Check It Out - January 20, 2015

Check It Out

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Check It Out

For all up-to-date library news, visit the Check It Out blog. 


Community Cinema Presents American Denial

Community Cinema

In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States. His question: How could a people who cherish freedom and fairness also create such a racially oppressive society? Published in 1944, “An American Dilemma” was cited in the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision to desegregate America’s schools. Seventy years later, Myrdal’s question continues to challenge America –- how do we explain the disconnect between what we believe and what we practice in what some have called a “post-racial” America? American Denial juxtaposes past and present, shifting from Myrdal’s investigation –- and his own personal struggle with denial — and current stories of racial injustice that are often overlooked in our national insistence on the preeminence of the ideals of liberty, justice, and equality. Directed by Llewellyn Smith and produced by Christine Herbes-Sommers, Smith, and Kelly Thomson, American Denial premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, February 23, 2015 (check local listings on PBS).

This event offers an exclusive preview of the documentary through a partnership with Community Cinema, and a post-film discussion with local racial equity and social justice leaders including Rev. Dr. Alex Gee, Jr., director of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and founder of Justified Anger Coalition.

Photo: Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1947. Credit: Gordon Parks. Provided by Community Cinema.


National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day

Join area librarians, teachers, and others for a four-hour readathon in support of Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation’s National Readathon Day.  Stop by and take a turn reading aloud (or listening to) The Princess BrideS. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman, or join us in quiet support of literacy by reading your own book for a four hour stretch.

Saturday, January 24, 12:00-4:00pm at the Alicia Ashman Library

National Readathon Day is Penguin Random House and the National Book Foundation’s effort to create, promote and sustain a lifelong love of reading in America, with an optional fundraising component that library visitors can choose to explore on their own.


Book Sales

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale (at Westgate Mall)
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.
Saturday, February 7, 9am-4pm
Saturday, March 7, 9am-4pm

Friends of Pinney Book and Bake Sale
Thursday, February 12 - Sunday, February 15
Friends of Pinney Library's book and bake sale.  Thursday 5-8:30pm members only - join at the door.  Friday hours 9am-8:30pm; Saturday hours 9am-4:30pm; Sunday hours 1-4pm, $5 bag sale all Sunday.

Friends of Madison Public Library Book Sale
Friday, February 13 - Saturday, February 14
Friday hours 11am-3pm members only (join at the door) and 3-6pm for everyone; Saturday hours 9am-5pm.  Find great bargains and become a Friend of the Madison Public Library!  Books for sale include a good selection of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults and will feature two-for-one romance novels. Bag sale starting at 3 pm on Saturday - $5 per bag.

Upcoming Events

Meet with a Neighborhood Officer (Chat with a Cop) [more info]
Tuesday, January 20, 11:00-12:00pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Animation for Film [more info]
Tuesday, January 20, 1:00-3:00pm - Central Library

Herbal Institute: Majesty of Mushrooms [more info/register]
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00-8:00pm - Pinney Library

Scrabble at the Library [more info]
Wednesday, January 21, January 28, 10:00am-12:00pm - Lakeview Library

Book Discussion of Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman [more info]
Wednesday, January 21, 6:00-7:30pm - Hawthorne Library

Madison Opera presents the preview of Sweeney Todd [more info]
Wednesday, January 21, 7:00-8:45pm - Central Library

Bad Cinema presents Troll 2 [more info]
Thursday, January 22, 6:30-8:45pm - Central Library

The Salad Days Book Club - Shotgun Lovesongs [more info]
Thursday, January 22, 6:30-8:00pm - Hawthorne Library

West Side Stories - The Kite Runner [more info]
Thursday, January 22, 6:30-8:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Job Mob: A Buffet of Free Employment Services (at Madison College-South) [more info]
Friday, January 23, 9:00-11:00am - Goodman South Madison Library

Best of the Fests -- award-winning films, every other Friday [more info/register]
Friday, January 23, 6:45pm - 8:45pm Alicia Ashman Library

Donuts with Dad [more info]
Saturday, January 24, 10:00-11:00am - Sequoya Library

Upcycle It! Recycled Book Crafts [more info/register]
Saturday, January 24, 10:00am-12:00pm - Pinney Library

Saturday Matinee - How to Train Your Dragon [more info]
Saturday, January 24, 2:00-4:00pm - Pinney Library

Book to Art Club: Rage Is Back, by Adam Mansbach [more info]
Sunday, January 25, 1:30-3:30pm - Central Library

Maker Mondays [more info]
Monday, January 26, 2:00-4:00pm - Meadowridge Library

Boom! educational and film programming [more info/register]
Monday, January 26, 2:00-4:30pm Alicia Ashman Library

NeedleReads [more info]
Monday, January 26, 7:00-8:45pm Alicia Ashman Library