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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 11:00am
Stories & Songs in the Alley

Stories & Songs in the Alley

*In Hawthorne Library
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
We Read...on the Spot!

We Read...on the Spot!

*In Sequoya Library
Thursday, Oct 21, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Pop in with your kids of all ages to connect with your local librarian in the children's area! Grab a recommended read, learn a new song or rhyme to do at home or an easy activity that promotes early literacy skills. Also - take the opportunity to share with others YOUR favorite recommended reads and activities you do as a family! 

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

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

Front Porch Stories and Play

Community Room
Thursday, Oct 21, 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.
 

Community Room
 
2:00pm
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, Oct 21, 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
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center

Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center

8 Straubel Ct
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 5:30pm
We Read … and Create!

We Read … and Create!

*In Lakeview Library
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Dr. Leana Wen for Lifelines

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Dr. Leana Wen for Lifelines

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 21, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

From medical expert Leana Wen, MD, Lifelines is an insider's account of public health and its crucial role—from opioid addiction to global pandemic—and an inspiring story of her journey from struggling immigrant to being one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. Dr. Wen will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, Lifelines.

About Lifelines: Leana Wen—emergency physician, former Baltimore health commissioner, CNN medical analyst, and Washington Post contributing columnist—has lived on the front lines of public health, leading the fight against the opioid epidemic, outbreaks of infectious disease, maternal and infant mortality, and COVID-19 disinformation. Here, in gripping detail, Wen lays bare the lifesaving work of public health and its innovative approach to social ills, treating gun violence as a contagious disease, for example, and racism as a threat to health.

Wen also tells her own uniquely American story: an immigrant from China, she and her family received food stamps and were at times homeless despite her parents working multiple jobs. That child went on to attend college at thirteen, become a Rhodes scholar, and turn to public health as the way to make a difference in the country that had offered her such possibilities. Ultimately, she insists, it is public health that ensures citizens are not robbed of decades of life, and that where children live does not determine whether they live.

*Offsite
 
4:15pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

4114 Donald Dr
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
5:30pm
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Roya Hakakian for A Beginner's Guide to America

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Roya Hakakian for A Beginner's Guide to America

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 21, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

A stirring, witty, and poignant glimpse into the bewildering American immigrant experience from someone who has lived it. Also, a mirror held up to America. Hakakian will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, A Beginner's Guide to America.

About A Beginner's Guide to America: Into the maelstrom of unprecedented contemporary debates about immigrants in the United States, this perfectly timed book gives us a portrait of what the new immigrant experience in America is really like. Written as a "guide" for the newly arrived, and providing "practical information and advice," Roya Hakakian, an immigrant herself, reveals what those who settle here love about the country, what they miss about their homes, the cruelty of some Americans, and the unceasing generosity of others. She captures the texture of life in a new place in all its complexity, laying bare both its beauty and its darkness as she discusses race, sex, love, death, consumerism, and what it is like to be from a country that is in America's crosshairs. Her tenderly perceptive and surprisingly humorous account invites us to see ourselves as we appear to others, making it possible for us to rediscover our many American gifts through the perspective of the outsider. In shattering myths and embracing painful contradictions that are unique to this place, A Beginner's Guide to America is Hakakian's candid love letter to America.

*Offsite
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Studio
Thursday, Oct 21, 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 7:45pm
Author Matthew Jallow "Anthology of an Exiled African Dissident"

Author Matthew Jallow "Anthology of an Exiled African Dissident"

Community Room
Thursday, Oct 21, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Madison resident Matthew K. Jallow will discuss his new book, “Anthology of an Exiled African Dissident: How a Diaspora Movement Toppled a Government and Exiled a Dictator” Mr. Jallow will provide background history to his coming to America and the writing of his book. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase, book signing will follow the book talk and a question-and-answer period.  Call Hawthorne Library (608)-246-4548 for more information.

Community Room
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jo Handelsman for A World Without Soil

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jo Handelsman for A World Without Soil

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 21, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A scientist’s manifesto addressing a soil loss crisis accelerated by poor conservation practices and climate change. This book by celebrated biologist Jo Handelsman lays bare the complex connections among climate change, soil erosion, food and water security, and drug discovery. Humans depend on soil for 95 percent of global food production, yet let it erode at unsustainable rates. In the United States, China, and India, vast tracts of farmland will be barren of topsoil within this century. The combination of intensifying erosion caused by climate change and the increasing food needs of a growing world population is creating a desperate need for solutions to this crisis.

