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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: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S. Gammon Rd
Pinney Playdate @ the YMCA
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.
While Pinney Library is closed, this program will be held at the Lussier Family East YMCA [711 Cottage Grove Road] in the first floor studio room, and is free and open to all.
Lussier Family East YMCA (711 Cottage Grove 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
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!
April 1, 2020 is Census Day and only 2 months from now! The Census Bureau needs to hire a lot of Madison residents to ensure a complete count of everyone who lives here - especially people who will not initially participate by phone, mail, or website. Recruiters from the U.S. Census will be spreading awareness and helping people apply on the spot with Applicant Days. Following up with every missed individual requires the work of many Census Takers. It's a great part-time job that will pay $17-$23 an hour in Dane County. (ages 18 and up)
Preschool Art Class with Amy Mietzel - Foam Cupcake 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.
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
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!
April 1, 2020 is Census Day and only 6 weeks from now! The Census Bureau needs to hire a lot of Madison residents to ensure a complete count of everyone who lives here - especially people who will not initially participate by phone, mail, or website. Recruiters from the U.S. Census will be spreading awareness and helping people apply on the spot with Applicant Days. Following up with every missed individual requires the work of many Census Takers. It's a great part-time job that will pay $17-$23 an hour in Dane County. (ages 18 and up)
CANCELLED-Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Group: All the Birds in the Sky
If you enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy books, this book group is the one for you! This month we will be discussing All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.
An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering wunderkind) may just be in love with each other.
As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.
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
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!
April 1, 2020 is Census Day and only 6 weeks from now! The Census Bureau needs to hire a lot of Madison residents to ensure a complete count of everyone who lives here - especially people who will not initially participate by phone, mail, or website. Recruiters from the U.S. Census will be spreading awareness and helping people apply on the spot with Applicant Days. Following up with every missed individual requires the work of many Census Takers. It's a great part-time job that will pay $17-$23/hour in Dane County. (ages 18 and up)
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.
Tribute to Our Elders: Speak and Song
This is a tribute to Joe McClain, community activists, and our elders. It includes a conversation about why elders are important and necessary to Black legacy with additional information about the Committee for a Black History Museum in Madison. Joe McClain testimonials are welcomed. Precious Memories Choir, a choir made up of people with memory loss, their caregivers, family and friends, will sing. A Soul food tribute, with historical African Americans dishes, featuring African American food from local African American caterer, Ruthies Chili Spot will be offered.
Meeting Room 115
SCALE Class (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 Ezi for more information or to register for the class session, (January 24, 2019 through May 2, 2019), at 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.
Cabin Fever Writing Workshop
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. This class will be led by some of Madisons brightest minds and will keep your creative flame alive throughout our darkest months!
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.
TO REGISTER, VISIT OUR GOOGLE FORM: https://forms.gle/tmopD4NkWziBadSC8
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "November Road" by Lou Berney
Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace to discuss "November Road" by Lou Berney. New members always welcome.
Frank Guidrys luck has finally run out.
A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now its his turnhe knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Within hours of JFKs murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects hes next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associatea dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.
Guidry knows that the first rule of running is "dont stop," but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, two little daughters and a dog in the back seat, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte reach her destination, California. If she accompanies him to Vegas, he can help her get a new car.
For her, its more than a car its an escape. Shes on the run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband whos a hopeless drunk.
Its an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hopeand find each other on the way.
Charlotte sees that hes strong and kind; Guidry discovers that shes smart and funny. He learns thats she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she cant know that hes desperate to leave his old one behind.
Another rulefugitives shouldnt fall in love, especially with each other. A road isnt just a road, its a trail, and Guidrys ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesnt want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.
Everyones expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry just cant throw away the woman hes come to love.
And it might get them both killed. -- Amazon.com
Community Room - Fireplace Side
All Books Considered: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
All Books Considered welcomes all adults to join us for casual, yet stimulating discussion of all kinds of books. We'll set aside some copies of each month's books at the library during the previous month, so be sure to come check them out! Bring your book, your opinions, and an open mind. We look forward to seeing you on third Thursdays at 7 p.m.--mark your calendars!
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Janice Kaplan for The Genius of Women
We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? New York Times bestselling journalist Janice Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the systemand celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway. Even in this time of rethinking womens roles, we define genius almost exclusively through male achievement. When asked to name a genius, people mention Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Steve Jobs. As for great women? In one survey, the only female genius anyone listed was Marie Curie.
Janice Kaplan, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, set out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using her unique mix of memoir, narrative, and inspiration, she makes surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history, in fields from music to robotics. Through interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, and dozens of women geniuses at work in the world todayincluding Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Lishe proves that genius isn't just about talent. It's about having that talent recognized, nurtured, and celebrated. Across the generations, even when they face less-than-perfect circumstances, women geniuses have created brilliant and original work. In The Genius of Women, youll learn how they ignored obstacles and broke down seemingly unshakable barriers. The geniuses in this moving, powerful, and very entertaining book provide more than inspirationthey offer a clear blueprint to everyone who wants to find her own path and move forward with passion.
Janice Kaplan has enjoyed wide success as a magazine editor, television producer, writer, and journalist. The former Editor-in-Chief of Parade magazine, she is the author or coauthor of fourteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Gratitude Diaries and I'll See You Again. She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut.
A Wisconsin Book Festival event.
Adult Beginning Knitting
Would you like to learn to knit? Sign up to learn from our experts in this four-week course! Please bring a pair of #7 or #8 needles and one skein of worsted yarn.
Study Room 104