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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 27, 2024

Time Items
All day
 
10:00am
10:00am to 10:45am
Baby Gym

Baby Gym

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Jun 27, 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 12:00pm
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Jun 27, 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

Go by Metro

Thursday, Jun 27, 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!

 
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 27, 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. 

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. 

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 

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

Multi-age Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Jun 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 1:00pm
Go By Metro (with Metro Transit)

Go By Metro (with Metro Transit)

*In Lakeview Library
Thursday, Jun 27, 2024, 11:00am to 1:00pm

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!

*In Lakeview Library
 
11:00am to 2:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, Jun 27, 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 27, 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
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 4:15pm
A Simple Favor (feature film)

A Simple Favor (feature film)

Community Room
Thursday, Jun 27, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:15pm

A Simple Favor

Directed by Paul Feig.  Performances by Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Jean Smart. Lion's Gate Films, Inc. 2018.  117 min.  Rated R.  Comedy / Crime / Mystery / Thriller.

Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) is a mommy-vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend, Emily's (Blake Lively) disappearance from their small town.

Community Room
 
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 27, 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
 
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 27, 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 5:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Jun 27, 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
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room B
Thursday, Jun 27, 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 6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Jun 27, 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
 
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Parks Alive - Penn Park

Parks Alive - Penn Park

*Offsite
Thursday, Jun 27, 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 7:00pm
CLOSED CAMPAIGN - Youth Dungeons & Dragons

CLOSED CAMPAIGN - Youth Dungeons & Dragons

Meeting Room 115
Thursday, Jun 27, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Goodman South Madison is excited to begin our Dungeons & Dragons program for youth. While this campaign is currently full, we will happily put people on our waitlist for our next campaign. Please email youth librarian, Rachel (rlavender@madisonpubliclibrary.org), for more information and/or to be put on the waitlist.

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 Room 115
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence: Wild Sketchbook with Kati Lambert

We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence: Wild Sketchbook with Kati Lambert

Bubbler
Thursday, Jun 27, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence Kati Lambert for this special adult focused workshop! 

Our time together will combine Nature Connection core routines that explore our individual relationships to Nature and guided and open-ended sketchbook exercises for creativity and self care. We will practice a “soft landing” with time to shake off the road dust. We will walk to a nearby natural area and greet the land. We will engage in play through drawing and collaborative games. We will explore Nature and our inner worlds through art making. This time is intended as an explorative process rather than a finished artwork, a way to share creative community, and time to experience Nature as a co-creator in your process. We will be outdoors for part of this experience on *occupied Ho-Chuck land. Please prepare and dress for the elements.

Bubbler
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Community Room A
Thursday, Jun 27, 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 27, 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 7:45pm
Literacy Network Free English Classes

Literacy Network Free English Classes

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Thursday, Jun 27, 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
 
7:00pm
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Grupo de Conversación en Español (simultaneously in-person and ONLINE)

Grupo de Conversación en Español (simultaneously in-person and ONLINE)

Meeting Room A
Thursday, Jun 27, 2024, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

¡Acompáñenos!  Los miembros del Grupo de Conversación en Español de University League ofrecen este programa de conversación gratis para adultos con nivel intermedio o avanzado, del segundo y cuarto jueves del mes (en el tarde del segundo, en la noche de cuarto), en la biblioteca Sequoya.  Los principiantes que quieran escuchar el idioma, serán bien recibidos.

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.

Come join us! Members of the University League's Spanish Conversation Interest Group host this free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second and fourth Thursday each month (meeting in the afternoon on the second, in the evening on the fourth). Beginners who want to listen to the language are also invited.

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.

Meeting Room A