Visit from Lowell Elementary 1st graders in children's area of Central Library
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10:00am to 10:30am
Music & Movement
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.
Youth Program Room
10:30am to 11:15am
Multi-age Storytime (ages 5 & under)
READ and PLAY together with children under age 5!
Engaging with books, songs and playful experiences all help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills and helps to build a lifelong love of reading.
Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.
11:00am to 5:00pm
Dane Core 2.0 Rental Assistance
Are you behind on your rent because of the pandemic, either directly or indirectly? You are not alone. Many people are experiencing financial hardship right now.The African Center for Community Development will be located at the Lakeview Library on Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, to help individuals and families who owe back rent apply for Dane Core assistance. Eligible households in need of rental and utility assistance should stop by.
Study Room 1
12:00pm to 3:00pm
One-on-One Computer Help, also Job Application, Resume, and Cover Letter Assistance
Schedule an appointment with a technology counselor.
One-on-one help with using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone,
Also available for personal assistance with job applications, resumes and cover letters.
One hour time slots for people ranging from complete beginners through advanced users.
Tuesdays 12:00 -- 3:00 pm
call Hawthorne Library to sign up 608-246-4547
Family Study Room
2:00pm to 4:00pm
DANEnet Free Tech Repair
Having trouble with your digital device? DANEnet technicians are available at Meadowridge Library every Tuesday from 2-4 PM to assist you with your technology repair needs for free.
Technicians can look at laptops, desktop computers, phones and tablets, and can help with:
No appointment needed. Walk-ins only: first come, first served.
Digital Equity Project events are made possible through the partnership of Madison Public Library and DANEnet, thanks to funding by the MG&E Foundation and the AT&T Foundation.
3:00pm to 6:00pm
COVID Vaccine Clinic
Free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at the Lakeview Library, administered by Public Health Madison & Dane County!
1st, 2nd, or booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson available while supplies last.
Everyone 5 and older is welcome. 5-17 year olds need a parent or guardian present.
Walk-ins encouraged. Appointments are available but not required. Please visit https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/vaccination-appointments to book an appointment.
No ID or insurance required.
Community Room - Table Side
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Drop in every Tuesday at Meadowridge Library for art, making, tinkering, and fun! All ages welcome.
*In Meadowridge Library
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Cooking with Chef Lily
Join The Kids Chef, Lily Kilfoy, for a series of cooking demonstrations for kids and families. Participants will learn about different foods, where they come from, how to follow recipes, and how to use a variety of tools. Due to COVID precautions, this will be a hands-off program, but participants will get to take home a meal to enjoy.
Food generously provided by Willy St. Co-op North.
Per order of Public Health Madison & Dane County, masks are required in all indoor spaces for those age 2 and up.
Community Room - Fireplace Side
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Video Poetry Workshop - CANCELED
Do you write poetry? Do you like to make short videos or want to learn how? This class is for you! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of making video poetry. You'll start by watching some video poems, read and write poetry, develop ideas for your videos, and then learn how to use software and dive into the video and recording process to create a video using our own original poems or a favorite published poem of your choice. You might even get to see your work on the big screen! Completed videos can be submitted to the Midwest Video Poetry Festival for screening in October.
This free workshop is a Collaboration between Arts + Literature Laboratory and The Bubbler at Madison Public Library.
Age: 12 - 17 yrs
This hands-on workshop is a 7-part series on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 4/26 and ending 5/17. You should plan to attend as many sessions as possible because each class builds on the previous. Register now.
Meet your Instructor
Rob Franklin is the Media Projects Bubblerarian for the Madison Public Library. He is a Kennedy Center certified teaching artist and has taught in schools, at the County Juvenile Detention Center and Juvenile Shelter Home, and Madison Jazz Consortium. As a musician, he has performed with Nas, Eminem, Common, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez and others. He has been inducted to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and The National Museum of African American History and Culture.
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival presents Azar Nafisi for READ DANGEROUSLY
***Azar Nafisi is no longer able to travel for this event. We have moved this event to the Wisconsin Book Festival Crowdcast channel. Please join the event at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wbf-read-dangerously***
In Read Dangerously, the New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns with a guide to the power of literature in turbulent times, arming readers with a resistance reading list. What is the role of literature in an era when one political party wages continual war on writers and the press? What is the connection between political strife in our daily lives, and the way we meet our enemies on the page in fiction? How can literature, through its free exchange, affect politics?
In this galvanizing guide to literature as resistance, Nafisi seeks to answer these questions. Drawing on her experiences as a woman and voracious reader living in the Islamic Republic of Iran, her life as an immigrant in the United States, and her role as literature professor in both countries, she crafts an argument for why, in a genuine democracy, we must engage with the enemy, and how literature can be a vehicle for doing so. Structured as a series of letters to her father, who taught her as a child about how literature can rescue us in times of trauma, Nafisi explores the most probing questions of our time through the works of Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, and more.
Azar Nafisi is the 2022 Cheryl Rosen Weston Memorial Lecturer. Copies of Read Dangerously will be distributed for free to all attendees. The event is free and open to the public.
7:00pm to 8:00pm
We Read with our Neighbors: Book Discussion of Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Grab a copy at Pinney ahead of time and bring a friend to this community-led book discussion (held in Pinney's Reading Room this month).
"A Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerulean Sea.
When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a peculiar tea shop, promises to help him cross over, Wallace decides he's definitely dead. But even in death he's not ready to abandon the life he barely lived, so when Wallace is given one week to cross over, he sets about living a lifetime in seven days. Hilarious, haunting, and kind, Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a life spent at the office and a death spent building a home"--Provided by publisher.
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Evenings with Audubon: Birding is for Everyone
Registration is required - click here to sign up today.
We are so excited to host this rescheduled event from September 2021! Join us for this educational and engaging session with Dexter Patterson, co-founder of the BIPOC Birding Club of Wisconsin.
Dexter will share his tips and tricks for birding and talk about how to have more success and more fun when you go birding. He’ll talk about his experiences and offer practical and playful advice birders can use to get the most out of their next trip. In true Wisco Birder fashion, expect at least one birding game, a selfie, and a couple of entertaining bird nerd moments. You won't want to miss it!
Known on social media as the Wisco Birder, Dexter is on a mission to spread as much joy as possible by making his new hobby welcoming for all birders around the state. His Instagram followers love his energetic and exciting videos that feature him singing and dancing through the woods, finding stunning birds throughout the state, and taking gorgeous photos.
Community Rooms A and B Combined