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.
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Groups welcome, no registration required.
Thursday Book Group discusses Autumn by Ali Smith
Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friendsDaniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
Teen Filmmaking Camp
In this 3-day Filmmaking camp, teens will work with a professional filmmaker to produce a short film using the library's Digital Media Lab. Attendees will learn what goes into the 'lights, camera and action!' of making a film - from camera work to lighting, editing and acting. Once completed all attendees will leave with a copy of the film they helped produce!
Must attend all 3 classes, July 23-25.
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).
Humpty Dumpty Challenge
Can your contraption withstand the fall from our wall and protect your humpty dumpty? Use all your bubbler-engineering skills to design a contraption from recycled materials to safely drop your Humpty Dumpty egg 10 feet without cracking! Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
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.
Book Bike at The Bodega at Breese Stevens Field
This event takes place at Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St. Stop by to see the library's Spoke-n-Words book bike at the Breese Stevens Bodega! Get a library card, check out materials, sign up for the library's summer reading club, or make a family-friendly craft. More information about The Bodega at https://breesestevensfield.com/bodega/.
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 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.
Dream Bus at Reindahl Park
Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi!
Reindahl Park (1818 Portage Rd)
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.
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
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.
Local Voices Network Madison
Launching January 2019, LVN Madison welcomes all of Madison to listen, learn, speak and be heard. More than fifty Conversation Corps hosts, representing Madisons full diversity, will organize and guide hundreds of small-group conversations throughout the city. Join us and share your thoughts and stories about life in Madison. Learn more at https://lvn.org/madison
Meeting Room 115
The Salad Days Book Club - You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
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 Barrique's - Atwood (2166 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.
~You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day~
From online entertainment mogul, actress, and queen of the geeks Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood. (from the publisher)
Adaptive Chair Yoga with Jody Alexander
The class will focus on Yoga-informed exercises that are adapted to sitting in chairs. 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