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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, June 26, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
9:30am
9:30am to 10:30am
Baby & Toddler Storytime (ages birth to 3)

Baby & Toddler Storytime (ages birth to 3)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 9:30am to 10:30am

READ and PLAY with your favorite baby or toddler! 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
 
10:00am
10:00am to 10:45am
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Meghan Rosing
Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Scrabble at the Library

Scrabble at the Library

Community Room - Table Side
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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, Jun 26, 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
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:30am
Storytime

Storytime

Community Room
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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
Multi Age Storytime (children & families 5 & under)

Multi Age Storytime (children & families 5 & under)

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 10:30am to 11:30am

READ and PLAY together with children under age 5! 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. Older and Younger siblings and childcare groups are welcome.

Youth Program Room
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

Free Mending @ Hawthorne Library

*In Hawthorne Library
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Do you have clothing or other fabric items that need mending? 

Volunteers from the Sewing Machine Project are offering free mending at Hawthorne Neighborhood Library every other Wednesday from noon - 2:00 pm. These helpful sewers mend clothing and can handle many other fabric-related repairs (exception: no zipper repairs).

Mending is done on the spot on a first come, first served basis. There’s no drop off or pick up, we do what we can do in the time allowed.

Drop in anytime between 12:00 - 2:00 pm!

*In Hawthorne Library
 
12:30pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wiggles and Words Multi-Age Storytime

Wiggles and Words Multi-Age Storytime

Meeting Room 115
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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
 
12:30pm to 1:15pm
Dream Bus at Camden Court Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Camden Court Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

2601 Old Camden Square
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 12:30pm to 1:15pm

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

2601 Old Camden Square
 
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Craft and Chat

Craft and Chat

Community Room
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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
 
1:30pm
1:30pm to 2:15pm
Dream Bus at The Meadowlands Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at The Meadowlands Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

6834 Milwaukee St
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 1:30pm to 2:15pm

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

6834 Milwaukee St
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:30pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Rita Salm
Community Room
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Dream Bus at Harmony Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

Dream Bus at Harmony Apartments feat. Drop-In Maker Activities

116 Milky Way
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 2:30pm 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

116 Milky Way
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Growing Voices Music Class

Growing Voices Music Class

Youth Program Room
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Growing Voices Music Class is an interactive class for caregivers and their children, birth-5, to play, learn, and bond with music. In our classes we sing, play instruments, dance, and have fun together!

Youth Program Room
 
3:00pm to 6:00pm
Chess for All Ages

Chess for All Ages

Study Room A
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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, Jun 26, 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
3:30pm to 5:30pm
Summer Fun & Games for Writers

Summer Fun & Games for Writers

Community Room B
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

In this 4-week series, we’ll use short writing exercises to trigger your creativity while expanding your writing skill. We’ll practice writing about places, characters, and scenes with short assignments designed to be as fun as they are helpful in finding your voice as a writer. Some writing exercises will take place in class and others will be “Field Trip” assignments between class meetings. The workshop is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers, ages 12-112. Registration is required and opens two weeks in advance. Register at the link below for the entire 4-week series.

We will…

Explore capturing characters with telling details. 
Conveying a sense of place.
Dig into “show don’t tell” with action in scenes.

About the presenter: Sarah White  is a professional freelance writer, published author, and personal historian who helps people write about their lives, individually and in small-group workshops. She holds degrees in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction.

Community Room B
 
3:30pm to 5:00pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Elias

We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Elias

Community Room Combined
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Stop by to make art with our summer artist in residence, Elias!  Each week will offer a different fun, hands-on project for kids of all ages!

Wednesdays, June 26-August 14, 3:30-5:00pm

Note: No program on July 17.

During this program, your librarian will be using an exciting new tool called the Observation Deck, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, to better report on learning outcomes for youth. You can learn more about the project on our website: https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/engagement/observation-deck 

Community Room Combined
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 6:00pm
One-On-One Computer Assistance

One-On-One Computer Assistance

Study Room 211
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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 6:30pm
Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Kids' Open Dungeons and Dragons

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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
 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
We Make with Bubbler Artist in Residence Savannah Starlin - Journal Decorating

We Make with Bubbler Artist in Residence Savannah Starlin - Journal Decorating

Community Room
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Join Bubbler Artist in Residence Savannah Starlin for a relaxing art workshop. Take what you make with you when you leave. No registration required & free of cost.

Make a personalized journal by utilizing decorations such as gems, paint markets, and collage! Journal prompts will also be available to spark your self-expression.

We Make Summer Session meets weekly on Wednesdays, June 26th - August 28th. 

Youth 8 years and younger must bring an older caregiver with them.

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

Parks Alive - Meadowood Park

*Offsite
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Knitting at the Library

Knitting at the Library

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Wednesday, Jun 26, 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
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:15pm
District 11 Book Club: Jens Jensen and the Importance of City Parks and Wilderness Areas

District 11 Book Club: Jens Jensen and the Importance of City Parks and Wilderness Areas

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Join William H. Tishler, author of Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature, and Alder Bill Tishler to discuss and learn more about Jens Jensen and the importance of parks and wilderness areas in our city. We will be reading excerpts from Jens Jensen’s writings that were published in the Capital Times. Copies of these articles, spanning from 1940 to 1947, will be available for you to pick up in person at the Sequoya Library. We look forward to seeing you on June 26th for a discussion about Madison Parks, conservation, and the legacy of Jens Jensen.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Book Discussion of Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Book Discussion of Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Conference Room 104
Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This near-future novel of environmental crisis id set on a boat bound for Greenland with a potentially unreliable narrator – or at least one with an opaque backstory. A blend of mystery, character study, environmental novel and sci-fi. Join us for discussion and perhaps dessert. Newcomers warmly welcomed.

Conference Room 104