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. Spring series #1 ends March 12.
*Note: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Rd
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.
We are here to mend anything you need as the weather changes from Fall to Winter 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.
First come, first served
work done on site
All are welcome
Study Room 211
NewBridge 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
Assistance with job searching, resume writing, interview skills and more!
"Need advice from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development/Job Service? Sign up for a 30 minute or 1-hour appointment by calling the library at 608-824-1780 (or take a chance and drop-in!). You'll get one-on-one help applying for unemployment benefits, resume writing, job search strategies, interview skills, and more."
The Alicia Ashman Library is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development to offer one-on-one assistance with job searching, resume writing, interview skills and more!
Thursday Book Group discusses Settlin' by Muriel Simms
Settlin': Stories of Madison's Early African American Families. Only a fraction of what is known about Madisons earliest African American settlers has been preserved in traditional sources. The rest is contained in the hearts and minds of their descendants. Seeing a pressing need to preserve these experiences, lifelong Madison resident Muriel Simms collected the stories of twenty-five African Americans whose families arrived, survived, and thrived in Madison in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.
Meeting Room B
East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct)
Knitting at the Library
Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.
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 608-266-6350 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.
Local History Room
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).
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!
Thursdays, Jan 9 - May 28, 4:00-5:00pm
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 on Thursdays! Call 246-4547 to make an appointment.
Study Room 1
Talented Teen Thursday
TEENS!!! Come hang out with Goodman South Madison library's new PASS AmeriCorps member, Binta, who creates SMART programs and activities for all to enjoy!
Meeting Room 115
Sandburg Elementary School (4114 Donald Dr)
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.
Lake View Elementary Gallery Night
Come and meet the Lake View Elementary School artists responsible for the library's January gallery exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
MadR: Hacking Your Environment: Tips and Tricks for Efficient Workflow.
Start 2020 off right by developing good workflow habits. How much time do you take to set up your environment before you begin working? In this talk I'll argue that some quality attention to your set up and teardown practice goes a long way to convert your messy r-studio garage lab into a refined space station. We'll cover basics like working directory and .RProject files and more nuanced tricks like loading works in progress and pre-processed output files, setting global themes to streamline your reports' graphical styles and other things. It's time to Marie-Kondo your code.
Meeting Room 301
Kids Code Madison
Middle school students and upper elementary (4th and 5th Grade) 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. Series runs Jan 23 March 26.
Learning with Chef Paul: Knife Skills and Safety
Once your knife skills have improved, your cooking will be more efficient and more delicious. Join Chef Paul for a demonstration on how to dice, julienne, and chiffonade vegetables and fruits. Chef Paul will also discuss how to choose, care for and sharpen knives. Call 246-4547 or register online beginning January 9.
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.
The Salad Days Book Club - The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
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.
~ The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith ~
In this extraordinary novel, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Australian writer Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.
In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted to the Guild of St. Luke in Holland as a master painter, the first woman to be so honored. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain--a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the Manhattan bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibition of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.
As the three threads intersect with increasing and exquisite suspense, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerizes while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present. (from the publisher)
Mills Folly Microcinema: Project Projection - Local Film & Video
Mills Folly Microcinema showcases experimental film and video art and, through Project Projection screenings, provides a venue for local artists to share their work.
Normally held at the Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL), the next Project Projection will screen at the Central Library while ALL moves into its new location.
Local filmmakers are encouraged to submit experimental films, short documentaries, music videos, and animated shorts (10 minutes or less) on the ALL website - artlitlab.org. The early deadline for submissions will be January 6, 2020.
Films not selected for this program will remain eligible for future Project Projection screenings. Contact James Kreul at email@example.com for questions about Project Projection and submissions.
Meeting Room 302