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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*
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
Children's and & YA Mini Book Giveaway
All kids and teens! Come and choose up to two free books leftover from the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Books are either second hand or withdrawn from the library collection. A member of the Friends will have a cart filled with the giveaway books. Drop by anytime on the days & times listed below.
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
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
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
Thursday Book Group discusses Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The novel is built around an arduous car tripan odysseya black woman and her two children drive to a prison to pick up their white father. Ward cleverly uses that itinerant structure to move this family across the land while keeping them pressed together, hot and irritated. The trip reflects the realities of being black and poor in the rural South, and the journey in Mississippi from past to present. And while the characters face the consequences of a complicated legacy from slavery to mass incarceration, they are also a family with an incredible, tender, transformative love for each other.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
Spanish Literature Group
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
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.
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.
Zero Waste Madison presents Recycling 101
Come learn the ins and outs of recycling in Madison at this free workshop by Bryan Johnson, the Recycling Coordinator at Madison's Streets Division. He will share a short video of the recycling process, speak about what can and cannot be recycled in city bins, and take time to answer participant questions about the recycling process and what can and can't be recycled. Attendees will walk away more confident that they're recycling correctly, and with a wealth of knowledge they can pass along to family members, friends, coworkers, and more.
The event is free and open to all. It is presented by Zero Waste Madison, an informal community organization working to help Madison-area residents reduce their environmental impact by promoting recycling, composting, and the reduction of single-use disposable plastics. To get more involved, join their free Facebook group to swap tips and ask questions.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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.
Holiday Designs with Dixie. Create a festive gift box for that special present.
Whether it is homemade cookies, a hand knit scarf or something you buy all gifts are special in a gift box especially decorated by you.
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 Room B
The Salad Days Book Club - Jewelweed by David Rhodes
Join us for Hawthorne Library's monthly book club, The Salad Days! This group is tailored to (but by no means limited to!) readers of the millennial generation looking to explore books and popular culture. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at The Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery (2827 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.
~Jewelweed by David Rhodes~
When David Rhodes burst onto the American literary scene in the '70s, he was hailed as "a brilliant visionary" (John Gardner). In Driftless , his "most accomplished work yet" (Joseph Kanon), Rhodes made Words, Wisconsin, resonate with readers across the country. Now with Jewelweed this beloved author returns to the same out-of-the-way community and introduces a cast of characters who must overcome the burdens left by the past. After serving time for a dubious conviction, Blake Bookchester is paroled. As Blake attempts to adjust, he reconnects with Danielle Workhouse, a single mother whose son, Ivan, explores the woods with his precocious friend, August. While Danielle goes to work for Buck and Amy Roebuck in their mansion, Ivan and August befriend Lester Mortal, a recluse who lives in a melon field; a wild boy; and a bat, Milton. These characters -- each flawed, deeply human, and ultimately universal -- approach the future with a combination of hope and trepidation. Jewelweed offers a vision in which the ordinary becomes mythical, the seemingly mundane transformed into revelatory beauty.
Lakeview Mystery Book Discussion of "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann
Join us around the fireplace to discuss "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI," by David Grann. New members always welcome.
Synopsis: In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native Americans tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of underground reservation. It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And thats when they started dying.
Youd think the Osage Indian Reservation murders would have been a bigger story, one as familiar as the Lindbergh kidnapping or Bonnie and Clyde. It has everything, but at scale: Execution-style shootings, poisonings, and exploding houses drove the body count to over two dozen, while private eyes and undercover operatives scoured the territory for clues. Even as legendary and infamous oil barons vied for the most lucrative leases, J. Edgar Hoovers investigation which he would leverage to enhance both the prestige and power of his fledgling FBI - began to overtake even the towns most respected leaders.
Exhuming the massive amount of detail is no mean feat, and its even harder to make it entertaining. But journalist David Grann knows what hes doing. With the same obsessive attention to fact - in service to storytelling - as The Lost City of Z, Killers of the Flower Moon reads like narrative-nonfiction as written by James M. Cain (there are, after all, insurance policies involved): smart, taut, and pacey. Most sobering, though, is how the tale is at once unsurprising and unbelievable, full of the arrogance, audacity, and inhumanity that continues to reverberate through todays headlines. --Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review
Community Room - Fireplace Side
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.
Community Room A