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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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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 11:00am
Preschool Playdate

Preschool Playdate

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Mar 30, 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us in the children's area at the Central library for an unstructured preschool playdate. We'll have engaging, open ended toys for your little one to explore while you connect and meet other preschool age children and families. There is no start time, no structured plan, rather a time to come to the library and play and expect to find other children your child's age to engage with! Siblings of course are welcome! 

Youth Program Room
 
10:00am to 10:45am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Mar 30, 10:00am to 10:45am

Calling all babies!  Come hear a story and play with fun toys picked just for you in a relaxed atmosphere.  For children ages birth to 2 years old

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Mar 30, 10:00am to 12:00pm

We’re here to mend anything you need for the colder months, including clothing, coats, and any other fabric-related repairs, except for zippers. Sewers from the Sewing Machine Project will be available to mend your things for free every Thursday of the month.

Study Room 211
 
10:30am
10:30am to 12:30pm
Art Tots

Art Tots

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Mar 30, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Led by music and movement teacher Junko Yamauchi, bring your toddler and drop in between 10:30 and 12:30 to learn about rhythm, melody, and Japanese stories and songs!

Meeting Room 115
 
11:00am
11:00am to 3:00pm
Dane Core Rental Assistance / African Center for Community Dev. (ACCD)

Dane Core Rental Assistance / African Center for Community Dev. (ACCD)

Study Room 109
Thursday, Mar 30, 11:00am to 3:00pm

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 at the Pinney Library on Thursdays, 11:00 am - 3:00 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. Working with City of Madison to provide rental assistance. For questions about the program, please call African Center at (608) 957-5623 or (608) 294-0066. More info at https://africancentermadison.org/housing-support/ (link is external)

Study Room 109
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Spring Break at Meadowridge: Make Your Own Fabric Bookmarks!
Quiet/Socializing Room
 
1:00pm
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Spring Break Crafternoon!

Spring Break Crafternoon!

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Mar 30, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Happy Spring Break! Swing by the central library and spend some time making a fun, spring themed craft in the children's programming room. Grab some wonderful books from our collection to read and take home, or stay for a while to read and play. There will be a different activity each day this week. Suggested for kids ages 5 and up, siblings welcome. 

Youth Program Room
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence: bernie & zuzu

Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence: bernie & zuzu

Studio
Thursday, Mar 30, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Color Play: Making the world a little more rainbow

bernie & zuzu's residence term at Pinney Library Studio: February 2023 - August 2023

bernie & zuzu's in-Studio work time: Thursdays from 12-2 pm

bernie & zuzu's drop-in open Studio time: Thursdays from 2-4 pm at Pinney Library

bernie & zuzu wants you to come make the world a little more rainbow! Bernie invites the Madison community to explore color at weekly open studios and drop-in art making sessions that focus on color, shape, and mark-making in abstraction through the mediums of drawing, collage, block printing, stenciling, screen printing and painting. Throughout the residency, Bernie will invite the community to assist her with making the art studio into an installation and exhibition space that explodes with color: a rainbow room! Come play and be part of the fun!

bernie & zuzu is named for Bernie Witzack (she/her, a human) who is the creative force behind bernie & zuzu, and the extraordinary zuzu (a cat) who takes care of the business side of things. At bernie & zuzu, we create handmade, hand-painted, and screen-printed goods in small batches. We specialize in unique, one-of-a-kind art, home goods, accessories and prints with an emphasis on bright, bold color and playful shapes. bernie & zuzu is run out of a studio in the Madison Enterprise Center and we screen print at Polka Press, Madison’s local printmaking collective. We hope our artwork and goods inspire tiny moments of beauty, wonder and joy. 

Bernie studied Studio Art at Beloit College and has been making and exhibiting her art ever since. She earned an MFA in Fine Art & Design from the University of Michigan in 2013, focusing on improvisational drawing and painting. She then went on to study graphic design at Madison College, falling in love with screen printing along the way. She was working full time as a graphic designer and pursuing her art on the side when the pandemic hit in spring 2020. She left the design field in spring 2021 to focus on her art full time, launching bernie & zuzu in fall of 2021.

You can find bernie & zuzu’s goods at the Dane County Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from April-October, at Little Luxuries, Hatch Art House, and Communication Madison. They also vend at local art markets such as The Eastside Winter Market, Femmestival, The Crafty Fair and the Madison Maker Markets. bernie & zuzu have an online shop at www.bernieandzuzu.com

Studio
 
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Whoopensocker Creativity Workshop

Whoopensocker Creativity Workshop

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Mar 30, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Do you love to have fun? Be silly? Tell stories? Whoopensocker is for you!  Whoopensocker teaching artists have been working with local elementary school students in Madison for years. 

To help kick off the We Read Youth Voices Writing contest for 2023, we are delighted to welcome their teaching artists to the library for fun, interactive workshops that encourage creativity, expression, writing, collaboration, and performance. 

Community teaching artists will engage kiddos to share their great ideas through games, writing, and performance. No pressure, just fun. No previous experience necessary, all ideas are good ideas! 

