Grab a FREE cup of coffee juice and a pastry! Chat with library staff hangout or just stop by to check it out. Tuesday mornings from 9-10 am in the Bubbler Room on ground floor by the Mifflin entrance. No registration required. Everyone is welcome! *** Please note: there will be no Coffee & Conversation on Tuesday February 18 ***
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(FULL) Tax Assistance
Free assistance from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. The VITA program is an IRS and Wisconsin DOR initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved. In conjunction with the AARP the VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $56 000 or less persons with disabilities the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Some situations are outside the scope of the service -- ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2019 to use this service. **Tax assistance at Sequoya is by appointment only. Come in or call 266-6385 to register. We will begin taking appointments on January 21. The VITA program is an IRS and Wisconsin DOR initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved. In conjunction with the AARP the VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $56 000 or less persons with disabilities the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Some situations are outside the scope of the service -- ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2019 to use this service. **Tax assistance at Sequoya is by appointment only. Come in or call 266-6385 to register. We will begin taking appointments on January 21.
Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Meeting of Minds
Madison Public Library and the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin are partnering on Meeting of the Minds. Meeting of the Minds is a memory enhancement program for those with memory loss mild cognitive impairment early Alzheimer's or other dementia to help maximize cognitive function and sustain quality of life. Activities includes: memory enhancement activities and intellectual exercises; Tai Chi-based exercise for balance gentle strengthening breathing and stress reduction; creative expression and mindfulness techniques Space is limited. Pre-registration and an informational interview are REQUIRED prior to attending. Contact Noreen Kralapp Dementia Outreach Specialist at 608-661-0463 for more information and to register.
Meeting Room 301
NewBridge and Alicia Ashman are pleased to be able to offer this Mindful Movement series for 2020! Join fitness and mindfulness coach Venus Washington to explore the mind/body connection. Especially designed for seniors but open to any adult interested Venus will help you start wherever you are on your fitness journey (even if you haven't begun it yet!). Perfect for beginners and anyone interested in getting moving and learning that how you think affects the way you move; and how you move affects the way you think. Be prepared for movement but at a level that's right and safe for you. Please register for each class separately. Space is limited so call to reserve your spot: 824-1780. Registration opens 2 weeks before each session.
Spanish Family Storytime - Arte Baile y Cuentos
�Acomp��enos para escuchar cuentos y cantar en espa�ol con la Maestra Barbara! Para ni�os de todas las edades y sus familias. Join us for stories and songs in Spanish with Maestra Barbara! For kids of all ages and families.
Meeting Room 115
A mix of stories songs and activities designed to share literacy skills and a love of reading. For toddlers and preschoolers with their caregivers. Groups welcome. January 14 - April 21
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help
Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind including school assignments resumes and cover letters personal letters applications forms newsletters articles memoirs poems and absolutely any other kinds of writing. Appointments for writing assistance may be made the week of assistance. Call 266-6395 to make a 45-minute appointment. Due to high demand you are encouraged to call as soon as the library opens (Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or Saturdays at 9 a.m.) Madison Writing Assistance is a free service is provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center and is made possible through the generous support of the Evjue Foundation the UW Anonymous Fund Altrusa Internaional of Madison and the UW-Madison Writing Center.
Aqua Room 128
Enjoy rhymes bounces books and songs 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. For babies birth to 15 months old with an adult. January 14 - April 21
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 Combined
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
Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun at the library and connect to the library's private servers for a customized gameplay experience using MinecraftEDU. No account necessary. Ages 17 and under. Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance. Minecraft programming funded by a gift from the Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Foundation.
Community Room - Table Side
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: 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.
SCALE (Skills in Computer and Literacy Education) - 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 for more information or to register for the class session (Tuesdays Sept. 17-Dec. 17) 608-244-3911 ext. 10 More classes at Literacy Network http://www.litnetwork.org
Writing & Editing Assistance
One-on-one appointments are available to get help with writing and editing projects. Examples of projects include resumes job application letters creative writing such as fiction (short stories or novels) poetry drama screenplays memoir or other kinds of creative non-fiction. You can get help with proofreading and editing or you can discuss a larger vision for a writing project and how best to reach your writing goals. Sign up for a free one hour session of one-on-one assistance by calling 266-6350.
Study Room 204
10 Mistakes I Made in My Garden So You Don't Have To
If you�re not getting real results from your garden then gardening isn�t as rewarding of a pastime as it could be. Although trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she�s made in her (and others�) gardens so you can avoid them in your own and have lots more fun and success each season. Call 246-4547 or register online beginning Feb. 25.
Community Room - Fireplace Side