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)
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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
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
Monday Movie Matinee
Join us at the library for animated short films based on children's picture books. We'll provide the popcorn! Call the library two weeks before movie date for titles.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
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
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
Poetry Open Mic and Live Music
All ages welcome! Bring your favorite poem to present, or read an original work. There will be a musical interlude featuring live guitar music. Light refreshments will be served.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wisconsin Book Festival presets Mary Norris for GREEK TO ME
Best-selling New York Times author and renowned New Yorker copyeditorthe Comma Queen herselfMary Norris is again delighting readers with her wit, knowledge, and exploration of language in Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen. In this new memoir, Norris relates her life-long love of Greece, her quest to learn the language and master the mythology, and her travels through the Greek Isles in search of herself.
When Mary Norris was in fifth grade, the nuns at her Catholic school were offering a Saturday Latin class and she wanted to join. Her father refused, and she missed the chance. It wasnt until she got to college a decade later and took a course taught by the classicist Froma Zeitlin, where she read the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, that her desire to learn a dead language flared again. A handful of years later, while working in the copy department of the New Yorker, Mary told her boss Ed Stringham that she wanted to go to Greece. Stringham, it so happened, had a great love for Greece and had visited the country multiple times. He encouraged her to take Greek language coursespaid for by the magazineand her obsession took flight. In true Comma Queen style, Norris opens the book with a chapter dedicated to the Greek alphabet and its evolution. She traces the alphabets many iterations through the millennia as it was adopted by different cultures, who added some letters and jettisoned others. She explores how the modern English alphabet grew out of the Greek alphabet, tracing it from the Phoenician aleph bet, and describing how writing was born from a desire to preserve the stories and hymns of an oral culture.
As she studies Greek, Norris also reads widely in Greek mythology and history. These stories greatly influence her many trips to Greece. It is in Athena that Norris finds a role model for a independent woman. In Cyprus she searches out the spot in the sea where Aphrodite bathed. She never focused much on beauty, seeing only flaws when she looked in the mirror. Legend holds that if one swims out to the rocks of Aphrodite one will be transformed into an eternal beauty. She walks the Sacred Way, fourteen miles from Athens to Elefsina, to the sanctuary of Demeter, hoping to solve the Eleusinian Mysteries. She swims in the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea, rarely staying in one place for more than a few days, determined to discover more and wring every ounce from the experience. She takes boats and ferries and buses, communicating in elementary Greek and learning everything she can, about Greece and herself. Greek to Me is a brilliant, witty, and moving memoir. Norriss love of words inspires her treks through Greeceboth the language and the country. Join her on her journey in Greek to Me as she navigates from Alpha to Omega.
Doors will open for this event at 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be by general admission.
Wisconsin Book Festival members will have the opportunity to reserve a seat at this event. Support the Festival with your membership gift today!
Meeting Rooms 301 & 302