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Events Calendar

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

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time Items
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9:00am
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

Thursday, Feb 27, 9:00am to 2:00pm

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)

 
BUBBLER CLOSED 9-12
Bubbler
 
9:30am
Pinney Playdate @ the YMCA

Pinney Playdate @ the YMCA

Lussier Family East YMCA (711 Cottage Grove Rd)
Thursday, Feb 27, 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.

Lussier Family East YMCA (711 Cottage Grove Rd)
 
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

Thursday, Feb 27, 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.

*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 27, 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
 
11:00am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Children's Program Room
Thursday, Feb 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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
Thursday Book Group discusses Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Thursday Book Group discusses Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Meeting Room B
Thursday, Feb 27, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics hat will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland.

New members always welcome. Copies of the current book are available at the Ask Here Desk while supplies last.

Meeting Room B
 
Assistance with job searching, resume writing, interview skills and more!

Assistance with job searching, resume writing, interview skills and more!

Study Room
Thursday, Feb 27, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

"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!

Study Room
 
3:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Personal Archiving Lab Drop-In Tutorial

Local History Room
Thursday, Feb 27, 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
 
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct)
 
Knitting at the Library
 
4:00pm
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Meeting Room
Thursday, Feb 27, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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).

Meeting Room
 
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Study Room
Thursday, Feb 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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
 
4:30pm
Madison Public Library Board
Conference Room 104
 
Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

Sandburg Elementary School (4114 Donald Dr)
Thursday, Feb 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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
Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings
 
Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings
 
SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

Community Room A
Thursday, Feb 27, 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
 
Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings
 
Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings
 
Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings
 
Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison

Community Room
Thursday, Feb 27, 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
 
Friends of Lakeview Library Annual Meeting with guest speaker Dennis McCann
Community Room
 
African American History in Madison

African American History in Madison

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Feb 27, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Come enjoy local history buffs Pia James and Char Braxton pay tribute to their legacies in Madison through a discussion of Madison past, present and future. James was the first African American woman police officer and Char Braxton is on staff with the Odyssey Program. Both are from African American families who have lived in Madison for generations. There will also be a Soul food meal featuring African American food from local African American caterer, Ruthie’s Chili Spot.

Meeting Room 115
 
Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings (English/Spanish)

Be who you are! 5th annual ‘Jazz & Friends’ Community Readings (English/Spanish)

Thursday, Feb 27, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join MMSD guest readers for community readings of 'I am Jazz', a book co-written by transgender trailblazer Jazz Jennings about her experience as a transgender girl.

Readings begin at 6:15pm, with activities available starting at 6pm in the children’s area.

5° aniversario de las lecturas comunitarias de Jazz y sus amigos.

Acompáñennos a la lectura comunitaria del libro I Am Jazz [Soy Jazz].
Este libro fue co-escrito por Jazz Jennings una pionera trasgénero sobre
su experiencia como niña trasgénero.

La lectura empieza a las 6:15pm, con actividades en el area de niños empezando a las 6pm.

 
6:30pm
The Salad Days Book Club - The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni

The Salad Days Book Club - The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni

Thursday, Feb 27, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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 Lightkeepers by Abby Geni ~

In The Lightkeepers, we follow Miranda, a nature photographer who travels to the Farallon Islands, an exotic and dangerous archipelago off the coast of California, for a one-year residency capturing the landscape. Her only companions are the scientists studying there, odd and quirky refugees from the mainland living in rustic conditions; they document the fish populations around the island, the bold trio of sharks called the Sisters that hunt the surrounding waters, and the overwhelming bird population who, at times, create the need to wear hard hats as protection from their attacks.

Shortly after her arrival, Miranda is assaulted by one of the inhabitants of the islands. A few days later, her assailant is found dead, perhaps the result of an accident. As the novel unfolds, Miranda gives witness to the natural wonders of this special place as she grapples with what has happened to her and deepens her connection (and her suspicions) to her companions, while falling under the thrall of the legends of the place nicknamed “the Islands of the Dead.” And when more violence occurs, each member of this strange community falls under suspicion. (from the publisher)

 
Cabin Fever Writing Workshop

Cabin Fever Writing Workshop

Bubbler
Thursday, Feb 27, 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
 
7:00pm
Adult Beginning Knitting
Study Room 104