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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9:30am
9:30am to 1:30pm
Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Central Library Madison and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

FEBRUARY DONOR PROMOTION:

  • Share your heart! Come give in February for a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. See rcblood.org/heart

NEW:  The Red Cross has launched the new Blood Donor Rewards program! Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, all donors now automatically earn points when they come to give. Donors can redeem points any time of year to receive e-gift cards or save them to redeem and claim an exclusive Red Cross merchandise item in the next calendar year. Learn more at RedCrossBlood.org/Rewards.   

Drive Details:
Site: Central Library
Address: 201 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI, 53703
Room Name: Community Room 301
Date: Wed Feb 14, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
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 14, 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 14, 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 2:00pm
Free Tax Filing at Meadowridge (Appointment Required)

Free Tax Filing at Meadowridge (Appointment Required)

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 10:00am to 2:00pm

Free assistance from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 608-288-6160 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. 

All Meadowridge Library tax appointments will be on WEDNESDAYS: 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 10 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.

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Scrabble at the Library

Scrabble at the Library

Community Room - Table Side
Wednesday, Feb 14, 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 10:30am
Multi-age Storytime (ages 5 and under)

Multi-age Storytime (ages 5 and under)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 10:00am to 10:30am

READ and PLAY together with children 5 & under! 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. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Youth Program Room
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
Storytime

Storytime

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 14, 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 14, 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 14, 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
 
11:00am
11:00am to 11:30am
Baby Storytime (ages birth to 17 mo)

Baby Storytime (ages birth to 17 mo)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 11:00am to 11:30am

READ and PLAY with your favorite baby! 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
 
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 14, 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
 
12:30pm
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Craft and Chat

Craft and Chat

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 14, 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 3:30pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Ct
 
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Chess for All Ages

Chess for All Ages

Study Room A
Wednesday, Feb 14, 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 14, 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
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 4:30pm
LEGO Club at Pinney

LEGO Club at Pinney

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

It's time for LEGO Club! Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month (Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8), for ages 5 to 12. Leave your own LEGOs at home - we've got plenty to share! Sometimes there's a theme, but there's always opportunity to free build.

Youth Program Room
 
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 14, 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 6:00pm
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 211
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Get assistance with opening an email account, writing a Word document, navigating the internet, keeping your files safe, and more.

Call 608-266-6350 to make a 30-minute appointment.

Computer Assistance is sponsored by the Digital Equity Project.

Study Room 211
 
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
We Make: LED Circuit Cards

We Make: LED Circuit Cards

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join other young people and caregivers for a relaxing art workshop. Make a light-up card by creating a working circuit, then make it your own by decorating it. Take your card with you when you leave.

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 6:30pm
Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 14, 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 7:00pm
[Canceled] Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann

[Canceled] Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The February 14 workshop is canceled. Rescheduling information will be added to the calendar when available. 

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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 7:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival + Mystery To Me Presents Kaveh Akbar for MARTYR!

Wisconsin Book Festival + Mystery To Me Presents Kaveh Akbar for MARTYR!

*Offsite
Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Presented in partnership with Mystery To Me Books.

Cyrus Shams is a young man grappling with an inheritance of violence and loss: his mother's plane was shot down over the skies of the Persian Gulf in a senseless accident; and his father's life in America was circumscribed by his work killing chickens at a factory farm in the Midwest. Cyrus is a drunk, an addict, and a poet, whose obsession with martyrs leads him to examine the mysteries of his past—toward an uncle who rode through Iranian battlefields dressed as the angel of death to inspire and comfort the dying, and toward his mother, through a painting discovered in a Brooklyn art gallery that suggests she may not have been who or what she seemed.

Kaveh Akbar's Martyr! is a paean to how we spend our lives seeking meaning—in faith, art, ourselves, others.

In conversation with Michelle Wildgen. 

Please note that this event will be held at Mystery To Me bookstore at 6 p.m. on February 14. While this is a free event, RSVPs are encouraged. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

*Offsite
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Feb 14, 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 14, 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
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
[FULL] Family Valentine's Day Pancake Dinner
Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined