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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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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9am
9:00am to 8:45pm
Tunes, Talking Books, and Treasures: Used Book, Audiobook, and CD Sale

Tunes, Talking Books, and Treasures: Used Book, Audiobook, and CD Sale

Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 9:00am to 8:45pm

Featuring CDs, audiobooks, and higher priced books which include award winners, signed by authors, rare, first editions, and Golden Books. All proceeds support library programming.

CDs are $1.00 each and 12 for $10.00. 50% off audiobooks. (Cash and check only)

Visit the MPL Friends Bookstore during the sale!

 
10am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:00am to 12:00pm

We’re here to mend anything you need for the colder months, including clothing, coats, and any other fabric-related repairs, except for zippers. Sewers from the Sewing Machine Project will be available to mend your things for free every Thursday of the month.

Study Room 211
 
10:00am to 10:45am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:00am to 10:45am

Calling all babies!  Come hear a story and play with fun toys picked just for you in a relaxed atmosphere. 

For children ages birth to 2 years old. No registration required.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
10am
10:30am to 11:15am
Toddler and Me Storybook Yoga

Toddler and Me Storybook Yoga

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Parents and toddlers, join Zen Ed Wellness for an interactive yoga class that incorporates the magic of stories! 

Yoga mats will be provided, and no experience is necessary.

Meeting Room 115
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Multi-age Storytime

Multi-age Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

READ and PLAY together!

Engaging with books, songs and child-led play all help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills​ and helps to build a lifelong love of reading. After about 20-30 minutes of stories and songs, we'll end with a time for child-led play together in our children's area. You are welcome to stay as long as you like!

Library programs are always free. Siblings, friends and childcare groups are welcome.

Community Room
 
10:30am to 11:00am
Cuentos y canciones

Cuentos y canciones

Quiet/Socializing Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:00am

¡Leemos y cantamos juntos en español! Participar con libros, canciones, y experiencias divertidas es una parte esencial del desarrollo de los niños y ayuda a crear un amor eternal por la lectura. Recomendamos este evento para niños de 0 a 6 años de edad.

Let's read and sing together in Spanish! Engaging with books, songs, and play is an essential part of early development and helps foster a lifelong love of reading. This event is recommended for ages 0-6.

Quiet/Socializing Room
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Musical Playtime

Musical Playtime

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

Come play in the children's area while local musician, Rin, plays a variety of songs on her fiddle and mandolin. This is informal music, meant to be enjoyed while playing, drawing, or reading in the children's area! ​For families/all ages.

Youth Program Room
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Growing Voices Music Class

Growing Voices Music Class

Community Room Combined
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

Growing Voices Music Class is an interactive class for caregivers and their children, birth-4, to play, learn, and bond with music. In our classes we sing, play instruments, dance, and have fun together! After the class, participants can stay for free play.

These classes are generously provided by the Friends of Central Library.  

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

Application Assistance

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, Apr 18, 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
 
1pm
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Navigating the Bus System with Metro Transit

Navigating the Bus System with Metro Transit

*In Lakeview Library
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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 Lakeview Library
 
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Spanish Literature Discussion Group (simultaneously in-person and ONLINE)

Spanish Literature Discussion Group (simultaneously in-person and ONLINE)

Study Rooms 104 and 105 Combined
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Presentado por University League en asociación​ con la Biblioteca Sequoya. Todos son bienvenidos--no hay necesidad de ser miembro de la University League. Los libros y las discusiones son completamente en español. Se puede prestar un libro (Más Allá por Julia Alvarez) en el escritorio marcado con "Ask Here" (Biblioteca Sequoya, 4340 Tokay Blvd.) 

Este evento tambien se realizará virtualmente a través de Zoom. Más información sobre este programa se le enviará por correo electrónico cuando se registre. Zoom es una plataforma de video gratuita, y puede mirar en un navegador, a través de la aplicación móvil gratuita para ios o android, o llamar para participar solo por voz. Para participar virtualmente a través de Zoom, por favor regístrese abajo. No es necesario registrarse para participar en persona. 

Presented by the University League in partnership with the Sequoya Library. Everyone is welcome, one does not have to be a member of University League. Books and discussion are completely in Spanish. Please ask about obtaining a book at the Sequoya Library "Ask Here" desk.

This event will also be hosted virtually through Zoom; more information will be emailed to you upon registration. Zoom is a free video platform, and you can watch on a browser, through the free mobile app for ios or android, or call in to participate by voice only. If you would like to join by Zoom, please register below. Registration is not necessary for in-person attendance.

 

Study Rooms 104 and 105 Combined
 
2pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Third Thursday Book Discussion: The Vaster Wilds

Third Thursday Book Discussion: The Vaster Wilds

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for a discussion of this month's book, The Vaster Wilds, by Lauren Groff. New members always welcome! Copies may be available at the Ask Desk.

Synopsis: Escaping from a colonial settlement in the wilderness, a servant girl, with nothing but her wits, a few possessions and some faith, is tested beyond the limits of her imagination, forcing her to question her belief of everything her own civilization taught her.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
2:00pm to 4:15pm
Idiocracy (feature film)

Idiocracy (feature film)

Community Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:15pm

Idiocracy.

Directed by Mike Judge.  Performances by Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Dave Herman, Michael McCafferty.  Twentieth Century Fox, 2006.  84 min.  Rated R.  Comedy / Drama.

In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when the base they are stored on is closed down and are left in stasis until 2505. When they finally wake up, they discover the average intelligence of humans has decreased so much that Joe is now the smartest man in the world. 

Community Room
 
3pm
3:30pm to 4:15pm
Dream Bus at Sandburg Elementary
4114 Donald Dr
 
4pm
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room B
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Play Minecraft in both creative and survival worlds! Ability to fully use both a computer keyboard and a computer mouse required. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Community Room B
 
4:00pm to 6:00pm
It Takes a Village After-School Enrichment

It Takes a Village After-School Enrichment

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, Apr 18, 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 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 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.

Family Study Room
 
4pm
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Dream Bus at Harmony Apartments
116 Milky Way
 
4:45pm to 5:00pm
Munch Mobile Meals

Munch Mobile Meals

*Offsite
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 4:45pm to 5:00pm

Description

The River Food Pantry's Munch Truck will be stopping outside Hawthorne on Thursdays from 4:40PM - 5:00PM.

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
 
5pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 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.

Family Study Room
 
5pm
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Mystery Book Group Discussion of "Dream Girl" by Laura Lippman

Mystery Book Group Discussion of "Dream Girl" by Laura Lippman

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a mystery book group discussion of "Dream Girl" by Laura Lippman. Books are available at the library. New members always welcome!

"Aubrey, the title character of Gerry Andersen’s most successful novel, Dream Girl, is so captivating that Gerry’s readers insist she’s real. Gerry knows she exists only in his imagination. So how can Aubrey be calling Gerry, bed-bound since a freak fall? A virtual prisoner in his penthouse, Gerry is dependent on two women he barely knows: his incurious young assistant, and a dull, slow-witted night nurse.

Could the cryptic caller be one of his three ex-wives playing a vindictive trick after all these years? Or is she Margot, an ex-girlfriend who keeps trying to insinuate her way back into Gerry’s life?

And why does no one believe that the call even happened?

Isolated from the world, drowsy from medication, Gerry slips between reality and dreamlike memories: his faithless father, his devoted mother; the women who loved him, the women he loved.

Now here is Aubrey, threatening to visit him, suggesting that Gerry owes her something. Is the threat real or a sign of dementia? Which scenario would he prefer? Gerry has never been so alone, so confused – and so terrified.

And then he wakes up to another nightmare—a woman’s dead body next to his bed—and the terrifying uncertainty of whether he is responsible." -- Amazon.com

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
6pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Community Room A
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Gathers most Thursday evenings! Middle and high school students can meet other aspiring authors, bounce ideas off one another, share their stories, and feel the creativity flow! Writing club is led by local author Carole Madrzak.

Community Room A
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
April Community Free Crochet Day!

April Community Free Crochet Day!

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Madison Public Art Project’s (MPAP'S) upcoming April Community Crochet Day at the Meadowridge Library. The MPAP is always looking for new ways to connect art & community. Our upcoming installation, The Wildflowers of Wisconsin, will be a large fiber public art mural designed by fiber artist Kiersten Darling. In creating this exciting mural we are inviting the community into the art-making process to help crochet the individual floral elements that will be included in the larger artistic composition.

Join the fiber fun!

Yarn supplies, a crochet hook and pattern will be provided by MPAP for use upon arrival. If you have a crochet hook you can bring it with you size 8 (5mm). Workshop fiber artist Sapphira Afifi will facilitite the workshop showing the crochet stitches to make the Swamp Milkweed flower.

The Wildflowers of Wisconsin offers a creative way for neighbors to connect with each other and become part of the public art process. Join us to help create this exciting new project! This public art project encourages individuals to rethink their own consumption habits and raises awareness about climate change. For more project information visit: www.MadisonPublicArtProject.org

 

This is a FREE workshop.

Registration is required to reserve your seat and project materials.

Please bring your own crochet hooks if you have one (size 5mm)

Yarn materials, materials, and patterns provided for workshop for art project use.

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Apr 18, 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.

Family Study Room
 
6:00pm to 6:30pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance

One-on-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!

Reservations required. Register online, in person, or call Lakeview Library at 608-246-4547.

Study Room 1
 
6pm
6:30pm to 7:00pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance

One-on-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Need help with basic computer or Internet skills? Looking for assistance downloading library eBooks and audiobooks? We offer free one-on-one sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings!

Reservations required. Register online, in person, or call Lakeview Library at 608-246-4547.

Study Room 1
 
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Adult Board Game Night

Adult Board Game Night

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Adults of all ages and abilities are invited to socialize and enjoy a variety of board games at this monthly meeting hosted by Living Our Visions Inclusively (LOV Inc.) in partnership with the Sequoya Library. We'll have a selection of games on hand, but feel free to bring your favorites!

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
6:30pm to 8:15pm
Pinney Adult Game Night

Pinney Adult Game Night

Studio
Thursday, Apr 18, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:15pm

Join us every third Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm to play board games!

There will be a mix of longer-play games (Settlers of Catan, Betrayal at House on the Hill, etc) and some shorter games (Code Names, Exploding Kittens, Yahtzee, and more!)

Snacks will be provided, no registration needed!

Studio