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

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 10:30am
Storytime for the Very Young

Storytime for the Very Young

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 10:00am to 10:30am

READ and PLAY with your favorite baby or toddler! 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.

Storytime for the Very Young is intended for children ages 0 to 3 years old.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:00am to 10:45am
Growing Voices Music Class

Growing Voices Music Class

Youth Program Room
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 10:00am to 10:45am

Growing Voices Music Class is an interactive class for caregivers and their children, birth-5, to play, learn, and bond with music. In our classes we sing, play instruments, dance, and have fun together!

Youth Program Room
 
10:30am
10:30am to 12:00pm
AnjiPlayDate

AnjiPlayDate

*Offsite
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 10:30am to 12:00pm

*Note: this event takes place at the Lussier Community Education Center 55 S. Gammon Rd*

Do your cooped-up kids need a warm, free place to run and be loud? Come experience Anji Play! In this weekly award-winning program, kids lead the play while adults step back and observe with deep curiosity.  This educational approach rooted in True Play was created in Anji County in China. Madison Public Library is a pilot site for developing a library-based Anji Play model. Open to all ages. No registration required. 

*Offsite
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Storytime (ages 5 & under)

Storytime (ages 5 & under)

Meeting Room
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

READ and PLAY together with children ages 5 and under! Engaging with books, songs and playful experiences all help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills. It also helps to build a lifelong love of reading. Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Meeting Room
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

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
 
11:00am
11:00am to 1:00pm
Navigating the Bus System with Metro

Navigating the Bus System with Metro

*In Meadowridge Library
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 11:00am to 1:00pm

Learn how to use Metro Transit’s fixed route city bus service. Topics include using Google Maps, Transit, and other digital options; paper schedules and phone service; and discounted fare options. Metro employees will answer your questions about bus travel and provide one-on-one assistance in English and Spanish.

*In Meadowridge Library
 
11:30am
11:30am to 12:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 11:30am to 12:30pm

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
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 1:00pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance with Marcus

One-on-One Computer Assistance with Marcus

Family Study Room
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Free hour-long one-on-one computer and tech assistance.

Marcus can help you with:

  • Becoming comfortable with your laptop, cellphone or tablet 
  • computer basics 
  • Safely browsing the internet
  • Creating and using an email address
  • Basic understanding of apps and their usage
  • help filling out online applications 
  • help with creating resumes and cover letters

...and many other computer- and technology-related topics.

Family Study Room
 
12:30pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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
 
1:00pm
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Volunteer Event: Seed Packaging

Volunteer Event: Seed Packaging

Community Room Combined
Tuesday, Feb 27, 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 13, at 10 am.

Madison Public Library's seed libraries page

Community Room Combined
 
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Adult Knitting Group

Adult Knitting Group

Meeting Room A
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come on in and share tips or get advice! Please bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome.

Meeting Room A
 
1:00pm to 2:00pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance With Marcus

One-on-One Computer Assistance With Marcus

Family Study Room
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Free hour-long one-on-one computer and tech assistance.

Marcus can help you with:

  • Becoming comfortable with your laptop, cellphone or tablet 
  • computer basics 
  • Safely browsing the internet
  • Creating and using an email address
  • Basic understanding of apps and their usage
  • help filling out online applications 
  • help with creating resumes and cover letters

...and many other computer- and technology-related topics.

Family Study Room
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance With Marcus

One-on-One Computer Assistance With Marcus

Family Study Room
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Free hour-long one-on-one computer and tech assistance.

Marcus can help you with:

  • Becoming comfortable with your laptop, cellphone or tablet 
  • computer basics 
  • Safely browsing the internet
  • Creating and using an email address
  • Basic understanding of apps and their usage
  • help filling out online applications 
  • help with creating resumes and cover letters

...and many other computer- and technology-related topics.

Family Study Room
 
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Study Room 1
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 2:00pm 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. 

 

 

 

 

Study Room 1
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Dream Bus at Monona Shores Apartments
2 Waunona Woods Ct
 
3:00pm to 4:45pm
Dream Bus at Leopold Elementary
2 Waunona Woods Ct
 
3:15pm to 3:30pm
Munch Mobile Meals

Munch Mobile Meals

*Offsite
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 3:15pm to 3:30pm

The River Food Pantry's Munch Truck will be stopping outside Goodman South on Tuesday from 3:10PM - 3:30PM.

 

About River Food Pantry & Munch Truck

Launched in 2016, Munch is our mobile meals program that delivers free healthy meals to children and adults in over a dozen low-income neighborhoods throughout Madison. Each meal contains a sandwich or main menu item, a fruit or vegetable, a grain, a treat, and a drink. Everyone is welcome to take home a free meal. No registration or ID is required.

Neighborhoods served by Munch have large populations of children eligible for free school lunch. To bridge the gap that exists when school lunch is not available, Munch operates up to 6 days per week, Monday–Saturday, any time school cafeterias are closed (including breaks and periods of remote learning).

For any questions or comments, please contact the Munch staff at munch@riverfoodpantry.org or (608) 661-1223.

*Offsite
 
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
Tuesday, Feb 27, 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, access resources, have fun, and rely on their village for support and wellness.

