Check It Out - January 16, 2017

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Monday, January 16, 2017


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Families - Get Busy with Spring Kidspages!

Check out library activities for children and families this winter/spring with the online version of Spring Kidspages. Print copies are available at a library near you, or print your own from our web site. Our redesigned Kidspages includes more information about why we focus on classes for children and families, tips for engaging your child in learning, and just a few book recommendations.

Want to receive notices of upcoming classes and age appropriate book recommendations? Sign up for our email newsletters - Library Kids, Booked for Teens, and others.


Wisconsin Book Festival Kicks Off 15th Anniversary

2017 marks the 15th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival. Throughout the year we will be celebrating this milestone with a series of marquee events culminating in the four-day festival November 2-5, 2017. We hope that you will join us to commemorate fifteen years of Wisconsin Book Festival events. 

The 15th Anniversary kicks off on January 17 with Dr. James Hamblin discussing If Our Bodies Could Talk, an enlightening book about how bodies work—and how to keep them working in a world full of myths and misinformation.  If you haven't seen James speak before, listen to his conversation about the most basic way to get healthy or watch his video about workouts to do at work.

In March we'll welcome Madison author Margaret George back to the Festival.  Margaret appeared at the first Festival in 2002 and we couldn't be happier to host her on March 13 for The Confessions of Young Nero.  Food lovers should mark their calendars for the March 16visit by Melissa Clark, author of the "A Good Appetite" column in the New York Times as well as multiple cookbooks.  

In April, Madison Public LIbrary Foundation's annual Lunch for Libraries welcomes the belovedRichard  Russo to Madison for his latest novel, Everybody's Fool. Tickets are on sale now and the proceeds support the Wisconsin Book Festival.  We are working with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities to present Margaret Atwood and her re-imagining of Shakespeare's The Tempest as part of The Great World Texts program on April 3. And our April 14 evening with Teju Cole for Known and Strange Things, his incredible collection of essays on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, will be a can't-miss affair.  

These are just a sampling of the incredible events the Wisconsin Book Festival will bring to Madison this year.  Check the festival website for a full spring lineup and to subscribe for updates.  We look forward to seeing you!


Selected Upcoming Events

Monday, January 16
All Libraries Closed in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 17-May 30 12-1pm (no lunch February 21 or April 4) - Meadowridge Library

English Classes for Parents = Clases de Ingles para Padres
Tuesdays, January 17-April 4, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

Madison Arts Commission: Art Space Meeting
Thursday, January 19, 6-8pm - Central Library

Film Showing of Men of the Cloth
Friday, January 20, 7-9pm - Hawthorne Library

Open Studio & Drop In with Artist in Residence Jenie Gao
Saturdays, January 21 & 2812pm - Central Library
Wednesdays, January 18 & 2512-6pm - Central Library

Tiny Acts of Kindness with Danika Brubaker
Saturday, January 21, 10:30am-12pm - Meadowridge Library
Saturday, January 21, 2:30-4pm - Monroe Street Library

Maker Monday with The Bubbler
Monday, January 23, 3-4pm - Sequoya Library

Minecraft Club
Mondays, January 23-April 24 (no club February 20), 2:30-4:30pm - Lakeview Library

Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network
Tuesdays, January 24-May 96-8pm -  Hawthorne Library
Wednesdays, January 25-May 1010:30am-12:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library
Thursdays, January 26-May 116-8pm - Meadowridge Library

Madison Travel Circle Presents Visit Cuba
Wednesday, January 25, 6-8pm - Hawthorne Library

After Dinner Mints: Mad Men Season One Marathon
Friday, January 27, 6:45-8:45pm - Alicia Ashman Library

WorkSmart Job Help = Ayuda de Trabajo
Fridays, January 27, February 10, February 24, 4-7pm - Pinney Library


Featured Books




If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo


New girl at school Amanda Hardy just wants is to make friends and fit in, but the secret she's keeping makes it hard to get too close to anyone. When she starts spending time with easygoing Grant, Amanda realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. But she's terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it. Because at her old school, she used to be Andrew....

Author Meredith Russo will be at the Middleton Public Library on February 2, 6pm, to talk about her book.




If Our Bodies Could Talk
by James Hamblin


In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called "If Our Bodies Could Talk." With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questionsthat never seem to go away and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media. He covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more:

Can I boost my immune system?
Does caffeine make me live longer?
Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
How much sleep do I actually need?
Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
Is life long enough?

In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners. He translates the (traditionally boring) textbook of human anatomy and physiology into accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers. They offer clarity, examine the limits of our certainty, and ultimately help readers worry less about things that don't really matter.

Dr. James Hamblin will appear on January 17, 7pm, at the Central Library to discuss If Our Bodies Could Talk. A Wisconsin Book Festival event.




Learning to Stay
by Erin Celello


Elise Sabato is proud of her husband, Brad, for serving his country...and grateful when he returns home to her. But the traumatic brain injury he suffered in Iraq has turned him from a thoughtful, brilliant, and patient man into someone quite different....someone who requires more care and attention than Elise can give while working in a demanding law firm. And when Brad ends up on his family's farm, hundreds of miles away, she wonders where their marriage is headed.

Join Erin Celello and James DeVita on February 16 at 7pm at the Central Libraryas they talk about how Erin's novel was adapted for the stage for Forward Theater Company. A Wisconsin Book Festival event.