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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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Monday, April 15, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 10:30am
Movement Exploration

Movement Exploration

Youth Program Room
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 10:00am to 10:30am

Caregivers and children (5 & under) are invited to come and play together in a movement friendly environment. Different play areas will be set up each week to encourage crawling, hanging, climbing, balancing and more. This is a facilitated open play environment where kids are encouraged to explore the space, navigate challenges and move their bodies with support from their caregiver.

Youth Program Room
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Alebrijes Demonstration

Alebrijes Demonstration

Studio
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Meet artists Armando Jimenez and his son Alejandro who are visiting from Oaxaca, Mexico. They will demonstrate carving and painting as they create Alebrijes.  Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantasy and mythical creatures made of wood and Papier-mâché.  Explore books featuring Jimenez family artwork and folk art of Mexico.  This will be a live demonstration and the artists can answer questions about the history of this art form. 

Studio
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:15am
Storytime

Storytime

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Read and play together at Meadowridge's storytime! Engaging with stories, songs, and play is an essential part of early development and helps foster a lifelong love of reading. This program is recommended for ages 0-5. 

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:30am to 11:15am
[FULL] Chair Yoga & Gentle Movement for Older Adults

[FULL] Chair Yoga & Gentle Movement for Older Adults

Community Room Combined
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Join Kim for a chair yoga and gentle movement class focusing on range of motion, breathing, and balance. Movements will be performed either sitting in a chair or standing.

Chair yoga is accessible to anyone of any age or ability. The practice begins with quiet stillness, focusing on breathing to increase respiratory function. Gentle movement while seated can increase range of motion and flexibility in all joints of the body and reduce arthritis pain. Standing postures are intended to strengthen muscles and bone, improve balance and decrease fear by gaining body awareness. In addition to the physical benefits, chair yoga can also calm the mind, reduce stress, and enhance compassion for ourselves and others, therefore enhancing quality of life! 

Space is limited for this program; registration is required. To register please use the link below or call Lakeview Library at 608-246-4547. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Presented in partnership with NewBridge.

About the presenter

Kim Sprecher is a registered yoga teacher with over seven years of experience in helping older adults improve their quality of life. 

Community Room Combined
 
11:00am
11:00am to 2:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 11:00am to 2:00pm

Find help navigating application processes and filling out forms required for housing, immigration, food, health, and other community support services.

In partnership with the City of Madison and Madison Public Library, the African Center for Community Development provides in-person assistance. Examples include: 

  • Disability
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Passport
  • Social security
  • Unemployment
  • WIC

For questions about the program or to schedule an appointment, please call the 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 cannot fill out applications on your behalf or assess program eligibility.
 

*In Goodman South Madison Library
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 3:00pm
General Job Assistance

General Job Assistance

Study Room 211
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Need help updating a resume or cover letter, applying for jobs online, or brushing up on basic computer skills? Sign up for a one-hour one-on-one appointment by stopping into the Central Library or calling the reference desk at 608-266-6350.

 

Study Room 211
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday Meetup

Monday Meetup

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us on Monday afternoon for library fun--you never know what might happen!

Projects especially chosen for the school-age crowd; all ages welcome with adult help.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Personal Archiving Lab: Drop-In Tutorials

Study Room 209
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Personal Archiving Lab at Central Library is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials like home movies video tapes audio cassettes photographs and more. Stop by the Central Library on Mondays, 2-4pm (Room 209) for a tutorial on how to use the library's Personal Archiving Lab. Tutorial duration is approximately 20-30 minutes. The instructor may not be able to accommodate those who arrive after 3:40pm.

Following the tutorial, you will be able to make an appointment during library hours to use the equipment - up to 3 hours per day - for your personal archiving project.

The Personal Archiving Lab supports the following formats: VHS and VHS-C tapes DVDs (not BluRay); audio cassettes; MiniDV and Hi-8 tapes; photographs (including negatives and slides) and other paper-based documents. Patrons who use the lab must bring some form of external storage — a portable hard drive, or a thumb drive — on which digital files can be stored.

Call 608-266-6350 for more information.

Study Room 209
 
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Youth Program Room
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Read aloud to Libby, a certified therapy dog from Alliance Therapy Dogs. 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.

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.

Youth Program Room
 
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Family Study Room
Monday, Apr 15, 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. 

Family Study Room
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 3:15pm
Dream Bus at Allied Drive Learning Center
2237 Allied Dr
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Alebrijes Demonstration

Alebrijes Demonstration

Meeting Room 115
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Meet artists Armando Jimenez and his son Alejandro who are visiting from Oaxaca, Mexico. They will demonstrate carving and painting as they create Alebrijes.  Alibrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantasy and mythical creatures made of wood and Papier-mâché.  Explore books featuring Jimenez family artwork and folk art of Mexico.  This will be a live demonstration and the artists can answer questions about the history of this art form. 

