Drop-in to join other neighborhood families for a casual library playdate, featuring play, hands on activities, and great books! For kids of all ages, with their caregivers. Coffee and tea will be provided.
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We are here to mend anything you need 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. Work is done on-site, first come first served.
Study Room 211
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
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
Thursday Book Group discusses Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
Sequoya's Thursday Book Group hosts a discussion of Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Enchantress of Numbers illuminates the fascinating life of Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace -- Lord Byron's daughter, the world's first computer programmer, and a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have been too long unsung. Chiaverini unveils the passions, dreams, and insatiable thirst for knowledge of a largely unheralded pioneer in computing.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
By appointment only. Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and Federal personal income taxes. Call 246-4547 to reserve a half-hour appointment.
MADTech Series: The Automation Bit - Reduce Your Workload, Where It Matters
Automation can streamline and reduce your work efforts. It requires a little bit of time and a bit of effort to identify what can be automated and what you gain from the automation, but this session will help you take the necessary steps to move forward.
In this session, you'll learn what types of steps can and should be automated, and how to automate them. While process automation does require time and effort, it's not as complicated as most people believe at least not anymore, there are a variety of tools that will help you with your efforts, so let's get you introduced to them and dive into how to use them.
Tools: Zapier, Google Forms, Streak CRM, and a mish-mash of other tools.
Conference Room 104
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
Read to a Dog
The Alliance of Therapy Dogs generously provides reader-dogs, especially trained to be gentle, good listeners. Bring a favorite book (or find one at the library!) and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first come, first served basis. (No pre-registration available).
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.
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.
SCALE Class (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, (January 24, 2019 through May 2, 2019), at 608-244-3911 ext. 10 More classes at Literacy Network, http://www.litnetwork.org
Community Room A
The Salad Days Book Club - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
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.
~Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides~
Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic. (goodreads.com)