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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
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.
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
Spanish Literature Group
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
This workshop will revisit reducing task related time so that you have more time to focus on priorities.
Tools: Asana, Trello, Eventbrite, Streak, Email
Conference Room 104
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
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
Library LEGO Club
Flex your engineering and design muscles and join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation!
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.
Whats a Zine? Generating and Self-Publishing Your Personal Artist Book
This workshop will cover a brief history of the fan zines and its changing relevance in in the modern era. We will talk about making content, methods of construction and of course, creative distribution techniques.
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
English Conversation Class
Join us for a free, open English conversation class for immigrant and refugee women.
Meeting Room 115
Kids Code Madison
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.
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.
Indie Lens Pop-Up presents Won't You Be My Neighbor?
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:
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'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.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Coping with Stress through Journaling
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 cant 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 its affecting your health, and how to use journaling as a healthy coping tool.
Presented by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.
Conference Room 104
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Solmaz Sharif
Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Program in Creative Writing. Solmaz Sharifs 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 familys and her own fragmented narratives in the aftermath of warfare. Those repercussions echo into the present day, in the grief for those killed in Americas 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