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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time Items
All day
 
10am
10:00am to 11:30am
Harvest Walk - Native American Storyteller-in-Residence

Harvest Walk - Native American Storyteller-in-Residence

*Offsite
Saturday, Nov 20, 10:00am to 11:30am

Take a stroll through Edna Taylor Conservation Park with Storyteller-in-Residence Andi Cloud and listen in for an autumn harvest storytime for adults and families of all ages! Get to know the three sisters, Ho-Chunk foods found in the Wisconsin woodlands, and other Ho-Chunk foods.

 

Part of the Ho-Chunk Through Story: The Origin, The Wayz, and The Life residency with Ho-Chunk Nation storyteller and tribal member Andi Cloud. Visit madpl.org/storyteller for more info.

 

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

 

Get to This Park

Meet at the parking lot on Femrite Drive:

*Offsite
 
11am
11:00am to 12:00pm
Weaving A Journey / Tejiendo Un Viaje

Weaving A Journey / Tejiendo Un Viaje

Studio
Saturday, Nov 20, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Drop in to the Pinney Library Studio between 11-Noon today to meet Artist-in-Residence Maria Amalia Wood.  Learn how to create a popsicle stick loom and weave ribbon, yarn, and cord materials to tell your story of a journey you have experienced.

Drop in - no registration necessary.  Open to all ages; younger kiddos will need an adult helper.

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

Studio
 
1pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Goodman South Madison Book Club - discussion of James Baldwin's Go Tell It On The Mountain

Goodman South Madison Book Club - discussion of James Baldwin's Go Tell It On The Mountain

Meeting Room 115
Saturday, Nov 20, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

-excerpted from review by Angeli R. Rasbury:

"Go Tell It on the Mountain is considered to be James Baldwin's greatest novel. Like much of Baldwin's writing, it draws heavily on his own intense childhood experiences with religious doubt, racism, sexual ambivalence, and a complex relationship with a difficult father. The entire book takes place on the fourteenth birthday of John Grimes, the son of a fire-and-brimstone revivalist preacher, who finds himself increasingly alienated from his bitter, authoritarian father, his religious faith, and his community...

Go Tell It on the Mountain is filled with biblical references that evoke the spirit of the black church and a realism that brings to life the Harlem of the 1930s, a northern ghetto whose inhabitants were still struggling with southern demons. Baldwin, in a 1984 interview with the Paris Review, captured what he was trying to say in the novel about all of us and about his own life: "[Writing Go Tell It on the Mountain] was an attempt to exorcise something, to find out what happened to my father, what happened to all of us, what had happened to me and how we were to move from one place to another." Its brilliant style and sophisticated portrait of a young man struggling with complex issues made this one of the landmark novels of the postwar period."

Come join the book club for lively thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selection. Everyone is welcome to our public group. Please find our books for the club next to the reference desk or at the circulation desk.

Meeting Room 115
 
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Goodman South Madison Book Club - discussion of James Baldwin's Go Tell It On The Mountain

Goodman South Madison Book Club - discussion of James Baldwin's Go Tell It On The Mountain

Meeting Room 115
Saturday, Nov 20, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

-excerpted from review by Angeli R. Rasbury:

"Go Tell It on the Mountain is considered to be James Baldwin's greatest novel. Like much of Baldwin's writing, it draws heavily on his own intense childhood experiences with religious doubt, racism, sexual ambivalence, and a complex relationship with a difficult father. The entire book takes place on the fourteenth birthday of John Grimes, the son of a fire-and-brimstone revivalist preacher, who finds himself increasingly alienated from his bitter, authoritarian father, his religious faith, and his community...

Go Tell It on the Mountain is filled with biblical references that evoke the spirit of the black church and a realism that brings to life the Harlem of the 1930s, a northern ghetto whose inhabitants were still struggling with southern demons. Baldwin, in a 1984 interview with the Paris Review, captured what he was trying to say in the novel about all of us and about his own life: "[Writing Go Tell It on the Mountain] was an attempt to exorcise something, to find out what happened to my father, what happened to all of us, what had happened to me and how we were to move from one place to another." Its brilliant style and sophisticated portrait of a young man struggling with complex issues made this one of the landmark novels of the postwar period."

Come join the book club for lively thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selection. Everyone is welcome to our public group. Please find our books for the club next to the reference desk or at the circulation desk.

Meeting Room 115
 
3pm
3:00pm
Serendipity Saturday

Serendipity Saturday

*In Sequoya Library
Saturday, Nov 20, 3:00pm

Will you make a cardboard instrument? Explore pastels or watercolors? Or build something out of wood? That’s the joy of serendipity - you never know until you get there! Drop in anytime to enjoy fun hands-on art and maker activities for kids of all ages. 

This event may happen outdoors, weather depending, but will more likely move into the meeting room due to cold. But dress appropriately just in case! 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 Sequoya Library
 
4pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
CANCELLED - Alder Myadze Office Hours

CANCELLED - Alder Myadze Office Hours

Study Room 1
Saturday, Nov 20, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Open office hours for Alder Charles Myadze (District 18). This is an opportunity to introduce yourself to Alder Myadze and discuss questions, ideas, and concerns. No registration necessary.

Study Room 1
 
7pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Neal Stephenson for Termination Shock

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Neal Stephenson for Termination Shock

Meeting Room 302
Saturday, Nov 20, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics. One man – visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T. R. Schmidt, Ph.D. – has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied.

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease? Epic in scope while heartbreakingly human in perspective, Termination Shock sounds a clarion alarm, ponders potential solutions and dire risks, and wraps it all together in an exhilarating, witty, mind-expanding speculative adventure.

Meeting Room 302