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.
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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
Preschool Art with Amy Mietzel: Rainbow Fish
Experiment with collage, puppet making, sculpture and more as we share a story and create art with local artist Amy Mietzel. Smocks or messy clothes recommended. For preschoolers ages 3-5.
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
Daytime Book Discussion of "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande
Read the book, join the discussion of "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. New members always welcome!
Synopsis: Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Spanish Conversation Group
¡Acompáñenos! Los miembros del Grupo de Conversación en Español de University League ofrecen este programa de conversación gratis para adultos con nivel intermedio o avanzado, del segundo jueves del mes, en la biblioteca Sequoya. Los principiantes que quieran escuchar el idioma, serán bien recibidos.
Come join us! Members of the University League's Spanish Conversation Interest Group host this free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second Thursday each month at the Sequoya Library. Beginners who want to listen to the language are also invited.
1-3 pm, segundo jueves,
Meeting Room A
MADTech Series : Your Story to Tell or Sell
For many organizations, social media is ultimately where you tell your story and allow others to connect to you. This workshop focuses in on how Grammarly, MailChimp, YouTube, and LiveStreams allow you to grow your social media reach and make your story more compelling.
Tools: Grammarly, MailChimp, YouTube, Facebook Live
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.
Alicia Ashman Library Thursday Book Club: Days Without End
Join us on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of types of books from fiction to nonfiction, and enjoy themed snacks!
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)
Knife Skills and Safety
Once your knife skills have improved, your cooking will be more efficient and more delicious. Join Chef Paul from Willy Street Co-op for a demonstration on how to dice, julienne, and chiffonade vegetables and fruits. Chef Paul will also discuss how to choose, care for and sharpen knives. Ages 18 and up. Vegan. Registration begins April 25.
"13th" Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
Implementating the recommendations of The Task Force for Equity in Music and Entertainment, the Madison Arts Commission and Department of Civil Rights invite you to attend the screening of the full-length documentary 13th, created by filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
'13th" is about the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;'
A community discussion will follow the screening. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Karen Reece, President of Urban Community Arts Network, and former Chair of the Task Force for Equity in Music and Entertainment.
Discussion Panelists are Rob Dz Franklin Media Projects Bubblerarian for the Madison Public Library; Dr. Yorel Lashley, Director & Drum Power Founder & Assistant Director of the Office of Education, Outreach, & Partnerships; and Gloria Reyes, Madison Public School Board Member and former Deputy Mayor for the City of Madison.
Meeting Room 302
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.