Enjoy rhymes, bounces, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your baby develop early literacy and early math skills and naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation. For babies ages 0 - 15 Months with an adult. One adult per baby is recommended. Weekly registration begins 12/21.
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Mystery in the Morning: THE SHANGHAI MOON by S.J. Rozan
Join us for a civilized discussion of murder and mayhem at our Mystery Book Group Discussion
(for babies ages 0-15 months)
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your baby develop early literacy and early math skills and naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation.
Meeting Room 115
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.
Community Room B
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading, early math, and social skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome. (Note: No storytime on Mar 18)
Toddler Art Class
Enjoy the tactile wonders of paint, glitter, glue and more. Smocks or "messy" clothes recommended. For toddlers ages 18 months and up. Registration is first-come, first-served. Please pick up a nametag 15 minutes before the program.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
General Job Assistance
Get free job assistance with a strong focus on professional development and application writing, including resumes and cover letters. Help looking for work online, or filling out an online job application is also provided. Sign up for a free one hour session of one-on-one assistance by calling 266-6350.
Study Room 204
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
Mindful Moments: A Drop-In Meditation Group
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, mindfulness can help you enjoy life more fully, effectively and peacefully. Join us when you can to learn simple mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be incorporated into your everyday routine to reduce your stress and increase your well-being. Experience in mindfulness or meditation is not necessary. The group is led by Gloria Green.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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.
Community Room - Table Side
CANCELED: Open Studio w/ Artist-in-Residence Taylor Rushing
Come draw, paint and listen to music, bask in good vibes and see live chip-carving and whittling while Taylor creates some new tramp art constructions. Even deck out your own Carnival Chalk-ware Figurine: link, available in the Bubbler throughout Taylors residency
Read & Make: Bird Party
Join us for special early-release (or no school!) stories & making projects for kids in grades K-3! This is pure fun but also encourages reading skills, problem-solving, and hands-on learning. Join us! No registration required.
Grab your friends and play LAN Minecraft at the library! No laptop or account necessary. For ages 17 and under. Funded in part by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation. Find more Minecraft clubs in libraries: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids/minecraft
Meeting Room 115
Dig-in to Maker Kit activities and explore hands-on artistic and creative tools for building, creating, and playing. Flex your tinkering brain muscles with new inventions, problems and puzzles. For kids ages 7-12, supervised younger siblings welcome.
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 246-4547 in advance to sign up for a one-hour session.
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.
Study Room 1
Help Bring Books to Wisconsin Prisoners
John E. Peck, one of the founders of Wisconsin Books to Prisoners (WBTP), will discuss the significant barriers incarcerated people face in the ability to access books and information, as well as demonstrate the profound effect that their services have on inmates in written letters and original artwork from prisoners. WBTP is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has worked to provide quality reading material to the 20,000+ inmates of the WI prison system since 2006. Their mission is to foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism. WBTP believes that books are tools for learning and can open minds to new ideas and possibilities. Join us for a discussion on the challenges and successes in building literary ties with those behind bars, and how people can get more involved in this important project.
Community Room - Fireplace Side