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Events Calendar

Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time Items
All day
 
9:00am
LGBTQ+ Health Equity Taining
Meeting Room 302
 
9:30am
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Come experience Anji Play! In this weekly award-winning program, kids play while adults observe. At the end of play, kids can create play stories to share their play with others. This educational approach, rooted in children choosing their own play, was created in Anji County in China and Madison Public Library is a pilot site for developing a library Anji Play model. Messy clothes recommended. Open to all ages. No registration required.

*Note: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Rd

 
Pinney Playdate

Pinney Playdate

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am

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.

 
10:00am
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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
 
10:30am
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Community Room
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am

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!

Community Room
 
12:00pm
West Madison Senior Center Lunches

West Madison Senior Center Lunches

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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
 
1:00pm
Spanish Literature Group

Spanish Literature Group

Meeting Room A
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Presentado por University League en asociación con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos, los libros y las discusiones están completamente en español. Por favor, obtenga un plan de lectura en el escritorio marcado con “Ask Here” (Pregunte Aqui)

Presented by the University League in partnership with the Sequoya Library. Everyone is welcome, books and discussion are completely in Spanish. Please pick up a reading schedule at the "Ask Here" desk

Meeting Room A
 
MADTech Series: Task Management - How to Keep Track of the Important Things
Conference Room 104
 
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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
 
VA Outreach
Study Room 211
 
2:00pm
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

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
2-5 Sophie- Expertise in digital art, graphic design, and animation
5-8 Bradley DLO- Expertise in beat making and audio recording

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.

Media Lab
 
3:00pm
Knitting at the Library
 
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

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
 
4:00pm
Library LEGO Club

Library LEGO Club

Community Room
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Flex your engineering and design muscles and join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation!

Community Room
 
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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.

Study Room
 
Spring Reading Fun
Study Room A (Blue)
 
5:30pm
What’s a Zine? Generating and Self-Publishing Your Personal Artist Book
Bubbler
 
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Study Room 1
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Bring a favorite book (or find one at the library!) and read aloud to a furry friend. Call the week of to register for a 15-minute slot, or simply drop in!

Study Room 1
 
6:00pm
SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

Community Room A
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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
 
English Conversation Class
Meeting Room 115
 
Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Upper elementary (4th and 5th Grade) and middle school students are invited to Kids Code Madison, a weekly, drop-in coding club. A volunteer-led program, youth can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations using programs and tools like Scratch and Python. Special note: Programming activities are not appropriate for younger elementary school kids.

Community Room
 
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

 
6:30pm
Indie Lens Pop-Up presents Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Indie Lens Pop-Up presents Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Meeting Room 302
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.

Please stay after the film for a discussion with Community Engagement Librarian Abigail Ryan, and Joanne Cantor, author and Professor Emerita of Communication Arts at UW.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up:
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

This screening is a partnership between ITVS, WPT, and the Madison Public Library.

Meeting Room 302
 
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly

Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Late Show" by Michael Connelly

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace! New members always welcome.

Synopsis: Renee Ballard works the midnight shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing few, as each morning she turns everything over to the daytime units. It's a frustrating job for a once up-and-coming detective, but it's no accident. She's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.
But one night Ballard catches two assignments she doesn't want to part with. First, a prostitute is brutally beaten and left for dead in a parking lot. All signs point to a crime of premeditation, not passion, by someone with big evil on his mind. Then she sees a young waitress breathe her last after being caught up in a nightclub shooting. Though dubbed a peripheral victim, the waitress buys Ballard a way in, and this time she is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night.
As the investigations intertwine, Ballard is forced to face her own demons and confront a danger she could never have imagined. To find justice for these victims who can't speak for themselves, she must put not only her career but her life on the line.
Propulsive as a jolt of adrenaline and featuring a bold and defiant new heroien, The Late Show is yet more proof that Michael Connelly is "a master of the genre" (Washington Post).

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
Coping with Stress through Journaling

Coping with Stress through Journaling

Conference Room 104
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

We can’t always control the stress in our lives, but we can control how we react to it. In this 1-hour educational session, learn how you react to stress, how it’s affecting your health, and how to use journaling as a healthy coping tool.

Presented by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.

Conference Room 104
 
7:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Solmaz Sharif

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Solmaz Sharif

Madison Room
Thu, 04/18/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing. Solmaz Sharif’s astonishing first book, Look, asks us to see the ongoing costs of war as the unbearable loss of human lives and also the insidious abuses against our everyday speech. In this virtuosic array of poems, lists, shards, and sequences, Sharif assembles her family’s and her own fragmented narratives in the aftermath of warfare. Those repercussions echo into the present day, in the grief for those killed in America’s invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and in the discrimination endured at the checkpoints of daily encounter. At the same time, these poems point to the ways violence is conducted against our language. Throughout this collection are words and phrases lifted from the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; in their seamless inclusion, Sharif exposes the devastating euphemisms deployed to sterilize the language, control its effects, and sway our collective resolve. But Sharif refuses to accept this terminology as given, and instead turns it back on its perpetrators. “Let it matter what we call a thing,” she writes. “Let me look at you.” Doors will open for this event at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission

Madison Room