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)
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.
Whoopensocker Improv & Theater Performance
Join us for a very special, kid written Whoopensocker theater performance. Whoopensocker UW teaching artists have been working with Madison kids in schools across the city this year to write amazing stories, scenes, and songs to create this hilarious, action packed, musical cabaret. These talented actors, acting out the best 3rd grade humor is sure to make kids and families laugh themselves silly (and maybe even be inspired to write their own stories!)
Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
Alicia Ashman Library Thursday Book Club: Saints For All Occasions
Join us on the first Thursday of each month to discuss a variety of types of books from fiction to nonfiction, and enjoy themed snacks!
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
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 Read to a Dog on July 4th.
YS Study Room 1
Front Porch Murals
Channel your inner artist to create a temporary Chalk Masterpiece on the front porch of the Sequoya Library. This Temporary Art Exhibit will remain for the community to enjoy for approximately one week after the program date.
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.
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.
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
Codecinella Tech Talk: Web Performance
Codecinella is a group of local software developers, students and professionals looking to strengthen our community by nurturing women's involvement in the technology field.
Conference Room 104
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents sex, lies, and videotape (1989)
"With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-year-old Steven Soderbergh trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age...A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters isolation, the Palme dOrwinning sex, lies, and videotape changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s" (Criterion).
Meeting Room 302
Lakeview Book Discussion of "No One Is Coming to Save Us"
Join us around the fireplace for a discussion of "No One Is Coming to Save Us" by Stephanie Powell Watts. New members always welcome!
Synopsis: JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, hes startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she cant seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has stripped the area of jobs. And Avas mother, Sylvia, meddles in the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son.
JJs return quickly stirs up the entire town, as the ostentatious wealth hes attained forces everyone to consider the cards theyve been dealt. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? -- book cover
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Peace and Justice Book Circle - There There by Tommy Orange
Peace and Justice Book Circle meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 7:45p.m. at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St., Madison. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation if you are interested in the topic regardless of whether or not you have read the book.
Meeting Room 115