Check It Out - August 11, 2017

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Friday, August 11, 2017

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August 11, 2017 Issue


Be Part of an Intergenerational Photo Project

Who Matters? Be part of an intergenerational photo & story project.

You are invited to participate in the Madison Public Library and Madison Senior Center’s first-ever joint intergenerational photo exhibit.

Attend one of two photo sessions (dates below) to have your picture taken by Jennifer Bastian, Madison Public Library’s Bubbler Artist-in-Residence. You must include at least one person over the age of 55 with anyone belonging to another generation. Friends, relatives, complete strangers – anything is possible! Bring a group and get creative. Local author Pam Phillips Olson will be available to capture your stories, if you’d like to include one with your photograph.

Photos and stories captured during these sessions will be displayed at Central Library and the Madison Senior Center throughout the month of December. A welcome reception will launch the exhibit.

Call the Senior Center at 608-266-6581 to schedule to have your photo taken at one the following photo sessions being held at Central Library:

Saturday, August 26, 10:00am-2:00pm
Thursday, September 28, 4:00-8:00pm

Walk-ins are welcome, but those who make a reservation are guaranteed submission.

For more information about the Intergenerational Photo and Story Project, visit


Jennie Bastian: What's the Matter?

Take a step back and gain a new perspective with the Bubbler's new Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Bastian.

Throughout August and September, Bastian is recreating the comfort and security of domestic space within the library that will serve as a backdrop for problem solving workshops. Everyone is invited to participate – library patrons and the general public.

Big or small, silly or serious – bring your problems and brainstorm solutions. Tea will be available at all times of day, and the domestic installation will weave itself throughout various areas of the library. Come with a willingness to share and leave with a plan that will leave you feeling lighter.

Bastian will be also be hosting drop-in open studio art sessions on Wednesday evenings. Vibes of comfort and coziness will help you recenter, relax, and refocus your energies towards your most creative self as you make something beautiful in the transformed Bubbler room. These open studios sessions are open to people of all ages and all levels.

August & September Workshops & Events

Problem Solving Workshops
Weekly on Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00pm | Registration required

Open Studio, Drawing, & Tea
Weekly on Wednesdays, 5:30-8:00pm | No registration required

Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving Workshops
Saturdays, Sept 9 & 23, 10:00am-12:00pm

For more information, visit

The Bubbler is partially funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funding for the Artist in Residence is provided by the Friends of the Madison Public Library.


Meet the Author Series

Meet the Author! The Madison Senior Center and Madison Public Library Central are co-hosting a brown bag lunch series featuring a variety of local authors. Bring your lunch and join us for a lively discussion!

September 12: Oscar Mireles
September 26: Diana Konkle
October 10: Anna Durbin
November 14: Shoshauna Shy (at Madison Public Library, room 302)

All events are held on a Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm at the Madison Senior Center (330 W Mifflin St), unless otherwise noted.

A special thanks to the Madison Senior Center for helping to make these events possible.

Visit for more information about these author events.


Upcoming Book Sales

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale
Saturday, September 2, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, September 16, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison WI 53711. Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. 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 Lakeview Library Book Sale
Saturday, September 16, 9:00am - 4:00pm
A quarterly book sale sponsored by The Friends of Lakeview Library. Bag sale 2 - 4 pm. Proceeds help fund library programs.


Upcoming Events

Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group--BACK OF BEYOND by C.J. Box
Monday, August 14, 10:00am - Alicia Ashman Library

Sequoya Knitting Group
Tuesday, August 15, 1:00pm - Sequoya Library

Crafting with Amy Meitzel: Sew an Emoji
Tuesday, August 15, 3:30pm - Meadowridge Library

Social Networking Tips, Tricks and Best Practices
Tuesday, August 15, 6:00pm - Lakeview Library

Family Movie Night - Lego Batman
Wednesday, August 16, 6:00pm - Sequoya Library

Book Discussion of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Wednesday, August 16, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Bad Cinema presents Quiet Cool (1986)
Thursday, August 17, 6:30pm - Central Library

Moonstruck -- Hawthorne Comedy Film Series
Friday, August 18, 7:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Heart Health - Know Your Numbers
Monday, August 21, 6:30pm - Sequoya Library

Watercolor Painting "Capturing the Beauty of Nature"
Tuesday, August 22, 5:30pm - Lakeview Library

Madison Travel Circle presents Adventures in Travel - Wisconsin Fun
Wednesday, August 23, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Macrame 101
Wednesday, August 23, 6:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Healthy Snacks for Busy People
Thursday, August 24, 6:30pm - Central Library


Great Reads

Back of Beyond
by C. J. Box

In bestselling author C.J. Box's Back of Beyond, Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend Hank Winters turns up dead in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who's fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. As Cody digs deeper into the case, all roads lead to foul play. After years of bad behavior with his department, Cody is in no position to be investigating a homicide. But he will stop at nothing to find out who murdered Hank. And why…

Everything I never told you
by Celeste Ng

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue-in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it's the youngest of the family-Hannah-who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened. A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

The True Flag : Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire
by Stephen Kinzer

Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation. The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before―in the period when the United States was founded―have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity.