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

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time Items
All day
 
9am
9:00am to 9:00pm
Give feedback on the City of Madison's redistricting plans!
*In Sequoya Library
 
10am
10:00am to 11:00am
Stories & Songs in the Alley

Stories & Songs in the Alley

*In Hawthorne Library
Thursday, Sep 23, 10:00am to 11:00am

Come to this storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (birth-5) in Mural Alley behind the Hawthorne Library! A happy blend of stories, songs, rhymes and a small craft. We look forward to seeing you! These events will take place outdoors - please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of rain, the program will be cancelled. Masks are strongly encouraged at all outdoor library events for those age 2 and up.

*In Hawthorne Library
 
10am
10:30am to 12:15pm
Front Porch Stories and Play

Front Porch Stories and Play

Study Room
Thursday, Sep 23, 10:30am to 12:15pm

Storytime has returned! Join us in front of the library for stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Stay after the stories for some fun, child-directed play! All ages welcome.  Note: There is a parking lot right next to this sidewalk area. We will do our best to set the space up in a way that will encourage participants to stay on the sidewalk, but if you have a toddler that likes to escape, this location might not be the best fit for your family. You know your child best!

These events will take place outdoors - please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will be held in the library's meeting room with the doors open. In the event of really horrible weather (snowstorm, bitter cold, driving rain, etc.) that would make opening the doors impractical, the event will be cancelled. Please check the library's calendar the morning of the event if you're unsure of the weather. Per order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, masks are required in all indoor spaces and strongly encouraged at all outdoor library events for those age 2 and up.
 

Study Room
 
1pm
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Go Big Read Book Discussion of Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Go Big Read Book Discussion of Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Sep 23, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for a discussion of the 2021-22 UW-Madison Go Big Read selection, Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library up to one month before the discussion. 

About the book: Gifty is a PhD candidate in neuroscience studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the church in which she was raised. It’s a moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants in a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

For more information about Go Big Read at Madison Public Library, see madisonpubliclibrary.org/go-big-read.

Per order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, masks are required in all indoor spaces for those age 2 and up.

 

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
2pm
2:00pm to 6:00pm
MMSD FYCE Open Family Hours at Lakeview Library

MMSD FYCE Open Family Hours at Lakeview Library

Study Room 1
Thursday, Sep 23, 2:00pm to 6:00pm

MMSD's Family, Youth and Community Engagement (FYCE) coordinator will be onsite to meet with parents, caregivers and youth to inform and answer any questions about MMSD. 

Please email us at fyce@madison.k12.wi.us or text/call at (608) 620-4036‬ to set up a time on Thurs from 2-6pm to stop by and connect. See you at the library! 

Study Room 1
 
3pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center

Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center

8 Straubel Ct
Thursday, Sep 23, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Visit the Dream Bus to pick up a We Read bag with age appropriate library books and hands-on activities, or for your other library activities like outdoor browsing, check out and returns, placing holds and holds pickup, or to register for a library card.

8 Straubel Ct
 
3pm
3:30pm to 5:30pm
It Takes a Village Afterschool Enrichment

It Takes a Village Afterschool Enrichment

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Sep 23, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

This installment will include various activities to enhance the ability for neighborhood youth to be: celebrated, heard, and supported. Through being able to socialize, safe communication, and program input, this safe space will include Arts & crafts, video games, and just safe gathering.

Meeting Room 115
 
3:30pm to 5:30pm
We Read … and Create!

We Read … and Create!

*In Lakeview Library
Thursday, Sep 23, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Drop-in on Thursdays at Lakeview Library for all sorts of creative projects and activities. For families, groups, and all ages. These events will take place outdoors, on the sidewalk in front of the library.  Please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Per order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, masks are required in all indoor spaces and strongly encouraged at all outdoor library events for those age 2 and up.

*In Lakeview Library
 
4pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Sep 23, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more.

Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone, or in person.

