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
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.
Study Room 1
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
Thursday Book Group discusses March: Book One by John Lewis
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
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)
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
Read to a Dog
The Alliance of Therapy Dogs generously provides reader-dogs, especially trained to be gentle, good listeners. 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 pre-registration available).
Arts in the Alley - Bugs, Butterflies, and Dragonflies
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 celebrate the diversity of nature, and experiment with mixed media, to create your own set of wings for a bug, butterfly, or dragonfly.
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.
MadR - Madison R User Group monthly meet-up
Madison Public Library hosts this monthly Meet-up group for anyone who is interested in learning more about R programming or improving their R skills.
Meeting Room 301
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.
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.
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
Credit and Budgeting Financial Workshop
"It's rude to talk about money" is a huge myth that keeps many in the dark. In fact, the more we know about the workings of money, credit scores, savings, and even budgeting - the better we can do:
To meet current and ongoing financial obligations,
Feel secure in our financial futures, and
Make choices that allow for the enjoyment of life.
This free 2-hour workshop is led by Dane County Extension Financial Educator, Karina Mendoza, and covers how to create a SMART financial goal, track expenses to stay within one's means, and understanding how credit scores work in order to make it work for you.
This Budgeting and Credit workshop is opened to the public. It is not part of a series, and it will be offered again on a monthly basis. Please check Dane County Financial Education Center for more dates.
For program accommodations in languages other than English or accommodations based on disability, please contact Karina Mendoza for more information at: Mendoza.Karina@countyofdane.com
Meeting Room 115
The Salad Days Book Club - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Join us for Hawthorne Library's monthly book club, The Salad Days! This group is tailored to (but by no means limited to!) readers of the millennial generation looking to explore books and popular culture. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at Barriques - Atwood (2166 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library.
~My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Frederik Backman~
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. (from the publisher)
Community Volunteer Opportunity Workshop
Come to a Community Volunteer Opportunities Workshop to learn about volunteering for Driver Safety programs. Whether you like to teach, provide technology assistance, or help with community outreach, there's a spot for you. The workshop on Sept. 26 will include information about volunteering for the AARP Safe Driver course, We Need To Talk, and CarFit.
Community Room - Table Side
Using Oral History in Family and Community History Projects
This workshop will take place at Communication Madison, located at 2645 Milwaukee Street on Madison's East Side.
Sarah White will offer concrete suggestions for planning, organizing, and undertaking an oral history project with your family or community. Learn what is oral history, how to conduct an oral history interview, and what you can do with the interviews you collect. This two-hour session includes getting to know recording equipment available for loan from the library and practicing interviewing.
This workshop is sponsored by the Living History Project. Living History Project volunteers and anyone interested in family history and community history are encouraged to attend.
Go Big Read Book Discussion of The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum
Join in the discussion of UW-Madisons 2019 Go Big Read selection, The Poison Squad by Debroah Blum, the dramatic true story of the fight for food safety in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, led by the inimitable Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley. Detailing the complex interchanges of industry, media, and government regulation with a bracing clarity, The Poison Squad offers a prescient perspective on the enormous social and political challenges we face today.
Visit madisonpubliclibrary.org/go-big-read for information on upcoming Go Big Read events and more.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined