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Please note that this calendar only contains library programs. For room availability, please contact the appropriate library directly.

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

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

Baby Gym

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Jul 11, 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, Jul 11, 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
 
10:00am to 12:00pm
Free Mending

Free Mending

Study Room 211
Thursday, Jul 11, 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
 
10:30am
10:30am to 11:15am
Multi-age Storytime

Multi-age Storytime

Community Room
Thursday, Jul 11, 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, Jul 11, 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, Jul 11, 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 12:15pm
Tinker Time!

Tinker Time!

Quiet/Socializing Room
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 11:00am to 12:15pm

Looking for a way to let off some STEAM? Drop in to Meadowridge Library to play, make and learn fun STEAM themed activities. Best suited for ages 5 and up with some support encouraged. 

This week we will build things that fly.

Quiet/Socializing Room
 
11:00am to 2:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

*In Goodman South Madison Library
Thursday, Jul 11, 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
 
12:00pm
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Donate blood and help maintain a stable blood supply. Every day the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 pints of blood for patients across the country. Encourage family and friends to join you in donating on July 11th from 12:00 to 5:00 at Sequoya Library. A pint of blood from you could be a gift of life for someone in need. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and make an appointment.

Get a NEW Red Cross umbrella when you come to give blood on July 11, while supplies last!

The Red Cross encourages donors to answer screening questions on the day of their donation through Rapid Pass: redcrossblood.org/RapidPass

Blood drives take place at Sequoya Library on the second Thursday of each month.

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Daytime Book Discussion of "The Lamplighters" by Emma Stonex

Daytime Book Discussion of "The Lamplighters" by Emma Stonex

Community Room - Fireplace Side
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Read the book and join the discussion of "The Lamplighters" by Emma Stonex. New members always welcome!

"It's New Year's Eve, 1972, when a boat pulls up to the Maiden Rock lighthouse with relief for the keepers. But no one greets them. When the entrance door, locked from the inside, is battered down, rescuers find an empty tower. A table is laid for a meal not eaten. The Principal Keeper's weather log describes a storm raging round the tower, but the skies have been clear. And the clocks have all stopped at 8:45. 

Two decades later, the keepers' wives are visited by a writer determined to find the truth about the men's disappearance. Moving between the women's stories and the men's last weeks together in the lighthouse, long-held secrets surface and truths twist into lies as we piece together what happened, why, and who to believe.

In her riveting and suspenseful novel, Emma Stonex writes a story of isolation and obsession, of reality and illusion, and of what it takes to keep the light burning when all else is swallowed by dark." -- Amazon.com

Community Room - Fireplace Side
 
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, Jul 11, 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
Grupo de Conversación en Español (simultaneously in-person and ONLINE)

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

Study Rooms 104 and 105 Combined
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

¡Acompáñenos!  Este verano 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.

Thursday, July 11: The first half of the meeting we will discuss this article that appeared in the New York Times: Estamos matando de amor a nuestras mascotas (or if you prefer an English version). During the second half of the meeting we will play Mission Possible.

Come join us! This summer members of the University League's Spanish Conversation Interest Group will host free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second and fourth Thursday each month (in the afternoon on the second Thursday and in the evening on the fourth Thursday). 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.

Study Rooms 104 and 105 Combined
 
2:00pm
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Alicia Ashman Thursday Book Club

Alicia Ashman Thursday Book Club

Community Room
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Join the Alicia Ashman book club for lively, thoughtful discussions every first Thursday of the month (excluding December). Everyone is welcome and books are available at the Checkout Desk week of the event.

 

The Rabbit Hutch by Tess Gunty

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, Jul 11, 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
CANCELED - Science Club

CANCELED - Science Club

Patio
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Ready to get creative and messy with science? Come explore different scientific concepts through hands-on activities.

This event will take place outdoors and is subject to cancellation due to weather.

Patio
 
2:00pm to 2:15pm
[FULL] Memory Screening

[FULL] Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:00pm to 2:15pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
2:00pm to 4:15pm
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (feature film)

The Wolf of Snow Hollow (feature film)

Community Room
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:00pm to 4:15pm

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Directed by Jim Cummings.  Performances by Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome, Robert Forster, Jimmy Tatro, Marshall Allman, Laura Coover.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. 2021.  83 min. Rated R.  Comedy / Horror / Mystery

A small-town sheriff named John Marshall (Jim Cummings), is trying to solve a mysterious series of murders. John is in recovery from an alcohol dependency, recently divorced, and negotiating a very strained relationship with his 17-year-old daughter. He's currently the acting sheriff, since his father (Robert Forster), the official sheriff, is in poor health. When two women -- one visiting, one local -- are murdered two nights in a row, John is determined to find the killer before they strike again. Both murders took place during a full moon; that and other evidence leads many in the police department to believe the murderer is a werewolf. John and his second in command, Detective Julia Robson (Riki Lindhome), must figure out the killer's identity. Between the stress of his ex-wife's demands, his father's health issues, his relationship with his daughter, and trying to solve the crime, John relapses and starts drinking again. Now it's a race to see whether he can capture the wolf/monster before he's overcome by the monster inside of him.

Community Room
 
2:15pm to 2:30pm
[FULL] Memory Screening

[FULL] Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:15pm to 2:30pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
2:30pm
2:30pm to 2:45pm
[FULL] Memory Screening

[FULL] Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:30pm to 2:45pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
2:45pm to 3:00pm
[Full] Memory Screening

[Full] Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 2:45pm to 3:00pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
3:00pm
3:00pm to 3:15pm
[FULL] Memory Screening

[FULL] Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 3:00pm to 3:15pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
3:15pm to 3:30pm
[FULL]Memory Screening

[FULL]Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 3:15pm to 3:30pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
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, Jul 11, 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
 
3:30pm to 3:45pm
Memory Screening

Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 3:30pm to 3:45pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
3:45pm to 4:00pm
[FULL] Memory Screening

[FULL] Memory Screening

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 3:45pm to 4:00pm

A specialist from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide a free 15-minute, confidential memory screening and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Schedule an appointment online with the link below, by phone at 224-7100, or in person. Registration opens two weeks prior to program date.

Community Room A
 
4:00pm
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minecraft Club

Minecraft Club

Community Room B
Thursday, Jul 11, 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, Jul 11, 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
 
5:00pm
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Parks Alive - Penn Park

Parks Alive - Penn Park

*Offsite
Thursday, Jul 11, 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, Jul 11, 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 6:00pm
Hawthorne Youth Cooking Club (Rescheduled for July 25th)

Hawthorne Youth Cooking Club (Rescheduled for July 25th)

Community Room
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Young people, ages 6-17 years old, are invited to cook with Chef Lily at Hawthorne Library! Participants will prepare and enjoy a wide variety of recipes, while learning about meal planning, following recipes, and using kitchen gadgets and tools.

Community Room
 
5:30pm
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Alder Myadze Office Hours

Alder Myadze Office Hours

Study Room 1
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Open office hours for Alder Charles Myadze (District 18). This is an opportunity to introduce yourself to Alder Myadze and discuss questions, ideas, and concerns. No registration necessary.

Study Room 1
 
6:00pm
6:00pm to 7:45pm
Literacy Network Free English Classes

Literacy Network Free English Classes

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Thursday, Jul 11, 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
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
CLOSED CAMPAIGN - Youth Dungeons & Dragons

CLOSED CAMPAIGN - Youth Dungeons & Dragons

Green Room 103
Thursday, Jul 11, 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.

Green Room 103
 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club

Chapters Teen Writing Club

Community Room A
Thursday, Jul 11, 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 7:30pm
RESCHEDULED - We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence: Kitchen Ink with Kati Lambert

RESCHEDULED - We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence: Kitchen Ink with Kati Lambert

Bubbler
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

This program has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug 3rd from 10-11:30am. We're sorry for any confusion and hope you can join us for this fun family centered event! 

Join We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence for Kitchen Ink (Nature Outside, Nature Inside) 

Join Kati Fernandez Lambert, local artist and ink-maker, to explore making ink with kitchen scraps. Learn about the basics of ink making and explore the process as we turn food scraps to treasure.  Explore some history of color and our abilities to connect with Nature to create beauty. A sampling of wild-foraged plant inks will be available to try. 

Bubbler
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Madison Writing Assistance at Hawthorne

Family Study Room
Thursday, Jul 11, 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
 
6:30pm
6:30pm to 7:30pm
[FULL] Cooking with Chef Paul: Sushi

[FULL] Cooking with Chef Paul: Sushi

Community Room Combined
Thursday, Jul 11, 2024, 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The foundation of sushi is the rice. Join Chef Paul to learn to prepare well-balanced sushi rice. The basic sushi rolls—maki, nigiri, and chirashi—will be introduced and shared. Demonstration only.

Limited space; registration is required. Registration opens two weeks prior to the program date. Click the sign-up button below or contact Lakeview Library at (608) 246-4547 to register.

Presented in partnership with Willy Street Co-Op.

 

About the Presenter

Paul grew up in Taiwan surrounded by fresh hanging foods in the market, but he didn’t have an appreciation for Taiwanese or Chinese ingredients until attending culinary school in Chicago where he developed a love for cooking. After serving in many kitchens over the years, he wanted to share the skills he learned with others which led him to teach. He says about teaching, "Cooking and sharing what I have learned is my passion. Teaching a cooking class gives me a chance to share my knowledge about the differences and uniquenesses of foods that people overlook. I want to show people how to be respectful, creative, and economical about food. To feel delighted when they learn an easy cooking technique using just a couple of simple fresh ingredients. The food is the real star, we are just the facilitators."

Community Room Combined