Black Women's Wellness Day book display
Throughout the month of September, all Madison Public Libraries will have a display of books promoting the 8th Annual Black Women's Wellness Day which will be hosted in Madison on September 24th. The theme of the displays is "Claim Your Life!" Check out the display at your local neighborhood library. Black Women's Wellness Day is "an annual health summit that aims to inform, inspire, and empower women and girls of African descent to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives." It was ...read more

Posted by Jake on
August 26, 2016
Mae Mitchell Collection
Anna Mae Mitchell, or Mae, as she was known, was a life-long resident of Madison, Wisconsin and an early leader in Madison's African American community. In 1988, a year after Mae died, PRISM (People Resources in South Madison) established the Mae Mitchell Multicultural Book Collection for Children in her memory at the Goodman South Madison Library. These books, which span the breadth of cultures, races, and ethnic groups, are a lasting tribute to her life and work. To this day, the collection ...read more

Posted by Beth on
August 24, 2016
Cheeseheads: The Documentary
LakeFrontRow presents CHEESEHEADS: THE DOCUMENTARY - a film that showcases Wisconsin's weird and underseen corners of life. Wednesday, August 31, 6:30-8:45pm at Central Library For the past few months, director John Mitchell has been making the rounds across the state, donating copies of his documentary to public schools and library systems, and has graciously added the Madison Public Library to his donation tour. CHEESEHEADS avoids the outsized stigmas of beer-swilling tailgaters and ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
August 20, 2016
Infinite Turtle
Are you passionate about a subject and wondering how to get other people involved? Are you curious about website design, apps and coding? Local 12 year old Aidan Dresang will introduce you to his passion and concern for endangered animals and ecology and how in the process he has created his own website and app. Learn how he became interested in the project and how he learned to code. And get introduced to Infinite Turtle: a website for kids that encourages them to care more about the ...read more

Posted by Tana on
August 19, 2016
Fall Kidspages are now available online and at your library
Check out the harvest of free library activities for children and families this fall with the online version of Kidspages! Print copies are already available at a library near you, and the Spanish-language version is coming soon! In the meantime, check out the library's Spanish Facebook page, Biblioteca Pública de Madison, for upcoming Spanish and Bilingual programs. Want to receive notices of upcoming events by age? Sign up for our email newsletters - Library Kids, Books ...read more

Posted by Abby on
August 15, 2016
Overdrive now has an ebook page just for kids!
Suddenly run out of reading material with a week of family vacation left? Never fear, Madison Public Library has got your back with eBooks you can borrow all the time! With Wisconsin's Digital Library, Powered by Overdrive, you can download audiobooks, eBooks, and even stream videos directly to your computer or a variety of mobile devices*--all you need is WiFi and your library card number! Visit the family-friendly landing page to jump directly to kid favorites like Harry Potter or the Who was ...read more

Posted by Abby on
August 12, 2016
The Teen Choice Award website has lots of great peer-recommended books
Love to read anything you can get your hands on? Passionate about one book and one book only? Then you are qualitified to choose the best book of the summer! Visit the Teen's Choice website to vote for your favorite titles with one click and see what book is winning in real time. Don't agree with the nominees so far? Create an account and add your own favorites or reviews! Then, don't forget to mark your calendars for our end of the summer celebration! Pizza, books, giveaways and other ...read more

Posted by Abby on
August 8, 2016
Kids create working circuits with everyday materials and Makey Makeys
With drop-in sessions in beginning screen printing, circuit blocks & paper circuits, sock monsters (with basic sewing skills!), strawbees geometric sculptures, engineering mystery box challenges, stop motion animation, or MakeyMakey invention machines, there will always be something new to explore and learn at your library this summer. The Bubbler has added two incredibly talented Maker Corps artists to our team his summer: Angela Johnson, a visual artist with a Master in Fine Arts and Arts ...read more

Posted by Abby on
August 8, 2016
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