Check It Out - August 2, 2017

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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August 1, 2017 Issue


Build a Better World: Read! Concert & Picnic

Every summer, the Madison Public Library celebrates the Summer Reading Club with several large family events. Join us for our grand finale event!

Pack a picnic supper and head to Olbrich Gardens for a fun-filled family concert! Come, rain or shine, at 6:00 p.m. to play with bubbles and make a project with Olbrich Gardens staff. Then, at 7:00 p.m., Ken Lonnquist will get your toes tapping while you munch! Sponsored by Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda.

Tuesday, August 1 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue

A special thank you to our sponsors!

We couldn't celebrate summer reading without our wonderful sponsors. Funding and programming for the 2017 Summer Reading Club is provided in large part by the Madison Public Library Foundation and its Rock & Read Father's Day fundraiser.

Our other generous sponsors include: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Overture Center for the Arts, the Friends of the Sequoya Library and the South Central Library System.


Learn to Ride, Biking is the Best!

Biking is the Best! 

At this Learn to Ride event, you will expand your knowledge of bicycling in Madison - master the rules of the road and get tips on how to stay safe. You'll also become more familiar with your bike and find out how you can become a better biker. Plus, door prizes! All ages are welcome and encouraged. 

Sequoya Library
Saturday, August 5

Brought to you by Bike to the Library, Share and Be Aware, and the Wisconsin Bike Fed.



August Night Light

This year’s August Night Light will be an evening of art, storytelling and problem solving!

Heading into fall, The Bubbler is turning over the entire Central Library with lots of new art.

Diane Endres Ballweg Art Gallery (Third Floor): Artwork by Zach Mory
Second Floor: Artwork by Robert Coberly
First Floor: Artwork by Tary M. McMahon and an installation by Matthew Baird

The Bubbler's newest artist-in-residence Jennie Bastian will team up with Madison Storytellers to explore community problems through storytelling. (Got a story to share? Sign up here!)

Come celebrate these new artists at the August Night Light event on Friday, August 4 from 7:00-10:00pm at Central Library. Drinks will be available from Gibs.

For more information about each of these artists, visit

Exhibitions will be available August-September! If you miss this event, you can still stop by Central Library to view their work. 

The Bubbler is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Upcoming Book Sales

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale
Saturday August 5, 9am-4:30pm
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.


Upcoming Events

Mystery Book Discussion of The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva
Wednesday, August 2, 7:00pm - Sequoya Library

You Can Draw It! Beginning Drawing Workshop
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00pm - Pinney Library

Woodblock Carving + Printing with Artist-in-Residence, Jenie Gao
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Lakeview Book Discussion of Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
Thursday, August 3, 6:30pm - Lakeview Library

Book Discussion of Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa-Gyasi
Thursday, August 3, 2:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Punch-Drunk Love
Thursday, August 3, 6:30pm - Central Library

In Bruges -- Hawthorne Comedy Film Series
Friday, August 4, 7:00pm - Hawthorne Library

First Friday Flicks - NORMAN
Friday, August 4, 6:30pm - Pinney Library

Computer Backup Strategies with Cris Carpenter
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Caren Stelson
Thursday, August 10, 10:00am - Central Library

Food Preservation and Safety
Thursday, August 10, 5:30pm - Pinney Library

Finding Good Health Information Online: A Hands-On Workshop
Thursday, August 10, 6:00pm - Sequoya Library

Paper Marbling with Amy Mietzel (A Bubbler Program)
Saturday, August 12, 10:00am - Hawthorne Library


Great Reads

Fierce kingdom : a novel
by Gin Phillips

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she'll go to to protect him. The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours--the entire scope of the novel--she keeps on running. A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself--from its tender moments of grace to its savage power--Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?

Sachiko : a Nagasaki bomb survivor's story
by Caren Stelson

Sachiko Yasui was just six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on her hometown of Nagasaki. On August 9, 1945, she went from playing house with her friends to burying them. Yasui also lost a brother that day and would lose many more family members because of radiation sickness. Growing up, she was ostracized for her status as hibakusha, a bomb survivor. Despite her trauma and the bullying she faced, Yasui endured. She sought out inspiration from the likes of Helen Keller, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Their works allowed her to make peace with the events in her life. Stelson recounts hearing Yasui speak at a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This event would spark a long and intimate process in which Stelson repeatedly met with and interviewed Yasui in order to tell her story. Frequent historical notes provide context to the events happening in the narrative: Japan's role in World War II, the issue of racism in the war, President Truman's ultimatum, the effects of radiation sickness, the U.S. occupation of Japan after the war, and more.

Sons and soldiers : the untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. Army to fight Hitler
by Bruce B. Henderson

As Jewish families were trying desperately to get out of Europe during the menacing rise of Hitler's Nazi party, some chose to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. Known as the Ritchie Boys, after the Maryland camp where they were trained, these army recruits knew what would happen to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions. A post-war army report found that nearly 60 percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys. Drawing on original interviews and extensive archival research, Henderson vividly re-creates the stories of six of these men in an epic tale of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.