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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 25, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9:30am
9:30am to 1:30pm
Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 9:30am to 1:30pm

Central Library Madison and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

  • Come give 4/25 for a $10 gift card by email and a chance at a $7K prize! rcblood.org/spring

NEW:  The Red Cross has launched the new Blood Donor Rewards program! All donors now automatically earn points when they come to give. 
Site: Central Library
Address: 201 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI, 53703
Room Name: Community Room 301
Date: Thurs Apr 25, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
9:30am to 10:15am
Art for Little Ones

Art for Little Ones

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 9:30am to 10:15am

Join local artist Amy Mietzel for hands-on art activities inspired by picture books! For ages 2–5.

January - Snow Adventures (Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant)

February - Elephant Parade (A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes)

April - Big Machines (Crane Jane! by Andrea Zimmerman)

May - Rainy Days (Watersong by Tim McCanna)

Youth Program Room
 
10:00am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Apr 25, 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 11:30am
Bubbler Room Closed 9am-12pm
Bubbler
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
Growing Voices Music Class

Growing Voices Music Class

Community Room Combined
Thursday, Apr 25, 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
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Multi-age Storytime

Multi-age Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 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 11:30am
Musical Playtime

Musical Playtime

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 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
 
11:00am
11:00am to 2:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, Apr 25, 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
 
11:30am
11:30am to 12:15pm
Chair Yoga @ Alicia Ashman

Chair Yoga @ Alicia Ashman

Community Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 11:30am to 12:15pm

If you've ever wondered if yoga was right for you, join Instructor Sarah Dimick of Zen Ed at on Thursdays from 11:30a.m.-12:15p.m. at Alicia Ashman library in this safe and accessible yoga for all ages and all bodies. Attend one or attend them all; no experience needed. Poses are done on the chair or while standing, so no need to get on the ground. Chair yoga is a great way to relieve stress, soothe sore muscles, and find greater ease of movement.

Dates: 1/11, 1/25, 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration for ALL chair yoga sessions will open on December 29 at 10:00AM.

About the presenter

Sarah Dimick is a licensed school psychologist and certified children's, adult, and senior yoga instructor, with extensive experience leading various levels of movement classes. She is also co-owner of Zen Ed, a women-owned wellness and education business.

Community Room
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 8:00pm
Friends of Lakeview Library Donation Drive

Friends of Lakeview Library Donation Drive

Community Room - Table Side
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 12:00pm to 8:00pm

The Friends of Lakeview Library will be accepting donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and vinyl on Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26 only. The book sale will follow on Saturday, April 27, 9:00am - 4:00pm, with a bag sale 3:00 - 4:00pm.

All proceeds benefit library programming. Thank you for supporting the library!

Community Room - Table Side
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:15pm
Happy-Go-Lucky (feature film)

Happy-Go-Lucky (feature film)

Community Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:15pm

Happy-Go-Lucky

Directed by Mike Leigh.  Performances by Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Andrea Riseborough, Sinead Matthews, Eddie Marsan.  Miramax, 2008.  118 minutes.  Rated R.  Comedy / Drama.

Thirty-year-old teacher Poppy always has a smile on her face and does her best to brighten the day of those around her. She takes driving lessons from tightly-wound Scott, takes flamenco classes from a fiery Spaniard, encounters a tramp in the night, and sorts out a student's aggressive behavior with a social worker's help. But her open-minded, positive attitude puts her at physical and emotional risk.

 

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

Minecraft Club

Community Room B
Thursday, Apr 25, 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 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 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
 
4:30pm
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 25, 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
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 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
 
5:30pm
5:30pm to 7:45pm
Congressional Art Contest Reception

Congressional Art Contest Reception

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:45pm

Join U.S. Representative Mark Pocan and young artists from Southcentral Wisconsin for a reception displaying this year's finalists. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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The Congressional Art Competition is an annual celebration of the artistic talent of our students in south-central Wisconsin. It is important to foster and celebrate the creative drive of our high school youth, and the competition gives a positive outlet for students to share their talent with their community.

As with prior years, one grand prize winner will receive the honor of having their artwork put on display in our nation’s capital for an entire year. 

For details visit: https://pocan.house.gov/services/congressional-art-competition

Meeting Room 115
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:45pm
Literacy Network Community English Spring 2024

Literacy Network Community English Spring 2024

Community Room A
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Learn English to use in the community!///¡Aprende inglés para usarlo en la comunidad!

Call the Literacy Network for more information and to register at (608) 244-3911

Llame a Literacy Network para obtener más información y registrarse al (608) 244-3911

Community Room A
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Community Room A
Thursday, Apr 25, 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 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Apr 25, 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 25, 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
 
6:30pm
6:30pm to 7:00pm
One-on-One Computer Assistance

One-on-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 1
Thursday, Apr 25, 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
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:00pm
A Chat About ChatGPT (and Other Generative AI Tools)

A Chat About ChatGPT (and Other Generative AI Tools)

Meeting Room B
Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Generative artificial intelligence has quickly become a regular news topic and part of our lives in ways we may not even realize. But what exactly is it, and what are the consequences for society? UW-Madison Librarian Dave Bloom will introduce the background and functionality behind generative AI, demonstrate some of its everyday uses, discuss the benefits and drawbacks of this technology, and answer questions.

About the presenter: Dave Bloom is a Science & Engineering Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Having held this position since 2016, he also serves as representative for the UW’s Patent & Trademark Resource Center, a nationally coordinated program that offers support to aspiring entrepreneurs and others interested in intellectual property. Dave has been tracking developments in generative AI since the popularization of ChatGPT in early 2023 and is chiefly interested in the impact of publicly available generative AI tools on how we search for and engage with information.

Meeting Room B