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Drop-in Preschool Storytime
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 9:30am to 10:15am
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print ans phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Groups welcome. Siblings welcome. No registration required.
Study Room 211
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
We are here to mend anything you need as the weather from spring to summer, including clothing, coats, and other fabric-related repairs. Sewers from the Sewing Machine Project will be available to mend your things for free every Thursday.
All are welcome
Teen Photoshop Camp
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Photoshop - everyone knows what it is, but not everyone knows how to use it. In this 3-day series, teens will work with a media industry professional to learn many of the amazing things Photoshop is capable of doing. From painting lifelike portraits, to putting Lady GaGa in your vacation photos, attendees will gain a deep understanding of digital creation as well as photo manipulation and digital editing.
Registration and attendance is required for all three days of this camp (July 24, 25 & 26). Snacks will be served during break time but please bring diet-friendly snacks if needed!
Thursday Book Group discusses Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Meeting Room B
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
In a quiet, prosperous community in Ohio, a picture-perfect couples large, elegant house goes up in flames as their four teenage children look on. It was not an accident. Who started the fire, and why? Despite the well-meaning good intentions of the citizens of this progressive community, they are blind to their privilege and the messiness of simmering racial tensions and incendiary family dynamics lurk beneath the polished surface. Events will force the residents to address the impossibility of assimilation, the all-consuming force of motherhood, and the secret lives of teenagers and their parents, each unknowable to the other.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
USS Bubbler Regatta
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ahoy shipbuilders! Anchors away for the first annual Bubbler Regatta! Create your own mini vessels from recycled materials, test their seaworthiness, and race against your friends down our raingutter course you may have to supply your own wind. Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial
Local History Room
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 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.
Study Room A (Blue)
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun hosted on the library's private server. No account needed, we'll use library laptops running MinecraftEDU. Minecrafters ages 17 and under sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance. Funded in part by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation.
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes and cover letters, school assignments, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems or any other kind of writing. Basic computer help, such as setting up email accounts, searching for jobs online, or filling out online job applications, is also available.
Call 246-4548 to make a 60-minute appointment.
Madison Writing Assistance is a free service provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center and is made possible through the generous support of The Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, Altrusa International of Madison, and the UW-Madison Writing Center.
East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
This program takes place at Reindahl Park (1818 Portage Rd)
Enjoy play-centered, child led activities in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children's imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, (optional) bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from the "Let's Eat Out" local food carts, and make an evening of it! This event is created in partnership with the Madison Parks Division and AnjiPlay, and funded in part by a grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation.
Learn more at http://www.anjiplay.com/parents
Open Media Lab
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 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.
SCALE class (Literacy Network)
Community Room B
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 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, June 7-August 16. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 10, for more information or to register.
Find more literacy classes at http://www.litnetwork.org
Woodblock Carving & Printing with Jenie Gao
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Learn how to create your own woodblock print. Instructor Jenie Gao, former Artist In Residence at THE BUBBLER, will cover how to create your image, carve your block, and print on paper and fabric. Bring a t-shirt or other fabric to print on and wear something you dont mind getting a little inky!
No prior experience necessary, ages 16+. Registration required.
Chapters Teen Writing Club
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Meets most Thursday evenings! Middle and high school students can meet other aspiring authors, bounce ideas off one another, share your stories, and feel the creativity flow! Writing club will be led by local author Carole Madrzak.
The Salad Days Book Club - Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Join us for Hawthorne Library's monthly book club, The Salad Days! This group is tailored to (but by no means limited to!) readers of the millennial generation looking to explore books and popular culture. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at The Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery (2827 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.
~Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz~
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potentialrevealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions were afraid to ask that might be essential to our healthboth emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data everyday, and its influence is multiplying. Everybody Lies challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world.
MGEs EV 101 Event
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 07/26/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Questions about EVs? MG & E Can Help!