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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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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Scrabble at the Library

Scrabble at the Library

Community Room - Table Side
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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, Apr 17, 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
 
10:00am to 11:15am
Bubbler Room Closed 9am-12pm
Bubbler
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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 11:15am
Growing Voices Music Class

Growing Voices Music Class

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Growing Voices Music Class is an interactive class for caregivers and their children, birth-3, to play, learn, and bond with music. In our classes we sing, play instruments, dance, and have fun together!

Join guest music therapist Sarah Miller for a joyous program for caregiver and baby. 

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, Apr 17, 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
 
11:00am to 12:00pm
Wiggles and Words Multi-Age Storytime

Wiggles and Words Multi-Age Storytime

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024, 11:00am to 12:00pm

Join us to READ and Play together. When children engage with books, songs, and play, they develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills which helps to build a lifelong love of reading. 

This program is geared toward children under age 5. All older and younger siblings as well as childcare groups are welcome to join.

Library programs are always free.

Meeting Room 115
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

*In Hawthorne Library
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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
 
12:30pm
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Craft and Chat

Craft and Chat

Community Room
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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, Apr 17, 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, Apr 17, 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 6:00pm
We Make: Polymer Clay Creations

We Make: Polymer Clay Creations

Community Room
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024, 3:45pm to 6:00pm

Join other young people and caregivers for a relaxing art workshop. Use polymer clay to make small figurines or objects. After sculpting your creation they will need to bake. Wait time to bake your creation at the library will depend on the amount of workshop participants. It is possible you may need to bake your creation outside of the library using a personal toaster or conventional oven.

No registration required and free of cost.

Youth 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver during the program.

Community Room
 
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, Apr 17, 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 5:00pm
Dream Bus at Vera Court Neighborhood Center
614 Vera Ct
 
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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
Bubbler & UW Teachers Studio

Bubbler & UW Teachers Studio

Bubbler
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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 5:30pm
After-School Art with Amy
*In Lakeview Library
 
5:00pm
5:15pm to 6:00pm
Dream Bus at Kennedy Heights Community Center
199 Kennedy Heights
 
5:30pm
5:45pm to 7:45pm
Cap Times Election Coverage Listening Session

Cap Times Election Coverage Listening Session

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024, 5:45pm to 7:45pm

Tired of political reporting that focuses on cheap shots and opinion polls? Would you like election coverage that represents the issues you care about and asks candidates the questions most on your mind?

You can help the Cap Times do exactly that. Cap Times political reporters Andrew Bahl and Erin McGroarty will be at Goodman South Library on April 17 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.--if you have thoughts about what election coverage should look like, have questions you want answered or would like them to look into a particular issue, swing by and share your thoughts.

Conversations will be informal and centered on what you want to talk about. And, rest assured, while they will report on issues that people bring to their attention, they will not quote anyone in news articles without their expressed consent.

Can’t make those dates but want to give feedback? We also have a confidential online survey where you can let the Cap Times know what is important to you. It’s short, simple and sweet: TAKE THE SURVEY

Meeting Room 115
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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, Apr 17, 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

R'oujie Wellness Book Club

Community Room
Wednesday, Apr 17, 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.

Community Room
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:30pm
National Haiku Day Celebration

National Haiku Day Celebration

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

April is National Poetry Month, and National Haiku Day is April 17th, in honor of the traditional 17 syllables of a haiku. You're invited to join this celebration honoring this beloved poetry form and Wisconsin's own heritage of haiku. You may even find inspiration to create haiku of your own!

This event will feature readings by members of the Segoe Poets. There will also be an indoor "haiku walk" for all to participate and compose their own haiku!

Please register if you plan to attend. Registration opens two weeks before the event, on 4/3/24.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Book Discussion of Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Book Discussion of Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Conference Room 104
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This character-driven novel explores the aftermath of a tragedy on a fictional Caribbean island. If you enjoyed the first season of White Lotus on HBO and its focus on class and race, this is the book for you! Join us for discussion and perhaps dessert. Newcomers warmly welcomed.

Conference Room 104