*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Art Club

Art Club

Meeting Room 115
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Calling all kiddos! Join local artist, Rita, for art club! During this club, you will use your creativity to create your own masterpieces! No experience is necessary and this program is open to kids of all ages!

Meeting Room 115
 
4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Meadowridge Makes - Stacking Cups

Meadowridge Makes - Stacking Cups

*In Meadowridge Library
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Children and families, drop in for an evening of arts and crafts at Meadowridge Library! Each week we will feature either an open-ended craft or a project led by a community artist. This program is recommended for ages 3-10.

This week we'll have a kit full of stacking cups and other bits and bobs. You can build a beautiful sculpture, or see how high you can stack before it all falls down.

*In Meadowridge Library
 
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Picture This: Photography Workshop for Tweens & Teens

Picture This: Photography Workshop for Tweens & Teens

Study Room A
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Calling all aspiring teen and tween photographers! Join Nate from the Bubbler to learn the basics of photography. During each session, Nate will give tips on taking great photos -- which you'll get to try your hand at by completing a photography scavenger hunt in the library. Be ready to use your creativity as well as a DSLR camera provided by the Bubbler!

No experience or equipment is required to participate in this program, but attendees are welcome to bring their own cameras (phone cameras included) if they prefer.

Study Room A
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Black History Month Film Screening and Discussion of Love Jones

Black History Month Film Screening and Discussion of Love Jones

Community Room Combined
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a Black History Month film screening of Love Jones (1997), with a discussion to follow. Presented in partnership with Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church.

The passion between a struggling photographer and an unemployed writer is undeniable, but will it last? In this sweet, comic romance set against the jazz rhythms of Chicago, two educated, upscale urban artists discover modern courtship as they both experience a Love Jones.

Rating: R | Drama/Romance | 110 minutes

Community Room Combined
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Leslie Jamison for Splinters

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Leslie Jamison for Splinters

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes the riveting story of rebuilding a life after the end of a marriage—an exploration of motherhood, art, and new love.
 
Leslie Jamison has become one of our most beloved contemporary voices, a scribe of the real, the true, the complex. She has been compared to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, acclaimed for her powerful thinking, deep feeling, and electric prose. But while Jamison has never shied away from challenging material—scouring her own psyche and digging into our most unanswerable questions across four books—Splinters enters a new realm.
 
In her first memoir, Jamison turns her unrivaled powers of perception on some of the most intimate relationships of her life: her consuming love for her young daughter, a ruptured marriage once swollen with hope, and the shaping legacy of her own parents’ complicated bond. In examining what it means for a woman to be many things at once—a mother, an artist, a teacher, a lover—Jamison places the magical and the mundane side by side in surprising ways: pumping breastmilk in a shared university office, driving the open highway in the throes of new love, growing a tender second skin of consciousness as she watches her daughter come alive to the world. The result is a work of nonfiction like no other, an almost impossibly deep reckoning with the muchness of life and art, and a book that grieves the departure of one love even as it celebrates the arrival of another.
 
How do we move forward into joy when we are haunted by loss? How do we claim hope alongside the harm we’ve caused? A memoir for which the very term tour de force seems to have been coined, Splinters plumbs these and other pressing questions with writing that is revelatory to the last page. Jamison has delivered a book with the linguistic daring and emotional acuity that made The Empathy Exams and The Recovering instant classics, even as she reaches new depths of understanding, piercing the reader to the core. A master of nonfiction, she evinces once again her ability to “stitch together the intellectual and the emotional with the finesse of a crackerjack surgeon” (NPR).

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Author George​ Hesselberg at the Friends of Pinney Annual Meeting

Author George​ Hesselberg at the Friends of Pinney Annual Meeting

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Gather with the Friends of Pinney Library for their Annual Meeting, kicked off by an Author Talk by George Hesselberg, author most recently of Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat

Following the Author Talk, the Friends will hold the Annual Meeting. Please stay to hear all about the work of the Friends of the Pinney Library!

Attend in person and be eligible to receive one of 15-20 signed copies of the book! In-person attendees do NOT need to register. If you plan to attend virtually, registration is required (click below). The Zoom link will be sent to you once you register for the event. 

From The Wisconsin Historical Society Press:

In a lively collection of feature obituaries and related news stories, longtime newspaper reporter George Hesselberg celebrates life, sharing the most fascinating stories that came from decades of covering the obit and public safety beats.

In more than forty years at the Wisconsin State Journal, Hesselberg frequently found himself writing about fatal accidents, crime investigations, and the deaths of the wealthy, famous, or notorious. But he was most drawn to the curious, the unknown, and the unsung—the deaths that normally wouldn’t make much of a splash, if any mention at all, in the news columns of a daily paper.

Digging deeper, he uncovered the extraordinary among the ordinary, memorializing the lives of a sword designer, a radio villain, a pioneering female detective, a homeless woman who spoke fluent French, a beloved classroom tarantula, and many more. Their stories are alternately amusing, sad, surprising, and profound. Together they speak to a shared human experience and inspire us to see the people around us with new eyes, valuing the lives while they are still being lived.

GEORGE HESSELBERG was a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal for forty-three years. He covered every beat, wrote hundreds of news obituaries of the famous and the not-so-famous, and was a columnist for eighteen years.

Community Rooms A and B Combined