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Monday, February 5, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 5:45pm
Drop-in Valentine Studio!

Drop-in Valentine Studio!

*In Alicia Ashman Library
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 10:00am to 5:45pm

The Creativity Spot at the Alicia Ashman Library will feature extra Valentine-themed art supplies and some books of love poems while supplies last. Come craft some love-ly Valentines for your favorite folks!

*In Alicia Ashman Library
 
10:00am to 10:30am
Movement Exploration

Movement Exploration

Youth Program Room
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 10:00am to 10:30am

Caregivers and children (5 & under) are invited to come and play together in a movement friendly environment. Different play areas will be set up each week to encourage crawling, hanging, climbing, balancing and more. This is a facilitated open play environment where kids are encouraged to explore the space, navigate challenges and move their bodies with support from their caregiver.

Youth Program Room
 
10:30am
10:30am to 12:00pm
[FULL] Let's Do Art for Seniors!

[FULL] Let's Do Art for Seniors!

Community Room
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Discover your creative side and join artist Christina Theobald every Monday in February from 10:30a-Noon at Alicia Ashman Library as she leads participants through this four-week exploration of acrylic paints, watercolors, brush techniques, and more. Classes build on skills learned in the one prior but they can also be taken individually, so come to one or come to them all. 

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration opens for ALL 4 classes on January 22 at 10:00AM.

UPDATE 01/24/24: This class is currently full; to be added to the wait list, please email fmcdaniel@madisonpubliclibrary.org or call 608-824-1780.

 

Week 1: Intro to Acrylic Paint - Monday, February 5

  • brief discussion about primary colors, mixing colors
  • make 3 small collages from solid color construction paper, each focusing on a specific color palette
  • use these collages as a guide for three small paintings

Weekly goal: to be introduced to the materiality of acrylic paint, get familiar with mixing colors, building compositions based on shape and color relationships

 

Week 2: Brush Techniques, Layer Color - Monday, February 12

  • continuing with acrylic paint
  • experimenting with different brushes, brush applications to learn how to create textures, blending, sense of space
  • make a new collage using construction paper, magazine cut outs to build a nature composition, make a painting based off of the collage

Weekly goal: to build off of color skills from previous week, learn how to layer color to create textural and spatial effects

 

Week 3: Intro to Watercolor - Monday, February 19

  • brief overview of difference between acrylic and watercolor
  • experimental time to try out skills from previous weeks, but with watercolor
  • introduce incorporating chalk pastels with watercolor to add interest
  • use flower photos as reference to create a mixed media replication

Weekly goal: to try applying the painting skills we've been learning into watercolor, tap into a playful spirit as we begin to combine different mediums into our pieces

 

 Week 4: Mixed Media Still Life/Open Studio - Monday, February 26

  • do a demo of different ways to approach working from a non-photo reference
  • have a small, but colorful and simple-object still life set up for participants to work from 
  • try doing one or two different viewpoints, room to experiment with approach and combination of materials

Weekly goal: try working with 'real life' references, have an open-studio kind of vibe for the last day so that everyone has a chance to either try something new or work on a skill that they really liked

 

Community Room
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Storytime

Storytime

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Read and play together at Meadowridge's storytime! Engaging with stories, songs, and play is an essential part of early development and helps foster a lifelong love of reading. This program is recommended for ages 0-5. 

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Chair Yoga & Gentle Movement for Older Adults

Chair Yoga & Gentle Movement for Older Adults

Community Room Combined
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Join Kim for a chair yoga and gentle movement class focusing on range of motion, breathing, and balance. Movements will be performed either sitting in a chair or standing.

Chair yoga is accessible to anyone of any age or ability. The practice begins with quiet stillness, focusing on breathing to increase respiratory function. Gentle movement while seated can increase range of motion and flexibility in all joints of the body and reduce arthritis pain. Standing postures are intended to strengthen muscles and bone, improve balance and decrease fear by gaining body awareness. In addition to the physical benefits, chair yoga can also calm the mind, reduce stress, and enhance compassion for ourselves and others, therefore enhancing quality of life! 

Space is limited for this program; registration is required. To register please use the link below or call Lakeview Library at 608-246-4547. Registration opens November 13 at 10 AM, two weeks prior to program date.

Presented in partnership with NewBridge.

About the presenter

Kim Sprecher is a registered yoga teacher with over seven years of experience in helping older adults improve their quality of life. 

Community Room Combined
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:30pm
General Job Assistance

General Job Assistance

Study Room 211
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Need help updating a resume or cover letter, applying for jobs online, or brushing up on basic computer skills? Sign up for a one-hour one-on-one appointment by stopping into the Central Library or calling the reference desk at 608-266-6350.

