Come see what fun it is to create with needle and thread! Members of the Madison Area Embroiderers Guild of America will be on hand to stitch in public and chat with you about the benefits of embroidery.
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Art After Overture
Stop by the Central Library for art activities inspired by the performances at the Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda series.
Children's Program Room
Free Tax Filing at Central-FULL
Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 266-6350 to make an appointment (required). Some situations are outside the scope of the service-- ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2018 to use this service. **We will begin taking appointments on Wednesday January 23rd for the 2/9 and 2/23 tax help dates. We will take appointments for the rest of the dates (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6) on February 20th. **
Meeting Room 301
Ships in a Bottle with Amy Mietzel
Join artist Amy Mietzel, from Bare Knuckle Arts, and upcycle plastic bottles or jars and fill them with extraordinary ships made from wood, tape, markers, and glue. Masts, sails, and pirates added for the special effects. This is a maker's delight workshop!
Donuts with Dad
Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. Moms welcome, too.
Squishing, rolling, sculpting, molding... Playdough encourages children's language, literacy, science and math skills - all at the same time! Drop in to find out more!
Yoga Sprouts with Katie
Children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers are invited to join Yoga Sprouts Instructor, Katie Muschlewski for a fun family class! Please bring a towel or yoga mat for yourself and your child.
Drop-In Basic Computer Help
Get help with basic computer questions: email, printing, filling out online forms, etc.
Mondays: 12-4 pm
Drop-in computer help is a partnership between Madison Public library and WISE, Wisconsin Senior Employment Program
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.
Process of Animation Workshop
Dive into the world of animation in its most basic form with artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II. All are welcome to join us in the Bubbler Room for drawing, doodling, and exploring different ways to tell stories through characters, dialogue, and movement.
Library LEGO Club
Flex your engineering and design muscles and join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation!
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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
"Libraries are for Everyone" Screenprinting Event
Stop by for this drop-in workshop and create your own screenprint of an inclusive "Libraries are for Everyone" image, with text available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Bring your own t-shirt/tote/material to print on, or create a print on paper. One print per person, please.
Tabletop Game Club
Bring some friends or join other kids for chess, checkers, 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. Drop in and stay as long as you like!
Community Room - Table Side
Black History Month Cinema - Blackkklansman
Light refreshments will be served. Rated R. Check out our other Black History Month Cinema films in February on the Madison Public Library events calendar.
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. Its the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.
Meeting Room 115
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Muriel Simms for SETTLIN'
Only a fraction of what is known about African American settlers in the Midwest, and the vibrant and cohesive communities they formed, has been preserved in traditional sources. Much is contained in the hearts and minds of their descendants. Seeing a pressing need to preserve these experiences, lifelong Madison, Wis., resident Muriel Simms collected the stories of twenty-five African Americans from Madison whose families arrived, survived, and thrived here in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While some struggled to find work, housing and acceptance, they describe a supportive and enterprising community that formed churches, businesses, and social clubs -- and frequently came together in the face of adversity and conflict. A brief history of Madison's African American settlement sets the stage for the oral histories.
Meeting Rooms 301 & 302