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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, October 28, 2021

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

Stories & Songs in the Alley

*In Hawthorne Library
Thursday, Oct 28, 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 28, 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
 
1pm
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thursday Book Discussion: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Thursday Book Discussion: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Oct 28, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for a discussion of The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. New members always welcome! Copies may be available at the Ask Desk.

Synopsis: Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own….

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 Meadowridge

MMSD-FYCE Open Family Hours at Meadowridge

*In Meadowridge Library
Thursday, Oct 28, 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, stop by and connect. See you at the library! 

*In Meadowridge Library
 
3pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center

Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center

8 Straubel Ct
Thursday, Oct 28, 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, Oct 28, 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, Oct 28, 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, Oct 28, 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 6:00pm
Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence Open Studio

Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence Open Studio

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 28, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Thurber Park located in Madison, Wisconsin at 3325 Thurber Ave. 

Drop by Thurber Park to experience, play, and make together in community with artist Eric Adjetey Anang! 
As the inaugural resident artist at the Thurber Park Studio Eric has continued to be flexible and creative over the past year and a half. Before the Fall chill fully fills the air we invite the neighborhood to stop by and celebrate this extraordinary space, person, and generational craft with us! 
Families and all ages are welcome! The event will be outdoors for the most part with an opportunity to peek into the studio. Masks will be encouraged. 

For more information about the residency visit: http://madisonbubbler.org/thurberparkartistresidency

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

Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary

4114 Donald Dr
Thursday, Oct 28, 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, Oct 28, 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 Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth

Mystery Book Group Discussion of "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 28, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Join us as we discuss "The Mother-in-Law" by Sally Hepworth.  Books are available at the library. New members always welcome!  Please check with library staff for Zoom link.

 

Synopsis: 

"A twisty, compelling new novel about one woman's complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in death...

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.

It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation.

Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?"  -- Amazon.com

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

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Studio
Thursday, Oct 28, 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
Halloween Trivia Night

Halloween Trivia Night

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Oct 28, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Think you know everything there is to know about Halloween and Halloween-adjacent things? Then this Fright Night Trivia Night is for you! Bring your team of 4, be they friends, co-workers, family members, or the person you just met on the street and have some spooktacular fun! Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams, but everyone leaves with a little trick and big treat!

Attendance is limited to 32 people; all participants should register individually. To sign-up, click the link below:

 

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

Meeting Room 115
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Oct 28, 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

Patio
Thursday, Oct 28, 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
 
7pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Wisconsin People & Ideas 2021 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Wisconsin People & Ideas 2021 Fiction and Poetry Contest Reading

*Offsite
Thursday, Oct 28, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents a Wisconsin Book Festival reading featuring the winners of the statewide 2020 Fiction & Poetry Contests, hosted by editor Jason A. Smith.

 

Fiction readings include:

1st-place story by Allison Uselman

2nd-place story by Kim Suhr

and 3rd-place story by Yvette Viets Flaten

 

Poetry readings include:

1st-place poem by Jennifer Fandel

2nd-place poem by David Southward

and 3rd-place poem by Paula Schulz

 

Join us in celebration and support of Wisconsin's creative writing community!

 

This reading is presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival with support from Wisconsin Public Radio and Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. Learn more about how to submit your work to our annual fiction and poetry contests here.

 

For more information contact event host and Wisconsin People & Ideas editor Jason A. Smith.

*Offsite