Check It Out - February 29, 2016

Check It Out

Monday, February 29, 2016

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Madison Public Library Honored as Finalist for IMLS National Medal

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has chosen Madison Public Library as one of 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.  Madison Public Library and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau are the two institutions chosen in the state of Wisconsin for this honor in 2016.

"Here in Madison we know that our public library is the heart of our community.  The nine libraries lead the way as we focus on equity and service to all.  From children’s programming and after school activities to access to internet, computers, life-long learning and a focus on civic and community engagement, the entire city benefits from the library's facilities and the incredible staff," said Mayor Paul Soglin

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit

The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C., to be honored in a White House ceremony. To learn more about the 2016 National Medal finalists, visit


Read Magazines from Your Phone or Tablet

Did you know you could access an entire digital collection of your favorite magazine titles for free with your library card?  With Flipster, it’s simple to select your favorite digital magazines from the Flipster newsstand and start reading.

Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. And your Madison Public Library card allows you to access Flipster from any computer or device with internet access.

The collection's 38 titles include: Atlantic, Bicycling, Cooking Light, Country Living, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Harper's Bazaar, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Money, People, Prevention, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Time, US Weekly, and Woman's Day.


Learn a Language!

Mango is a premier online language learning resource that builds language proficiency and cultural understanding around real-world communication skills that you'll actually need.

Mango breaks things down into small, bite-sized chunks; then challenges you to build them back up into full sentences. You'll learn language structure and vocabulary in a highly intuitive and contextual way. Choose from over 60 languages including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Hebrew, Thai, and Vietnamese. The 15 (and ever growing) English as a Second Language courses include lessons for native speakers of Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Arabic, Russian, Greek, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), and Japanese.

And your Madison Public Library card allows you to access Mango from a Madison Public Library computer, or your home computer or mobile device. Learn more and get started learning the language of your choice.


More Library Events

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 1-April 28, 12:30pm - Central
English for Parents Class/Inglés para Padres

Wednesdays, March 2-30, 10am - Lakeview Library
Scrabble at the Library

Thursdays, March 3-April 28, 9:30am - Bayview Community Center, 601 Bay View
Preschool English and Hmong Storytime at Bayview Community Center

Thursday, March 3, 6pm - Central Library
Artists in Absentia Opening Reception

Friday, March 4, 9:30am - Pinney Library
Family Fitness with Venus Washington

Friday, March 4, 7pm - Hawthorne Library
Feature Film: The Danish Girl

Saturday, March 5, 2 pm - Monroe Street Library
Paper Bag Pets with Bird Ross

Saturday, March 5, 2:30pm - Central Library
Resumes II - Reinvent Your Resume

Monday, March 7, 2:30-4:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Minecraft Monday

Monday, March 7, 2:30pm-4:30pm - Meadowridge Library
Maker Monday: LEGO Robotics

Tuesday, March 8, 6:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Nuts and Bolts of Returning to School

Saturday, March 12, 10am - Alicia Ashman Library
Donuts with Dad

Saturdays, March 12 or 26, 11:00am-1pm - Central Library
Intro to Photography with Michelle


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, March 5 and April 2, 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 Lakeview Library Book Sale
Friday, March 18, 6-7:45pm and Saturday, March 19, 9am-4pm
A pre-sale for members of the Lakeview Library Friends' group. Membership applications are available at the sale. A quarterly book sale sponsored by The Friends of Lakeview Library. Bag sale 2 - 4 pm. Proceeds help fund library programs.

Friends of Hawthorne Library 32nd Annual Book Sale
Friday, April 8, 10am-8pm and Saturday, April 9, 10am-8pm
Terrific deals! Books, dvds, cds, and other material for people of all ages. Bag sale on Saturday only, 2-4pm, $3.00/bag


Upcoming Wisconsin Book Festival Events

Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain

The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novel The Paris Wife, returns with her highly anticipated historical novel, Circling the Sun. The world is 1920s Kenya, where a glamorous and decadent circle of British expats have carved out a toe-hold of civilization at the edge of the boundless frontier. Abandoned by her mother and inspired by the dangerous beauty around her, Beryl grows into a fierce young woman driven to prove her courage and win independence at any cost. She becomes the first woman to earn her license as a professional racehorse trainer (at eighteen!); one of the very first people in Africa, and the world, to have a commercial pilot’s license; she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic east to west (the hard way) in 1936; and the first bush pilot to successfully scout game from the air for safari hunters under impossibly dangerous conditions.
But the terrain Beryl can’t seem to conquer is her own heart. When she meets safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton (immortalized in Out of Africa), and the Danish author Karen Blixen (otherwise know by her penname, Isak Dinesen), she’s catapulted into a passionate love triangle that will change the course of her life. Though neither Blixen or Markham publically acknowledged the relationship in their lifetime, it seared and altered them both, and set Beryl on a course to tackle her greatest adventure yet, flying the Atlantic east to west, two-thousand feet above the icy waves, without radio contact, alone in the dark for twenty-four hours, trusting her instruments and her instincts.

Meet author Paula McLain at Madison Public Library Foundation fundraiser, Lunch for Libraries, or a free evening event at 7 pm at the Central Library on March 17.

Two If By Sea
by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane, American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy goes out to join his volunteer rescue unit. While on patrol, he pulls a little boy from a submerged car, saving the child’s life with only seconds to spare. In that moment, Frank’s own life is transformed. Not quite knowing why, Frank sidesteps the law, when, instead of turning Ian over to the Red Cross, he takes the boy home to the Midwestern farm where he grew up. Not long into their journey, Frank begins to believe that Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift, and his only wish is to protect the deeply frightened child. As Frank struggles to start over, training horses as his father and grandfather did before him, he meets Claudia, a champion equestrian and someone with whom he can share his life—and his fears for Ian.
Both know that it will be impossible to keep Ian’s gift a secret forever. Already, ominous coincidences have put Frank’s police instincts on high alert, as strangers trespass the quiet life at the family farm. The fight to keep Ian safe from a powerfully sinister antagonist takes readers from the ravaged shores of Brisbane to the middle of America to a quaint English village. Even as Frank and Claudia dare to hope for new love, it becomes clear that they can never let Ian go, no matter the cost. A suspenseful novel on a grand scale, Two If By Sea is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism—and even magic—in ordinary life.

Meet author Jacquelyn Mitchard at the Central Library on March 21, 7 pm.