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Events Calendar

Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Time Items
All day
 
9:00am
Bubbler Closed 9am-12pm
Bubbler
 
9:30am
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

Thursday, Oct 24, 9:30am to 11:30am

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

 
Pinney Playdate

Pinney Playdate

Thursday, Oct 24, 9:30am to 11:30am

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.

 
10:00am
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Oct 24, 10:00am to 12:00pm

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
First come, first served
Work done on site

No mending on September 12,November 28, and December 26

Study Room 211
 
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Oct 24, 10:05am to 12:05pm

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
 
10:30am
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 10:30am to 11:15am

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.

Community Room
 
11:00am
Preschool and Toddler Costume Dance Party
Children's Program Room
 
¡Música para niños!

¡Música para niños!

Thursday, Oct 24, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Programa gratuito en español de música, baile, y libros para niños de 0-5 años.
Jueves a las 11:00 am, Octubre 10 a Noviembre 14
El programa ocurre en Vera Court Neighborhood Center (614 Vera Court Madison, WI 53704)

 
2020 Census Job Recruiting

2020 Census Job Recruiting

Thursday, Oct 24, 11:00am to 1:00pm

Join the census team! Supervisory roles begin at $15.50 per hour. Non-supervisory roles begin at $12.00 per hour. A census representative will be available to answer any questions and help with applications.

 
11:30am
Book Baby

Book Baby

Meeting Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 11:30am to 12:00pm

(for babies ages 0-15 months)
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.

Meeting Room
 
12:00pm
West Madison Senior Center Lunches

West Madison Senior Center Lunches

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Thursday, Oct 24, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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
 
1:00pm
Thursday Book Group discusses A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza

Thursday Book Group discusses A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza

Meeting Room B
Thursday, Oct 24, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love and not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best? 

New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.

Meeting Room B
 
CANCELLED - Memory Screenings

CANCELLED - Memory Screenings

Study Room 104
Thursday, Oct 24, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory. It creates a baseline so future changes can be monitored. Specialists from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide these free 20-minute, confidential memory screenings and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Registration required; please sign up at the Sequoya reference desk or call 608-827-7403. For moe information about the screens, please call ADRC of Dane County at 608-240-7400.

Study Room 104
 
Spanish Conversation Group (Rescheduled from 10/10)

Spanish Conversation Group (Rescheduled from 10/10)

Meeting Room A
Thursday, Oct 24, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

*October meeting date has changed to accommodate facilitator availability.

¡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
 
3:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 3:00pm to 6:30pm

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
 
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Thursday, Oct 24, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 7 must have an adult present. Note: No meeting on 9/12 and 11/28.

 
3:30pm
Voices of the South Side
Navy Room 126
 
4:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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.

Study Room
 
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Meeting Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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).

Meeting Room
 
BUBBLER CLOSED 4PM-8PM
Bubbler
 
Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview

Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview

Teen Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us on Thursdays at Lakeview Library for all sorts of creative projects! There will be arts and crafts, cooking, games, and more!

Teen Room
 
5:00pm
CANCELED: Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Emily Balsley

CANCELED: Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Emily Balsley

Thursday, Oct 24, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

**This has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019**
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.

More info: http://madisonbubbler.org/artist-in-residence-emily-bluestar

 
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thursday, Oct 24, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

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:
Nate- Expertise in film production, editing, animation, game design, graphic
Lexie - Expertise in film editing

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.

Media Lab
 
6:00pm
Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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.

Community Room
 
Pies and Tarts Demo

Pies and Tarts Demo

Community Room - Table Side
Thursday, Oct 24, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fall is the season to get out your rolling pins and make a pie or tart. What’s the difference between the two? What’s easier to make? The answers might surprise you! Join Punky Egan, Certified Master Baker, as she demonstrates both doughs, as well as the techniques to make a perfect pie or tart. Of course, there will be samples to try and recipes to take home.

Community Room - Table Side
 
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thursday, Oct 24, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

SCALE (Skills in Computer and Literacy Education) Class with Literacy Network

Community Room A
Thursday, Oct 24, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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
 
6:30pm
Intro to Pranic Healing

Intro to Pranic Healing

Meeting Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join certified Pranic Healer and instructor Stephanie Toney to learn about using prana, or energy, to improve your overall well being.
You’ll be taught to scan or feel prana using your hands, learn simple but effective techniques to relieve aches & pains, reduce stress, and increase overall energy levels, you’ll learn breathing exercises, and also do a guided meditation on loving kindness. (Registration appreciated, but not required).

Meeting Room
 
The Salad Days Book Club - This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

The Salad Days Book Club - This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Thursday, Oct 24, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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.

~This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel~

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes. (from the publisher)

 
Family Memoir Writing Workshop with Jen Rubin

Family Memoir Writing Workshop with Jen Rubin

Local History Room
Thursday, Oct 24, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

In this 90 minute workshop, Jen Rubin will discuss her process of writing a family memoir that centered around the small business her family owned for 80 years. Jen will talk about how to balance 3 generations, deal with thorny family issues, and how to include enough history and sociology to inform the story but not so much that the central story is overwhelmed. Jen is a skilled storyteller and brought an oral storytelling approach to her writing. This will be an interactive workshop with a mixture of presentation, storytelling, Q & A, and small group work.

Jen Rubin is a former New Yorker who leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in Madison, teaches the occasional social policy class at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work, and works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. She has recently published her first book, We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood. Jen is an obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town.

Local History Room