Location: Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum

 

Writing for a nonspecialist audience, Jo Handelsman celebrates the capacities of soil and explores the soil-related challenges of the near future. She begins by telling soil’s origin story, explains how it erodes and the subsequent repercussions worldwide, and offers solutions. She considers lessons learned from indigenous people who have sustainably farmed the same land for thousands of years, practices developed for large-scale agriculture, and proposals using technology and policy initiatives.

 

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

*Offsite
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Oct 21, 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
 
6:30pm
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

Patio
Thursday, Oct 21, 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.

 

Patio
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Big Ideas for Busy People: How Do We Know What We Know

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Big Ideas for Busy People: How Do We Know What We Know

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 21, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This popular, fast-paced event featuring five-minute flash talks from some of UW-Madison’s biggest brains is back! Join us for a fun-filled evening as we explore how we know what we know. The oderated by Eric Wilcots, Dean of the College of Letters & Science.

Location: Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum 

Featuring:

  • John Hawks, anthropology, Where did we come from and who are we?
  • Amy Barger, astronomy, How do we know how old the universe is?
  • Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute for Research, How do we know how animals develop?
  • Hilary Dugan, integrative biology, How do we know climate change is real? Lakes as a chronicle of our changing planet
  • Keith Findley, law, How can we really know who dunnit – the Wisconsin Innocence Project
  • Anne Pringle, botany, How can we know where fungi are – and aren’t?

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.

*Offsite
 
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Adult Graphic Novel Bookclub Discussion of Invisible Kingdom Vol by G. Willow Wilson

Adult Graphic Novel Bookclub Discussion of Invisible Kingdom Vol by G. Willow Wilson

Reading Room
Thursday, Oct 21, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us at Pinney Library the third Thursday of every month to discuss a different graphic novel! Books available at Pinney Library. 

 

In October we’ll be discussing Invisible Kingdom Vol 1 by G Willow Wilson (author) & Christian Ward (illustrator)

 

In a small solar system in a far-flung galaxy, two women—one a young religious acolyte and the other, a hard-bitten freighter pilot—uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming mega-corporation.

On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie—and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth.” 

 

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

 

Reading Room
 
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Carol Anderson for The Second

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Carol Anderson for The Second

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 21, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and
how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a “pro-gun” nor an “anti-gun” book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans. Anderson will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, The Second. 

About The Second: From the eighteenth century, when it was encoded into law that the enslaved could not own, carry, or use a firearm whatsoever, until today, with measures to expand and curtail gun ownership aimed disproportionately at the African American population, the right to bear arms has been consistently used as a weapon to keep African Americans powerless—revealing that armed or unarmed, Blackness, it would seem, is the threat that must be neutralized and punished.

Throughout American history to the twenty-first century, regardless of the laws, court decisions, and changing political environment, the Second has consistently meant this: That the second a Black person exercises this right, the second they pick up a gun to protect themselves (or the second that they don't), their life—as surely as Philando Castile's, Tamir Rice's, Alton Sterling's—may be snatched away in that single, fatal second. Through compelling historical narrative merging into the unfolding events of today Anderson's penetrating investigation shows that the Second Amendment is not about guns but about anti-Blackness, shedding shocking new light on another dimension of racism in America.

*Offsite
 
8:30pm
8:30pm to 9:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Miriam Toews for Fight Night

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Miriam Toews for Fight Night

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 21, 8:30pm to 9:30pm

Alternating between the exuberant, precocious voice of young Swiv and her irrepressible, tenacious Grandma, Fight Night, is a love letter to mothers and grandmothers, and to all the women who are still fighting—painfully, ferociously—for a way to live on their own terms. Author Miriam Toews will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, Fight Night.

About Fight Night: “You're a small thing,” Grandma writes, “and you must learn to fight.” Swiv's Grandma, Elvira, has been fighting all her life. From her upbringing in a strict religious community, she has fought those who wanted to take away her joy, her independence, and her spirit. She has fought to make peace with her loved ones when they have chosen to leave her. And now, even as her health fails, Grandma is fighting for her family: for her daughter, partnerless and in the third term of a pregnancy; and for her granddaughter Swiv, a spirited nine-year-old who has been suspended from school. Cramped together in their Toronto home, on the precipice of extraordinary change, Grandma and Swiv undertake a vital new project, setting out to explain their lives in letters they will never send.

*Offsite