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.
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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
Music + Movement
Join us for a preschool music and movement program with singing, dancing, playing, and bubbles! For kids up to age 5, with their caregivers.
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.
Thursday Book Group discusses The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Sequoya's Thursday Book Group hosts a discussion of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent. The tale begins with Anjumwho used to be Aftabunrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. We encounter the odd, unforgettable Tilo and the men who loved herincluding Musa, sweetheart and ex-sweetheart, lover and ex-lover; their fates are as entwined as their arms used to be. We meet Tilos landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul. And then we meet the two Miss Jebeens: the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs Graveyard; the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
Teen Photoshop Camp
Photoshop - everyone knows what it is, but not everyone knows how to use it. In this 3-day series, teens will work with a media industry professional to learn many of the amazing things Photoshop is capable of doing. From painting lifelike portraits, to putting celebrities in your vacation photos, attendees will gain a deep understanding of digital creation as well as photo manipulation and digital editing.
Must attend all 3 classes, June 25-27.
Indigo Dyeing with Hannah Bennett
Experiment with indigo dye with previous Bubbler artist in residence Hannah Bennett. Learn how to construct a dying vat, make the dye and create dyed patterns on socks or bandanas. Bring your own plain white, washed t-shirt or other material to dye too! Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
Children's Program Room
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.
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
Read to a Dog
The Alliance of Therapy Dogs generously provides reader-dogs, especially trained to be gentle, good listeners. Bring a favorite book (or find one at the library!) and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first come, first served basis. (No pre-registration available).
Duck Tape Mania!!
Colored Duck Tape, creativity and loads of fun! Bring your family and friends and make wearable art - wallets, sandals, neckties, purses and more. Instructions and tape provided. All Ages. Children under 8 must have an adult helper.
This event will happen Tuesday, June 18 & Thursday, July 30th, please register and attend 1 session only. Registration begins June 4th. Register online, in person, or by phone at 266-6385
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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 246-4548 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.
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.
Canceled due to Weather - East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience
This program takes place at REINDAHL PARK (1818 Portage Rd). Note: No program July 4.
Enjoy child-led play in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children's imagination. Kids can create a Play Story based on their activities of the day and grownups will have opportunities to help their kids reflect on their play.
Wear messy clothes and bring a water bottle (optional). If you like, bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from the "Let's Eat Out" local food carts, and make an evening of it!
This award-winning event is created in partnership with the Madison Parks Division and AnjiPlay, and funded in part by a grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation.
English Conversation Class
Join us for a free, open English conversation class for immigrant and refugee women.
Meeting Room 115
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.
Literacy Network SCALE Program
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
Making and Using Compost in Your Back Yard
What is compost and how can I use it in my yard? Why compost? What are the benefits of composting? Can I make my own compost?
A certified Master Gardener Volunteer will answer these questions and many more during this talk. You will learn the role that oxygen, food and water play in the composting process. You will also learn what materials should never go in a compost pile.
Speakers are graduates of the Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program which trains community volunteers in a broad range of horticultural subjects so they can bring this knowledge to the public.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
The Salad Days Book Club - Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Join us for Hawthorne Library's monthly book club, The Salad Days! This group is tailored to (but by no means limited to!) readers of the millennial generation looking to explore books and popular culture. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at The Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery (2827 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.
~Still Alice by Lisa Genova~
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph.D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer's disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what's it's like to literally lose your mind. (from the publisher)