In search of adventure? Have a desire to explore the unknown? If so, be sure to join the Madison Traditional Gaming group here at the Hawthorne Branch Library. Madison Traditional Gaming is all about traditional role-playing games such as Original Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Classic Traveller, Labyrinth Lord, and more!
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Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale
Thousands of gently used books, DVDs and other materials, including a large selection of sci-fi novels. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library. Sale runs February 14-17. Sale hours: Thursday, February 14, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, February 15, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, February 16, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, February 17, 1 pm - 3 pm (bag sale).
Ancient Earthworks Society Series
Monthly series of presentations by the Ancient Earthworks Society
Meeting Room 115
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 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.
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.
Goodman South Book Club Book Discussion of The Scarlet Letter, by N. Hawthorne
Come join the book club for lively, thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selection, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"This tragic novel of sin and redemption is Hawthorne's masterpiece of American fiction.
An ardent young woman, her cowardly lover, and her aging vengeful husbandthese are the central characters in this stark drama of the conflict between passion and convention in the harsh world of seventeenth-century Boston. Tremendously moving and rich in psychological insight, this dramatic depiction of the struggle between mind and heart illuminates Hawthorne's concern with our Puritan past and its influence on American life." - from Amazon
Meeting Room 115
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.
Aqua Room 128
Saturday Family Movie Matinee: CANDLESHOE
Starring Jodie Foster, David Niven, & Helen Hayes.
Slide Slide Dancing
Join us for ""slides"" and some hip hop line dancing. All skill levels are welcome!
Community Rooms A and B
Black History Month Cinema - I Am Not Your Negro
Light refreshments will be served. Rated PG-13. Check out our other Black History Month Cinema films in February on the Madison Public Library events calendar.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Meeting Room 115