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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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Tuesday, July 23, 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, Jul 23, 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 10:30am
Storytime for the Very Young

Storytime for the Very Young

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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
 
10:00am to 11:30am
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Renee Gavigan

We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Renee Gavigan

Patio
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024, 10:00am to 11:30am

Enjoy messy, exploratory art projects with Bubbler artist Renee outside on the Pinney patio! Fun for all ages.

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 

Patio
 
10:00am to 11:30am
Read to a Dog

Read to a Dog

Youth Program Room
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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
 
10am
10:30am to 11:00am
Growing Voices Music Class

Growing Voices Music Class

Meeting Room
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024, 10:30am to 11:00am

Growing Voices Music Class is an interactive class for caregivers and their children, birth-4, to play, learn, and bond with music. In our classes we sing, play instruments, dance, and have fun together! 

Funding is provided by the Monroe Street Library League

Meeting Room
 
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, Jul 23, 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
 
10:30am to 11:30am
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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
 
11am
11:00am to 11:45am
Munch Mobile Meals

Munch Mobile Meals

*Offsite
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 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
 
12pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Madison Writing Assistance at Goodman South

Blue Room 128
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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 Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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 Rooms A and B Combined
 
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, Jul 23, 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
 
2pm
2:00pm to 3:30pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Rita Salm
Community Room
 
2:00pm to 5:00pm
Application Assistance

Application Assistance

Study Room 2
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 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
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Phil Hassett

Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Phil Hassett

Studio
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 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 7:00pm
Dream Bus at Aldo Leopold Park for Parks Alive
2906 Traceway Dr
 
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Parks Alive - Aldo Leopold Park

Parks Alive - Aldo Leopold Park

*Offsite
Tuesday, Jul 23, 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
EV 101: Kick the Tires Electric Vehicle (EV) EVent

EV 101: Kick the Tires Electric Vehicle (EV) EVent

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Interested in learning more about Electric Vehicles? Join us at the Sequoya Library on Tues., July 23, 6-7:30 PM. Meet inside for a short presentation, learn the basics about EVs, and then talk with local EV owners and check out their vehicles that will be parked in the Library parking lot. (In the case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled to Thurs., July 25 from 6-7:30pm.) This event is presented in partnership with MG&E.

 

Meeting Rooms A and B Combined
 
6:00pm to 7:00pm
[FULL] Naturalist-in-Residence: Tea Blending

[FULL] Naturalist-in-Residence: Tea Blending

Bubbler
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Herbal tea is used in many cultures as a refreshing beverage, as well as a way to consume medicinal herbs. Some might view it as a bunch of leaves in hot water, but this workshop will disprove that idea! Learn how to layer herbs, measure out ratios, and create tea blends to help address certain ailments. Participants will leave with their own customized tea blend and instructions on how to steep their tea.

Bring your favorite mug to sip your tea! If you don't have one, the library will provide a small supply. 

Space is limited for this event; registration is required. This program is currently full. Please email community@madisonpubliclibrary.org to be added to the wait list.

Part of the MPL Naturalist-in-Residence. For more information visit madpl.org/naturalist. The Naturalist-in-Residence is made possible in part by generous support of Nancy Leff and Kenneth Lerner, and in partnership with Madison Parks.
 

Bubbler
 
6:00pm to 7:30pm
We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Lashay the Artist

We Read Bubbler Artist in Residence with Lashay the Artist

Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Express yourself through a variety of affirming, mixed-media projects for all ages with Meadowood's own Lashay the Artist.

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 Rooms A and B and Kitchen Combined