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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
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 21, 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 21, 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 11:15am
Bubbler Room Closed 9-11:30am
Bubbler
 
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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 2:00pm
Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

*In Hawthorne Library
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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
 
12:00pm 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 211
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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
We Make: Mini Weavings

We Make: Mini Weavings

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join other young people and caregivers for a relaxing art workshop. Make a mini weaving using yarn, fabric, and feathers. Take what you make 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 5:30pm
Bubbler & UW Teachers Studio

Bubbler & UW Teachers Studio

Bubbler
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Teacher Studio is a hybrid learning community for formal & informal educators interested in hands-on, maker-based learning. Educators of all kinds are invited to join this monthly meet up to explore concepts and practices to support hands-on making with their students. We'll zoom together with groups from around the midwest - Betty Brinn Children's Museum,  Fermilab Chicago, and Building Kids Children's Museum - while exploring a maker project in person together in the Bubbler room. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other maker centered educators locally as well as across our region! 

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Bubbler Children's Librarian and cohost of the Teacher Studio Rebecca Millerjohn at rmillerjohn@madisonpubliclibrary.org or check out the website at: https://sites.google.com/wisc.edu/teacher-studio/ 

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

Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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
 
4:30pm to 5:00pm
Dream Bus at Vera Court Neighborhood Center
614 Vera Ct
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Afterschool Art with Elias
*In Lakeview Library
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 8:30pm
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Malcolm X (1992)

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Malcolm X (1992)

Meeting Room 302
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024, 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Malcolm X (1992).

"One of the most electrifying heroes of the twentieth century receives an appropriately sweeping screen biopic, rich in both historical insight and propulsive cinematic style, courtesy of visionary director Spike Lee. Built around an extraordinary performance from Denzel Washington, Malcolm X draws on the iconic civil rights leader’s autobiography to trace his journey of empowerment, from a childhood riven by white-supremacist violence to a life of petty crime to his conversion to Islam and rebirth as a fearless fighter for Black liberation, whose courage and eloquence inspired oppressed communities the world over." (Criterion Collection)

Hosted by Jason Fuhrman, Cinesthesia is an adventurous, eclectic series of classic and contemporary films that focuses on the complex relationship between literature and cinema. Cinesthesia strives to foster constructive dialogue, while breathing new life into controversial works, neglected masterpieces, and titles in the margins of film history.  

Meeting Room 302
 
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 Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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 Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
 
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann

Mental Wellness Series with Nikyra McCann

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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
[FULL] Punch Needle Rug Making with Hijinx Mixed Media

[FULL] Punch Needle Rug Making with Hijinx Mixed Media

Studio
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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 (Feb 7, 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 7:30pm
R'oujie Wellness Book Club: All About Love

R'oujie Wellness Book Club: All About Love

Community Room
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Don’t you love getting together to talk about books while snacking? Join Keena, of R'oujie Wellness, for a relaxing book discussion and snacks! Book Club meets monthly, Jan-April 2024, with the book for the following month chosen at the end of each meeting.

February's book is "All About Love: New Version", by bell hooks. In this warm and inclusive space, book club will explore discussions about the complexities of love, connection, and feminist theory in contemporary society. 

Everyone is welcome. Registration not required, but appreciated:  https://forms.gle/dE4X5p9cvDr9HMjY6

Community Room
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Feb 21, 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 21, 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 8:30pm
Book Discussion of Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Book Discussion of Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Conference Room 104
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Set in a mid-1980s Southern high school, the kids in the theater crowd are deeply feeling their feelings of love and lust. Then the author takes a hard-pivot, upending what a reader thought they knew. Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. Join us for discussion and perhaps dessert. Newcomers warmly welcomed.

Conference Room 104
 
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Everything You Know About ADHD Is Wrong, Especially When It Comes To Women

Everything You Know About ADHD Is Wrong, Especially When It Comes To Women

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

A rambunctious little boy was once considered the poster child for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but with massive strides in research over the last 30 years, we now know, there is no poster child for ADHD.

And, counter to what we once thought, the majority of children do not outgrow their ADHD. In fact, recent studies seem to indicate that it actually gets worse with age. It just looks very different in adults.

In addition, girls and women are affected by ADHD at a rate similar to males, however they are 3 times more likely to be undiagnosed and/or receive a misdiagnosis of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or borderline personality disorder.

Many women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s with undiagnosed ADHD may even seek an evaluation for dementia due to problems with memory and cognition. They may also seek, or be told to seek, hearing evaluations. These evaluations uncover few, if any, abnormalities and women are left to shame and blame themselves for their struggles to complete seemingly simple daily tasks such as household chores, paying bills, staying organized, remembering important information, maintaining a budget, getting to work on time, and just adulting in general.

Most people with undiagnosed ADHD operate on the assumption that they are a bad woman, mother, daughter, sister, friend, wife/partner, etc. Many people brush off ADHD as a non-serious issue of paying attention that everyone deals with from time to time. In reality, untreated ADHD ruins lives. It reduces life expectancy by 12-20 years and is VASTLY more complex than just difficulties with attention.

In this talk you will learn why there has been so much discussion about ADHD in the last few years, where the misgivings and doubt about the legitimacy of the diagnosis and its treatment came from, the symptoms/impairments of ADHD in adults, and what to do about it if you suspect you or a loved one may be affected. We'll also be sure to leave some time for Q&A.

About the presenter: Kelly A. Pickens, APNP, FNP-BC, ADC-C, ADHD-CCSP is a Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings. She holds two certifications in the evaluation and management of ADHD. After the surprise discovery of her own diagnosis of ADHD at the age of 48, Kelly has devoted herself to learning everything about it, caring for those affected, and spreading awareness in an effort to combat misinformation and bias, and improve empathy for those who struggle with ADHD.

 

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined