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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9:00am
9:15am to 10:00am
Tots in Motion

Tots in Motion

Community Room B
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 9:15am to 10:00am

You and your child will dance, Dance, DANCE! Bubbles, shakers and more! The last part of each class involves free play with library toys and a chance for caregivers to chat. Geared for children ages 5 & under, but older kids are always welcome to join in, too! 

Babies too young to toddle can clap and bounce to the rhythm. Preschoolers are leaders in following cues. Children participate in their own way, in their own time. The only expectation is to have fun!

 

Community Room B
 
9:30am
9:30am to 12:30pm
FULL--Free Tax Filing at Sequoya (Appointment required)

FULL--Free Tax Filing at Sequoya (Appointment required)

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Free assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 608-266-6385 no earlier than 9am on January 24, 2024, to make an appointment (required).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax assistance free of charge with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low-to-moderate income. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year.

Some situations are outside the scope of the service -- see what type of taxes they can prepare or ask if in doubt. 

All Sequoya Library appointments will be in-person on WEDNESDAYS: 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, & 4/10.

Library staff will begin making appointments on January 24 at 9 am. Appointments must be made in person or by phone. (We cannot honor requests left in voice messages, so please call again if you reach voicemail instead of a staff member.) 

 

Click here for a list of all 2024 Tax Assistance dates at Central, Lakeview, Meadowridge, and Sequoya Libraries, or take a look at our calendar. Appointments are required at all locations.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
9:30am to 10:30am
Baby & Toddler Storytime (ages birth to 3)

Baby & Toddler Storytime (ages birth to 3)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 9:30am to 10:30am

READ and PLAY with your favorite baby or toddler! Reading, singing, talking and playing with your baby from the beginning is important because the roots of language are developing in a baby’s brain even before they can talk! Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Youth Program Room
 
10:00am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Scrabble at the Library

Scrabble at the Library

Community Room - Table Side
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Attention word lovers: exercise your brain by playing Scrabble with other adults!

Community Room - Table Side
 
10:00am to 11:00am
NewBridge Book Discussion of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith

NewBridge Book Discussion of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith

*Offsite
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us for a book discussion of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. New members always welcome!  Please check with library staff for location or Zoom link.

"This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith’s widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to “help people with problems in their lives.” Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors." -- Amazon.com

*Offsite
 
10:15am to 11:00am
Tots in Motion

Tots in Motion

Community Room B
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 10:15am to 11:00am

You and your child will dance, Dance, DANCE! Bubbles, shakers and more! The last part of each class involves free play with library toys and a chance for caregivers to chat. Geared for children ages 5 & under, but older kids are always welcome to join in, too! 

Babies too young to toddle can clap and bounce to the rhythm. Preschoolers are leaders in following cues. Children participate in their own way, in their own time. The only expectation is to have fun!

 

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

Storytime

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

READ and PLAY together with children 5 & under! Stories, songs, and rhymes for about 20 minutes, followed by playtime and an art project. 

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.

No registration, free of cost, and older siblings are welcome!

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

Baby Storytime

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

READ and PLAY with your favorite baby, ages birth to 17 months! Reading, singing, talking, and playing with your baby from the beginning is important because the roots of language are developing in a baby’s brain even before they can talk! Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Multi Age Storytime (children & families 5 & under)

Multi Age Storytime (children & families 5 & under)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 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. Older and Younger siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Youth Program Room
 
11:30am
11:30am to 4:00pm
Red Cross Blood Drive---Appointments FULL

Red Cross Blood Drive---Appointments FULL

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 11:30am to 4:00pm

Alicia Ashman Library and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses can make it difficult for the Red Cross to maintain a sufficient blood supply. Your donation can give hope and strength to patients in need. 

Everyone who gives between February 1-29 will receive a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card by email! Terms and additional details can be found at RedCrossBlood.org/Heart

Please join us in this lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today at RedCrossBlood.org and enter the sponsor code: aliciaashmanlibrary

Drive Details:
Site: Alicia Ashman Library
Address: 733 N. High Point Rd., Madison, WI, 53717
Room Name: Capitol Bank Community Room
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Time: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Community Room
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 5:30pm
[FULL] Free Tax Filing at Lakeview (Appointment required)

[FULL] Free Tax Filing at Lakeview (Appointment required)

Community Room - Table Side
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 12:00pm to 5:30pm

Free assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 608-246-4547 no earlier than January 24, 2024 to make an appointment (required).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides in-person and virtual tax assistance free of charge with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low-to-moderate income. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year.

Some situations are outside the scope of the service -- see what type of taxes they can prepare or ask if in doubt. 

Appointments must be made in person or by phone. (We cannot honor requests left in voice messages, so please call again if you reach voicemail instead of a staff member.) 

 

Click here for a list of all 2024 Tax Assistance dates at Central, Lakeview, and Sequoya Libraries, or take a look at our calendar. Appointments are required at all locations.

See more information about the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program.

Community Room - Table Side
 
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

*In Hawthorne Library
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Do you have clothing or other fabric items that need mending? 

Volunteers from the Sewing Machine Project are offering free mending at Hawthorne Neighborhood Library every other Wednesday from noon - 2:00 pm. These helpful sewers mend clothing and can handle many other fabric-related repairs (exception: no zipper repairs).

Mending is done on the spot on a first come, first served basis. There’s no drop off or pick up, we do what we can do in the time allowed.

Drop in anytime between 12:00 - 2:00 pm!

*In Hawthorne Library
 
12:30pm
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Craft and Chat

Craft and Chat

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 12:45pm to 3:00pm

All are welcome to Craft and Chat!  This group meets weekly from 12:45 - 3:00 pm,

Crafting includes making greeting cards for veterans and shut-ins, creating Christmas stockings for patients in the VA hospital, making throws and lap quilts for people who use wheelchairs..

Craft projects are made to be donated.

Anyone who would like to help is welcome to drop in.  If you don't have your own craft supplies, the group will have supplies available.

Community Room
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Chess for All Ages

Chess for All Ages

Study Room A
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Please join us to play chess at our weekly, drop-in program! All ages and experience levels welcome.

Study Room A
 
3:00pm to 4:30pm
All-Ages Knitting Circle

All-Ages Knitting Circle

*In Meadowridge Library
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Drop-in knitting.  All experience levels welcome!  Children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult for duration of program. Yarn and Needles provided for in-library use.

 

Please contact Meadowridge Library at 608-288-6160 for more details and information!

*In Meadowridge Library
 
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Ct
 
3:30pm
3:45pm to 4:15pm
Dream Bus at Mendota Elementary
4002 School Rd
 
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
Wednesday, Feb 7, 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, access resources, have fun, and rely on their village for support and wellness.

*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Afterschool Art with Elias
*In Lakeview Library
 
4:30pm to 5:00pm
Dream Bus at Vera Court Neighborhood Center
614 Vera Ct
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
[Canceled] We Make: Shrinky Dinks

[Canceled] We Make: Shrinky Dinks

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join other young people and caregivers for a relaxing art workshop. Draw or trace a design on unique plastic that shrinks and looks like glass after being baked. Please be aware that after creating your design it will need to bake. Bake and wait time will be dependent on attendance. There will be the option to take your Shrinky Dink unbaked to finish in a personal toaster or conventional oven. 

No registration required and free of cost.

Youth 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver during the program.

Community Room
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Youth Graphic Novel Club discusses Out There by Seaerra Miller

Youth Graphic Novel Club discusses Out There by Seaerra Miller

Studio
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join us at Pinney Library on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss an older kids/tween graphic novel! No reservation needed. Light snacks provided.

This month we will be discussing Out There by Seaerra Miller

Plot: A touching, out-of-this-world graphic novel about a daughter, her father, and the aliens that may or may not be speaking to him.

Julia didn’t always believe in aliens.
 
It was her father who convinced her otherwise. You see—Julia’s dad believes he was abducted by aliens. And ever since then, he’s been obsessed with the extraterrestrial beings living out there.
 
So when a festival commemorating the 75th anniversary of the infamous UFO crash in New Mexico rolls around, Julia turns down a dream vacation to Hawaii with her best friend, Sara, to join her dad for a weekend trip to Roswell, where he expects the aliens to make contact.
 
But amid the alien-themed goofiness of the festival, Julia finds she isn’t sure whether her father really did get abducted. His memories of alien interference are starting to sound increasingly shaky, and with them, her faith in him. Will this weekend bring the two closer together or only drive them apart? 
 
A heartfelt story of family, loyalty, and the lengths we go to support those we love." - Amazon

 

Studio
 
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

School age children (elementary and middle school) are invited to join us for this kid-led Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Be a part of an adventuring party where you'll use your imagination and creativity to explore a fantasy world in an epic quest. Our Dungeon Master Jared will provide support and help guide campaigns along with our adult D&D experts and our Youth Librarian Ruth.

This weekly session is for beginners.

