Enjoy rhymes, bounces, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your baby develop early literacy and early math skills and naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation. For babies birth to 15 months old with an adult. Weekly registration begins 8/26. Please register for each week you plan to attend.
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Enjoy rhymes, books and songs while learning new tips and techniques to help your toddler develop early literacy and math skills, and naturally growing his/her social skills in a group setting. One adult per child is recommended. For children ages 16-35 months.
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading, early math, and social skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.
Community Room B
Explore science, technology, engineering & math through play (and books!). For children ages 3-5 years old. Registration is first come, first served. Please pick up a nametag 15 minutes before the program begins.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Enjoy rhymes, bounces, books and songs while learning new tips an techniques to help your baby develop early literacy and early math skills and naturally growing baby's social skills in a group setting. Enjoy a short storytime, then stay for play and conversation. For babies ages 0-15 months.
CANCELED General Job Assistance
Get free job assistance with a strong focus on professional development and application writing, including resumes and cover letters. Help looking for work online, or filling out an online job application is also provided. Sign up for a free one hour session of one-on-one assistance by calling 266-6350.
Study Room 204
Mindful Moments: A Drop-In Meditation Group
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, mindfulness can help you enjoy life more fully, effectively and peacefully. Join us when you can to learn simple mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be incorporated into your everyday routine to reduce your stress and increase your well-being. Experience in mindfulness or meditation is not necessary. The group is led by Gloria Green.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Drop-In Basic Computer Help
Get help with basic computer questions: email, printing, filling out online forms, etc.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays: 1-5 pm
Drop-in computer help is a partnership between Madison Public library and WISE, Wisconsin Senior Employment Program
Knit & Nibble at Hawthorne Library
Join us for a couple hours of needlework and casual conversation. Everyone is welcome! Bring any stitching or hand projects (knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint). Join us for a couple hours of needlework and casual conversation. Everyone is welcome! Bring any stitching or hand projects (knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint).
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.
Grab your friends and play LAN Minecraft at the library! No laptop or account necessary. For ages 17 and under. Funded in part by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation. Find more Minecraft clubs in libraries: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids/minecraft
Meeting Room 115
Dig-in to Maker Kit activities and explore hands-on artistic and creative tools for building, creating, and playing. Flex your tinkering brain muscles with new inventions, problems and puzzles. For kids ages 7-12, supervised younger siblings welcome. Call the library for this week's activity.
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 246-4547 in advance to sign up for a one-hour session.
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 1
LEGO Club at Meadowridge Library is back! Attention all KFOL, TFOL, and their adults -- we've got a BIG stash of LEGO and lots of space to see what you can create. LEGO Club meets weekly -- join your fellow LEGO users and BUILD!
Community Room B and Kitchen
Restoring the Sauk Prairie: A Story of Hope and Healing
In 1997, when the U.S. Army announced the decommissioning of the 7,400-acre Badger Army Ammunition Plant located between Sauk City and Baraboo, a group of conservation-minded citizens joined forces to actively promote a "green vision" for the property. That group of citizens and local organizations evolved into what is now the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.
In 2001, a formal document, the Badger Reuse Plan, adopted by the 21 stakeholders in the Badger Reuse Committee, outlined a conservation-oriented future for the Badger Lands. The newest state park, the 3,400-acre Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is being developed and will provide recreational opportunities for all. The new Great Sauk State Trail is now open to bikers and hikers through the Badger Lands. This is all possible due to the dedicated efforts of those visionary citizens two decades ago.
Charlie Luthin will share a video documentary that tells the story of this amazing transformation of a military complex into a public green space through the voices of diverse stakeholders in the process. The 26-minute video, Restoring the Sauk Prairie, A Story of Hope and Healing was produced in 2018 to celebrate the Alliances 20th anniversary. A short video about the historic apples of the Badger Lands will also be shown. The Alliance has embarked on a project to document, map, and preserve the apple trees that survived WWII.
Charlie Luthin has spent his entire career of 40 years working for national and international non-profit conservation organizations. He has served as director of four Wisconsin-based groups, including Aldo Leopold Foundation, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, and for the past three years, Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance, a group he helped to found in 1997. Charlie holds a BS degree from UW-Stevens Point (Biology/Botany) and a MS degree from UW-Madison (Zoology/Ornithology).