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)
ADRC Free Memory Screening
Keep losing your keys? Forget why you walked into a room? For anyone who might be thinking their memory isn't quite what it used to be, the Aging and Disability Resource Center is currently offering a Free Memory Screening. The free, confidential memory screening is aimed at promoting early detection of memory problems and appropriate intervention.
While a memory screening is not the same as a memory evaluation, it can be a helpful test. If someone is experiencing minor memory problems, early evaluation is important. Some memory problems, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems can be quickly and easily treated. Others, such as mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease can benefit from early diagnosis and treatment.
The Memory Screen consists of questions and tasks designed to screen for memory, language skills and thinking abilities. The person who administers the screening will review the results with the person being screened, and suggest whether the person should follow up with a physician or other qualified healthcare professional for more extensive testing.
To register for this event, please call 512-0000 ext. 2000 to sign up for your twenty minute screening.
Study Room A (Blue)
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.
Sci-Fi / Fantasy Book Discussion
What's your favorite book about dragons or rockets or the future? Come and join us for a discussion of what Science Fiction Fantasy or Horror books strike your fancy.
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
Indigo dyeing with Hannah Bennett
Experiment with indigo dye with previous Bubbler artist in residence Hannah Bennett. Learn how to construct a dyeing vat, make the dye and create dyed patterns on bandanas. Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
Registration begins August 1. Register online, in person, or by phone at 266-6385
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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.
CANCELED: 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!
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
Paris to Pittsburgh documentary
From coastal cities to Americas heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they arent waiting on Washington to act. This screening presented by local members of Citizen's Climate Lobby.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "Since We Fell" by Dennis Lehane
Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace! New members always welcome.
Synopsis: Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachels marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
All Books Considered discusses Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
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!
August's book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, will be ready for pickup at the library starting July 18th.
"Digital minimalists are the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phone. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don't go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives. What we need is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purpose,s, and under what conditions. Here Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. By rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control."