About D&D: Dungeons and Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game that allows each player to create their own character to play. These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. A Dungeon Master (DM) serves as the game's referee and storyteller, while maintaining the setting in which the adventures occur.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
5:00pm
5:15pm to 6:00pm
Dream Bus at Kennedy Heights Community Center
199 Kennedy Heights
 
5:30pm
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Anime Club

Anime Club

Community Room B and Kitchen
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Love anime, or want to get into it? Join us Wednesday evenings for Meadowridge Library's anime club!

Community Room B and Kitchen
 
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann

Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

This series includes 4 workshops: Standing in Stability, Coping with Mental Illness, Mindfulness, and Building Self-Esteem.  Each workshop will allow participants to learn about strategies for mental wellness.  This series will be led by Nikyra McCann.

Nikyra McCann is a mental health advocate and the founder of Still Standing Enterprise.  She serves as the Board Vice President and the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for NAMI of Dane County.

Meeting Room 115
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Punch Needle Rug Making with Hijinx Mixed Media

Punch Needle Rug Making with Hijinx Mixed Media

Studio
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Rugs for Your Mugs! A Rug Making Workshop

Join Juliet King of Hijinx Mixed Media to make your own one-of-a-kind rug coaster! This workshop will explore Juliet’s favorite form of fiber art–punch needle rug tufting. Juliet will provide background information and a demonstration of rug hand-punching method.  Each participant will have a prepared kit to work from with experienced artist Juliet King. Using the yarn, colors, and design provided, the goal is for each participant to come away from this workshop with experience in rug making with a punch method.  You may choose to use the supplies from your kit to create a simple design or bring your own yarn for more variety.  Embroidery hoops and needles will be available to use during the workshop. 

Things to consider when rug-making for you to think about in preparation and will be discussed at the workshop:
● Text is difficult, especially with small rugs
● Big & bold graphics work best
● Intricate detail will likely get lost
● Consider what kind of yarn is best for each project
● Is your rug for touching or just for looking?

This 2-hour workshop is ideal for intermediate to advanced crafters and is open to ages 16+.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please refrain from registering a second time if you attended previously - all January-March workshops are the same content. Registration opens 2 weeks in advance (Jan. 24, 2024).

About the instructor:

Juliet (she/they) founded Hijinx Mixed Media as a way to spread joy and laughter through art. "Sometimes my art is humorous just for a laugh, but sometimes it's humorous as a way to take the edge off harder-to-talk-about subjects such as depression, racism, and body positivity. Navigating through the world as a mixed race queer person, I hope to encourage community, solidarity, and resistance through accessible imagery and loud messages."  Learn more about Juliet's art on her website hijinxmixedmedia.com / IG & TikTok @hijinx.mixed

Studio
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Drop in knitting: Learn a new craft or work on that unfinished project with other neighborhood knitters.

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Grace Olson

Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Grace Olson

Bubbler
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Weekly Open Studios is a part of Family Reunion, the Bubbler Room Artist-in-Residence (Feb-May) with Grace Olson. 
Grace will be present every Wednesday evening 6-8pm, leading creative, hands-on activities and collaborative projects to anyone who stops by.  

Family Reunion is a space for reimagination and celebration of family in all the forms it can take. In this space, you are invited to take part in creative projects that explore the ways we all find, make, experience, and practice family. Grace's intention as a facilitator is to shed light on the unconventional and to encourage change toward more intentionality and interdependence. The wishing, making, tinkering, and pondering we do together will explore questions such as:

  • Who is in your lineage?
  • What stories/skills/heirlooms/artifacts/ways of being/ways of thinking do you wish to bring forward?
  • Where do you find a sense of home?
  • When does one “start a family”, and what does that mean?
  • How can we move towards building more loving and resilient family structures?

    The Bubbler Room is open to the public whenever the Central Library is open. It is closed to the public only temporarily for any scheduled workshops and/or community partner site visits.

Bubbler
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Mystery Book Discussion: Bangalore Detectives Club

Mystery Book Discussion: Bangalore Detectives Club

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a discussion of this month's mystery book, Bangalore Detectives Club, by Harini Nagendra. New members always welcome! Copies may be available at the Ask Desk.

Synopsis: In colonial India, Kaveri is well-off but unhappy, when a murder at the Century Club galvanizes her into investigative action. Kaveri, who loves mathematics and biology, uses her intelligence, charm, knowledge of the new science of fingerprints, and (often) luck in finding clues to pursue the case, aided by her husband’s admiration and his contacts within the police.

Find Bangalore Detectives Club on LINKcat.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined