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Monday, February 12, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 10:30am
Movement Exploration

Movement Exploration

Youth Program Room
Monday, Feb 12, 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 11:30am
[FULL] Let's Do Art for Seniors!

[FULL] Let's Do Art for Seniors!

Community Room
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

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 01/30/24: 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 12, 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
[FULL] Chair Yoga & Gentle Movement for Older Adults

[FULL] Chair Yoga & Gentle Movement for Older Adults

Community Room Combined
Monday, Feb 12, 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
 
11:00am
11:00am to 2:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Blue Room 128
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 11:00am to 2:00pm

Find help for navigating application processes and filling out forms required for housing, immigration, food, health, and other community support services. Available each Monday and Thursday, 11 AM - 2 PM.

In partnership with the City of Madison and Madison Public Library, the African Center for Community Development provides in-person assistance* to assist residents with applications for services, jobs, and other financial benefits. Application assistance is also offered at multiple Madison locations. For questions about the program, please call the African Center at 608-957-5623 or 608-294-0066.

*Neither The African Center for Community Development nor Madison Public Library can provide legal assistance or advice.  We are not able to fill out applications on your behalf or assess program eligibility.

Blue Room 128
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:30pm
General Job Assistance

General Job Assistance

Study Room 211
Monday, Feb 12, 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
 
12:30pm
12:30pm to 1:45pm
Mindful Moments: a Drop-In Meditation Group

Mindful Moments: a Drop-In Meditation Group

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Mindfulness is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than worrying about the future or ruminating about the past, mindfulness can help you enjoy life more fully, effectively, and peacefully. Join us when you can to learn simple mindfulness and meditation techniques that can be incorporated into your everyday routine to reduce your stress and increase your well-being. Typically, each session will begin with a brief check-in, followed by a guided sitting meditation. Then Gloria will share reflections on some aspect of mindfulness. The group will discuss the topic and ask any questions about the practice. We will end with another sitting meditation. Experience in mindfulness or meditation is not necessary. This program is being offered both in-person and online through Zoom. If you would like to join by Zoom, please register below. Registration is not necessary for in-person attendance.

This program is part of the Live Well @ Your Library​ initiative.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
1:00pm
1:00pm to 2:15pm
Monday Movies Presents...Denzel Washington in ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (2017)

Monday Movies Presents...Denzel Washington in ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (2017)

Community Room
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Roman J. Israel is an idealistic defense attorney whose life gets upended when his boss and mentor -- the legendary civil rights icon William Henry Jackson -- dies unexpectedly. He's then recruited to join a law firm led by George Pierce, an ambitious lawyer who was one of Jackson's former students. Israel's legacy of activism soon gets put to the test when he takes on the case of Langston Bailey, a young man accused of murdering a convenience store clerk.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell

Rated: PG-13 for language and some violence - Thriller/Crime - 2h 9m

 

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
 
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Family Study Room
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

In partnership with the City of Madison and Madison Public Library, the African Center for Community Development provides in-person assistance* to help offset housing costs by assisting residents with applications for services, jobs, and other financial benefits.
We provide help for people navigating application processes and filling out forms required for housing, immigration, food, health, and other community support services. For questions about the program, please call African Center at (608) 957-5623 or (608) 294-0066.

*Neither The African Center for Community Development nor Madison Public Library can provide legal assistance or advice.  We are not able to fill out applications on your behalf, or assess program eligibility. 

Family Study Room
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday Meetup

Monday Meetup

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 12, 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 4:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Study Room 209
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 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 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
 
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Youth Program Room
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Read aloud to Libby, a certified therapy dog from Alliance Therapy Dogs. Reading to an attentive, non-judgmental audience is a great way for young people to build fluency, and being with a pet has many other proven health benefits.

This program is first-come, first-serve, so drop in at any time. Bring books from home, or pick them out from the library.

This program is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Youth Program Room
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 3:15pm
Dream Bus at Allied Drive Learning Center
2237 Allied Dr
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 5:30pm
Let's Blow Off Some STEAM

Let's Blow Off Some STEAM

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 3:00pm to 5:30pm

A trip into the Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math (STEAM) realm! This collaboration with UW-Madison and other science partners helps teens, tweens and their families to pick up new skills through hands-on experimentation and exploration.

*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
3:15pm to 5:00pm
Dungeons and Dragons A Ballad of Intersting Events Season 2.

Dungeons and Dragons A Ballad of Intersting Events Season 2.

Study Room A
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 3:15pm to 5:00pm

The Queen is in trouble and calls for our aid! Navigate this new world as Season 1 comes to a close and the first threat and the second threat looms over the horizon will our heroes be brave enough to stop what comes? Will they be wise enough to solve the mystery? How many fart jokes can I squeak in?? Find out in A Ballad of Interesting Events

Study Room A
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at Theresa Terrace
1409 Theresa Terrace
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Feb 12, 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
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
LEGO®: Movie & Build - Turning Red

LEGO®: Movie & Build - Turning Red

Community Room
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Join other youth and families for a movie showing of Turning Red (2022) on Hawthorne’s big screen. The library's LEGO collection will also be available to play with while you watch! We have plenty of LEGOs to share, so please no personal LEGOs.

The film will start promptly at 4:00pm.

Youth 8 years and younger must bring an adult, or responsible older sibling, with.

 

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

Minecraft Club

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Feb 12, 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 6:00pm
It Takes A Village After-School Enrichment

It Takes A Village After-School Enrichment

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Monday, Feb 12, 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
 
4:15pm to 4:45pm
Dream Bus at Elver Park Neighborhood Center
1201 McKenna Blvd
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Lussier Community Education Center
55 S Gammon Rd
 
5:00pm to 6:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Feb 12, 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
 
5:30pm
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 12, 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 2/5/2024.

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Simply Stitched: Drop-In Sewing Group

Simply Stitched: Drop-In Sewing Group

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Come sew with us!

Simply Stitched is Sequoya Library's adult sewing group for sewists of all skill levels. Bring your own sewing machine and other supplies. Drop in to work on any sewing project you have, and to share tips and advice.

If you would like to use one of the library's sewing machines, you can reserve one by registering for this program. Registration begins two weeks before the session. Register below, or by speaking to a library staff member in person or by phone at (608) 266-6385.

(If you are bringing your own machine or a project that does not require a machine, you do not need to register.)

Meeting 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 12, 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
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chess at the Library

Chess at the Library

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Feb 12, 2024, 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