Little ones can stay active with music, movement, play, and bubbles!
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Drop-in Preschool Storytime
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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, 08/09/2018 - 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
MMSD Registration Support for Spanish and Hmong Language Speakers
Meeting Room 115
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:30am to 5:00pm
The Madison Metropolitan School District offers internet access and assistance in completing the online portion of student enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year
Daytime Book Discussion of "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Join our discussion of "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. New members always welcome.
Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civilitya transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotels doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.
Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the counts endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. -- Amazon.com
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial
Local History Room
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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.
Live Woopensocker Cabaret
Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
The fun doesnt stop with story creation. Come see the best stories, poems, and songs of the summer written from kids across Madison come to life in the Librarys Woopensocker show. With music, sound effects, and children's creativity, it's sure to be a hoot. Plan to arrive at 3:00pm and bring a blank t-shirt to print your own Woopensocker swag with the Bubbler. The Performance will begin at 3:30. Open to all, families and all ages, whether you participated in a workshop or just love to laugh.
Study Room A (Blue)
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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.
Open Media Lab
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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.
Art Yard Sign Pick-up
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stop By Ground Floor By the Bubbler Room! Art yard signs by Madison artist collective It's About The Future will be available for pick-up. Stop by to say hello and get your sign. This project is a City of Madison Arts Commission temporary public art project.
CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
THIS PROGRAM WAS CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER. - August 9, 4:13pm
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
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Silent sustained writing! Use this time for free play or make progress on your current project. We also encourage writers to use this opportunity to form and meet with smaller workshop groups. Every second Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm.
Chapters Teen Writing Club
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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.
SCALE class (Literacy Network)
Community Room B
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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
Book Discussion: Love, InshaAllah
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Muslim voices are often unheard, and Muslim love stories are even more distant; but doesn't everyone love?
The stories from the captivating book Love, InshaAllah, edited by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, gives you the glimpse of the diversity of Muslim women's love lives in America, while showcasing the nuances of being Muslim, and the human emotions around the complexity of love. Each story is written by a Muslim American woman, and intersects with different aspects of their identity and journey in life.
Join us for a discussion on Love, InshaAllah; The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. Copies of the book are available in the library on a first-come, first-served basis.
While we encourage you to read all the stories, our discussion will be around the following chapters:
- The Opening
Discussions facilitated by members of the Library Takeover planning team, including Maria Ahmad, Syed Umar Warsi, Mouna Algahaithi, and Asmahan Sandokji.
Library Takeover is made possible with support from the Madison Public Library Foundation, Marvin J. Levy, and the Kline Foundation.