In search of adventure? Have a desire to explore the unknown? If so, be sure to join the Madison Traditional Gaming group here at the Hawthorne Branch Library. Madison Traditional Gaming is all about traditional role-playing games such as Original Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Classic Traveller, Labyrinth Lord, and more!
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Saturday Art @ Monroe Street
Join us for new and exciting art experiences with fabulous local artists!
Donuts with Dads
Saturday morning fun with stories, songs, crafts, and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. *Moms, Grandparents and other super important people welcome, too! No registration necessary.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Cuentos y Canciones en Inglés y Español/Bilingual Storytime
¡Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, y actividades en inglés y español, enfocados en la alfabetización temprana y el idioma española! Para niños de 2 a 6 años de edad y sus familias.
Stories, songs, and activities in English and Spanish to build early literacy and Spanish language awareness, For Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers, ages 2-6 yrs old (siblings welcome). Storytime will take place in the Hawthorne Library Children's Area.
Justice Club: Zine making workshop for kids and families
Communication's Justice Club will be joining forces with Solarpunk Surf Club to experience the current exhibition, Graen Room, in the 3rd floor gallery. Justice Club is a service-learning art project for elementary school-aged artists who want to empower others by expressing themselves! We will provide supplies and guidance for kids to create collage pages that illustrate who they are as art-makers and young members of the community.
Our location for the next Justice Club workshop will NOT be at Communication, but will be the exhibition space on the 3rd floor of the Madison Public Library. The current installation is Grean Room - an exhibition by Solarpunk Surf Club.
""Græn R∞m is a public living room for conviviality and utopian (re)creation. Guests are invited to read, rest, play, and socialize in a cozy, communal environment.""
Grace Olson is a childcare worker, mixed media artist and musician based in Madison. She uses her work to unpack feelings of nostalgia, anxiety and introspection, cultivating energy to channel towards self-care and activism.
Araceli Ramirez-Contreras is a Latina illustrator based in Madison and Milwaukee, whose work focuses on cultural, body and mindful empowerment. She is a member of the L.U.N.A (Latinas Unidas En Las Artes) collective, a Milwaukee based group of Latinx artists who support each other in pursuing visibility and opportunity.
Marble Runs - A Very Bubbler Saturday
Design and create your own marble run with plywood, nails, rubber bands, and more with guest Bubbler artist Sylvie Rosenthal. Practice your hammering and precision with kid-sized, real tools to make your own intricate maze. Kid-sized safety glasses and earplugs also provided.
Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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
CANCELLED-Making Soup with Chef Lily Kilfoy
Join Chef Lily Kilfoy as she demonstrates the art of creating soup from scratch. Lily will discuss the process of making homemade vegetable stock and prepare two soup recipes: Butternut Squash Bisque and Creamy Tomato Soup. A seasonal salad will be included. Vegetarian and nut free. Sample portions of recipes will be served.
Community Room B and Kitchen
Goodman South Book Club - The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Come join the book club for lively, thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selection, The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea.
The quintessential story of what it means to be the first generation to live two lives across one border, The House of Broken Angels is Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea's unforgettable portrait of the De La Cruz family as they celebrate the lives of two of their most beloved members over the course of one raucous and bittersweet weekend.
National Bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist
A New York Times Notable Book / One of the Best Books of the Year from National Public Radio, American Library Association, San Francisco Chronicle, BookPage, Newsday, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Literary Hub
"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death."
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life.
Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti, celebrating the lives of Big Angel and his mother, and recounting the many inspiring tales that have passed into family lore, the acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.
Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, The House of Broken Angels is Luis Alberto Urrea at his best, and cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.
Everyone welcome to our public group. Please find our books for the club next to the hold shelf.
Meeting Room 115
Ukulele in Community
Find community through music!
Free to attend but space is limited. Register to reserve your spot!
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.
Family Cooking Class with Chef Lily
This will be a hands-on class for families. Participants will whip up some of Lily's favorite fun recipes. Registration is now live. All attending adults and children must register. Register online or call 608-288-6160. This event is funded in part by a grant from CUNA Mutual Foundation.
Community Room B and Kitchen