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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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9:30am
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 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
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Afterschool Art with Elias
*In Lakeview Library
 
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 5:30pm
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
 
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 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
 
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
 
7:00pm
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