Conozca los artistas Oaxaqueños, Armando Jimenez y su hijo, Alejandro. Ellos demostrarán sus habilidades extraordinarias de la talladura y pintura que emplean para crear los espectaculares Alebrijes. Alejibres son esculturas pintadas de animales y creaturas míticas y fantásticas talladas de madera o papel-maché. Tendrémos una colección de libros celebrando el arte de la familia Jimenez y mas arte folklórico de México. Este evento será una demostración en vivo y los artistas estarán disponibles para discutir y contester preguntas acerca de la historia de Alebrijes.

Meeting Room 115
 
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Dungeons and Dragons A Ballad of Intersting Events Season 2.

Dungeons and Dragons A Ballad of Intersting Events Season 2.

Study Room A
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Queen is in trouble and calls for our aid! Navigate this new world as Season 1 comes to a close and the first threat and the second threat looms over the horizon will our heroes be brave enough to stop what comes? Will they be wise enough to solve the mystery? How many fart jokes can I squeak in?? Find out in A Ballad of Interesting Events

Study Room A
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 4:00pm
Dream Bus at Theresa Terrace
1409 Theresa Terrace
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

Study Room 1
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Gaming Club

Gaming Club

Community Room
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Drop-in and play games on the library's iPads and Nintendo Switch. Minecraft, Roblox, Mario Kart, & more! Board games will also be available. There is a limited number of devices, so participants will take turns as needed.

Family and friend groups are encouraged to attend and play together. 

Youth 8 years and younger must have a caregiver with them during the program. 

Community Room
 
4:00pm to 5:45pm
Ashman All Ages Chess Club

Ashman All Ages Chess Club

Community Room
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Chess meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of every month from 4-5:45 p.m. Come and learn chess basics in the library with a 30 minute introduction of the game and then play a friendly game of chess with an opponent. Lessons start promptly at 4 p.m., followed by an open game at 4:30 p.m. Chess club is open to all ages and skill levels. No Chess 1/1, 1/15, 6/17, 9/2.

Masks are not required but recommended.

Community Room
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Play Minecraft in both survival and creative worlds!  There is a limited number of computers, so participants will take turns as needed.

Mondays, January 22 - April 29, 4:00-5:30pm.

Community Room - Table Side
 
4:15pm to 4:45pm
Dream Bus at Elver Park Neighborhood Center
1201 McKenna Blvd
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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.

Study Room 1
 
5:00pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Lussier Community Education Center
55 S Gammon Rd
 
5:30pm
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Build-A-Brand: Merchandising for Teens

Build-A-Brand: Merchandising for Teens

Community Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join local artist and creator Lexie Olson for a merchandising workshop series for teens this spring! Participants will learn to use Procreate illustration software to design and create a variety of merch products - buttons, stickers, t-shirts and more - with a focus on finding artistic voice and building a strong brand.

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Registration is required for this event. The registration form will open at 6:30pm on 4/8/2024.

Community Rooms A and B Combined
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:00pm
[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

[FULL] Madison Writing Assistance at Lakeview

Study Room 1
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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.

Study Room 1
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
RELIEF LINOCUT PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

RELIEF LINOCUT PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

*Offsite
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

RELIEF LINOCUT

This class aims to introduce you to linoleum relief carving and printing. This class will provide you with a block, tools, and paper you will need to design and make your own handmade prints. Prints will be made by hand burnishing as well as using a fine art printing press. No experience necessary, all levels are welcome. (adult)

Please note this class takes place in Thurber Park (3325 Thurber Ave, Madison, WI 53714) as part of the Thurber Park Artist-In-Residence Program.

*Offsite
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Board Game Cafe

Board Game Cafe

Community Room - Table Side
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join friends and neighbors for a game night! Revisit old favorites or try something brand new from the library's collection of board games and card games. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Community Room - Table Side
 
6:30pm
6:30pm to 8:00pm
[FULL] The Spice Box

[FULL] The Spice Box

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Join local chef Huma Siddiqui-Seitz for this cooking class. Huma's cooking classes are based on using Pakistani/Indian spices in simple, easy and delicious recipes.

Registration is required. Registration opens two weeks before the program (4/1/24).

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Valeria Luiselli for Lost Children Archive

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Valeria Luiselli for Lost Children Archive

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Monday, Apr 15, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In Lost Children Archive, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.

Lost Children Archive, an initiative of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is additionally supported by the UW-Madison Libraries; the Evjue Foundation; the Wisconsin Book Festival; the Anonymous Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and the Departments of American Indian Studies, History, and English and Creative Writing.

In conversation with Professor Paola Hernández. 

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined