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Events Calendar

Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Time Items
All day
 
9:30am
Pinney Playdate

Pinney Playdate

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Join other neighborhood families for a casual library playdate, featuring child-led play and great books! For kids of all ages, with their caregivers. Coffee and tea will be provided.

 
10:00am
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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
 
Music + Movement

Music + Movement

Meeting Room
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us for a preschool music and movement program with singing, dancing, playing, and bubbles! For kids up to age 5, with their caregivers.

Meeting Room
 
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct)
 
10:30am
Tinkergarten Storytime

Tinkergarten Storytime

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am

Get ready for storytime with a Tinkergarten twist! Together, we will enjoy nature-themed books, move our bodies, and use play-based scenarios to create and learn. Recommended for 2-5 years, but older and younger siblings welcome.

 
1:00pm
Teen Video Game Design Camp

Teen Video Game Design Camp

Media Lab
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Leave this 3-day series having created your own video game level! During the camp attendees will use the Unreal Development Kit to create a fully interactive 3D game level. Attendees will work with a professional Game Designer to create every part of their level; from the sky and the ground to the various objects found in it. At the end of the camp, attendees will be able to play their level as well as the other levels created by peers during the camp. Games will be rated "T for Teen”.​

Must attend all 3 classes, June 18-20.

Media Lab
 
The VA Outreach
Study Room 211
 
2:00pm
Magical Readings and Rhythms

Magical Readings and Rhythms

Meeting Room 115
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This performance is a bright, colorful and energized magic show that combines rhythms of contemporary music from across the US and other countries around the world.
It emphasizes the love of reading books combined with music and unusual rhythms from various cultures. Origami, juggling, and puppetry included, plus a surprise!

Meeting Room 115
 
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun at the library and connect to the library's private servers for a customized gameplay experience using MinecraftEDU. This summer, we'll work on challenges together and have time for free play. No account necessary. Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.

Community Room
 
3:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

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
 
Knitting at the Library
 
4:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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.

Study Room
 
Library LEGO Club

Library LEGO Club

Community Room
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Flex your engineering and design muscles and join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation!

Community Room
 
5:00pm
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

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:
Lexie - Expertise in film editing

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.

Media Lab
 
5:30pm
Read to a Dog [CANCELED]

Read to a Dog [CANCELED]

Study Room 1
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Bring a favorite book (or find one at the library!) and read aloud to a furry friend. Call the week of to register for a 15-minute slot, or simply drop in!

Study Room 1
 
6:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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.

 
Literacy Network SCALE Program

Literacy Network SCALE Program

Community Room A
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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, (May 30, 2019 through August 15, 2019), at 608-244-3911 ext. 10 More classes at Literacy Network, http://www.litnetwork.org

Community Room A
 
English Conversation Class
Green Room 103
 
6:30pm
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Marsh King's Daughter"

Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Marsh King's Daughter"

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace to discuss "The Marsh King's Daughter" by Karen Dionne. New members always welcome!

Synopsis: Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father's sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn't know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don't stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King--because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter. -- Amazon.com

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
Oral History 102: Practicing Your Interview Skills

Oral History 102: Practicing Your Interview Skills

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Local historian Sarah White leads participants through practice in using oral history interviewing techniques. We’ll review how to be a skilled listener, and practice using the Madison Public Library's new Living History Kits, including audio recorders, that will be available for checkout by MPL cardholders.

Sarah White has lots of experience with oral history and community history. She is the author of “Madison Women Remember Growing Upin Wisconsin’sCapital” and co-author of "An East Side Album,’ a community history of Madison's east side.

Sign up if you've attended Oral History 101 or have some experience with oral history and want to practice and polish your interview skills.