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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
All day
 
9:00am
BUBBLER CLOSED 9-12
Bubbler
 
2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

2020 Census Applicant Days - Work for the Census!

*In Central Library
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)

*In Central Library
 
9:30am
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

*In Alicia Ashman Library
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. 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 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.

 
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

Youth 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.

Youth 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 Combined
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 Combined
 
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
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

*In Meadowridge Library
Thursday, Feb 27, 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
 
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
 
4:00pm
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
4:30pm
Madison Public Library Board
Conference Room 104
 
5:00pm
Teen Tech Time
*In Hawthorne Library
 
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 and 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 and B Combined
 
6:00pm
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 Combined
 
Be who you are! 5th annual �Jazz & Friends� Community Readings
*In Sequoya Library
 
Be who you are! 5th annual �Jazz & Friends� Community Readings (English/Spanish)

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

*In Lakeview Library
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. Acomp��ennos a la lectura comunitaria del libro I Am Jazz [Soy Jazz]. Este libro fue co-escrito por Jazz Jennings una pionera trasg�nero sobre su experiencia como ni�a trasg�nero. La lectura empieza a las 6:15pm con actividades en el area de ni�os empezando a las 6pm.

*In Lakeview Library
 
Be who you are! 5th annual �Jazz & Friends� Community Readings
*In Alicia Ashman Library
 
SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

SCALE Class (Literacy Network)

Community Rooms A and B Combined
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 Rooms A and B Combined
 
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
 
6:30pm
The Salad Days Book Club - The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni

The Salad Days Book Club - The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni

*In Hawthorne Library
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)

*In Hawthorne Library
 
The Salad Days Book Club - The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni
*Offsite
 
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