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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Family Storytime
This program is held at the Lussier Family East YMCA [711 Cottage Grove Rd, Madison, WI 53716].
A mix of stories, songs, activities, and play, designed to share literacy skills and a love of reading. For toddlers and preschoolers, with their caregivers. Groups welcome. This program is offered in partnership with the Lussier Family East YMCA, and is free and open to all.
Lussier Family East YMCA (711 Cottage Grove Rd)
(FULL) Tax Assistance
Please call 266-6385 to schedule an appointment. We will start taking reservations Tuesday Jan 22.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
CANCELED Meeting of Minds
Madison Public Library and the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin are partnering on Meeting of the Minds.
Meeting of the Minds is a memory enhancement program for those with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's, or other dementia to help maximize cognitive function and sustain quality of life.
Activities includes: memory enhancement activities and intellectual exercises; Tai Chi-based exercise for balance, gentle strengthening, breathing, and stress reduction; creative expression, and mindfulness techniques
Space is limited.
Contact Noreen Kralapp, Dementia Outreach Specialist, at 608-661-0463 for more information and to register.
Meeting Room 302
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 afternoons and Tuesday and Saturday mornings! Call 246-4547 to make an appointment.
Study Room 1
CANCELLED - Preschool Storytime
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. For children ages 3-5, groups and siblings welcome. No registration required.
Tuesdays, Jan 15 - Apr 30, 10:30am (Note: No Storytime Mar 19 & 26)
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
CANCELLED - Storytime for the Very Young
(for children ages 0-30 months)
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
Sequoya Knitting Group
Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!
Study Rooms 104 & 105 Combined
*RESCHEDULED FOR 2/22* Memory Cloth Circle
In honor of Womens History Month, Memory Cloth Circle members invite children and adults to remember women who inspired them, tell their stories, and stitch with us.
We will provide materials and guidance in embroidery and share our experiences.
Since 2013 the Memory Cloth Circle gathers to tell stories and embroider their memories. We were inspired by Amazwi Abesifazane, Voices of Women, in South Africa. We are grateful for those courageous women who began making Memory Cloths to tell their stories of Apartheid; they have asked us to share their process in the US. They are delighted that we have.
Amazwi Abesifazane [Voices of Women]
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
Drop in activities for youth each Tuesday afternoon. Bring your friends or make new ones! Activities change each week.
Meeting Room 115
Come flex your artistic imagination and make a big batch of handmade valentines for everyone you adore. The library will provide a variety of lovely materials, participants make as many Valentines as they have time to create. For ages 7+.
Join us every Tuesday at Lakeview Library for all sorts of creative projects! There will be arts and crafts, cooking, games, and more!
Note: LEGO Club is the Terrific Tuesday activity on January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21.
Board Games in the children's area
Bring some friends or join other kids for Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Connect Four, Sushi Go 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. No registration required. Drop-in and stay as long as you like.
Open Media Lab (5-8pm only today)
NOTE: Due to weather/staffing the lab will only be open from 5-8pm today as opposed to the usual 2-8 time.
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.
Open Studio w/ Artist-in-Residence Rodney Lambright II
Stop into the Bubbler Room to learn more about Rodney Lambright II - illustrator, animator, and writer extraordinaire. He will be present to share his work and lead patrons through ongoing projects that help develop unique stories within the mediums of comics and animation.
Salt and its Healing Properties-CANCELLED
Katy Wallace, Traditional Naturopath of Human Nature LLC, presents ways that our bodies demonstrate salt imbalances such as Candida overgrowth, SIBO, stomach acid issues, low and high blood pressure, hormonal problems and over-acidity. We'll discuss the various sources of salt available to consumers and how to incorporate raw salts into your regular routine. Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free. Registration begins January 29.
CANCELED SCALE Skills in Computer and Literacy Education with Literacy Network
In the SCALE tutoring session, you will work with a tutor every week on a lesson that is written just for you. You can study with a tutor 2 hours per week. Your tutor will help you study so that you can continue your education and/or improve your employment. Call Ezi for more information or to register for the class session (Tuesdays, January 22-April 23), 608-244-3911 ext. 10 More classes at Literacy Network, http://www.litnetwork.org
Intro to Pranic Healing
*This event was rescheduled from Tuesday, 1/22, for weather. If you were registered for that event, your registration has been transferred to this event.*
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Susan Gloss for THE CURIOSITIES
The follow-up to Susan Gloss's successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid-western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flair. Nell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in Madison, WI. But her last pregnancy ended later in the second trimester, and rather than pausing to grieve, she pushes harder for testing and fertility treatments. Urging Nell to apply for jobs, Josh believes his wife needs something else to focus on other than a baby that may never be.
Finding a job turns out to be difficult for an art historian . . . until Nell sees the ad seeking a director for a new nonprofit called the Mansion Hill Artists' Colony. The colony is the brainchild of the late, unconventional society dame Betsy Barrett, who left behind her vast fortune and a killer collection of modern art to establish an artist-in-residency program to be run out of her lakeside mansion. The executor of Betsy's estate simply hands Nell a set of house keys and wishes her luck, leaving her to manage the mansion and the eccentric personalities of the artists who live there on her own. Soon one of the artists, a young metal sculptor named Odin, is keeping the other residents awake with his late-night welding projects. Nell is pretty sure that Annie, a dreadlocked granny known for her avant garde performance pieces, is dealing drugs out of the basement "studio." Meanwhile Paige, an art student from the university, takes up residence in the third-floor turret, experimenting with new printing and design techniques, as well as leading a string of bad boyfriends upstairs when she stumbles home late at night.
Despite all the drama, Nell finds something akin to a family among the members of the creative community that shes brought together. And when her attraction to Odin begins to heat up, Nell is forced to decide what will bring her greater joythe creative, inspired world she's created, or the familiar but increasingly fragile one of her marriage.
Meeting Room 302