Thousands of gently used books, DVDs and other materials, featuring a selection of books for every age and interest. Most items are $2 or less. Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library. Sale runs October 17-20 in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Sale hours: Thursday, October 17, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, October 18, 9 am - 9 pm, Saturday, October 19, 9 am - 9 pm; Sunday, October 20, 10:30 am - 3 pm (bag sale 1-3pm, $5/bag).
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Come experience Anji Play! In this weekly award-winning program, kids play while adults observe. At the end of play, kids can create play stories to share their play with others. This educational approach, rooted in children choosing their own play, was created in Anji County in China and Madison Public Library is a pilot site for developing a library Anji Play model. Messy clothes recommended. Open to all ages. No registration required. Note: No class on Nov. 28.
*Note: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Rd
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.
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.
¡Música para niños!
Programa gratuito en español de música, baile, y libros para niños de 0-5 años.
(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
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
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)
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!
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.
Wisconsin Book Festival - Day 1
The first day of Wisconsin's premier literary event. The Festival offers opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed at locations around Madison.
You can learn more and see the full schedule at https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org.
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.
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 "After I'm Gone" by Laura Lippman
Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace! New members always welcome.
Synopsis: When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette Bambi Gottschalk at a Valentines Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrativeif not all legalbusinesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambis comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes.
Though Bambi has no idea where her husbandor his moneymight be, she suspects one woman does: his mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day that Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes shes left to join her old loveruntil her remains are eventually found.
Now, twenty-six years after Julie went missing, Roberto Sandy Sanchez, a retired Baltimore detective working cold cases for some extra cash, is investigating her murder. What he discovers is a tangled web stretching over three decades that connects five intriguing women. And at the center is the missing man Felix Brewer.
Somewhere between the secrets and lies connecting past and present, Sandy will find the truth. And when he does, no one will ever be the same. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
CANCELLED - Mind & Meditation Yoga
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule for sometime in the near future.
Come ready to leave the class rejuvenated.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel and bring a water bottle.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
CANCELED 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
All Books Considered discusses Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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!
October's book, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, will be ready for pickup at the library starting September 19.
"Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity."