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Friday, October 22, 2021

Time Items
All day
 
10am
10:00am to 11:00am
Loud at The Library Storytime
Meeting Room 115
 
1pm
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Fourth Friday Poetry Group

Fourth Friday Poetry Group

Community Room - Table Side
Friday, Oct 22, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Come to read; come to listen; come to celebrate poetry with this group of fellow poets and poetry aficionados.

Community Room - Table Side
 
3pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at Wisconsin Youth Company

Dream Bus at Wisconsin Youth Company

1201 McKenna Blvd
Friday, Oct 22, 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.

1201 McKenna Blvd
 
4pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Rob Kenner for The Marathon Don't Stop

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Rob Kenner for The Marathon Don't Stop

*Offsite
Friday, Oct 22, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

This “beautiful tribute to a legendary artist” (Quincy Jones) is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up. Rob Kenner will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss his new book, THE MARATHON DON'T STOP, in conversation with members of the First Wave Cohort from the University of Wisconsin.

About The Marathon Don't Stop: For Nipsey Hussle, “The Marathon” was more than a mixtape title or the name of a clothing store; it was a way of life, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of excellence and the willpower required to overcome adversity day after day. Hussle was determined to win the race to success on his own terms, and he wanted to see his whole community in the winner’s circle with him. A moving and powerful exploration of an extraordinary artist, The Marathon Don’t Stop places Hussle in historical context and unpacks his complex legacy. Combining on-the-ground reporting and candid interviews, “Rob Kenner has given us the book the world—and hip-hop and pop culture—has been waiting for…one that should be celebrated alongside the best biographies ever about iconic figures we have loved—and lost” (Kevin Powell, author of When We Free the World).

*Offsite
 
4:15pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Lussier Community Center

Dream Bus at Lussier Community Center

55 S Gammon Rd
Friday, Oct 22, 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.

55 S Gammon Rd
 
5pm
5:00pm to 9:00pm
MPL and Native American Storyteller-in-Residence at the Madison Night Market (Top of State Street)

MPL and Native American Storyteller-in-Residence at the Madison Night Market (Top of State Street)

Madison Night Market Logo
*Offsite
Friday, Oct 22, 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Stop by Madison Public Library's table (Top of State St.) at this month's Madison Night Market. The Market will be located along State Street and Gilman Street in the heart of downtown Madison, and where library staff will join vendors showcasing handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods and fresh produce.

Sign up for a library card, make some Ho-Chunk applique art with Storyteller-in-Residence Andi Cloud, or just say hello! 

The event includes live music, artists, special visiting food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences.

The Madison Night Market is presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison. For more info, go to MadisonNightMarket.com

Masks are strongly encouraged at all outdoor library events for those age 2 and up.

*Offsite
 
5pm
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Tomás Morín & Clemonce Heard for Machete & Tragic City

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Tomás Morín & Clemonce Heard for Machete & Tragic City

*Offsite
Friday, Oct 22, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Authors Clemonce Heard and Tomás Morín will join the Wisconsin Book Festival for a virtual event to discuss their recent poetry collections, Machete and Tragic City

About Machete: “Dios aprieta, pero no ahorca” (“God squeezes, but He doesn't strangle”)—the epigraph of Machete—sets the stage for a powerful poet who summons a variety of ways to endure life when there's an invisible hand at your throat. In these poems, culture crashes like waves and leaves behind Billie Holiday and the CIA, disco balls and Dante, the Bible and Jerry Maguire. They are long, lean, and dazzle in their telling: “Whiteface” is a list of instructions for people stopped by the police; “Duct Tape” lauds our domestic life from the point of view of the tape itself. One part Groucho Marx, one part Job, Morín considers our obsession with suffering— “the pain in which we trust”—and finds that the best answer to our predicament is sometimes anger, sometimes laughter, but always via the keen line between them that may be the sharpest weapon we have.

About Tragic City: The absence of reckoning a century after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is soldered together by a series of poems based on Heard’s time living on the fringes of the city’s art district and what was once Greenwood, Tulsa’s thriving Black neighborhood. Heard blends survivor testimonies, myths, and present intelligence with his own lived experience and a farrago of forms to feel his way to a more intuitive truth of what’s isn’t documented.

*Offsite
 
5:30pm to 7:45pm
Hawthorne Library Anime Club presents The Golden Kamuy, season 1, ep. 6 - 11

Hawthorne Library Anime Club presents The Golden Kamuy, season 1, ep. 6 - 11

Community Room
Friday, Oct 22, 5:30pm to 7:45pm

The Golden Kamuy, Season 1, episodes 6 - 11 (TV MA, 2018, 3 seasons)

In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush on the wild frontier of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it. Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.

The Hawthorne Anime Club was created to give people a place to gather, watch, and talk about Japanese animation.  The club is intended for adults and older teens. All screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.  Occasionally films or series with mature content will be screened.  Call ahead to reserve your spot!

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

Community Room
 
7pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Celeste Headlee for Speaking of Race

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Celeste Headlee for Speaking of Race

*Offsite
Friday, Oct 22, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In this urgently needed guide, the PBS host, award-winning journalist, and author of We Need to Talk teaches us how to have productive conversations about race, offering insights, advice, and support. Author Celeste Headlee will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, Speaking of Race.

 

About Speaking of Race: A self-described “light-skinned Black Jew,” Celeste Headlee has been forced to speak about race—including having to defend or define her own—since childhood. In her career as a journalist for public media, she’s made it a priority to talk about race proactively. She’s discovered, however, that those exchanges have rarely been productive. While many people say they want to talk about race, the reality is, they want to talk about race with people who agree with them. The subject makes us uncomfortable; it’s often not considered polite or appropriate. To avoid these painful discussions, we stay in our bubbles, reinforcing our own sense of righteousness as well as our division.

 

Yet we gain nothing by not engaging with those we disagree with; empathy does not develop in a vacuum and racism won’t just fade away. If we are to effect meaningful change as a society, Headlee argues, we have to be able to talk about what that change looks like without fear of losing friends and jobs, or being ostracized. In Speaking of Race, Headlee draws from her experiences as a journalist, and the latest research on bias, communication, and neuroscience to provide practical advice and insight for talking about race that will facilitate better conversations that can actually bring us closer together.

 

This is the book for people who have tried to debate and educate and argue and got nowhere; it is the book for those who have stopped talking to a neighbor or dread Thanksgiving dinner. It is an essential and timely book for all of us.

*Offsite
 
8pm
8:30pm to 9:30pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jill Louise Busby for Unfollow Me

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Jill Louise Busby for Unfollow Me

*Offsite
Friday, Oct 22, 8:30pm to 9:30pm

An intimate, impertinent, and incisive collection about race, progress, and hypocrisy from Jill Louise Busby, aka Jillisblack. Busby will appear live on Crowdcast to discuss her newest book, Unfollow Me.

About Unfollow Me: Jill Louise Busby spent years in the nonprofit sector specializing in Diversity & Inclusion. She spoke at academic institutions, businesses, and detention centers on the topics of Race, Power, and Privilege and delivered over two-hundred workshops to nonprofit organizations all over the California Bay Area. In 2016, fed up with what passed as progressive in the Pacific Northwest, Busby uploaded a one-minute video about race, white institutions, and faux liberalism to Instagram. The video received millions of views across social platforms. As her pithy persona Jillisblack became an "it-voice" weighing in on all things race-based, Jill began to notice parallels between her performance of "diversity" in the white corporate world and her performance of "wokeness" for her followers. Both, she realized, were scripted.

 

'Unfollow Me is a memoir-in-essays about these scripts; it's about tokenism, micro-fame, and inhabiting spaces-real and virtual, black and white-where complicity is the price of entry. Busby's social commentary manages to be both wryly funny and achingly open-hearted as she recounts her shape-shifting moves among the subtle hierarchies of progressive communities. Unfollow Me is a sharply personal and self-questioning critique of white fragility (and other words for racism), respectability politics (and other words for shame), and all the places where fear masquerades as progress.

*Offsite