MWA services are made possible through generous donations from the Evjue Foundation and UW Anonymous Fund, along with administrative and program support from the UW-Madison English Department, the UW-Madison Writing Center, and our Library and neighborhood center partners. 

Family Study Room
 
4:15pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

4114 Donald Dr
Thursday, Sep 23, 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Visit the Dream Bus to pick up a We Read bag with age appropriate library books and hands-on activities, or for your other library activities like outdoor browsing, check out and returns, placing holds and holds pickup, or to register for a library card.

4114 Donald Dr
 
5pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Sep 23, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more.

Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone, or in person.

MWA services are made possible through generous donations from the Evjue Foundation and UW Anonymous Fund, along with administrative and program support from the UW-Madison English Department, the UW-Madison Writing Center, and our Library and neighborhood center partners.

Family Study Room
 
5pm
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Stranger Diaries" by Elly Griffiths

Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Stranger Diaries" by Elly Griffiths

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Sep 23, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Join us as we discuss "The Stranger Diaries" by Elly Griffiths.  Books are available at the library. New members always welcome.

 

Synopsis: 

"Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she even teaches a course on him. But when one of Clare’s colleagues is found dead, with a line from Holland’s iconic story “The Stranger” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with her favorite literature.

The police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her diary, the only outlet for her suspicions and fears. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn't hers, left on the page of an old diary:

Hallo Clare. You don’t know me.

Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?" -- Amazon.com

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
6pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Studio
Thursday, Sep 23, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Gathers most Thursday evenings! Middle and high school students can meet other aspiring authors, bounce ideas off one another, share their stories, and feel the creativity flow! Writing club is led by local author Carole Madrzak.

Studio
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Sep 23, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Madison Writing Assistance (MWA) program offers free, one-to-one writing support for community members at library branches throughout the city. Our friendly, experienced writing coaches are happy to help with writing projects across a wide range of genres, including resumes, cover letters, application essays, grant proposals, fiction writing, memoirs, and more.

Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone, or in person.

MWA services are made possible through generous donations from the Evjue Foundation and UW Anonymous Fund, along with administrative and program support from the UW-Madison English Department, the UW-Madison Writing Center, and our Library and neighborhood center partners. 

Family Study Room
 
6pm
6:30pm to 7:00pm
We Read Bilingual Storytime / Nosotros leemos hora de cuentos bilingüe

We Read Bilingual Storytime / Nosotros leemos hora de cuentos bilingüe

Thursday, Sep 23, 6:30pm to 7:00pm

A short mix of books, songs, and activities in English and Spanish, followed by time for open-ended play, designed to share literacy skills and a love of reading. For kids up to age 5 with their caregivers. Siblings welcome.

This event will take place outdoors on the Pinney Patio - please dress appropriately for the weather. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled. Per order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, masks are required in all indoor spaces for those age 2 and up.

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Una breve mezcla de libros, canciones, y actividades en inglés y español, con tiempo para el juego abierto, diseñado para compartir habilidades de alfabetización y el amor por la lectura. Para niños de hasta 5 años, con sus cuidadores. Hermanos son bienvenidos.

Este evento tomará lugar en el patio - favor de vestirse para el clima. En caso de lluvia o nieve, el programa será cancelado. Según la Orden Pública del Public Health Madison & Dane County, se requiere que todas las personas de dos años o más usen una mascarilla cuando se encuentren en espacios cerrados.

 

 
7pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Go Big Read Book Discussion of Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Go Big Read Book Discussion of Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Sep 23, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a discussion of the 2021-22 UW-Madison Go Big Read selection, Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the library up to one month before the discussion. 

About the book: Gifty is a PhD candidate in neuroscience studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the church in which she was raised. It’s a moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants in a novel about faith, science, religion, love.

For more information about Go Big Read at Madison Public Library, see madisonpubliclibrary.org/go-big-read.

Per order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, masks are required in all indoor spaces for those age 2 and up.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined