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Drop-in Preschool Storytime
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 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, 08/16/2018 - 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
West Madison Senior Center Lunches
Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. If you are under age 60 and do not meet the nutrition program eligibility guidelines, you are required to pay the total cost of your meal which is $10.23. Transportation is available by a $1.00 donation round trip. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding business day by calling 238-7368 ext. 8
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial
Local History Room
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 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, 08/16/2018 - 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, 08/16/2018 - 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, 08/16/2018 - 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, 08/16/2018 - 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, 08/16/2018 - 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.
Soul to Soul: A Safe Space for Women
Meeting Room 115
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Gather with other women as we discuss intimate partner relationships in a safe setting. This is a free discussion series, open to all, facilitated by a local nonprofit leader and volunteer from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.
Help for Your Aging Parents: Finding Community Resources
Meeting Room B
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
When your aging parents health begins to decline and they need assistance, where do you start? This informative presentation can teach you how to find community resources, how to access a case manager and get support, how to create and maintain a positive relationship with your parents, and how to know whether and when to ask for hospice services. This is a free program presented by an educator from Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care.
"Love, InshAllah" book discussion
Community Room A
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
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. Library Takeover is made possible with support from the Madison Public Library Foundation, Marvin J. Levy, and the Kline Foundation.
Lakeview Mystery Book Discussion of "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore"
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Join us around the fireplace to discuss "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" by Matthew Sullivan. New members always welcome.
Synopsis: When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this "intriguingly dark, twisty" (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogsthe lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the stores overwhelmed shelves.
But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstores upper room, Lydias life comes unglued. Always Joey's favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joeys suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydias life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. "Both charming and challenging" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review), Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a "multi-generational tale of abandonment, desperation, and betrayal inventive and intricately plotted" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Habitat LEGO Build
Thu, 08/16/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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. Register online or by phone (824-1780) beginning July 26.