Help your baby gain good pre-reading and writing skills and have fun at the same time! Baby Gym incorporates large motor activities with stories to develop body and mind. For babies aged 3 - 18 months.
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Storytime for the Very Young
Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. No registration required.(For children ages 030 months.)
Community Room A
Spanish Family Storytime / Cuentos para la familia
¡Acompáñenos para escuchar cuentos y cantar en español con la Maestra Barbara! Para niños de todas las edades y sus familias.
Join us for stories and songs in Spanish with Maestra Barbara! For kids of all ages and families.
Meeting Room 115
Did you know that animals have superpowers? Join a specialist from the Dane County Humane Society and learn about incredible adaptations that give animals their superhero powers.
Cooking with Chef Lily (Mixed ages 5-12)
Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids ages 5-12. Participants will whip up some of Lily's favorite fun recipes. Vegetarian option and nut free. Register online or call 288-6160.
Community Room B and Kitchen
Family Cooking with Chef Lily (Family)
Join Chef Instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for families. All participants must register (including adults). Vegetarian option and nut free. Register online or call 288-6160.
Community Room B and Kitchen
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.
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.
Study Room 103
5th Friday Poetry featuring Ron Czerwien and open mic
Alicia Ashman Library hosts a poetry night every time there's a 5th Friday. Join Ron Czerwien for a reading from his new chapbook, "a little rain, a little more", followed by open mic poetry.
Ron Czerwien graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a BA in English. In 1993 he purchased Avols Bookstore in Madison.
For many years Ron hosted poetry readings and open mics at Avols and, after it closed in 2012, at different venues in Madison. Rons poems have appeared online and in a number of print journals. His manuscript, "The Office of Uncomfortable Admissions," received an honorable mention in the Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. He is the author of the chapbook, A Ragged Tear Down The Middle Of Our Flag, published in 2017 by locofo chaps, an imprint of Moria Books. His new chapbook, a little rain, a little more, was published in 2018 by Bent Paddle Press.
These days Ron continues to sell used and out-of-print books on the internet under the name Avols Books, LLC and he serves on the board of The Council for Wisconsin Writers. In his free time Ron creates collages that combine old advertising images and appropriated text to amuse his friends. Some of these can be seen on his Instagram account @czerwienron.
Jingai-sai no Yome (anime)
Hinowa Tomari, a completely ordinary high school boy, is summoned by his homeroom teacher one day and informed that he's been selected to become the wife of a mysterious creature called Kanenogi. Despite their uncertainty, the new couple registers their marriage... and starts a surprisingly happy new life together?! And thus the sugary-sweet married life of the soft, fluffy Jingai-san and the ordinary high school boy begins!
The Hawthorne Anime Club was created to give people a place to gather, watch, and talk about Japanese animation. Each meeting will include screenings of everything from classic titles to new releases. The club is aimed primarily at teens and adults. Films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Refreshments served at each meeting.
Call ahead to reserve your spot! People under age 16 who are interested in attending are required to have a parent present or to have a signed parental permission slip.
CANCELED: JVN Project Word Power! Semi-Finals
This event, and others in the Word Power! series, has been cancelled for Spring 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience.
JVN Project Word Power! Semi-Finals.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
If you are 13-19 years old and would like to compete for a spot on the 2019 Madison Slam Team, email JVNP.ONELIFE@GMAIL.COM with the subject line "WP Participant 2019."
Meeting Rooms 301 & 302