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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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, 10/18/2018 - 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

Meadowridge Frankenfest Adult Book Discussion

Meadowridge Frankenfest Adult Book Discussion

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:30am

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Community Room
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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, 10/18/2018 - 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

Friends of Pinney Library Fall Book Sale

Friends of Pinney Library Fall Book Sale

Meeting Room
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Thursday, October 18: 12:00-8:00 Members sale (join at the door!)
Friday, October 19: 9:00-8:00 Open to the public
Saturday, October 20: 9:00-4:30 Open to the public
Sunday, October 21: 1:00-3:00 $5 bag sale; 3:00-4:30 FREE giveaway

Spanish Literature Group

Spanish Literature Group

Meeting Room A
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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

One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions Thursdays and Saturday mornings! Call 246-4547 to make an appointment.

VA Outreach
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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:
2-5 Rob- Expertise in audio recording
5-8 Nate- Expertise in film production, editing, animation, game design, graphic design, and digital art
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.

Knitting at the Library
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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.

Teen Time

Teen Time

Meeting Room 115
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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, 10/18/2018 - 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.

Library LEGO Club

Library LEGO Club

Community Room
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Flex your engineering and design muscles and join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation!

Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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!

Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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.

Intro to Mindfulness Series

Intro to Mindfulness Series

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Mindfulness is more than just meditation. It is learning to live in the present, instead of rehashing the past or worrying about the future. It is popping out of autopilot and becoming aware of our thoughts. We have greater balance, control and fuller participation in life when we are in control of our thoughts.

Learn more at the facilitator's website:

We learn to see our habitual behavior and to determine which habits no longer serve us. By training our brain we have access to a calm yet alert state of mind.

In this class, learn how mindfulness can help you:

Increase your attention span and amplify your focus
Become master of your thoughts
Respond rather than react to challenging situations
Increase your curiosity to improve your listening skills

Meditation is only one of the many practices to develop mindfulness. Developing mindfulness is like getting in shape. To see the benefits, you need to practice regularly. Explore formal mindfulness exercises as wells as informal ones you can easily slip into your day.

Topics will include:

What is Mindfulness?
Respond or React
Mindful Eating
Body Scan
Mindful Breathing
Our Storytelling Minds
Informal Practices
Mindful Walking
Loving Kindness
RAIN (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture)
Willingness to Be with Things as They Are
Moving Forward

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 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, 10/18/2018 - 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
The Spice Box

The Spice Box

Meeting Room
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Huma Siddiqui is an author, chef, cooking instructor, and host of White Jasmine:, and its companion cooking show focusing on healthy eating based on multi-cultural traditions. Join her as she presents The Spice Box, a demonstration of how to use spices in everyday cooking. She will also offer her cookbook and spice blends at a discounted price for participants. Starting Monday, 9/17, call 608-824-1780 to reserve your seat.

Lakeview Mystery Book Discussion of "Watch Me Disappear" by Janelle Brown

Lakeview Mystery Book Discussion of "Watch Me Disappear" by Janelle Brown

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join us around the fireplace to discuss "Watch Me Disappear" by Janelle Brown. New members always welcome.

Synopsis: It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page. --

EveryWoman's Journal: Self-Care Through Self-Expression

EveryWoman's Journal: Self-Care Through Self-Expression

Conference Room (first floor)
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Take some time out for yourself and see how journaling can be a self-care activity. At this 2-hour workshop, you'll be guided through expressive writing techniques that help to increase awareness of your mental, physical, and emotional health.

Attendees will receive a free journal, guidebook, and pen, as well as useful health information. Participants will also have the option to sign up to receive monthly emailed journaling exercises to help them continue their self-care. Presented by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.

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