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
Picture Books and Paint Brushes - A Storytime
Preschool Storytime plus painting! We'll start inside with some books, songs, and an app of the week, then head outside to paint. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy! For children ages 3-5, siblings welcome. No registration required.
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)
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.
Teen Video Game Design Camp
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, July 16-18.
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.
Ahoy shipbuilders! Anchors away for the second annual Bubbler Regatta! Create your own mini vessels from recycled materials, test their seaworthiness, and race against your friends down our raingutter course you may have to supply your own wind. Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
Children's Program Room
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
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.
Collaborative Ceramic Lantern-Making Workshop
Working with the artist-in-residence, participants will have the chance to carve porcelain pre-rolled slabs that, when combined together, will become ceramic lanterns! By designing and carving lantern panels, participants will be able to take home a finished lantern, collaboratively made by previous workshop participants!
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.
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.
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
CANCELLED - Coping with Stress through Journaling
Please note: the July 18th date for this workshop has been CANCELLED.
Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
We cant always control the stress in our lives, but we can control how we react to it. In this 1-hour educational session, learn how you react to stress, how its affecting your health, and how to use journaling as a healthy coping tool.
Presented by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation.
Conference Room 104
Film Presentation: The Faces of...(Madrid and Lake Wisconsin)
Featuring two films from the Faces of series, an ongoing project by director Valérie Lanciaux. These films are atypical and poetic documentaries that seek to reveal the soul of locations through the voices and faces of women who live there.
Born in France, Valérie Lanciaux is a trained actor, filmmaker, and educator. In 2011 she was invited to Portage, Wisconsin to present her solo performance and run theatre workshops to children at the Zona Gale Young Peoples Theater. This experience inspired Valérie to discover more about the area, which she now considers a second home.
Her next film The Faces of Paris will premiere at the Portage Center for the Arts on July 29.
For more about Valérie Lanciaux, and to view trailers, go to
Meeting Room 302
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Daughter of Time"
Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace to discuss "The Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey. New members always welcome!
Synopsis: Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the worlds most heinous villainsa venomous hunchback who may have killed his brothers children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of Englands throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.
The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writings most gifted masters. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Adaptive Chair Yoga with Jody Alexander
The class will focus on Yoga-informed exercises that are adapted to sitting in chairs. It is designed specifically for adults with mobility issues, but anyone can join! Participants will experience the benefits of body/core awareness, flexibility and well-being at whatever level of mobility is most comfortable for them. Please register for each session separately, registration begins July 5th.
Jody Alexander is a 200hr and 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She is a Yoga, Exercise and Adaptive Golf Instructor for MSCR and a Yoga Teacher with YogAutism.org and MARC.
Meeting Room A
All Books Considered (new book group) discusses Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Alicia Ashman Library is pleased to welcome you to our new evening book group, "All Books Considered". Founded by book-loving community members, this group will meet on the third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., starting July 18th, here at the library. We already have some great books lined up, and we're looking forward to gathering new members to round out our discussion of all kinds of books--new bestsellers, classics, non-fiction, fiction--you name it!
All Books Considered welcomes all adults to join us for casual, yet stimulating discussion of all kinds of books. We'll set aside some copies of each month's books at the library during the previous month, so be sure to come check them out! Bring your book, your opinions, and an open mind. We look forward to seeing you on third Thursdays at 7 p.m.--mark your calendars!
The first book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, is ready for pickup now at the library, for our first discussion on Thursday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m.
"When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her."