 

Study Room 211
 
1:00pm
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Monday Movies Presents...Denzel Washington in COURAGE UNDER FIRE (1996)

Monday Movies Presents...Denzel Washington in COURAGE UNDER FIRE (1996)

Community Room
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

When Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling is asked to review the posthumous candidacy of the first woman to receive a Medal of Honor, he finds himself plunged into an apparent cover-up surrounding the actions that led to her death. As he struggles to uncover the truth, he also finds himself forced to confront his own tormenting demons. 

Starring: Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bronson Pinchot, Sean Astin

Rated: R for war violence and coarse language - War/Thriller - 1hr 56m

 

Join us at Alicia Ashman Library every Monday in February between 1:00-3:30p.m. for Monday Movies Presents Denzel Washington. Undoubtedly, one of the preeminent actors of this age, Denzel Hayes Washington Jr., b. December 28, 1954, is an acclaimed actor, producer, and director with a career that spans over four decades. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Silver Bear Jury Prizes.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome!

 

Community Room
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday Meetup

Monday Meetup

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us on early release days for library fun--you never know what might happen!

Projects especially chosen for the school-age crowd; all ages welcome with adult help.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
2:00pm to 3:45pm
Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Study Room 209
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:45pm

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 3 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
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 3:15pm
Dream Bus at Allied Drive Learning Center
2237 Allied Dr
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Children's African Story Hour

Children's African Story Hour

Youth Program Room
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

WELCOME • KARIBU • E KAABO • AKWAABA • SIYAKWAMUKELA • أهلاً و سهل 

The African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to present the Children’s African Story Hour series. Join us each week in a fun and relaxing atmosphere as we share award-winning children’s literature that celebrates the diversity of art, culture, food, and language across the African continent. Participants will engage in hands-on creative activities and will have the opportunity to sample different African cuisines. Each week promises to be fun and enriching!  This program is free and for all ages of children & their families.

 

Youth Program Room
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at Theresa Terrace
1409 Theresa Terrace
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 6:00pm
It Takes A Village After-School Enrichment

It Takes A Village After-School Enrichment

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Come be in community with other teens during this after-school program at Goodman South Madison Library! Every day after school teens are invited to decompress with art activities, video games, movies, board games, social time or quiet time to do homework together. Drop in or stay for the whole time - It Takes A Village is intended as a place for youth ages 12-19 to find their people, acess resources, have fun, and rely on their village for support and wellness.

*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
4:00pm to 5:45pm
Ashman All Ages Chess Club

Ashman All Ages Chess Club

Community Room
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Chess meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month from 4-5:45 p.m. Come and learn chess basics in the library with a 30 minute introduction of the game and then play a friendly game of chess with an opponent. Lessons start promptly at 4 p.m., followed by an open game at 4:30 p.m. Chess club is open to all ages and skill levels. No Chess 1/1, 1/15, 6/17, 9/2.

Masks are not required but recommended.

Community Room
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 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 22 - April 29, 4:00-5:30pm.

Community Room - Table Side
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Gaming Club

Gaming Club

Community Room
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Drop-in and play games on the library's iPads and Nintendo Switch. Minecraft, Roblox, Mario Kart, & more! Board games will also be available. There is a limited number of devices, so participants will take turns as needed.

Family and friend groups are encouraged to attend and play together. 

Youth 8 years and younger must have a caregiver with them during the program. 

Community Room
 
4:00pm to 5:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 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.

Study Room 1
 
4:15pm to 4:45pm
Dream Bus at Elver Park Neighborhood Center
1201 McKenna Blvd
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 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.

Study Room 1
 
5:00pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Lussier Community Education Center
55 S Gammon Rd
 
5:30pm
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Build-A-Brand: Merchandising for Teens

Build-A-Brand: Merchandising for Teens

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join local artist and creator Lexie Olson for a merchandising workshop series for teens this spring! Participants will learn to use Procreate illustration software to design and create a variety of merch products - buttons, stickers, t-shirts and more - with a focus on finding artistic voice and building a strong brand.

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Registration is required for this event. The registration form will open at 6:30pm on 1/29/2024.

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 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.

Study Room 1
 
6:30pm
6:30pm to 8:30pm
First Monday, First Person

First Monday, First Person

Community Room B
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join memoir writing coach Sarah White for this FREE read-and-share event. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback from like-minded people. Listeners welcome as well as readers.

When: First Monday of every month (except holidays) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Join us in person at the Pinney Library Community Room, 516 Cottage Grove Rd.

Free. No advance registration required. Food and beverages are welcome!

Contact Sarah White if you have questions: sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com or 608-347-7329.

The 2024 First Monday, First Person series is funded by a generous gift from Miriam Simmons to the Madison Public Library Foundation.

Community Room B
 
6:30pm to 8:00pm
The Spice Box

The Spice Box

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 5, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join local chef Huma Siddiqui-Seitz for this cooking class. Huma's cooking classes are based on using Pakistani/Indian spices in simple, easy and delicious recipes. In this session, Huma will demonstrate her recipes for fish stew and Mediterranean couscous.

Registration is required. Registration opens two weeks before the program (1/22/24).

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined