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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Time Items
All day
Music + Movement: Summer Series with Ms. Gabi
Drop-in Preschool Storytime

Drop-in Preschool Storytime

Meeting Room
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.

Free Mending

Free Mending

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
First come, first served
Work done on site

Toddlers in Motion

Toddlers in Motion

Meeting Room 115
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:15am to 11:00am

Help toddlers up to age 4 stay active with music, dance, ribbons and shakers, interactive free play, an interactive obstacle course and more. Be ready to rock 'n' roll!

Music + Movement: Summer Series with Ms. Gabi
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Community Room
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:30am to 11:15am

A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Groups and younger siblings welcome!

MMSD Registration Support for Spanish and Hmong Language Speakers
Daytime Book Discussion of "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles

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 Civility—a 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 hotel’s 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 count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. --

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

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.

Knitting at the Library
Live Woopensocker Cabaret

Live Woopensocker Cabaret

Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
Thu, 08/09/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The fun doesn’t 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 Library’s 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.

Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

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

Open Media Lab

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:
Michael- Expertise in film production/writing, and photoshop
Lexie - Expertise in film editing

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

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

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 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.

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English Conversation Class
Bubbler Write-In

Bubbler Write-In

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

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)

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.

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Book Discussion: Love, InshaAllah

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
- Love in the Time of Biohazards
- The Hybrid Dance
- Rerouting
- Last Night on the Island
- Shalom to Salam
- Three
- Brain Meets Heart

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.

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