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
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 : Collaboration is Good: Inviting Others to Play
Collaboration is mostly a necessity for many organizations but it can also be very good. If you work well with your business partners you can boost word of mouth and reduce work. If you activate volunteers or subscribers, you can spread your story beyond your reaches.
Tools: Google Apps, Google Drive, Facebook Groups
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 Sandburg Elementary
Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi!
Sandburg Elementary School (4114 Donald Dr)
Lands We Share Community Conversation - Closing Night Gala
An evening celebration of Wisconsin farming, history, and culture. Guests will include farmers, community leaders and thought-leaders representing the Oneida Nation, African American communities in Milwaukee, organic Hmong-led farms, dairy farms owned by operators of German-descent, and Hispanic farm workers throughout the state.
The evening will include a guided tour of the Lands We Share traveling exhibition at the Central Library (starting at 5:00pm), a presentation of the larger project by project leaders and curators (6:00pm), a panel discussion with featured guests (6:30pm), and amazing locally-sourced food prepared by prominent Madison chefs.
This event is free and open to the public, but reserving a seat is encouraged. To reserve a seat, go to landsweshare.org/sign-up-for-may-gala-in-madison or call (262)472-5154.
Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
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.
The Spice Box: Cooking with Spices with Huma Siddiqui
Join Huma Siddiqui, author, chef, cooking instructor, and founder of White Jasmine, as she presents the The Spice Box, a demonstration of how to use spices in everyday cooking.
Register online or talk to a library staff member to sign up.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "In Farleigh Field" by Rhys Bowen
Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace! New members always welcome.
Synopsis: World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerhams middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamelas family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamelas help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side