Check It Out - January 31, 2014

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Curtain's Up and CTM Present Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry

Join Children's Theater of Madison on January 31 at 7 pm for an evening with acclaimed author Lois Lowry in a special event at the Central Library previewing CTM's production of “The Giver. Ms. Lowry will be joined by APT actor Paul Bentzen, who plays the title role in the stage adaptation of Ms. Lowry's award-winning book. The evening will feature readings from the novel and the play, comments by Ms. Lowry regarding the process of adapting her novel to stage and screen, and a Q&A session with the audience. Ms. Lowry will sign books after the event. A Wisconsin Book Festival event recommended for ages 8 & up.

CTM performances of The Giver are happening February 15-23, 2014 at The Playhouse at Overture Center for the Arts. For more information production or to purchase tickets, visit CTM's web site.  For more information about Lois Lowry, visit her author's web site.

In addition, three interactive workshps are scheduled around The Giver:

  • Verona Public Library - Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 pm
  • Sun Prairie Public Library - Saturday, February 1, 1 pm
  • Fitchburg Public Library - Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm

These workshops will include theater exercises, a reading from the play, and a group discussion about the popularity of dystopian literature, such as The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and The Lottery. Free; for ages 10 and up.  These events are funded by a grant from Beyond the Page.

Health Insurance Marketplace Workshops

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Dane County residents are invited to Madison libraries for upcoming workshops on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Certified application counselors from Public Health Madison and Dane County will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have.

You can also check out the following list here for more enrollment assistance opportunites at Dane County libraries.

For more information, call 608-266-4821 or go to

Love Your Library

Library Valentines

Why do you love your library? Share your library valentines with us and we’ll share them - with legislators, city officials, library staff and the world! Make your library a valentine by February 1 and we'll share it with elected officials on Library Legislative Day. This week at all Madison libraries!  

Upcoming Events

3D Modeling
Weekly on Saturdays, February 1 - March 22, 2-4 pm, Central Library Media Lab

Paper Flower Bouquets
Saturday, February 1, 2-3:30 pm, Hawthorne Library

Sabes Contar? (Do you count?) Queremos contar, cantar y leer contigo!
Weekly on Mondays, February 3-24, 11 am, Goodman South Madison Library,

Dinner + a Movie: Despicable Me
Tuesday, February 4, 6-8 pm, Central Library

Valentine's Crafts for Adults and Teens
Tuesday, February 4, 5-7 pm, Lakeview Library
Tuesday, February 11, 6-8 pm, Pinney Library
Tuesday, February 12, 5-7 pm, Monroe Street Library

Read to a Dog
Wednesday, February 5, 5:30-6:15 pm, Meadowridge Library

MadCity Makers Meetup
Wednesday, February 5, 6:45-8:45 pm, Pinney Library

I Heart Art
Thursday, February 6, 4-5 pm, Sequoya Library
Monday, February 10, 3:30-4:30 pm, Hawthorne Library
Tuesday, February 11, 4-5:15 pm, Alicia Ashman Library

Night Light - Clocks In Motion
Friday, February 7, 8-11 pm, Central Library

Website Creation and Promotion
Monday, February 10, 6-8 pm, Central Library

Central Cinema: Community Cinema presents The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30 pm, Central Library