A happy blend of stories, fingerplays, and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and narrative skills. Daycares, groups, and siblings always welcome.
Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.
Habitat LEGO Build
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Come join us for the LEGO Build Competition where children between the ages of 5-11 build houses out of LEGOS, while learning how Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter! Families can compete as well with no more than 2 adults per team.
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help
Navy Room 126
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:30am to 1:30pm
Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including school assignments, resumes and cover letters, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems and absolutely any other kinds of writing. Appointments for writing assistance may be made the day of assistance only! Call 266-6395 to make a 45-minute appointment. Due to high demand, you are encouraged to call as soon as the library opens (Saturdays at 9 a.m.) This free service is provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center through the College of Letters & Sciences. Thank you to the Evjue Foundation, Altrusa International of Madison and the UW Anonymous Fund for generously supporting this program.
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial
Local History Room
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
The Personal Archiving Lab at Central Library is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials, like home movies, video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, and more.
Stop by the Central Library every Tuesday or Thursday for a tutorial on how to use the library's Personal Archiving Lab, then make an appointment for your personal archiving project. Call 266-6350 for more information or to make an appointment.
The Personal Archiving Lab supports the following formats: VHS and VHS-C tapes, DVDs (not BluRay), audio cassettes, MiniDV and Hi-8 tapes, photographs (including negatives and slides), and other paper-based documents.
The Personal Archiving Lab is funded by a gift from Marvin J. Levy.
Open Media Lab
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
The Media Lab at Central Library is a free space to explore digital media production in the realms of stop motion animation, 3D world design, green screen video, audio design and graphic design. Drop in and explore the lab or work on projects with the expertise of our media lab staff.
Lab staff for today will be:
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The Bubbler and the Media Lab are supported by grants from Madison Public Library Foundations and The Friends of the Madison Public Library.
Artist & Craftsman Monthly Workshop: Exploring with fabric paints and sprays
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
This month Bob Elland from Artist & Craftsman Supply will be joined by a representative from Marabu Creative Colours. You will learn about projects using Marabu fabric paints & sprays. The evening will also include projects done with their porcelain paints. Please come and learn about these materials and try them out!
Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
This is a course in computer and employment literacy for adult students who want to improve their reading, writing and general communication skills. Each student will have an individual lesson plan created for them and will work through the semester on completing that plan. Skills learned will help with job searching and applications, completing the GED and improving skills on the computer. Please register for the entire series, January 23 - May 3. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 10, for more information or to register.
These classes are funded through the Literacy Network with computer support from Madison Public Library Foundation. Find more literacy classes at http://www.litnetwork.org
Square-Foot and Raised Bed Gardening
Meeting Room 115
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Square-foot gardening has been around since the 1970s. Mel Bartholomew wrote the original square-foot gardening book and now has a new version out which is just as popular as the first one. This is a simple system based on 4-foot by 4-foot raised beds divided into simple one- foot square grids that are raised from the ground.
A certified Master Gardener Volunteer from the Dane Co. UW-Extension will give you ideas for creating your own square-foot gardening beds, a recipe for square-foot garden soil, selecting and growing your plants and successfully harvesting your crops. You will also hear techniques for raised bed gardening and types of raised bed gardens, like the pizza garden, that is popular with kids.
Speakers are graduates of the Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program which trains community volunteers in a broad range of horticultural subjects so they can bring this knowledge to the public.
Intro to Computer Updates with Cris Carpenter
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
What do you do when you get a request for an update on your computer? Is it safe to download? What if you ignore it? Join Cris Carpenter as he discusses strategies for the safest ways to keep your computer up to date and running smoothly.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Learn new tips and techniques to help your 0-15 month-old develop early literacy and early math skills through rhymes, bounces, books and songs. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation while naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting.
Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: Friends and Foes in the Garden
Tue, 06/19/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
In addition to providing food and flowers, gardens can serve as habitat for an abundance of insect life. Some of these insects provide critical services to the garden such as pollination and pest control, while other insects damage the very plants we try to grow. In this lecture we'll survey the commonest insect friends and foes of our gardens.