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Drop-in Preschool Storytime
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 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, 08/02/2018 - 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
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial
Local History Room
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 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, 08/02/2018 - 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.
Thursdays @ 4 Sidewalk Chalk Masterpieces
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Did you know there are 64 different colors of sidewalk chalk? Neon? Glitter? Join us on the Sequoya porch to create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece or hopscotch super course! Water and Lemonade will be provided. Children under age 7 should have an adult helper. No registration required.
Open Media Lab
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 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.
East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 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
SCALE class (Literacy Network)
Community Room B
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 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
Chapters Teen Writing Club
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 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.
Working the System: Chip Design
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
An Overview of Systems on Chip Design for applications from AI, Autonomous Vehicles, Gaming, Internet of Things, & More.
Linda Larson has worked in Processor Physical Design and Very Large Scale Integration for the past 20 years, with a BA in Math, and MS in Electrical Engineering. Current interests include brain patterns for spatial reasoning and interconnected thinking with applications to machine learning and approximate computing. She is on the Wisconsin Executive Advisory Board for FIRST and finds it very hard not to over-contribute on her kids robotics projects.
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Timbuktu (2014)
Meeting Room 302
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Islamic militants occupy the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, imposing a regime of terror. Not far from there, cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family
A thoroughly remarkable and disquieting film from Malis Abderrahamane Sissako, Timbuktu is also a work of almost breathtaking visual beauty, but it manages to ravish the heart while dazzling the eye simultaneously, neither at the expense of the other. Its a work of art that seems realized in an entirely organic way (RogerEbert.com)
Lakeview Book Discussion of "Notorious RBG" by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Join us to discuss "Notorious RBG" by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. New members always welcome.
Synopsis: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fameshe has only tried to make the world a little better and a little freer.
But nearly a half-century into her career, something funny happened to the octogenarian: she won the internet. Across America, people who werent even born when Ginsburg first made her name as a feminist pioneer are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.
Notorious RBG, inspired by the Tumblr that amused the Justice herself and brought to you by its founder and an award-winning feminist journalist, is more than just a love letter. It draws on intimate access to Ginsburg's family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah. -- Amazon.com