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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.
Preschool and Toddler Costume Dance Party
Shake it up to tunes familiar and new. Ages 2 and above. Costumes encouraged but not required. No registration needed.
Children's Program Room
¡Música para niños!
Programa gratuito en español de música, baile, y libros para niños de 0-5 años.
2020 Census Job Recruiting
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.
(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 A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza
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 sisters 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
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)
*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
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
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.
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).
CANCELED: Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Emily Balsley
**This has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 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.
Pies and Tarts Demo
Fall is the season to get out your rolling pins and make a pie or tart. Whats the difference between the two? Whats 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
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
Intro to Pranic Healing
Join certified Pranic Healer and instructor Stephanie Toney to learn about using prana, or energy, to improve your overall well being.
The Salad Days Book Club - This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
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. Hes 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. Theyre just not sure theyre ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claudes secret. Until one day it explodes. (from the publisher)
Family Memoir Writing Workshop with Jen Rubin
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