Learn some simple signs to communicate with your baby as their motion and language develops through songs, books, and play! Each week will include core communication signs and themed signs each week. Themes will include animals, play, food, and more! Registration for this series beginning August 28 online or by calling 824-1780.
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Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help
Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including school assignments, resumes and cover letters, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems and absolutely any other kinds of writing.
Appointments for writing assistance may be made the week of assistance. Call 266-6395 to make a 45-minute appointment. Due to high demand, you are encouraged to call as soon as the library opens (Tuesdays at 10 a.m., or Saturdays at 9 a.m.)
Madison Writing Assistance is a free service is provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center and is made possible through the generous support of the Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, Altrusa Internaional of Madison and the UW-Madison Writing Center.
Navy Room 126
(for children ages 3-5, siblings welcome)
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Groups and siblings welcome, no registration required.
Storytime for the Very Young
(for children ages 0-30 months)
Stories, songs and more to encourage early literacy skill development and social interaction between babies, toddlers, and their caregivers--and it's fun too!
West Madison Senior Center Lunches
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
Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Sequoya Knitting Group
Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!
Meeting Room A
Meet the Author at Madison Senior Center
Madison Senior Center and Madison Public Library are co-hosting this brown bag lunch series at the Senior Center, located one block from the library at 330 W Mifflin St. The following local authors will discuss their books:
March 13 - Ann Garvin, "I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around"
May 8 - Chris Hill, "Into the Mystic: the Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960's Rock and Roll"
June 5 - Sergio Gonzalez, "Mexicans in Wisconsin"
August 14 - Mohammed Rahman, "My Footprints on the Sands of History: Looking in the Rearview Mirror of Nostalgia"
September 11 - Rex Owens, "Dead Reckoning"
October 9 - Doris Green, "Elsie's Story: Chasing a Family Mystery"
November 13 - Sagashus Levingston, "Infamous Mothers" ***
*** The November 13 event will be held at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 South Park St.
Open Media Lab
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:
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.
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial
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.
Local History Room
Join us every Tuesday at Lakeview Library for all sorts of creative projects! There will be arts and crafts, cooking, games, and more!
Board Games in the children's area
Bring some friends or join other kids for Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Connect Four, Sushi Go and other tabletop games. Play our games, or bring your favorite one to share. For children in grades K-12. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Drop-in and stay as long as you like.
Ada Lovelace Day with Author Jennifer Chiaverini
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of Ada Lovelaces Notes, containing what would have been the first, workable computer program, the Madison Women-in-Tech welcomes New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini for a reading and discussion of her latest novel, "Enchantress of Numbers - A Novel of Ada Lovelace".
Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow.
ABOUT THE BOOK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In partnership with Madison Women in Tech
Meeting Room 301
Community discussion about Dane County Jail space
Discussion with community members about Dane County Jail space, free and open to the public
Meeting Room 115
Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network
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, January 23 - May 3. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 10, for more information or to register.
These classes are funded through the Literacy Network with computer support from Madison Public Library Foundation. Find more literacy classes at http://www.litnetwork.org
Bubbler Artist-in-Residence: Open Studio
Stop into the Bubbler Room to learn more about Jacki and why she is wild about the wild things in this world! Draw with her or take on your own interpretation of creatures real and unreal with various making materials.
Our Great Lakes in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
Just 3% of the water on earth is freshwater and the Great Lakes have 20% of that supply. Two million people worldwide today face some sort of water-supply shortages and 5 million die from water-borne diseases. What are the specific stressors that face our Great Lakes today and what are we doing about it? Anne Moser of the Wisconsin Water Library will introduce current the science and the issues facing our precious resource.
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Erin Clune
Erin Clune visits the Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss her book How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping with a New Reality.
This event will take place at Mystery To Me Bookstore.
About How to Leave: