Check It Out - January 29, 2016

Check It Out

Friday, January 29, 2016

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Job Connect with the WorkSmart Network

Get assistance with job search, resumes, interviewing, etc. for adults, dislocated (laid off) workers, young adults, and veterans. Employment Specialists can also connect you with programs available through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • 1st Fridays, 12-3pm at Meadowridge Library - February 5, March 4, May 6, June 3 - (608) 288-6160
  • 2nd Fridays, 12-3pm at Lakeview Library - February 12, March 11, April 8, May 12, June 10 - (608) 246-4547
  • 3rd Fridays, 12-3pm at Alicia Ashman Library - February 19, March 18, April 15, May 19, June 17 - (608) 824-1780
  • 4th Fridays, 12-3pm at Hawthorne Library - February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24 - (608) 246-4548

Advance registration is required. Call to schedule a time.

For more information about the WorkSmart Network, including additional opportunities to meet with an Employment Specialist, see


Tax Assistance

Volunteers will be available to help individuals prepare and file basic Federal and Wisconsin income taxes at four Madison libraries from January 28 to April 14, 2016.

Through a partnership involving Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP, many individuals and households file their taxes through tax assistance at Madison libraries.  This popular and important service targets people with low-to-moderate income, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking taxpayers and seniors, and has the added benefit of introducing some people in the community to our libraries for the first time.

Libraries with tax assistance are Central Library, Alicia Ashman Library, Lakeview Library, Pinney Library, and Sequoya Library.

Appointments are required to file with this service.

In addition, from January 27 - April 16, assistance is available near the Goodman South Madison Library via the Financial Education Center in the Villager. 

Also, for Spanish-speaking customers: The Latino Community Engagement Team will be providing volunteers at three locations (Central, Lakeview, and Sequoya) who will translate at tax appointments. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, check out our Tax Assistance page.


More Library Events

Upcoming Wisconsin Book Festival Events at MPL


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.

  • Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale - Saturday, February 6, 9am-4pm at Westgate Mall (422 Westgate Mall, Madison 53711)
    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 Madison Public Library Book Sale - Thursday, February 11 - Saturday, February 13 at the Central Library (201 W. Mifflin St.)
    Stop by the Central Library Friends shop and various sale outposts throughout the building in this three-day sale of gently used books, DVDs and other materials.  Hours: Thursday 9 am-9 pm; Friday 9 am-6 pm; Saturday 9 am - 5 pm.
  • Friends of Pinney Library Spring Book and Bake Sale - 204 Cottage Grove Road
    Thursday, February 11, 12-8:30pm - Members only presale
    Friday, February 12, 9am-8:30 pm
    Saturday, February 13, 9am-4:30 pm
    Sunday, February 14, 1-4pm - Bag sale
    Bake Sale: Thursday, 3-6pm; Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm

For more sales, visit the library's Book Sales page.


Book Reviews

National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations

The National Book Critics Circle Awards, determined by a jury of critics and book review editors, honor excellence in six categories – autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Check out MADreads for the full list of nominees.

Trombone Shorty
by Troy Andrews, Bill Taylor, and Bryan Collier

"Andrews collaborated with award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier to create this picture book autobiography – both an inspiring look at the young life of a world-renowned musician, and a celebration of the music of New Orleans.
Bryan Collier earned both the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, and a Caldecott Honor Award for his remarkable, vibrant watercolor and collage illustration."

Read the full MADreads review here.