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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time Items
All day
Before 9:30am
CONFINED: Honoring our Children Living with a Parent in Prison

CONFINED: Honoring our Children Living with a Parent in Prison

Madison Room
Thu, 10/04/2018 (All day)

CONFINED is a Madison Arts Commission Blink-funded collaboration between Cultural Connections, a Madison based program that links kids living with an incarcerated parent to long-term cultural arts opportunities, and artists from ArtWorking, a regional resource for artists and entrepreneurs with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Here artists Romano Johnson and Brianna Richardson painted their interpretation of family on a mock prison cell* to symbolized how unjust sentencing and incarceration confines the entire family. The back panel features reproductions of drawings by Madison children who have experienced life with an incarcerated parent. The cell also features audiotaped interviews with people on both sides of this important issue—children and once incarcerated parents.

Step inside to sign your name in solidarity with the 2000 plus kids in Dane County and 5M kids across America who silently serve their parent’s sentence. Go away with facts to inform your perspective on how incarceration rates affect families and how children, in particular, suffer.

On display from October 2-6. Stop in during library hours to view the installation on the third floor. Confined will also be available for viewing on Gallery Night: Friday, October 5.

*The mock cell was designed and built by Philip Ashby, Wisconsin Public Television award-winning animator and set designer.
Pat Dillon, Cultural Connections director, can be contacted at 608-206-6584.



Thu, 10/04/2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

The library will provide play and art materials especially chosen to encourage highly engaged, self-determined play. When kids are done, they'll create a Play Story depicting their play that day. Messy clothes recommended. Open to all ages. *Note: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Center, 55 S. Gammon*

Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

We are here to mend anything you need as the weather changes from Summer to Fall, 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

No mending on September 13 and November 22

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Community Room
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 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!

West Madison Senior Center Lunches

West Madison Senior Center Lunches

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 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

Spanish Literature Group

Spanish Literature Group

Meeting Room A
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Presentado por University League en asociación con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos, los libros y las discusiones están completamente en español. Por favor, obtenga un plan de lectura en el escritorio marcado con “Ask Here” (Pregunte Aqui)

Presented by the University League in partnership with the Sequoya Library. Everyone is welcome, books and discussion are completely in Spanish. Please pick up a reading schedule at the "Ask Here" desk

VA Outreach
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 2:00pm 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 listing for today:
2-3 and 5-8 Nate- Expertise in film production, editing, animation, game design, graphic design, and digital art
3-5 Rob- Expertise in audio recording
5-8 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.

HPB- Thursday Book Group
Knitting at the Library
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 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.

Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Bring a favorite book (or find one at the library!) and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first come, first served basis.

Teen Time

Teen Time

Meeting Room 115
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Bring some skills & imagination to show off your talents in a wide array of art and technology workshops. Some projects will last one session, and some projects will be ongoing until they are finished.

Stop by to find out what we are working on this week!

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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 246-4548 to make a 60-minute appointment.

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.

Madison Public Library Board
Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Upper elementary (4th and 5th Grade) and middle school students are invited to Kids Code Madison, a weekly, drop-in coding club. A volunteer-led program, youth can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations using programs and tools like Scratch and Python. Special note: Programming activities are not appropriate for younger elementary school kids.

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 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 Rooms A and B
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm

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, September 20-December 13. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 10, for more information or to register.

Find more literacy classes at

English Conversation Class
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Blue Velvet (1986)

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Blue Velvet (1986)

Meeting Room 302
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm

David Cronenberg directs what is often considered one of the best adaptations of a Stephen King novel ever filmed.

When Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) awakens from a coma, he must not only come to terms with the time that he has lost, but also with a new and strange power that he has acquired – touching a person allows Johnny to see their future. So when an aspiring political candidate (Martin Sheen) shakes his hand, Johnny envisions a disastrous future that he feels only he can prevent.

Humanitarian Knitting

Humanitarian Knitting

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Knitting for charity. Assistance is available for those wishing to learn to knit or to improve skills. Yarn is provided.

Go Big Read Book Discussion of The Death And Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Go Big Read Book Discussion of The Death And Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join in the discussion of UW-Madison’s 2018 Go Big Read Book, “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” by Dan Egan.

Egan, a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, tells the story of the Great Lakes and the ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of these bodies of water with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Find out more at

Peace and Justice Book Circle - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Peace and Justice Book Circle - Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Meeting Room 115
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

"In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds."

Peace and Justice Book Circle meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 7:45p.m. at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St., Madison. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation if you are interested in the topic regardless of whether or not you have read the book.

Mindfulness for Women

Mindfulness for Women

Meeting Room
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Local author and mindfulness expert Mare Chapman will describe the common cultural conditioning that adversely affects nearly all women - in body, mind and spirit - which leads to losing self in relationships, chronic self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. Then, based on years of study and validating science, she will describe how mindfulness is applied to transform these patterns to build a healthy, empowering relationship with authentic self. This vital information is so needed for women, especially at this time.

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