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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, August 1, 2019

Time Items
All day
 
9:30am
Pinney Playdate

Pinney Playdate

Thursday, Aug 1, 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
Thursday, Aug 1, 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
 
Picture Books and Paint Brushes - A Storytime

Picture Books and Paint Brushes - A Storytime

Meeting Room
Thursday, Aug 1, 10:00am to 10:45am

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.

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

Preschool Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Aug 1, 10:30am to 11:15am

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.

Community Room
 
11:00am
Whoopensocker Improv & Theater Performance

Whoopensocker Improv & Theater Performance

Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
Thursday, Aug 1, 11:00am to 12:00pm

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
 
1:00pm
The VA Outreach
Study Room 211
 
Media Academy @ Lussier Center
 
2:00pm
Alicia Ashman Library Thursday Book Club: Saints For All Occasions
Meeting Room
 
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room
Thursday, Aug 1, 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
Knitting at the Library
 
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thursday, Aug 1, 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
 
3:30pm
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Thursday, Aug 1, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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.

 
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

YS Study Room 1
Thursday, Aug 1, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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
 
4:00pm
Front Porch Murals

Front Porch Murals

Thursday, Aug 1, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thursday, Aug 1, 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
 
5:00pm
Hold for LVN Conversation Corps
Community Room
 
Collaborative Ceramic Lantern-Making Workshop

Collaborative Ceramic Lantern-Making Workshop

Bubbler
Thursday, Aug 1, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

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!

Bubbler
 
East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience

East Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play experience

Thursday, Aug 1, 5:00pm to 7:30pm

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.

 
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thursday, Aug 1, 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:
Michael- Expertise in film production/writing, and photoshop

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
 
6:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thursday, Aug 1, 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
Thursday, Aug 1, 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
 
Codecinella Tech Talk: Web Performance

Codecinella Tech Talk: Web Performance

Conference Room 104
Thursday, Aug 1, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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
 
6:30pm
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Meeting Room 302
Thursday, Aug 1, 6:30pm to 8:45pm

"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 d’Or–winning 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"

Lakeview Book Discussion of "No One Is Coming to Save Us"

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Aug 1, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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, he’s 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 can’t 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 Ava’s mother, Sylvia, meddles in the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son.

JJ’s return quickly stirs up the entire town, as the ostentatious wealth he’s attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve 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 - There There by Tommy Orange

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Aug 1, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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