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Events Calendar

Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Time Items
All day
 
9:30am
9:30am to 1:30pm
Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Monday, Jan 23, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Central Library Madison and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Central Library
Address: 201 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI, 53703
Room Name: Community Room 301
Date: Mon Jan 23, 2023
Time: 09:30 AM - 01:30 PM

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
10:00am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Play & Learn at Lakeview Library

Play & Learn at Lakeview Library

Community Room Combined
Monday, Jan 23, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Play & Learn is a fun and engaging program that is offered free-of-charge for children ages birth to 3+ and their caregivers who reside in the Madison Metropolitan School District.  Registration is required.  Contact Play & Learn staff members for more information and assistance with registering for Play & Learn sessions. 

English (608) 204-6784

Spanish (608) 204-7918

Hmong (608) 212-4683

Community Room Combined
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
Storytime For Ages Birth to 5

Storytime For Ages Birth to 5

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Monday, Jan 23, 10:30am to 11:30am

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.

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Study Room 209
Monday, Jan 23, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Personal Archiving Lab at Central Library is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials like home movies video tapes audio cassettes photographs and more. Stop by the Central Library on Mondays, 2-4pm (Room 209) for a tutorial on how to use the library's Personal Archiving Lab. Tutorial duration is approximately 20-30 minutes. The instructor may not be able to accommodate those who arrive after 3:40pm.

Following the tutorial, you will be able to make an appointment during library hours to use the equipment - up to 2 hours per day - for your personal archiving project.

The Personal Archiving Lab supports the following formats: VHS and VHS-C tapes DVDs (not BluRay) audio cassettes MiniDV and Hi-8 tapes photographs (including negatives and slides) and other paper-based documents. Patrons who use the lab must bring some form of external storage — a portable hard drive, or a thumb drive — on which digital files can be stored.

Call 608-266-6350 for more information.

Study Room 209
 
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Tinkercad

Tinkercad

Community Room B
Monday, Jan 23, 2:15pm to 3:30pm

Create your own avatar by sketching in 2D on graph paper and then designing in 3D using Tinkercad! Your avatar will be a visual representation of your identity or a fictional character’s identity. When done, you can share images of your creation with your friends and family!

For ages 8 to 12.

Community Room B
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
We Read to a Dog

We Read to a Dog

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Monday, Jan 23, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Read aloud to a furry friend from Alliance of Therapy Dogs at Lakeview Library. Bring a favorite book or try a new one from our collection. First come, first served.

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Dungeons & Dragons at the Library: A Ballad of Interesting Events

Dungeons & Dragons at the Library: A Ballad of Interesting Events

Study Room A
Monday, Jan 23, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Join us for this exciting Dungeons and Dragons campaign for kids ages 9 - 17! Set in the world of Krixth, The Dragon Queen Draco Vonet needs your aid. Travel to her keep and see what she needs. What adventure and mystery await you on the way? What will occur in this Ballad of Interesting Events?

Spots are limited, and registration is required. Sign up below or by calling (608) 288-6160.  All materials will be provided.

Study Room A
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Jan 23, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Play Minecraft in both survival and creative worlds!  There is a limited number of computers, so participants will take turns as needed.

Mondays January 9 - May 22, with no meeting on January 16 (library closed).

Community Room - Table Side
 
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Family Gaming

Family Gaming

Community Room
Monday, Jan 23, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Drop-in and play Nintendo Switch and board games. Families are encouraged to attend and play together.

Youth 7 years & younger must have a caregiver with them during the program.

Community Room
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Book Writing Bootcamp

Book Writing Bootcamp

Meeting Room 115
Monday, Jan 23, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Have an idea for a book or poetry collection, but don't know how to get started? Maybe you are stuck on plot, pacing and/or character development? Or perhaps you have nearly finished your manuscript, but are unsure of when to have it edited or start pursuing publication (via the mainstream market or self-publishing)?

Make significant strides on finishing your book by joining a six-month intensive focused on writing exercises, reading, revising and learning the business side of publishing. You will be immersed in resources and develop relationships key to pursuing your writing aspirations while completing a first draft.

Participants will be assigned 2 to 3 diverse novels, essay collections or poetry books to read and discuss during monthly group meetings and 1-on-1 sessions with the intensive facilitator. The intensive will also include three or four published authors and publishing professionals as special guests (either in person or via Zoom).

Each session is focused on a theme:

  • Session 1 (September 19, 2022) Intros & Genres & Goal Mapping
  • Session 2 (October 17, 2022) The Art of Narrative
  • Session 3 (November 14, 2022) Character Development
  • Session 4 (December 19, 2022) Defining Audience 
  • Session 5 (January 23, 2023) Group Critique
  • Session 6 (February 20, 2023) The Business Side of Publishing & Wrap-Up

This cohort of learners has already begun and is closed to new participants. 

Meeting Room 115
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Board Game Cafe

Board Game Cafe

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Monday, Jan 23, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join friends and neighbors for a game night! Revisit old favorites or try something brand new from the library's collection of board games and card games. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chess at the Library

Chess at the Library

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Jan 23, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Chess meets the second and fourth Monday of every month. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Community Room - Table Side