Learn new tips and techniques to help your 0-15 month-old develop early literacy and early math skills through rhymes, bounces, books and songs. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation while naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting. For babies ages 0 - 15 months. Weekly registration begins 8/27. Please register for each week you plan to attend.
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One-On-One Computer Assistance
Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions Monday and Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons! Call 246-4547 to make an appointment.
Study Room 1
(for babies ages 0-15 months)
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your baby develop early literacy and early math skills and naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation.
Meeting Room 115
Enjoy rhymes, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your toddler develop early literacy and early math skills, and naturally growing his/her social skills in a group setting. One adult per child is recommended. For children ages 16-35 months.
Hispanic Heritage Month Bilingual Storytime
A very special bilingual storytime celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us for a celebration of children, families, and reading in two languages as we explore culture, family, and heritage.
Community Room B
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading, early math, and social skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.
Explore science, technology, engineering & math through play (and books!). For children ages 3-5 years old. Registration is first come, first served. Please pick up a nametag 15 minutes before the program.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your baby develop early literacy and early math skills and naturally growing babys social skills in a group setting. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for plan and conversation. For babies ages 0-15 months.
Gentle Yoga with Kristin Sage
This 6-session yoga series will focus on mindful movement and breathing to provide support for posture and balance. Yoga postures focus on stability and alignment for a safe introduction to Hatha Yoga practices. This introductory series is appropriate for those who can move from the floor to standing without assistance and is appropriate for those new to yoga. Bring a mat, firm blanket or towel to practice and clothes comfortable for movement.
Kristin Sage has been teaching in Madison since 2003, and provides gentle, attentive guidance in a warm, welcoming community space.
Registration begins Monday, September 17.
General Job Assistance
Get free job assistance with a strong focus on professional development and application writing, including resumes and cover letters. Help looking for work online, or filling out an online job application is also provided. Sign up for a free one hour session of one-on-one assistance by calling 266-6350.
Study Room 204
Drop-In Basic Computer Help
Get help with basic computer questions: email, printing, filling out online forms, etc.
Drop-in computer help is a partnership between Madison Public library and WISE, Wisconsin Senior Employment Program
Grab your friends and play LAN Minecraft at the library! No laptop or account necessary. For ages 17 and under. Funded in part by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation. Find more Minecraft clubs in libraries: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids/minecraft
Meeting Room 115
Read to a Dog
Bring a favorite book (or find one at the library!) and read aloud to a furry friend. Call the week of to register for a 15-minute slot, or simply drop in!
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun at the library and connect to the library's private servers for a customized gameplay experience using MinecraftEDU. No account necessary. Ages 17 and under. Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance. Minecraft programming funded by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation.
Media Petting Zoo
Join Bubbler staff and try out new media and technology every week in this drop-in, unstructured program! The goal is to become familiar with different tools that create different forms of media.
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help
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 246-4547 in advance to sign up for a one-hour session.
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.
Study Room 1
UW Health Fair
Join UW-Madison Pharmacy Students for an educational health fair on diabetes, immunizations, heart health, organ donation, and prescription medication use! Bring your children as this event will have games and posters tailored to elementary aged children, as well as information for adults!
Chess Instruction at 6:00 p.m.
Instructions for both beginners and those who wish to improve their chess playing skills will be available.
"First Monday, First Person!" We will share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people. We meet at 6pm, and enjoy light refreshments and stories until library staff chases us out at 7:45pm.
Sign up upon arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback. Listeners welcome as well as readers. Event is Free and open.
Join us on the first Monday of every month (except when Monday is a holiday.)
Meeting Room 115
Evening Family Storytime
Unwind at the library as a family with evening storytime. Bring your dinner or snack and join us for stories, puppets, and songs to appeal to all ages.
Include built in time for you to read together as a family. Pick out a great book from our special stack to take home and read before bed that night. No registration necessary.
Meeting Room B
Chess Club - Free Play (6:45 PM - 8:00 PM)
From 6:45 PM to 8 PM it's time to hone your skills and have some fun playing chess.
Chess Club is open to all Ages and Skill Levels (children under 8 years old need to be accompanied by an adult).
When Cartoon Worlds Collide: A Twistedly Absurd Mashup of Politics and Comics
Come share an evening of absurdity with two nationally-syndicated cartoonists: Leigh Rubin, the creator of the comic strip Rubes, and Wisconsin State Journal editorial cartoonist Phil Hands. This odd couple will riff on each others cartoons and show how the twisted minds of two very different cartoonists work. Rubins work focuses primarily on the hilarity of animal and human nature, while Hands draws stranger creatures: politicians. So, if youve ever wanted to meet a professional smart aleck or a full-time doodler, dont miss this event. Door prizes will be raffled to unlucky winners.
Meeting Room 302