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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Time Items
All day
9:00am to 9:00pm
Library closed for Staff Day

Library closed for Staff Day

Thursday, Sep 14, 9:00am to 9:00pm

​All locations closed in observance of Staff Day.

Whenever a location is closed, you can continue to use our book drops to return items and LINKcat to place holds, check your record, or renew items you've checked out. You can also check out our always-accessible online collections, ebooks and downloadable audiobooks from Wisconsin's Digital LibraryFlipster magazines, and other online collections.

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Daytime Book Discussion of "Fen, Bog & Swamp" by Annie Proulx

Daytime Book Discussion of "Fen, Bog & Swamp" by Annie Proulx

Thursday, Sep 14, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Read the book and join the discussion of "Fen, Bog & Swamp" by Annie Proulx. New members always welcome!

"A lifelong acolyte of the natural world, Annie Proulx brings her witness and research to the subject of wetlands and the vitally important role they play in preserving the environment—by storing the carbon emissions that accelerate climate change. Fens, bogs, swamps, and marine estuaries are crucial to the earth’s survival, and in four illuminating parts, Proulx documents their systemic destruction in pursuit of profit.

In a vivid and revelatory journey through history, Proulx describes the fens of 16th-century England, Canada’s Hudson Bay lowlands, Russia’s Great Vasyugan Mire, and America’s Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. She introduces the early explorers who launched the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, and writes of the diseases spawned in the wetlands—the Ague, malaria, Marsh Fever.

A sobering look at the degradation of wetlands over centuries and the serious ecological consequences, this is “an unforgettable and unflinching tour of past and present, fixed on a subject that could not be more important” (Bill McKibben)." --

**Due to Madison Public Libraries being closed for Staff Day, this book discussion will be held in the community room at Goodwill’s Northside store, located at 2901 N. Sherman Avenue.**

2:00pm to 4:15pm
postponed due to staff inservice. Dead Poets Society (feature film)

postponed due to staff inservice. Dead Poets Society (feature film)

Community Room
Thursday, Sep 14, 2:00pm to 4:15pm

Dead Poets Society (postponed)

Directed by Peter Weir.  Performances by Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, Gale Hansen.  Walt Disney Pictures, 1989.  Rated PG.  128 min. Comedy / Drama.

A new English teacher, John Keating (Robin Williams), is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards. He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating's help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.

Community Room
2:00pm to 4:00pm
NO Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence: bernie & zuzu (CLOSED FOR STAFF INSERVICE TRAINING)

NO Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence: bernie & zuzu (CLOSED FOR STAFF INSERVICE TRAINING)

Thursday, Sep 14, 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 - October 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

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minecraft Club
Community Room B
5:30pm to 7:30pm
CANCELED: Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Maria Schirmer Devitt

CANCELED: Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Maria Schirmer Devitt

Thursday, Sep 14, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

This event is canceled, due to Central Library being closed for the Annual Staff Day

All are welcome to join Maria and create a space for wishing within the Bubbler Room. Each week, Maria will be in the Bubbler Room on Thursday evenings, hosting sessions to create enchanting art together. We will explore the magic that exists in the natural world, our community, and in ourselves. We will focus on combining words and images using printmaking, collage, and sculpture. We’ll delve into questions such as:

What are we wishing for (something we’ve never had or something we’ve lost or…)? 
What does it take for our wishes to come true?
Who or what grants them?
What kind of collective magic can we summon?
What offerings do we leave in return as we make our wish?
What rituals do we create around making wishes? 

All ages and abilities are welcome! Drop in, no registration required. 

When we wish, we wish for something just out of our reach of what seems possible. What would it take to bring it to make them come true?
Read more about her residency here: