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Events Calendar

Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9am
9:00am to 1:00pm
FULL-Free Tax Filing at Central (Appointment required)

FULL-Free Tax Filing at Central (Appointment required)

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 9:00am to 1:00pm

Free assistance from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 608-266-6350 no earlier than January 24, 2024 to make an appointment (required).

The VITA program is an IRS and Wisconsin DOR initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved. The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

Some situations are outside the scope of the service -- ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2023 to use this service.

All Central Library appointments will be on SATURDAYS: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6

**We will begin taking appointments on Wednesday, January 24th for the February (2/10, 2/17, 2/24) tax help dates. We will take appointments for March and April dates (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6) on February 21st. **

 

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.

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
10am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Volunteer Event: Seed Packaging

Volunteer Event: Seed Packaging

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Madison Public Library will be providing free seeds for community members at several locations again this year! 

Now the library is looking for volunteers to help with the hard part: packaging the seeds so library patrons can take them home! If you would like to donate your time and effort to this project, please register below!

Registration opens two weeks before the event, on February 10, at 9 am.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:00am to 11:30am
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 10:00am to 11:30am

Read aloud to a therapy dog from nonprofit Guardian Whiskers! 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.

Children will be paired one-on-one with a registered therapy dog and their owner. 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.

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Community English

Community English

*Offsite
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Practice speaking, reading, and writing English with Literacy Network. Beginning to intermediate students are welcome! 

Spring 2024 classes are January 27 - May 4, Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm, in-person at Literacy Network, (701 Dane Street, Madison WI, 53713). The Literacy Network is across the street from the Goodman South Madison Public Library. March 9th and April 13th classes will meet at the Goodman South Library. 

This class is free for students 18 years old and up living in Dane County. 

For more information and to sign up, please call Bex Fabrizio at Literacy Network at (608) 268-6425 or email her at bex@litnetwork.org.

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Practica hablar, leer, y escribir en inglés con Literacy Network. ¡Los estudiantes de nivel principiante a intermedio son bienvenidos! Las clases para el semestre de primavera son del 27 de enero al 4 de mayo en persona en Literacy Network, 701 Dane Street, Madison WI 53713, frente a la Biblioteca Goodman South Madison. Las clases del 9 de marzo y 13 de abril habrá en la Biblioteca Goodman South. Estas clases son gratuitas para adultos (18 años y mayores) que vivan en Dane County.

*Offsite
 
11am
11:30am to 2:00pm
Our Town Everywhere - Saturday Salon

Our Town Everywhere - Saturday Salon

Studio
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 11:30am to 2:00pm

Our Town Everywhere ~ Nuestro pueblo en todos lados

Help make a portrait of Madison!

Engage in reflective artwork throughout this unique portrait-making project, Our Town Everywhere!  Drop-in on most Fridays (3-6pm) and Saturdays (11-2 pm) at the Pinney Library Studio to create stamped self-portraits or other community connection themed projects which will be shared and displayed across the Madison community.  All ages welcome, materials supplied, and local bilingual (Spanish / english) teaching artist Mindy will be there to guide and support your process. 

Participar en arte reflexivo. Gente de todas edades también están invitados a participar en el proyecto de retratos Nuestra ciudad por todos lados, organizado por el Bubbler en el estudio de la biblioteca Pinney. Un artista hispanohablante local estará facilitando esta sesión del proyecto de Nuestra ciudad por todos lados.

Studio
 
12pm
12:40pm to 1:00pm
Munch Mobile Lunch Van

Munch Mobile Lunch Van

*In Lakeview Library
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 12:40pm to 1:00pm

The Munch Mobile Lunch Van will make a stop at Lakeview Library on Saturdays this fall.  All people in and around the library can get a free lunch between 12:40pm and 1:00pm.

*In Lakeview Library
 
1pm
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Volunteer Seed Packaging Event

Volunteer Seed Packaging Event

Meeting Room 115
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Madison Public Library will be providing free seeds for community members at several locations again this year! 

Now the library is looking for volunteers to help with the hard part: packaging the seeds so library patrons can take them home! If you would like to donate your time and effort to this project, please register below!

Registration opens two weeks before the event, on February 9, at 10:00 A.M.

Madison Public Library's seed libraries page

Meeting Room 115
 
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Puzzle Swap!

Puzzle Swap!

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Bring puzzles you've already done and trade them for puzzles that are new-to-you!

Puzzles for all ages and of all sizes accepted, as long as they are in good condition with all the pieces.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Friends of Lakeview Library Annual Meeting and Author Talk with Mary Bergin

Friends of Lakeview Library Annual Meeting and Author Talk with Mary Bergin

Community Room Combined
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The Friends of Lakeview Library  annual public meeting will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Come to learn about the Friends as an opportunity to support your neighborhood library. Following the business meeting will be an author event featuring local author, Mary Bergin, speaking about her new book, Small-town Wisconsin: fun, surprising, and exceptional road trips.  Copies will be available for sale after the meeting.  Stay to enjoy light refreshments courtesy of Friends of Lakeview Library.

Community Room Combined
 
1pm
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Cooking with Chef Lily

Cooking with Chef Lily

Teen Room
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join The Kids Chef, Lily Kilfoy, for a series of cooking classes for school-age kids, tweens, and their families. Participants will learn about different foods, where they come from, how to follow recipes, and how to use a variety of tools.  Registration is not required, but participation will be limited to the first 25 attendees. 

Food generously provided by Willy St. Co-op North.

Teen Room
 
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

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.

Blue Room 128
 
2pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Capturing Moments, Making Memories: Family Portraits

Capturing Moments, Making Memories: Family Portraits

Community Room
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Madison Public Library invites you and your family to attend a mini photo session and receive a FREE of cost family portrait! Families and individuals can capture or commemorate this moment in time with their loved ones - bring along anyone you see as family (chosen family, special someones, aunties, etc.). 

Each family will receive:

  • A 10-minute photo session with Hedi LaMarr Rudd, professional photographer
  • A digital copy of their family portrait

Keep in Mind:

  • Limited to one registration per group.
  • No library card is required.
  • Space is limited and will go fast - reserve your session ASAP!
  • The turnaround time on receiving your digital images is about 2 weeks.
  • Photos are for personal use only. Please refrain from bringing props, logos, or other items for promotional purposes.
  • Please note that it is against Madison Public Library's Behavior Policy to bring any animal into the library except service animals.

BIPOC families are especially encouraged to register, but all families are welcome. 

Registration opens two weeks prior, on Feb 10th at 2pm. 

If no spots remain and you would like to be placed on a waitlist for Hawthorne Library's dates ONLY, please email your name, phone number, and group size to jhavens@madisonpubliclibrary.org.

 

La Biblioteca Pública de Madison le invita a usted y a su familia a que se tomen un retrato familiar GRATUITO. Las familias y las personas BIPOC (Negros, Indígenas y Personas de Color) pueden capturar o conmemorar este momento con sus seres queridos - traiga a todas las personas que considere como su familia (familia escogida, personas especiales, tias, etc.). Nosotros queremos proporcionar acceso a fotografías de alta calidad para todos los miembros de la comunidad.

Cada familia recibirá:

Una sesión de fotografías de 10 minutos con la fotógrafa local Hedi Rudd.

Una copia digital de su retrato familiar.

Tenga en cuenta que:

El evento está limitado a una sola inscripción por grupo.

El tiempo de entrega para recibir sus imágenes digitales es de aproximadamente dos semanas.

Las fotografías son solo para su uso personal. Por favor abstengase de traer accesorios,

logos u otros artículos para propósitos promocionales.

Por favor tenga en cuenta que es en contra de la Póliza de Comportamiento de la Biblioteca Pública de Madison el traer cualquier animal dentro de la biblioteca excepto los animales de servicio.

Animamos especialmente a las famlias BIPOC a inscribirse, pero todas las familias son bienvenidas. No se requiere de una tarjeta de la biblioteca.

La inscripción se abre dos semanas antes, el 10 de febrero a las 14:00 horas.

Si no quedan lugares y desea ser incluido en una lista de espera para las fechas de la Biblioteca Hawthorne SOLAMENTE, envíe un correo electrónico con su nombre, número de teléfono y tamaño del grupo a jhavens@madisonpubliclibrary.org.

 

About the photographer:

Hedi is currently the Director of Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, a project of Rooted whose mission is collaborations rooted in food, land, and learning. An avid photographer and writer, her work has been featured in UMOJA Magazine, Capital City Hues, Madison365, Love Madison and other local publications. Hedi is the 2019 recipient of the Forward Community Investments Nan Cheney March for Justice Awards, the Madison Black Chamber and Madison Hip-Hop Awards Photographer of the year. Hedi is also a proud alumnus of the UW Madison Odyssey Project and WARF’s Upstart Program and is an active member of the Community Shares of Wisconsin Board.  

Community Room
 
2pm
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 2:30pm to 3:00pm

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.

Blue Room 128
 
3pm
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

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.

Blue Room 128