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

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Time Items
All day
 
Before 9:30am
BUBBLER CLOSED 9-12
Bubbler
 
9:30am
Pinney Playdate

Pinney Playdate

Thursday, Feb 6, 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.

 
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

Thursday, Feb 6, 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. Spring series #1 ends March 12.

*Note: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Rd

 
10:00am
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Feb 6, 10:00am to 12:00pm

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
Free!

Study Room 211
 
10:30am
Preschool Art Class with Amy Mietzel - Animal Art

Preschool Art Class with Amy Mietzel - Animal Art

Community Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 10:30am to 11:15am

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.

Community Room
 
11:00am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Children's Program Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 11:00am to 11:40am

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
 
11:30am
Book Baby

Book Baby

Meeting Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 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
NewBridge Senior Center Lunches

NewBridge Senior Center Lunches

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
Thursday, Feb 6, 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
 
12:30pm
[FULL] Tax Assistance

[FULL] Tax Assistance

Community Room - Table Side
Thursday, Feb 6, 12:30pm to 4:30pm

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
 
1:00pm
Spanish Literature Group

Spanish Literature Group

Meeting Room A
Thursday, Feb 6, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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
 
2:00pm
Thursday Book Club- "Another Brooklyn"
Meeting Room
 
3:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:00pm to 7:00pm

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
 
Knitting at the Library
 
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct)
 
3:30pm
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

YS Study Room 1
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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.

YS Study Room 1
 
4:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 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
 
Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview

Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview

Teen Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 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!
Thursdays, Jan 9 - May 28, 4:00-5:00pm

Teen Room
 
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Feb 6, 4:00pm to 4:45pm

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
 
4:30pm
Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

Sandburg Elementary School (4114 Donald Dr)
Thursday, Feb 6, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Get a library card, browse and check out materials, return items, place and pick up holds, and use the free WiFi.

Sandburg Elementary School (4114 Donald Dr)
 
5:00pm
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thursday, Feb 6, 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:
TBA

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
 
5:30pm
Witnessing Whiteness

Witnessing Whiteness

Meeting Rooms A & B Combined
Thursday, Feb 6, 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Thursdays,Feb 6 - Apr 23
(no class Mar 19 or Apr 2)

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
develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity, inclusion and race.

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
 
6:00pm
Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thursday, Feb 6, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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.

Community Room
 
MPL/MMSD
Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen
 
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Thursday, Feb 6, 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.

 
6:30pm
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents La vérité (1960)

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents La vérité (1960)

Meeting Room 302
Thursday, Feb 6, 6:30pm to 8:45pm

"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 Dominique’s fate, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 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

Cabin Fever Writing Workshop

Bubbler
Thursday, Feb 6, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

TO REGISTER, VISIT OUR GOOGLE FORM: https://forms.gle/tmopD4NkWziBadSC8

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 aaronfai@gmail.com.

TO REGISTER, VISIT OUR GOOGLE FORM: https://forms.gle/tmopD4NkWziBadSC8

Bubbler
 
Lakeview Book Discussion of "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

Lakeview Book Discussion of "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Feb 6, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us around the fireplace for a book discussion of "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders. New members always welcome!

Synopsis:
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body.

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 state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s 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 fiction’s 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 - Educated by Tara Westover

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Feb 6, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

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