Check it Out! - April 22, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

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Madison Public Library Awarded 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Congratulations, Madison!

The Institute for Museum and Library Services has selected Madison Public Library as one of 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C. on June 1.

By focusing on customer and civic engagement and promoting education, literacy and community involvement, Madison Public Library emphasizes its vision of being “your place to learn, share and create” by connecting visitors with library services and programs, community resources, and each other.  An emphasis on community engagement has resulted in efforts such as Parents as First Teachers, Read Up!, Tell Us, and involvement in Madison’s Neighborhood Resource Teams.  Madison’s nationally-recognized Bubbler programming model promotes participatory learning with community experts.

See a complete list of 2016 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal winners, or read Madison Public Library's full press release. 


Book Club Cafe Features Erin Celello 

Author Erin Celello headlines the 19th annual Book Club Café on Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm.  The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries. 

This year's Book Club Café will take place at the Central Library in downtown Madison.  Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts from Chocolaterian Cafe; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club Favorites booklet. Purchase tickets online or print off PDF registration form and mail it in.

Erin Celello is the author of the novels, Miracle Beach and Learning to Stay. She was born and raised in Michigan’s gorgeous Upper Peninsula and earned B.A. in English from St. Norbert College. Eventually, Erin landed in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lives today with her husband, two young sons, and two unruly Vizslas. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and member of the Tall Poppies Writer's Collective.

Forward Theater of Madison has commissioned playwright James DeVita to adapt Learning to Stay for the stage. A first reading of the play was part of Forward Theater’s Wisconsin Wrights New Play Development Project in the fall of 2015.

This event is hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library. Event proceeds benefit all Madison Public Libraries.

These events are funded in part by Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.


Money Smart Week 

Money Smart Week is April 23-30, and the Madison Public Library has some programs and eBook resources that can help consumers better manage their personal finances:

  • Credit Repair - Tuesday April 26, 6-8pm at Central Library [more information/register]
  • Retirement Planning - Monday April 25, 6:30-8pm at Sequoya Library 
  • Personal Finance - Tuesday April 26, 6-8pm at Goodman South Madison Library  [more information/register]
  • Make Your Money Talk - Tuesdays, May 3, May 10, and May 17, 6-8pm at Central Library  [more information/register]
  • Overdrive is featuring a special package of 7 eBooks focusing on investing and personal finance. These titles will be simultaneous use through May 15, so no one will have to place a hold. After this date, customers will still have access to the titles, but may have to place a hold depending on demand. Visit the special collection in Wisconsin's Digital Library site.

And don't forgot to sign up for our  Business Resources Insider newsletter, which offers monthly book recommendations on finance, business advice, and investments.  


Now Hiring Wanda Fullmore Youth Interns

The City of Madison, in partnership with Common Wealth Development, is hiring 50 teen interns this summer through the Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship Program.  Youth will have the opportunity to work in over a dozen different City of Madison agencies, including the library! 

Sophomores or Juniors who live in the City of Madison are encouraged to print off an internship application packet, fill it out, and turn it in in person at one of 17 meetings throughout the city in April and May.  Find a full list of meetings and more information at Common Wealth's site.  For more information, call Common Wealth at 256-3527. 


More Library Events

Home Composting Workshop
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Pinney Library 

Origami for the whole family with Ruthann Bessman
Saturday, April 23, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Lakeview Library 

West Madison Senior Coalition Senior Lunches
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 26-May 26, 12:00-2:00 pm, Meadowridge Library 

Save Our Stuff: Preserving Home Memories
Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Pinney Library 

Center for the Humanities presents An Evening with Agnes B
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 - 8:45 pm, Central Library

Intro To Photoshop with Ashley
Friday, April 29, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, Central Library Media Lab

PlayTime Productions Presents Sleeping Beauty 
Friday, April 29, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Central Library

Adorable Presents Coding for Teens with Sonic Pi
Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Goodman South Madison Library 

Read With A Cop
Monday, April 2, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Sequoya Library 
Monday, April 2, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Alicia Ashman Library 

May the Fourth Be with You!
Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Monroe Street Library
Wednesday, April 4, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Central Library

Protecting Your Privacy Online
Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Hawthorne Library 

Library Book Sales

Support your favorite library and one of many Friends' groups by selecting great deals at one of six upcoming book sales hosted by Libary Friends' groups before the end of the year.

For more sales, visit the library's Book Sales page.

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale (at Westgate Mall)
Saturdays, May 16, 9am-4pm

Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawls also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm.

Friends of the Madison Public Library
Thursday, April 28 - Saturday, April 30 at the Central Library
Thursday hours 9am-9pm; Friday hours 9am-6pm; Saturday hours 9am-4:30pm.  Bag sale 2-4:30 pm on Saturday.

Friends of Alicia Ashman Library
Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7
Thursday hours 5pm-8pm; Friday hours 9:30am-7pm; Saturday hours 9:30am-3pm.

Meadowridge Library
Saturday, May 7, 9am-2:30pm
Lots of Treats for Everyone! Join the Friends of the Meadowridge Library for a Mother's Day Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00-1:00. Bag Sale beginning at noon, buy a bag'o'books for five bucks!


Upcoming Author Appearances

Democracy Now!
by Amy Goodman

In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the US, broadcasting on over 1,400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at Now Amy, along with her journalist brother, David, and co-author Denis Moynihan, share stories of the heroes—the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protesters—who have brought about remarkable change.  This important book looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. 

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now! An acclaimed international journalist, she is the New York Times bestselling author, with Denis Moynihan, of The Silenced Majority and Breaking the Sound Barrier; and with David Goodman, of Exception to the Rulers, Static, and Standing Up to the Madness. 

Amy Goodman will be reading from Democracy Now! on May 18, 7 pm, at the Barrymore Theater in partnership with WORT and the Wisconsin Book Festival.

The Last Bookaneer
by Matthew Pearl

From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Dante Club, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific accompanied by his assistant Fergins. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson’s last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, appears on the island, and soon Davenport, Fergins, and Belial find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself.  In The Last Bookaneer, Pearl crafts a finely wrought tale about a showdown between brilliant men in the last great act of their professions. It is nothing short of a page-turning journey to the heart of a lost era.

Matthew Pearl is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens, and The Technologists. His books have been New York Times bestsellers and international bestsellers translated into more than thirty languages.

Matthew Pearl will be reading from The Last Bookaneer at the Central Library on May 5 at 7:00 pm.