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*
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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
No mending on September 13 and November 22
Study Room 211
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 Thursday and Saturday mornings! Call 246-4547 to make an appointment.
Study Room 1
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
Daytime Book Discussion of "The Muralist" by B.A. Shapiro
Join our discussion of "The Muralist" by B.A. Shapiro. New members always welcome.
Synopsis: When Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at Christies auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now-famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? -- back cover
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Free Spanish Conversation Group hosted by University League
¡Acompáñenos! Los miembros del Grupo de Conversación en Español de University League ofrecen este programa de conversación gratis para adultos con nivel intermedio o avanzado, del segundo jueves del mes, en la biblioteca Sequoya. Los principiantes que quieran escuchar el idioma, serán bien recibidos. Come join us! Members of the University League's Spanish Conversation Interest Group host this free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second Thursday each month at the Sequoya Library. Beginners who want to listen to the language are also invited. 1-3 pm, segundo jueves, 11 oct 2018- 8 ag 2019
Meeting Room B
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.
Alicia Ashman Library Thursday Book Club discusses the Go Big Read
Join us for this special edition of Alicia Ashman's Thursday Book Club as we discuss this year's Go Big Read: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.
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
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 246-4548 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.
Intro to Mindfulness Series
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: http://gloriakgreen.com/livingfullymindfully/
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
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?
Chapters Teen Writing Club
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)
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 http://www.litnetwork.org
Community Rooms A and B
English Conversation Class
Join us for a free, open English conversation class for immigrant and refugee women.
Meeting Room 115
Potluck Community Supper
Join us for a community supper. Bring a dish of your choice to share. The theme for November is Comfort Foods but you can bring anything you like. The Lakeview Library and Willy Street Co-op will provide tableware and refreshments.
Go Big Read Book Discussion of The Death And Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
Join in the discussion of UW-Madisons 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 madisonpubliclibrary.org/go-big-read.