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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time Items
All day
 
9:00am
BUBBLER CLOSED 9-12
Bubbler
 
9:30am
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

*In Alicia Ashman Library
Thursday, Feb 20, 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

*In Alicia Ashman Library
 
Pinney Playdate @ the YMCA

Pinney Playdate @ the YMCA

Thursday, Feb 20, 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. 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.

 
10:00am
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

*In Meadowridge Library
Thursday, Feb 20, 10:00am to 2:00pm

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)

*In Meadowridge Library
 
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Feb 20, 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 - Foam Cupcake Art

Preschool Art Class with Amy Mietzel - Foam Cupcake Art

Community Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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 Little Eliot Big City by Mike Curato and we will make colorful foam cupcake art.

Community Room
 
11:00am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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.

Youth Program Room
 
11:30am
Book Baby

Book Baby

Meeting Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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 Combined
Thursday, Feb 20, 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 Combined
 
1:00pm
Spanish Literature Group

Spanish Literature Group

Meeting Room A
Thursday, Feb 20, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Presentado por University League en asociaci�n con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos los libros y las discusiones est�n completamente en espa�ol. 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
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

*In Central Library
Thursday, Feb 20, 2:00pm to 6:00pm

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)

*In Central Library
 
3:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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

Knitting at the Library

*In Meadowridge Library
Thursday, Feb 20, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.

*In Meadowridge Library
 
4:00pm
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Feb 20, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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
 
Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview

Cooking & Creating @ Lakeview

Teen Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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
 
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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
 
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Feb 20, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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
 
5:00pm
Open Media Lab

Open Media Lab

Media Lab
Thursday, Feb 20, 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 and B Combined
Thursday, Feb 20, 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 and B Combined
 
6:00pm
SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

Community Room A
Thursday, Feb 20, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

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
 
Tribute to Our Elders: Speak and Song

Tribute to Our Elders: Speak and Song

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Feb 20, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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 Ruthie�s Chili Spot will be offered.

Meeting Room 115
 
Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 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
 
6:30pm
Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "November Road" by Lou Berney

Lakeview Mystery Book Group Discussion of "November Road" by Lou Berney

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Feb 20, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Lakeview's Mystery Book Group: Join us around the fireplace to discuss "November Road" by Lou Berney. New members always welcome. Synopsis: Set against the assassination of JFK a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America�a story of unexpected connections daring possibilities and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone. Frank Guidry�s 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 it�s his turn�he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Within hours of JFK�s murder everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead and Guidry suspects he�s 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 associate�a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish. Guidry knows that the first rule of running is "don�t 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 it�s more than a car� it�s an escape. She�s on the run too from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who�s a hopeless drunk. It�s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west a dream a hope�and find each other on the way. Charlotte sees that he�s strong and kind; Guidry discovers that she�s smart and funny. He learns that�s she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she can�t know that he�s desperate to leave his old one behind. Another rule�fugitives shouldn�t fall in love especially with each other. A road isn�t just a road it�s a trail and Guidry�s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn�t want to just survive he wants to really live maybe for the first time. Everyone�s expendable or they should be but now Guidry just can�t throw away the woman he�s come to love. And it might get them both killed. -- Amazon.com

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
Cabin Fever Writing Workshop

Cabin Fever Writing Workshop

Bubbler
Thursday, Feb 20, 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. This class will be led by some of Madison�s 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 aaronfai@gmail.com. TO REGISTER VISIT OUR GOOGLE FORM: https://forms.gle/tmopD4NkWziBadSC8

Bubbler
 
Intro to Pranic Healing

Intro to Pranic Healing

Meeting Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join certified Pranic Healer and instructor Stephanie Toney to learn about using prana or energy to improve your overall well being. You�ll be taught to scan or feel prana using your hands learn simple but effective techniques to relieve aches & pains reduce stress and increase overall energy levels you�ll learn breathing exercises and also do a guided meditation on loving kindness. (Registration appreciated but not required).

Meeting Room
 
7:00pm
Adult Beginning Knitting
Study Room 104
 
All Books Considered: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

All Books Considered: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Study Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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!

Study Room
 
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Janice Kaplan for THE GENIUS OF WOMEN

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Janice Kaplan for THE GENIUS OF WOMEN

Madison Room
Thursday, Feb 20, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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 system�and celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway. Even in this time of rethinking women�s 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 today�including Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li�she 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 you�ll learn how they ignored obstacles and broke down seemingly unshakable barriers. The geniuses in this moving powerful and very entertaining book provide more than inspiration�they offer a clear blueprint to everyone who wants to find her own path and move forward with passion.

Madison Room
 
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Janice Kaplan for The Genius of Women

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Janice Kaplan for The Genius of Women

*In Central Library
Thursday, Feb 20, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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 system�and celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway. Even in this time of rethinking women�s 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 today�including Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li�she 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 you�ll learn how they ignored obstacles and broke down seemingly unshakable barriers. The geniuses in this moving powerful and very entertaining book provide more than inspiration�they 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. https://www.wisconsinbookfestival.org/events/genius-women

*In Central Library