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Free Hearing Screening Clinic
Avada Hearing Healthcare, in conjunction with the Campaign for Better Hearing, will be offering the following services free of charge:
Please call 824-1780 to register for a specific time-slot, or drop in.
Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale
Thousands of gently used books, DVDs and other materials. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library. Sale runs April 25-28. Sale hours: Thursday, April 25, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, April 26, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, April 27, 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday, April 28, 1 pm - 3 pm (bag sale).
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
Thursday Book Group: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
Sequoya's Thursday Book Group discusses The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family's captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, and their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. When she was six years old, Yang's family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
MADTech Series: Drop-in Session: Get Help, Check-In, Q&A
The Drop-In Sessions are open to anyone who has participated in the previous 2019 MadTech Ed Series workshops. They are a time where you can ask questions specific to your individual or organizational needs, receive one-to-one assistance, and get guidance in your effort to use the knowledge gained in prior workshops. The time period is an open drop-in and can be used by multiple people, the instructor will attempt to work with each person individually, when possible.
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
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi!
East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct)
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.
UW Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
community organizers and partner meeting
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).
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
Salt and Its Healing Properties
Katy Wallace, Traditional Naturopath of Human Nature LLC, presents ways that our bodies demonstrate salt imbalances such as Candida overgrowth, SIBO, stomach acid issues, low and high blood pressure, hormonal problems and over-acidity. We'll discuss the various sources of salt available to consumers and how to incorporate raw salts into your regular routine. Vegan, gluten-free and grain-free. Registration begins April 11.
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.
The Salad Days Book Club - The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
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. This month, we're meeting at Barrique's-Atwood(2166 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.
~The World Without Us by Alan Weisman~
In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe. (goodreads.com)
Starting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden
Do you love visiting local garden centers with the intention of selecting and purchasing plants that will bloom and grow in your flower beds for many years? However, when you encounter all
A certified Master Gardener Volunteer from the Dane Co. UW-Extension will give you guidance in assessing your garden for suitability for perennial plants, the importance of sun, soil and water in your perennial garden and techniques choosing the right plant for the right place.
Speakers are graduates of the Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program which trains community volunteers in a broad range of horticultural subjects so they can bring this knowledge to the public.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Wisconsin Book Festival presents the WI Institute for Creative Writing Fellows
Presented in partnership with the Program in Creative Writing, poetry and fiction from the 2018-19 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows. This event will feature the work of Aria Aber, Chekwube O. Danladi, Natasha Oladokun, Emily Shetler, Lucy Tan, Mary Terrier, and Kate Wisel.
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.
Meeting Room 302