Attention word lovers: exercise your brain by playing Scrabble with other adults!
Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.
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Stories & Sculpting: A preschool storytime
Preschool Storytime plus sculpting! We'll start with some books, songs, and an app of the week, then explore different methods of creating sculptures each week. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy! For children ages 3-5, siblings welcome. No registration required. Note: no program on Oct. 30 for Friends of the Library Booksale.
Storytime for the Very Young
(for children ages 0-30 months)
Children's Program Room
(for children ages 16-35 months)
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Music + Movement @ the YMCA
Join us for a preschool music and movement program with singing, dancing, playing, and bubbles! For kids up to age 5, with their caregivers.
Note: this program is held at the Lussier Family East YMCA [711 Cottage Grove Road], and is free and open to all. For more information, please contact the Pinney Library.
Lussier Family East YMCA (711 Cottage Grove Rd)
(for babies ages 0-15 months)
Community Room - Fireplace Side
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
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
NewBridge Movie Program: The Dogs Journey (PG)
A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.
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 224-7100 to set up your one-hour 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.
One-on-one Math Tutoring
Free one-on-one math tutoring provided by a UW-Madison mathematics graduate student. Get help with any kind of math coursework, from K-12 through college-level. Help is also available for test preparation and math review for standardized exams. Tutoring is available in one hour time blocks at 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, or 6:30. Call Hawthorne Library at 608-246-4548 to sign up.
Meadowridge Anime Club
Join us for the showing of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War by Aka Akasaka. The story follows student council president Miyuki and vice-president Kaguya in their schemings to make the other one confess their love interest.
Study Room A (Blue)
Knitting at the Library
Drop in knitting: Learn a new craft or work on that unfinished project with other neighborhood knitters.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Evening Family Storytime
Unwind at the library as a family with evening storytime. Bring your dinner or snack and join us for stories, puppets, and songs to appeal to all ages.
No storytime on October 9th, please join us that evening for programming on dyslexia awareness month.
Meeting Room B
Alicia Ashman Darn Yarn Group
Alicia Ashman Library hosts this club for crocheters, knitters, and other fiber-crafters. This group meets twice a month, on first and third Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the library. It's a great place to meet with other crafters, learn about different techniques, share your own work, and just commune in general with other creative souls. While there is no formal instructor for this group, there are knowledgeable veteran yarn crafters who are generous with their wisdom. No registration required--just drop by.
WI Book Festival: Aaron Bobrow-Strain for The Life and Death of Aida Hernandez
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Aaron Bobrow-Strain for The Life and Death of Aida Hernandez
When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aidas mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America. Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survivalbut returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest. Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.
Books will be for sale at the event, with an author signing to follow. For more information, visit https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/death-and-life-aida-hernandez
Mystery Book Group discusses The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others
Join us for a book discussion of titles in the mystery genre. New members are always welcome. The next title will be available for pick-up following the discussion, with extra copies available at the Ask Here desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room A
League of Women Voters Make Democracy Work Forum: Census 2020
A complete count of all residents in the 2020 Census is an essential prerequisite to fair maps by which to allocate equitable distribution of political power and public resources. Join the League of Women Voters for their first public issues forum in their Making Democracy Work series! Speakers will explore how the census has evolved over time, and how Census groups plan to succeed in the coming year. For more information, visit https://www.lwvdanecounty.org/forums/2019/10/2/census-2020