Meeting of Minds
Madison Public Library and the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin are partnering on Meeting of the Minds.
Meeting of the Minds is a memory enhancement program for those with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's, or other dementia to help maximize cognitive function and sustain quality of life.
Activities includes: memory enhancement activities and intellectual exercises; Tai Chi-based exercise for balance, gentle strengthening, breathing, and stress reduction; creative expression, and mindfulness techniques
Space is limited.
Pre-registration and an informational interview are REQUIRED prior to attending.
Contact Noreen Kralapp, Dementia Outreach Specialist, at 608-661-0463 for more information and to register.
Meeting Room 301
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help
Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including school assignments, resumes and cover letters, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems and absolutely any other kinds of writing.
Appointments for writing assistance may be made the week of assistance. Call 266-6395 to make a 45-minute appointment. Due to high demand, you are encouraged to call as soon as the library opens (Tuesdays at 10 a.m., or Saturdays at 9 a.m.)
Madison Writing Assistance is a free service is provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center and is made possible through the generous support of the Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, Altrusa Internaional of Madison and the UW-Madison Writing Center.
Aqua Room 128
A happy blend of stories, songs, and fingerplays to help preschool children develop print and phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and narrative skills. Come celebrate the joy of reading!
Groups and siblings are welcome.
For children ages 3-5 years old
Storytime for the Very Young
Stories, songs and more to encourage early literacy skill development and social interaction between babies, toddlers, and their caregivers--and it's fun too!
(for children ages 0-30 months)
West Madison Senior Center Lunches
Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. If you are under age 60 and do not meet the nutrition program eligibility guidelines, you are required to pay the total cost of your meal which is $10.23. Transportation is available by a $1.00 donation round trip. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding business day by calling 238-7368 ext. 8
Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
One-on-One Computer Assistance
Need help with computer assistance or Internet skills? We offer free one-on-one sessions! Call 246-4548 to make an appointment.
Sequoya Knitting Group
Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!
Meeting Room A
CANCELED Freezer Meals for Two with Healthy Oils and Vinegars
**This event has been canceled. We're sorry for the inconvenience. Please look at our event calendar for other exciting cooking classes!**
Join us for part four of a four part series presented by The Oilerie Sun Prairie:
Do you want to eat healthier and save time and money? Learn how to prepare freezer meals for two that are delicious, quick and satisfying. Youll learn how to plan a weeks worth of meals, prep and freeze them. Its a fun, efficient concept that is good for you! Recipes included!
Part 1: All About Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar (August 20, 4:30-5:30)
Part 2: How to Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar (August 27, 4:30-5:30)
Part 3: How to Use Oils, Vinegars, and Spices for Heart Healthy Recipes (September 10, 2:00-3:00)
Part 4: Freezer Meals for Two with Healthy Oils and Vinegars (September 17, 2:00-3:00)
Spots are limited for this event. Registration opens August 1st. Please call 288-6160 to register.
Community Room B and Kitchen
Leopold Elementary School (2602 Post Rd)
Drop in activities for youth each Tuesday afternoon. Bring your friends or make new ones! Activities change each week.
Meeting Room 115
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
Sequoya Kids' Chess Club
For school aged kids who know the basic moves of chess. Come on in to play against other opponents your age.
No Chess on 1/1, 2/19 & 4/2
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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:
Rob- Expertise in audio recording
Isabella: expert in stop-motion animation, photo editing & video editing
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.
Hand Lettering Basics Workshop with Artist-in-Residence Emily Balsley
In this 2-hour workshop, participants will learn the basic terminology of hand-lettering, tools and supplies, lettering styles, composition and layout. Workbooks will be provided, along with ample time to practice!
All are welcome; ages 10 and up; workshop is capped at 12 participants
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Family Memoir Writing Workshop with Jen Rubin
In this 90 minute workshop, Jen Rubin will discuss her process of writing a family memoir that centered around the small business her family owned for 80 years. Jen will talk about how to balance 3 generations, deal with thorny family issues, and how to include enough history and sociology to inform the story but not so much that the central story is overwhelmed. Jen is a skilled storyteller and brought an oral storytelling approach to her writing. This will be an interactive workshop with a mixture of presentation, storytelling, Q & A, and small group work.
Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker who leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in Madison, teaches the occasional social policy class at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work, and works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. She has recently published her first book, We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood. Jen is an obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town.
Meeting Room 115
SCALE (Skills in Computer and Literacy Education) Class with Literacy Network
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 for more information or to register for the class session (Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Dec. 17), 608-244-3911 ext. 10 More classes at Literacy Network, http://www.litnetwork.org
Cookbook Club: Pasta
Pick out a recipe from our cookbook display (or use your own recipe) and make a pasta dish to bring and share. Enjoy the variety of dishes brought by your community! Cookbooks will be on display on September 3.
Community Room - Table Side