Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison WI 53711. Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawals also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 1 pm.
Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.
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Friends of Lakeview Library Book Sale
A quarterly book sale sponsored by The Friends of Lakeview Library. Bag sale 1 - 3 pm. Proceeds help fund library programs.
Madison Traditional Gaming
In search of adventure? Have a desire to explore the unknown? If so, be sure to join the Madison Traditional Gaming group here at the Hawthorne Branch Library. Madison Traditional Gaming is all about traditional role-playing games such as Original Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Classic Traveller, Labyrinth Lord, and more!
Dream Bus at Vandenburg Heights Park
Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi!
Vandenburg Heights (1054 N. Pine St, Sun Prairie)
Drag Queen Storytime
Bring your fabulous self and celebrate diversity, differences, and imagination through fun age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with local drag performers.
Crafts and face painting start at 9:30 am, storytime starts at 10 am
This program is intended for families with children, and grownups must be accompanied by a child. Please note that space is limited - arrive early to pick up tickets for storytime. Crafts and face painting will be available for everyone.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Who Matters?: Women's History Edition Story Gathering Day
Who Matters? Women's History Edition is a story gathering + photography project intended to create a space, physical and online, where women can talk to and listen to other women.
Come share a story about growing up in or living in Madison, particularly about being a woman navigating education, community, the workplace, a faith community, family life, or social life in Madison. The goal is to record short conversations with women about their history in Madison and how being a woman in various Madison spaces affected their experience.
Story gathering & photography day is Saturday, June 15 between 10:00am and 3:00pm at Central Library.
You can sign up to record a two-way conversation, where both people are sharing their experiences, or one person can interview the other.
Sign up in pairs to record a short (5-20 minute) conversation and have your photograph taken by local artist Jennie Bastian.
Please call the reference desk at 608-266-6350 to sign up for a recording time.
Questions to get you started include (but are not limited to!):
Tell me about your history in Madison.
Recording stations will be set up and librarians will be available to help with any technical trouble-shooting and to answer any questions.
For more information, please call the reference desk at 608-266-6350.
Yoga Sprouts with Katie
Children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers are invited to join Yoga Sprouts Instructor, Katie Muschlewski for a fun family class! Please bring a towel or yoga mat for yourself and your child.
Children's Program Room
Cuentos y Canciones en Inglés y Español/Bilingual Storytime
¡Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, y actividades en inglés y español, enfocados en la alfabetización temprana y el idioma española! Para niños de 2 a 6 años de edad y sus familias.
Stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish to build early literacy and Spanish language awareness, For Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers, ages 2-6 yrs old (siblings welcome). Storytime will take place in the Hawthorne Library Children's Area.
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 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.
Goodman South Book Club - Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Come join the book club for lively, thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selection, Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography
An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which shes studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant lifebut it is also so much more.
Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahrens remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classrooms labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done with both the heart and the hands; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.
Everyone welcome to our public group. Please find our books for the club next to the hold shelf.
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 school assignments, resumes and cover letters, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems and absolutely any other kinds of writing.
Appointments for writing assistance may be made the week of assistance. Call 266-6395 to make a 45-minute appointment. Due to high demand, you are encouraged to call as soon as the library opens (Tuesdays at 10 a.m., or Saturdays at 9 a.m.)
Madison Writing Assistance is a free service is provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center and is made possible through the generous support of the Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, Altrusa Internaional of Madison and the UW-Madison Writing Center.
Aqua Room 128
Saturday Family Movie Matinee: MISTY
[Approved (appropriate for ages 6 and up according to Common Sense Media), 1hr 31min, Family|Drama, 1961]