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
Meadowood Health Partnership: Mental Health Awareness Event
October is Mental Health Awareness Month. Sheray Wallace with the Meadowood Health Partnership is conducting this educational event. All are welcome, no registration is necessary. Please contact the Meadowridge Library with any questions. Funded in part by a gift from the David I. (Larry) Sperling family.
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.
¡Música para niños!
Programa gratuito en español de música, baile, y libros para niños de 0-5 años.
Help your baby gain good pre-reading and writing skills and have fun at the same time! Baby Gym incorporates large motor activities with stories to develop body and mind. For babies aged 3 - 18 months.
Children's Program Room
(for babies ages 0-15 months)
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.
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
RESCHEDULED to 10/24--Spanish Conversation Group
Due to reduced facilitator availability, the Spanish Conversation Group's October meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 24, from 1-3 pm. Although there will not be a facilitated discussion on October 10, members of the community are still welcome to gather in the Sequoya Library's meeting room for informal conversation.
¡Acompáñenos! Los miembros del Grupo de Conversación en Español de University League ofrecen este programa de conversación gratis para adultos con nivel intermedio o avanzado, del segundo jueves del mes (10 oct 2019 - 13 ag 2020). Los principiantes que quieran escuchar el idioma, serán bien recibidos.
Come join us! Members of the University League's Spanish Conversation Interest Group host this free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second Thursday each month (Oct. 10, 2019 - August 13, 2020). Beginners who want to listen to the language are also invited.
Meeting Room A
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)
CANCELED 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
Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview
Join us on Thursdays at Lakeview Library for all sorts of creative projects! There will be arts and crafts, cooking, games, and more!
Arts in the Alley - Cross Stitch with Yarn
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, learn some simple cross stitching techniques, then make your own image using colorful yarn.
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.
CANCELED: Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Emily Balsley
**This event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2019**
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.
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
WI Film Fest: Thursday Night Movie Club presents Played Out
The Wisconsin Film Festival and the Madison Public Library are proud to present WFF Thursday Night Movie Club - a series of Wisconsins Own features from the 2019 Festival.
PLAYED OUT is 2019 Golden Badger winner James Runde's first feature. A day in the life of three quintessentially Madisonian musicians. "If John Cassavetes and Richard Linklater had joined forces and tried to capture the young and restless souls inhabiting Madison's music scene, they would have been lucky to evince performances as lived-in, and atmospheres as quietly melancholic as Runde does here" (WI Film Fest).
Filmmaker in attendance.
James Runde is an independent filmmaker and photographer from Madison, WI. His films span both genre and format, from slacker comedies on 16mm to family dramas in ultra-high definition.
This event was funded through a grant from Madison Public Library Foundation.
Meeting Room 302
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Informational session and enrollment help for adults
Meeting Room 115