Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison WI 53711. Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawls also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm.
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English Class for Parents = Clases de Ingles para Padres
Parents will learn English communication skills to talk about school, reading with children, and more. Free childcare and dinner provided each week. For more information please call 244-3911.
Meeting Room 115
Sing, clap and dance at this 5th annual celebration of music and play at the Hawthorne Library! Music performances, hands-on art, face-painting, refreshments and more will run throughout the event. Come and raise the roof with us!
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
Friends of the Alicia Ashman Public Library Fall Book Sale
Pre-sale Thursday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friends only, join at the door ($5.00/individual, $10.00/ family). Public sale Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bag sale - 1:00 to 3:00 Saturday - $5 a bag.
Happy Bambino Classes
Today's class: Story-time yoga
Try a class from Happy Bambino! Kids from ages 6 - 18 months and their caregivers are invited to try out a different class each month at the library!
Empowering Children and Ourselves to Talk about Skin Color and Racism
Join Families for Justice in an interactive workshop for parents, caregivers and educators to practice concrete strategies for talking about skin color and racism with children. We will learn to intentionally speak to the children in our lives about justice, naming skin color, and resisting racism. Together we will work to positively impact the ways that our children see and make meaning about skin color and racism.
In this hands-on workshop we will:
Registration for this workshop is appreciated but not required. Please visit madisonpubliclibrary.org or call the library to register. Child supervision for potty-trained children ages 3 and up will be available during the workshop--please email Abigail Ryan or call the Sequoya Library at 608-266-6385 to sign up for a childcare slot.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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
Artists reception for Visualizing the Bible exhibit
A Meet the Artists reception for the group exhibit "Visualizing the Bible: 68 Works of Art." The exhibit is showing in the Pinney Library meeting room October 16--November 28, 2018 (during open meeting room times).
The art for "Visualizing the Bible" was created by a number of Madison area artists for the Handwritten Bible Project. A variety of artistic styles, using a wide range of media, including watercolor, colored pencil, charcoal, ink, acrylic, and photography, are represented. Most of the artworks are accompanied by an artist statement. Meet many of the artists, as well as Len Lindsay, the curator of the exhibit, at the reception.
For ages 7 and up. Needles and yarn provided, but please bring a pair of #8 straight needles if you have one.
Meeting Room A
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 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.
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