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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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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
Storytime

Storytime

Community Room
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

READ and PLAY together with children 5 & under! Stories, songs, and rhymes for about 20 minutes, followed by playtime and an art project. 

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.

No registration, free of cost, and older siblings are welcome!

Community Room
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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 24, 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 12:00pm
Wiggles and Words Multi-Age Storytime

Wiggles and Words Multi-Age Storytime

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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
 
11:00am to 11:30am
Baby Storytime (ages birth to 17 mo)

Baby Storytime (ages birth to 17 mo)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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
 
12:30pm
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Craft and Chat

Craft and Chat

Community Room
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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 3:30pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center
8 Straubel Ct
 
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Chess for All Ages

Chess for All Ages

Study Room A
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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 24, 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
 
3:30pm
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 24, 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 5:30pm
We Make: Decorative Mini Bags

We Make: Decorative Mini Bags

Community Room
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join other young people and caregivers for a relaxing art workshop. Decorate a canvas zipper pouch using fabric and paint markers. Take your pouch with you when you leave.

No registration required and free of cost.

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

Community Room
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
After-School Art with Amy
*In Lakeview Library
 
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 24, 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
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Transforming Metal Workshop

Transforming Metal Workshop

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024, 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Have you ever wondered how your favorite piece of jewelry was made?  Have you ever watched a metalsmith transform a piece of flat, ordinary metal into a beautiful object?  If so, you will really enjoy this, “hands on” workshop!

Members of the Wisconsin Metalsmiths will be on hand demonstrating their techniques and skills, and will teach you how to produce your own wearable item or useful object of art.  Try your hand at transforming sheets of metal into something special, using hammers, pliers, stamps, torches, and more.  Walk away from the workshop with something that is uniquely yours! 

No previous metalsmithing skills are necessary.  Everything will be provided for you to experience the magic of manipulating metal. 

The workshop is limited to 15 people so please register only if you are committed to attending. Registration opens April 10 at 10am. Participants must be age 15 and older and must sign a consent form provided the evening of the workshop. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a consenting adult. Closed-toed shoes are required, please tie back hair and avoid loose clothing. You are welcome to bring an apron if you wish to further protect your clothing.

If registration is full, please call the library to see about a wait list slot.

This event is generously funded by the Friends of Goodman South Library.

Meeting Room 115
 
5:15pm to 6:00pm
Dream Bus at Kennedy Heights Community Center
199 Kennedy Heights
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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 7:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Not Your Mother's Romance Writers

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Not Your Mother's Romance Writers

*Online
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This is a VIRTUAL event only — Advanced registration is required.

Presented in partnership with Simon & Schuster as part of their Spring 2024 Authorfest. Join TJ Alexander, Kaliane Bradley, & Jackie Lau in conversation with Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the duo behind the romance power-house Christina Lauren.

From fake relationships to star-crossed time travelers to queer throuples, these authors are not your mother’s romance writers.

Ahead of their upcoming releases, Alexander, Bradley, and Lau will discuss what makes a great romance, and how the genre can go beyond a simple love story.

In conversation with Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.

*Online
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Grace Olson

Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Grace Olson

Bubbler
Wednesday, Apr 24, 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
 
6:30pm
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents 1984 (1984)

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents 1984 (1984)

Meeting Room 302
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents 1984 (1984).

"This masterly adaptation of George Orwell’s chilling parable about totalitarian oppression gives harrowing cinematic expression to the book’s prophetic dystopia. In a rubble-strewn surveillance state where an endless overseas war props up the repressive regime of the all-seeing Big Brother, and all dissent is promptly squashed, a profoundly alienated citizen, Winston Smith (thrillingly played by John Hurt), risks everything for an illicit affair with the rebellious Julia (Suzanna Hamilton), defiantly asserting his humanity in the face of soul-crushing conformity. Through vividly grim production design and expressionistically desaturated cinematography by Roger Deakins, Michael Radford’s 1984 conjures a bleak vision of postwar Britain as fascistic nightmare—a world all too recognizable as our own." (Criterion Collection)

Hosted by Jason Fuhrman, Cinesthesia is an adventurous, eclectic series of classic and contemporary films that focuses on the complex relationship between literature and cinema. Cinesthesia strives to foster constructive dialogue, while breathing new life into controversial works, neglected masterpieces, and titles in the margins of film history.  

Meeting Room 302
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wisconsin Book Festival Presents UW 2024 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows Reading
Madison Room