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. **
Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.
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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
Donuts with Dads
Saturday morning fun with stories, songs, crafts, and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. *Moms, Grandparents and other super important people welcome, too! No registration necessary.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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.
Children's Program Room
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
Robot-o-thon! A Very Bubbler Saturday
Combine your craft skills with your coding chops to make a robot. We will have different kinds of robots, including Lego compatible Meeperbots, to play with along with art supplies so that you can create your very own personal droid.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Animation Film Study Workshop (w/ co-facilitator David Beasley)
This unique workshop led by artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II offers the opportunity to watch and explore the planning and creativity behind some of the films and animations that first inspired him. Participants will be let through this workshop with specific writing and drawing prompts, followed by a group discussion co-facilitated by David Beasley.
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.
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
Saturday Family Matinee: Christopher Robin
Join us at the library for a full-length family movie. We'll provide the popcorn!
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Hands On (Documentary Films with a Wisconsin Flavor)
"Hands On, a new, 90-minute documentary by filmmaker, Bob Leff features five Wisconsin artisan/artists a bagpipe maker, a wood turner, a banjo maker, a knife sharpener and maker, and a fiber producer all showing how they work and telling why they do what they do. Common to all of them is a passion for their craft and a deep dedication to the highest standards of excellence.
Black History Month Cinema - Selma
Light refreshments will be served. Rated PG-13. Check out our other films for Black History Month on the Madison Public Library events calendar.
Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. Despite violent opposition, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his followers pressed forward on an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, and their efforts culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Meeting Room 115