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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, June 20, 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, Jun 20, 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!

  • Do Good Things! Come to give blood June 20 for a $15 e-gift card! See rcblood.org/DoGood

Drive Details:
Site: Central Library
Address: 201 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI, 53703
Room Name: Community Room 301
Date: Thurs June 20th, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Meeting Rooms 301 and 302 Combined
 
10:00am
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Jun 20, 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 12:00pm
Go By Metro (with Madison Metro)

Go By Metro (with Madison Metro)

*In Sequoya Library
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Get the latest scoop on all things Metro like BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), fare technology, how to plan a trip, and more. Metro employees will provide one-on-one assistance in English and Spanish. We'll even have a kid-friendly, transit-related activity, so bring the whole family! Stop by anytime between 10am and noon.

*In Sequoya Library
 
10:00am to 10:45am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Jun 20, 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
 
10:00am to 11:30am
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Kati Fernandez Lambert

We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Kati Fernandez Lambert

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 10:00am to 11:30am

Join We Read Bubbler Artist Kati Fernandez Lambert of Coyote Fire Arts each Thursday morning at Central library to explore, interact and connect with Nature through art. We'll follow the moon cycles of the summer with a variety of open ended projects, different each week, made with foraged materials. 

This week will be a very special solstice celebration! Make your solstice costume to celebrate the longest night of the year! 

Ages 5 and up with their grown ups encouraged to join in too! Younger siblings welcome, but will need help from their adult. 

All library programs are free and open to the public. 

Youth Program Room
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:15am
Multi-age Storytime

Multi-age Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 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
Multi-age Storytime

Multi-age Storytime

Community Room Combined
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

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.

Thursdays, June 20 - August 15, 10:30am

Note: No storytime on Thursday, July 4.

Community Room Combined
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Musical Playtime with Tina

Musical Playtime with Tina

Youth Program Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

Come play in the children's area while local musician, Tina, plays a variety of songs on her violin. 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, Jun 20, 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
 
12:30pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at East Madison Community Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

8 Straubel Ct
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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

8 Straubel Ct
 
1:00pm
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, Jun 20, 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. 

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. 

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
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Dream Bus at Vera Court Neighborhood Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Vera Court Neighborhood Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

614 Vera Ct
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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

614 Vera Ct
 
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Third Thursday Book Discussion: Demon Copperhead

Third Thursday Book Discussion: Demon Copperhead

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us for a discussion of this month's book, Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver. New members always welcome! Copies may be available at the Ask Desk.

Synopsis: The son of an Appalachian teenager uses his good looks, wit and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.

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

American Fiction (feature film)

Community Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

American Fiction

Directed by Cord Jefferson. Performances by Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  2023.  116 min.  Rated R.  Comedy / Drama

AMERICAN FICTION is Cord Jefferson's hilarious directorial debut, which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

Community Room
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 4:30pm
Film Screening and Discussion of "Alive Inside"

Film Screening and Discussion of "Alive Inside"

Community Room Combined
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

In recognition of The Longest Day, a day to raise awareness of those living with dementia and their caregivers, join Kayla Olson, Dementia Care Specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Dane County (ADRC) for a screening and discussion of Alive Inside (2014).

Alive Inside is a cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain), healthcare visionaries Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Al Powers, Naomi Fiel, and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

Rating: NR | Documentary | 77 minutes

Community Room Combined
 
3:30pm
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Dream Bus at Kennedy Heights Community Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Kennedy Heights Community Center feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

199 Kennedy Heights
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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

199 Kennedy Heights
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly Gardening

Community Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Butterflies are wonderful visitors to our gardens, providing beauty as well as helpful pollination services. Learn what you can do to design your garden to support butterflies, both in their caterpillar and adult stages.

Space is limited for this event; registration is required. Please use the sign up link below or call (608) 824-1780 to register. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

 

About the presenter

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Life Sciences Communication, prior to that she spent 8 years working in the horticulture industry. She has been the Dane County Extension Horticulture Educator since 2004, and previously worked at the Milwaukee County Extension office from 2000-2004. She has a weekly column in the Wisconsin State Journal, gives frequent presentations to garden clubs, schools and libraries in southern Wisconsin, and is a regular guest on Larry Meiller’s ‘Garden Talk’ program on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Community Room
 
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 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
 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
CANCELED - Minecraft Club

CANCELED - Minecraft Club

Community Room B
Thursday, Jun 20, 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
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Parks Alive - Owl Creek Park

Parks Alive - Owl Creek Park

*Offsite
Thursday, Jun 20, 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
 
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Jun 20, 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 7:00pm
Mystery Book Group Discussion of "Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone" by Benjamin Stevenson

Mystery Book Group Discussion of "Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone" by Benjamin Stevenson

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a mystery book group discussion of "Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone" by Benjamin Stevenson. Books are available at the library. New members always welcome!

"Everyone in my family has killed someone. Some of us, the high achievers, have killed more than once. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but it is the truth. Some of us are good, others are bad, and some just unfortunate.

I’m Ernest Cunningham. Call me Ern or Ernie. I wish I’d killed whoever decided our family reunion should be at a ski resort, but it’s a little more complicated than that.

Have I killed someone? Yes. I have." -- Amazon.com

 

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

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Community Room A
Thursday, Jun 20, 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, Jun 20, 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 7:30pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Kati Fernandez Lambert

We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Kati Fernandez Lambert

Bubbler
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join We Read Bubbler Artist Kati Fernandez Lambert of Coyote Fire Arts each Thursday morning at Central library to explore, interact and connect with Nature through art. We'll follow the moon cycles of the summer with a variety of open ended projects, different each week, made with foraged materials. 

This week will be a very special solstice celebration! Make your solstice costume to celebrate the longest night of the year! 

Ages 5 and up with their grown ups encouraged to join in too! Younger siblings welcome, but will need help from their adult. 

All library programs are free and open to the public. 

Bubbler
 
6:00pm to 7:45pm
Literacy Network Free English Classes

Literacy Network Free English Classes

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Thursday, Jun 20, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:45pm

Participants will learn English communication skills at the beginner or intermediate level.  

Los participantes aprenderán a comunicarse en inglés en los niveles principiantes o intermedio.

For more information, contact Literacy Network (608) 268-6425 bex@litnetwork.org

 Para más información, contactar a Literacy Newtork (608) 268-6425 bex@litnetwork.org

Thursdays 6-7:30pm May 30 - August 15 

 los jueves 6-7:30pm 30 de mayo-15 de agosto

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

Pinney Adult Game Night

Community Room B
Thursday, Jun 20, 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!

Community Room B