This workshop is designed for kids ages 7 and up.

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
2:00pm to 4:15pm
Community Room
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 6:00pm
Chop with a Cop

Chop with a Cop

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, Mar 30, 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Chop with a Cop, is a collaborative effort between the Southside district community officers and neighborhood youth. As constructed these interactions can increase the vision and physical presence of neighborhood officers. While aligning neighborhood youth with officers that are engaging,supportive and understanding. They will be equipped with various activities furnished by but not limited games, arts/crafts, with additional things created through the youths' "voice and vision". 

*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Mar 30, 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 5:30pm
Minecraft Club
Community Room B
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Mar 30, 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
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Studio
Thursday, Mar 30, 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 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Mar 30, 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
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tell Us! Community Conversation

Tell Us! Community Conversation

Meeting Room A
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Tell Us! is a survey initiative that gives residents an opportunity to provide feedback to the library and share their visions for improvement for Madison's south and west side libraries. Library Planner Rynn K. will be on hand to facilitate and take notes as a small group of residents discuss the survey and provide feedback. 

Light refreshments provided. 

Registration required.

Meeting Room A
 
6:00pm to 7:45pm
Paint the Madison Skyline

Paint the Madison Skyline

Community Room Combined
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Show the 608 some love by painting the Madison skyline on canvas! Choose from a variety of styles to personalize your cityscape. All skill levels welcome.

Limited space; registration is required. Please use the sign up link below or call (608) 246-4547 to register. Registration opens on March 16 at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date.

 

About the Presenter:

Rhiannon Gurley, M.S. is a national award-winning artist having worn creative hats as a marketer, art educator, event producer and art administrator. She is the Founder of Our Vibrant Community, a female, disability-owned business dedicated to infusing creative engagement in communities near you. OVC was planted in 2015 in Illinois and now grows in Madison with a mission to include expressive arts therapy and disability awareness. High achievements: marked as a St. Louis Regional Arts Commission- Community Art Training 2013 graduate; served on the City of Springfield, IL Community Relations Commission; honored as 40 Under 40 Future Business Leader by Springfield, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Rhiannon is organizing the Northside Arts Collective, a volunteer movement to increase the arts awareness and artist development for its residents and businesses based on the Northside of Madison. Follow Rhiannon on Facebook at www.fb.com/ourvibrantcommunity

Community Room Combined
 
6:00pm to 6:30pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance

One-on-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions on Thursday evenings!

Reservations required. Register online, in person, or call Lakeview Library at 608-246-4547.

Study Room 1
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
[ONLINE] Literacy Network Beginner ESL Class

[ONLINE] Literacy Network Beginner ESL Class

*Offsite
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This free group English class will be offered mostly online using Zoom.
You can take your Zoom class on your smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, or
a computer. 2 classes will take place in-person at the Meadowridge
Library (5726 Raymond Rd) on Thursday 3/9 and 5/4.
You will practice speaking, listening, reading, writing and new vocabulary
in English. Topics include talking about family, health, making
appointments, phone calls, small talk, and more!
For more information, please call (608) 268-6425 or email
bex@litnetwork.org.

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Esta clase de inglés grupal gratuita se ofrecerá principalmente en línea
utilizando Zoom. Puede tomar su clase por Zoom en un teléfono
inteligente, tableta, laptop, o computadora. Dos clases estarán en
persona en la Biblioteca de Meadowridge (5726 Raymond Rd) 03/09/2023 y 05/04/2023

Practicará hablar, escuchar, leer, escribir, y nuevas palabras en inglés.
Los temas incluyen platicar acerca de su familia, salud, hacer citas,
llamadas telefónicas, conversaciones casuales, y más.
Para más información, llame al (608) 268-6425 o envie un
correo electrónico a becky@litnetwork.org

*Offsite
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Express Yourself - Toni Infante and Digital Art

Express Yourself - Toni Infante and Digital Art

Community Room B and Kitchen
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Calling all teens and tweens! Join us every Thursday evening to learn more about an influential artist and make your own masterpiece to add to your very own portfolio! All supplies will be provided, so just show up and have fun! 

This week we will be learning about Toni Infante and digital art. Participants will create their own digital art drawing to add to their portfolio!

Community Room B and Kitchen
 
6:00pm to 7:45pm
Essentials Skills Tutoring

Essentials Skills Tutoring

Community Room A
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Essential Skills Tutoring Need help with reading, writing, or basic computer skills? Meet once a week with your own tutor! Every week you will work with a tutor on a lesson that is written just for you. You can study with a tutor for up to 2 hours per week. Your tutor will help you study so that you can continue your education and/or improve your employment.

•You must register. There is a waitlist.

• Attendance is important, you must come every week.

 

Visit https://www.litnetwork.org/study/ for more information.

Community Room A
 
6:30pm
6:30pm to 7:00pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance

One-on-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Mar 30, 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions on Thursday evenings!

Reservations required. Register online, in person, or call Lakeview Library at 608-246-4547.

Study Room 1