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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9am
9:00am to 10:00am
Dream Bus at Lussier Family Heritage Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Lussier Family Heritage Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

3101 Lake Farm Rd
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 9:00am to 10:00am

Visit the Dream Bus to browse books and other library materials, place or pick up holds, and sign up for a library card. Learn more at dreambus.org.

Join Making & Learning Intern Yaritza at Dream Bus and Parks Alive stops this summer for a fun, maker activity! While you're there, explore Madison Public Library's summer reading program WE READ

  • Pick up your WE READ Card Game
  • Fill your WE READ tote bag with books from the library collection
  • Answer the Share Your Voice question of the week to earn a prize

Yaritza is bilingual in English and Spanish and will offer art and making programs throughout the summer. Learn more about Yaritza

3101 Lake Farm Rd
 
10am
10:00am to 11:30am
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Renee Gavigan
Patio
 
10:00am to 11:30am
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Youth Program Room
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:00am to 11:30am

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
 
10:00am to 11:00am
Bubbles of Happiness with Debi

Bubbles of Happiness with Debi

Youth Program Room
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:00am to 11:00am

Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel more wellbeing this summer?  Feel more connected to those little (or not so little) people in your life?  This summer, let’s explore positive psychology (happiness) hacks you can use with your family.  Led by Debi Kennedy, each workshop will include open-ended crafts and activities for families to explore together, as well as a take home worksheet with additional information for the adults.  If you joined us last summer, make sure to come this year for NEW topics!

Let’s Explore! (Curiosity)

Remember when you used to be bubbling over with curiosity?  When you couldn’t wait to dive in and explore your environment?  While the younger set might not need much help in curiosity, as adults it is too easy to lose sight of this VIP of character strengths.  So let’s take the morning to reconnect with our curiosity.  

Youth Program Room
 
10:00am to 10:30am
Storytime for the Very Young

Storytime for the Very Young

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:00am to 10:30am

READ and PLAY with your favorite baby or toddler! 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.

Storytime for the Very Young is intended for children ages 0 to 3 years old.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
10am
10:30am to 11:30am
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

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.

Blue Room 128
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Storytime (ages 5 & under)

Storytime (ages 5 & under)

Meeting Room
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

READ and PLAY together with children ages 5 and under! Engaging with books, songs and playful experiences all help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and pre-reading skills. It also helps to build a lifelong love of reading. Library programs are always free. Siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Meeting Room
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Preschool Storytime Chefs

Preschool Storytime Chefs

Community Room Combined
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Chef Lily Kilfoy for this hands-on cooking experience for preschoolers, ages 3-5. Participants will learn about food through storytime and by helping to prepare a simple recipe. Children will need adult assistance. Recipes will be nut free and vegetarian. 

Tuesdays, June 18 - July 9, 10:30-11:30am

Food generously provided by Willy St. Co-op North.

 

Community Room Combined
 
10:30am to 11:15am
Dream Bus at 7 Oaks Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at 7 Oaks Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

1108 Moorland Rd
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 10:30am to 11:15am

Visit the Dream Bus to browse books and other library materials, place or pick up holds, and sign up for a library card. Learn more at dreambus.org.

Join Making & Learning Intern Yaritza at Dream Bus and Parks Alive stops this summer for a fun, maker activity! While you're there, explore Madison Public Library's summer reading program WE READ

  • Pick up your WE READ Card Game
  • Fill your WE READ tote bag with books from the library collection
  • Answer the Share Your Voice question of the week to earn a prize

Yaritza is bilingual in English and Spanish and will offer art and making programs throughout the summer. Learn more about Yaritza

1108 Moorland Rd
 
11am
11:00am to 11:45am
Munch Mobile Meals

Munch Mobile Meals

*Offsite
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 11:00am to 11:45am

The River Food Pantry's Munch Truck will be stopping outside Goodman South on Tuesday from 11:00AM - 11:45AM.

 

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
 
11am
11:30am to 12:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 11:30am to 12:30pm

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.

Blue Room 128
 
12pm
12:00pm to 12:45pm
Dream Bus at Theresa Terrace feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Theresa Terrace feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

1409 Theresa Terrace
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Visit the Dream Bus to browse books and other library materials, place or pick up holds, and sign up for a library card. Learn more at dreambus.org.

Join Making & Learning Intern Yaritza at Dream Bus and Parks Alive stops this summer for a fun, maker activity! While you're there, explore Madison Public Library's summer reading program WE READ

  • Pick up your WE READ Card Game
  • Fill your WE READ tote bag with books from the library collection
  • Answer the Share Your Voice question of the week to earn a prize

Yaritza is bilingual in English and Spanish and will offer art and making programs throughout the summer. Learn more about Yaritza

1409 Theresa Terrace
 
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Financing your Worker Co-op Business

Financing your Worker Co-op Business

Bubbler
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

From crowdfunding to loans, learn about unique funding opportunities for starting a worker cooperative.

Worker cooperatives are values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose.

In contrast to traditional companies, worker members at worker cooperatives participate in the profits, oversight, and often management of the enterprise using democratic practices.

Learn more about opportunities at www.mcdcmadison.org

Sponsored by MCDC, the UW Center for Cooperatives, Madison Public Library, and the Madison Public Library Foundation.

Bubbler
 
12pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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.

Blue Room 128
 
1pm
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Adult Knitting Group

Adult Knitting Group

Meeting Room A
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come on in and share tips or get advice! Please bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome.

Meeting Room A
 
1:00pm to 1:45pm
Dream Bus at Elver Park Neighborhood Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Elver Park Neighborhood Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

1201 McKenna Blvd
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Visit the Dream Bus to browse books and other library materials, place or pick up holds, and sign up for a library card. Learn more at dreambus.org.

Join Making & Learning Intern Yaritza at Dream Bus and Parks Alive stops this summer for a fun, maker activity! While you're there, explore Madison Public Library's summer reading program WE READ

  • Pick up your WE READ Card Game
  • Fill your WE READ tote bag with books from the library collection
  • Answer the Share Your Voice question of the week to earn a prize

Yaritza is bilingual in English and Spanish and will offer art and making programs throughout the summer. Learn more about Yaritza

1201 McKenna Blvd
 
1pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
We Read to a Dog

We Read to a Dog

Meeting Room 115
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Calling all kids! Read aloud to a furry friend from Alliance for Therapy Dogs. Bring a favorite book or try a new one from our collection!

First come, first served. No registration is necessary.

Meeting Room 115
 
2pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Study Room 2
Tuesday, Jun 18, 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. 

 

 

 

 

Study Room 2
 
2pm
2:30pm to 3:15pm
Dream Bus at Monona Shores Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Monona Shores Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

2 Waunona Woods Ct
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Visit the Dream Bus to browse books and other library materials, place or pick up holds, and sign up for a library card. Learn more at dreambus.org.

Join Making & Learning Intern Yaritza at Dream Bus and Parks Alive stops this summer for a fun, maker activity! While you're there, explore Madison Public Library's summer reading program WE READ

  • Pick up your WE READ Card Game
  • Fill your WE READ tote bag with books from the library collection
  • Answer the Share Your Voice question of the week to earn a prize

Yaritza is bilingual in English and Spanish and will offer art and making programs throughout the summer. Learn more about Yaritza

2 Waunona Woods Ct
 
3pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Kids Music Jam

Kids Music Jam

Youth Program Room
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Bring your instrument from home and jam with other kids at the library! Local musician, Julia, will have her violin, guitar, and some unique instruments handy to help guide and encourage the group. We'll also have some egg shakers and other instruments for those without an instrument to use. Kids of all ages welcome. Come jam with us! 

Youth Program Room
 
4pm
4:00pm to 5:30pm
[FULL] Cooking with Chef Laura

[FULL] Cooking with Chef Laura

Community Room
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

As summer heats up, stay cool with Chef Laura Eyler at Alicia Ashman Library on Tuesday, June 18 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in this informative - and delicious - class. Learn to prepare Mandarin Orange & Green Salad and Colorful Pinwheel Wraps (Veggie, Ham, and Turkey) just in time for your next barbecue get-together! 

This event is currently full. To join the waitlist, please reach out to the library by calling 608-824-1780 or emailing aliciaashman@madisonpubliclibrary.org. Thank you!

 

About the Presenter

Laura Eyler holds a degree in Culinary Arts and has been cooking professionally for over 25 years. As the owner of Thyme Savour Cuisine, Laura works as a personal chef and enjoys teaching cooking classes throughout the local area.

Community Room
 
4pm
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Sequoya Kids' Chess Club

Sequoya Kids' Chess Club

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:00pm

For school-aged kids who know the basic moves of chess and want to practice their skills. Sessions begin with a 30 minute strategy or tactics lesson, followed by open game time. Come on in to play against other opponents your age!

Sequoya Library chess clubs are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except for election days).

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Anime Club: Crunchy Summer

Anime Club: Crunchy Summer

Study Room A
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

 

Anime is a niche subject that few talk about but many enjoy. However, access to it can be difficult. Finding a good starting point is also a bit of controversy. Fortunately here at Meadowridge we have staff with over two decades of experience! From the gritty 90’s anime to the over saturation of Isekai we have experience in it all. This summer we are prepared to dive into the highest anticipated anime of 2024. Some titles include Solo Leveling, Mashle, Spy X Family Season 2 and many more! The purpose of Anime club is to bring together a common love for this timeless genre. We offer a safe space for all people to come and watch these explosive shows. On occasion we will have samples of Japanese treats, such as Pokki, Gourmet Ramen and more. 

Study Room A
 
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Phil Hassett

Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Phil Hassett

Studio
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Join Pinney Library's 2024 Artist-in-Resident, Phil Hassett for weekly Open Studio letterpress printing!

Most Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm, May-Nov 2024

Title: Call & Response

"Taking inspiration from jazz and improvisational musical practices, this residency will use letterpress printmaking to explore many levels of interplay and collaboration between text & layout, word & image, letter & ornament, color & form, and artist & community. Over the course of the residency we will work with wood & metal type and ornaments to print at a variety of sizes—from buttons to posters, and we’ll explore layering, iterative collaboration, and ways that the rigid grids of letterpress type can be used as a foundation for both carefully planned and improvisational prints. We’ll explore the use of letters to create images and the use of ornaments to create letterforms, how communities shape words and stories and how words and stories shape communities. Along the way we’ll get a little inky, and have a lot of fun."

About Phil: 

He is a letterpress printer living in Madison, WI, where he maintains a small collection of historic printing presses and a growing collection of historic and modern printing type. A lifelong musician, he named his print studio Washboard Press because of the sound one of his presses makes, and because he enjoys doing by hand what is now more usually done in a more automated way. 

Visit his website https://www.washboardpress.com/about/

 

Studio
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Cooking with Chef Lily

Cooking with Chef Lily

Community Room Combined
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join The Kids Chef, Lily Kilfoy, for a series of cooking classes for school-age kids, tweens, and their families. Participants will learn about different foods, where they come from, how to follow recipes, and how to use a variety of tools.  Registration is not required, but participation will be limited to the first 25 attendees. 

Food generously provided by Willy St. Co-op North.

Community Room Combined
 
5pm
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Parks Alive - Worthington Park

Parks Alive - Worthington Park

*Offsite
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Connect with Madison Public Library at Parks Alive. Stop by to get a library card, learn about library resources, and pick up a WE READ Library bag and a card game that inspires youth to read over the summer!  Parks Alive builds stronger neighborhoods and connects neighbors to their parks through fun, family-friendly activities, music and free food. Events are held in parks across the city and throughout the summer. Connect with your neighbors and engage with your community at a Parks Alive event near you!  Learn more at Parks Alive https://www.cityofmadison.com/parksalive.

*Offsite
 
6pm
6:00pm to 7:30pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Lashay the Artist
Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
 
6:00pm to 8:45pm
Sequoya All Ages Chess Club

Sequoya All Ages Chess Club

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 6:00pm to 8:45pm

Come on in for a friendly game of chess with your neighbors. All ages welcome!

Sequoya Library chess clubs are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except for election days).

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Beaded Jewelry with Ellie Braun - We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence (Adult)
Meeting Room 115
 
6pm
6:30pm to 8:30pm
(ZOOM) Financing your Worker Co-op Business

(ZOOM) Financing your Worker Co-op Business

*Online
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

From crowdfunding to loans, learn about unique funding opportunities for starting a worker cooperative.

Worker cooperatives are values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose.

In contrast to traditional companies, worker members at worker cooperatives participate in the profits, oversight, and often management of the enterprise using democratic practices.

Learn more about opportunities at www.mcdcmadison.org

Sponsored by MCDC, the UW Center for Cooperatives, Madison Public Library, and the Madison Public Library Foundation.

This event is entirely virtual through Zoom

*Online