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 as the weather changes from Summer to Fall, 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.
All are welcome
No mending on September 12,November 28, and December 26
Study Room 211
(CANCELED) One-On-One Computer Assistance
Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions Thursday afternoons and Tuesday and Saturday mornings! Call 246-4547 to make an appointment.
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays, and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Groups and siblings welcome, no registration required.
(for babies ages 0-15 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
Spanish Literature Group
Presentado por University League en asociación con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos, los libros y las discusiones están completamente en español. Por favor, obtenga un plan de lectura en el escritorio marcado con Ask Here (Pregunte Aqui)
Presented by the University League in partnership with the Sequoya Library. Everyone is welcome, books and discussion are completely in Spanish. Please pick up a reading schedule at the "Ask Here" desk
Meeting Room A
Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Group: The Martian by Andy Weir
If you enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy books, this book group is the one for you! This month we will be discussing All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.
"An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering wunderkind) may just be in love with each other.
As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind."
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
Arts in the Alley - Double Scroop Ice Cream Cones
Join us behind the Hawthorne Library in Mural Alley for outdoor art, building, and making adventures for kids! Our fall series features local artist Amy Mietzel. Workshops will be held in the library's Children's Area in the event of rain or severe weather.
This week we will hand sew some ice cream scoops onto your own cardboard cone creation. Make your own flavors!
Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary
Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi.
Sandburg Elementary School (4114 Donald Dr)
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.
Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Emily Balsley
Visit the Bubbler Room and immerse yourself in All The Things! Emily will host weekly open studios exploring various mediums throughout her residency. Drop in, view, and contribute to an ongoing projects such as gratitude wall hangings, a community mural, and a number of different drawing prompts.
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.
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Bud Selig for The Good of the Game
This event takes place at the Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium, 816 State Street.
Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Department of History, the longtime Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig will be in conversation with Professor David McDonald.
In this enlightening and surprising book, Selig goes inside the most difficult decisions and moments of his career, looking at how he worked to balance baseballs storied history with the pressures of the twenty-first century to ensure its future. Part baseball story, part business saga, and part memoir, For the Good of the Game chronicles Seligs career, takes fans inside locker rooms and board rooms, and offers an intimate, fascinating account of the frequently messy process involved in transforming an American institution. Featuring an all-star lineup of the biggest names from the last forty years of baseball, Selig recalls the vital games, private moments, and tense conversations hes shared with Hall of Fame players and managers and the contentious calls hes made. He also speaks candidly about hot-button issues like the steroid scandal that threatened to destroy the game, telling his side of the story in full and for the first time.
Bud Selig will autograph books after the event. For more information, visit https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/good-game
MMSD - Family, Youth and Community Engagement Leadership Academy
Two presentations by the Madison Metropolitan School District; The first is on the importance of parents knowing their rights and a discussion about concerns/questions regarding the special education process, student privacy rights, and records. The second will be about the information and resources that are essential in understanding a behavior education plan and what their rights as parents are and how best to support their children.
Please RSVP By Tuesday, September 19 to Janice Chestnut at 608-663-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Room 115
Kids Code Madison
Upper elementary (4th and 5th Grade) and middle school students are invited to Kids Code Madison, a weekly, drop-in coding club. A volunteer-led program, youth can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations using programs and tools like Scratch and Python. Special note: Programming activities are not appropriate for younger elementary school kids.
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 (Thursdays, Sept. 19-Dec. 19), 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.
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "Girl Waits with Gun" by Amy Stewart
Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace! New members always welcome.
Synopsis: Constance Kopp doesnt quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter
Gardeners love summer. But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end, so too does the gardening season come to an end. You may ask yourself, Now what should I do? Should I rake the leaves or leave them on the yard? Should I aerate or thatch the lawn before
A Certified Master Gardener Volunteer from Dane Co. UW-Extension will answer these questions and many more for you when you attend this talk.
Speakers are graduates of the Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program which trains community volunteers in a broad range of horticultural subjects so they can bring this knowledge to the public.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Writing & Editing Assistance
One-on-one appointments are available to get help with writing and editing projects. Examples of projects include resumes, job application letters, creative writing such as fiction (short stories or novels), poetry, drama, screenplays, memoir, or other kinds of creative non-fiction.
You can get help with proofreading and editing, or you can discuss a larger vision for a writing project and how best to reach your writing goals.
Sign up for a free one hour session of one-on-one assistance by calling 266-6350.
Study Room 204
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Jesse Lee Kercheval and Rebecca Dunham
Jesse Lee Kercheval, the Zona Gale Professor of English at UW-Madison and Rebecca Dunham, Director of the MFA Program at UW-Milwaukee read from their latest works. They will sign books after the event.
About America That Island off the Coast of France by Jesse Lee Kercheval: A speaks to the impossibility of emigration, of ever being the citizen of only one country. Born in France, raised in Florida, Kercheval now divides her time between the U.S. and Uruguay. The poems hurtle across literary and linguistic borders toward a lyricism that slows down experience to create a new form of elegiac memoir. Against the backdrops of Paris, Montevideo, and Florida, the poems explore citizenship and homelessness, motherhood and self, family and freedom, turning over and over again the very meaning of the word home, as the poems, like the poet, make the fraught journey back and forth between America and France. As Kercheval wonders in her poem "The Red Balloon," "is leaving / ever painless? Is returning?"
About Strike by Rebecca Dunham: The poems of Rebecca Dunhams Strike invoke the terse, noiseless monstrousness of the toxic-domestic, the once-us, in which to fall numb is not to fall/out of pain. This collection is Plathian in its riven depiction of anger, which both presses/down and in, where denial is beaten to silver foil, to silver leaf, and in which [o]ver the butcher/papers sheets her red story sprawls. In poems whose edges are honed on a whetstone of impeccable craft, and which delve into history, archetype, and ekphrasis, Dunham exposes the face that ripples beneath her mask and builds a ravishing myth of the unveiled lyric interior. Diane Seuss
More information at https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/america-island-coast-france...
Meeting Room 301
All Books Considered discusses My Antonia by Willa Cather
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!
September's book, My Antonia by Willa Cather, will be ready for pickup at the library, starting August 15.
"My Antonia tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. Both the pioneers who first break the prairie sod for farming, as well as of the harsh but fertile land itself, feature in this American novel. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions in both children, affecting them lifelong. This novel is considered Cather's first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting."