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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. Spring series #1 ends March 12.
*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 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
Study Room 211
Preschool Art Class with Amy Mietzel - Animal Art
Experiment with paper, pipe cleaners, puff balls, markers, glue sticks, and more as we share a story and create art with local artist Amy Mietzel. Smocks or "messy" clothes recommended. For preschoolers ages 3-5. The book for this class will be One Word from Sophia by J Averback, and we will make animal art using paper tubes.
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.
Children's Program Room
(for babies ages 0-15 months)
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
[FULL] Tax Assistance
By appointment only. Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and Federal personal income taxes. Call 246-4547 to reserve a half-hour appointment.
Community Room - Table Side
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 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
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi.
East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct)
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.
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!
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
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.
Thursdays,Feb 6 - Apr 23
Join us for a 10-week workshop based around the Book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk, facilitated by Gera Raymond and Ruth Meyer. This series is designed for white people to forward anti-racism work. We will connect the book with dialog and experiential activities, by exploring the white experience.
Goals of the series are to build a community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness, and racism; increase your ability to begin, support, and progress racial justice work; and
To really understand and ultimately address how whiteness affects racism, a strong commitment to attendance is required. Sessions 1 and 10 are mandatory. We ask that any absences are pre-planned; maximum number of absences is 2. At Session 1, we will ask you to let us know the dates you plan to miss, if any. The series is limited to 25 participants. Please call Sequoya Library (608-266-6385) or register online at madisonpubliclibrary.org/events. If you need accommoadtions to attend this program, please call 266-6385 or TDD# 266-6314 two weeks in advance.
A limited number of books will be available at Sequoya Library. Please read chapter 1 ("Naming the Problem") ahead of the first session.
Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
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.
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.
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents La vérité (1960)
"Beautiful, troubled Dominique Marceau (Brigitte Bardot) came to bohemian Paris to escape the suffocation of provincial life, only to wind up in a courtroom, accused of a terrible crime: the murder of her lover (Sami Frey). As the trial commences and the lawyers begin tangling over Dominiques fate, Henri-Georges Clouzots Oscar-nominated La vérité delves into her past, reconstructing her struggle to find a foothold in the city. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of an impulsive young woman misunderstood and mistreated by those around her, and of her ultimately tragic affair with an up-and-coming conductor" (Criterion).
Meeting Room 302
Cabin Fever Writing Workshop
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Looking to be a part of a friendly writing community? Free and open to adult writers of all levels, this winter the Bubbler will be hosting a four-week all-genre workshop. Keep your creative flame alive throughout our darkest months! This class will be instructed by the writer and advocate T. S. Banks.
T. S. Banks is disability justice and mental wellness advocate, poet and playwright from Madison, WI. A First Wave Scholar and graduate of UW Madison. He received his BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. T. recently launched his own Black, Queer, and Trans led arts company called Loud N UnChained Theater Co. Which is also home to LNU Publishing House, LNU Black Theater Festival and a hub of Black Creatives. Banks has published two chapbooks, "Call Me Ill" and "Left".
Each workshop is free with advance registration. We encourage you to register and attend all consecutive sessions in February, but it is not mandatory. Registration is open and will remain open for the span of the workshop.
If you have any questions about signing up, please contact workshops coordinator Aaron Fai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lakeview Book Discussion of "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
Join us around the fireplace for a book discussion of "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders. New members always welcome!
From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional statecalled, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardoa monumental struggle erupts over young Willies soul.
Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fictions ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
Peace and Justice Book Circle - Educated by Tara Westover
Peace and Justice Book Circle meets monthly on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 7:45p.m. at the Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S Park St., Madison. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation if you are interested in the topic regardless of whether or not you have read the book.
Meeting Room 115