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2017 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Throughout the year we will be celebrating this milestone with a series of marquee events culminating in the four-day festival November 2-5, 2017. We hope that you will join us to commemorate fifteen years of Wisconsin Book Festival events. The 15th Anniversary kicks off on January 17 with Dr. James Hamblin discussing If Our Bodies Could Talk, an enlightening book about how bodies work—and how to keep them working in a world full more

Posted by Tana on
January 16, 2017
Check out library activities for children and families this winter/spring with the online version of Spring Kidspages. Print copies are available at a library near you, or print your own from our web site. Our redesigned Kidspages includes more information about why we focus on classes for children and families, tips for engaging your child in learning, and just a few book recommendations. Want to receive notices of upcoming classes and age appropriate book recommendations? Sign up for our more

Posted by Tana on
January 14, 2017
Showing at Sequoya Library Members of the Madison Photography Meetup Group present:The Allure of the Ordinary "The theme 'The Allure of the Ordinary' speaks to seeing the world around us a little differently. There is beauty everywhere if one is looking for it. “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”- Photographer more

Posted by Jake on
January 5, 2017
Stacked book return
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  All libraries will be open regular hours on Tuesday, January 17. Use our book drops to return items while we're closed, or LINKcat to place holds, check your record, or renew items you've checked out.  While we're closed, check out our always-accessible online collections, OverDrive ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, Flipster online magazines, Yahara more

Posted by Sean - Central on
December 31, 2016
Cinesthesia promo - Mulholland Drive
Central Library's Cinesthesia film series has more great films for you in 2017. Presented on the 1st Thursday of every month by Jason Fuhrman, Cinesthesia shows noteworthy art films, neglected masterpieces, and obscure works by famous directors you will probably not see on a big screen elsewhere in Madison. January 5, 6pm: Inherent Vice (2014) | view trailer February 2, 6pm: Traffic (2000) | view trailer March 2, 6:30pm: Before the Rain (1994) | view trailer April 6, 6:30pm: Dr. more

Posted by Sean - Central on
December 31, 2016
Hawthorne has a great line up of documentary films, every other Friday from January through April. Screenings begin at 7:00 PM. January 6The Barkley Marathons:  The Race that Eats its YoungUSA  /  2014 / 90 minutesA famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary reveals the sports world’s most guarded secret. for more info see:    http:// more

Posted by Marcus - Central on
December 30, 2016
Kids Coding
This spring, your kids can get their creative juices flowing by participating in these technology and design programs at the Madison Public Library. Whether they're interested in designing their own game, making exciting inventions or learning to code, these programs will give them the space to express themselves and develop skills for the future! Game Design with Nate (Grades 4-6)Join us at Central Library on Wednesday, January 11th, from 3:30pm-5:00pm for this Bubbler Jr. event! Kids will more

Posted by Lauren on
December 16, 2016
GIVE graphic
An anonymous donor is giving Madison Public Library Foundation a giant surprise holiday gift by committing up to a $50,000 match for all donations to the foundation's annual fund through the end of the year.  All gifts to the annual fund made between now and December 31 will double thanks to the match, so now is the perfect time to show your support for the Library.Annual fund donations are applied to anything that enhances library programs, services, collections and resources, as well as more

Posted by Tana on
December 14, 2016
Library Takeover
The Library Takeover teams attended three final event planning training sessions with local experts.  On November 9 Francesca Rodriquez, a Foundation Officer at Madison Public Library Foundation, joined the teams to speak about the financial aspects of event planning, such as creating and sticking to a budget. She shared practical information about the steps to take when seeking donations from local businesses and organizations. She also offered advice about advertising and promotional more

Posted by Maddie on
December 12, 2016
Maker Corps
The library’s Bubbler program continues to support maker-based education for children and teens through a series of hands-on programs hosted in libraries, schools, and community places.  Two new grants will allow that work to continue and expand in 2017, in conjunction with the final year of our IMLS National Leadership Grant. A partnership with Maker Ed and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, funded by Google, will allow Madison Public Library to participate in Making Spaces. The project more

Posted by Tana on
December 2, 2016
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