Check It Out - June 19, 2017

Check It Out

Check It Out

Monday, June 19, 2017

You are receiving this email because you have subscribed to the Check It Out email newsletter from Madison Public Library.  For all up-to-date library news, visit the Check It Out blog.  To unsubscribe, follow the instructions at the bottom of this email. Questions? contact


Imagine Madison

Imagine Madison

What are your dreams for our city's future?  

Imagine Madison is a unique public listening campaign, designed by the City of Madison alongside members of the community. The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used to update the City's Comprehensive Plan.

There are many ways that you can get involved:

  • Take the SurveyThere’s only one week left to provide feedback through their current online engagement activities, which will close on Wednesday, June 21. You can see what others are saying and provide your own ideas for strategies to achieve the City's shared community goals. You can also provide comments on the Future Land Use Map to help the City decide how Madison should grow and develop in the future.
  • Learn more about Imagine Madison at one of their appearances at upcoming community events like Juneteenth, Shake the Lake, and El Mercadito de Centro 
  • Sign up for email updates
  • Follow Imagine Madison on Facebook or Twitter #ImagineMadison

Make Music Madison

Make Music Madison

There are so many reasons that summer is a wonderful time in Madison, and one of them is Make Music Madison. Initiated in 2013 as Madison’s entry into the international summer solstice music celebration on June 21, the all-day, all-city music festival includes a full line up of venues, performances, and wonderful musicians all over the city.

Madison Public Library joins over 700 communities around the world in kicking off summer by filling the city with music. Make Music Madison turns the city into a stage, and offers a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

Here is the line-up by library venue:

Alicia Ashman Library

10:00am-11:00am: Karen Rebholz
11:00am-12:00pm: Dave Cofell
4:00pm-5:00pm: Chromatix A Capella
5:15pm -6:00pm: Sean Hill

*Musicians will perform inside if inclement weather arises.

Central Library

10:00am-10:30am: Rex Loker & Friend
1:30pm-2:30pm: Grandpa Squeezit
5:45pm-6:45pm: Saaz

Monroe Street Library

1:30pm-2:00pm: Stephanie Jane
3:00pm-4:00pm: Bob Badeau

Lakeview Library

10:30am-11:45am: Finding North
12:00pm-1:00pm: Kaia Fowler
1:00pm-2:00pm: Shabazz Fiddle Class
2:00pm-3:30pm: Madison Classical Guitar Society
3:30pm-4:30pm: Hoot 'n Annie String Band
5:15pm-6:00pm: Jennifer Hedstrom
6:00pm-7:00pm: Xander Anim
7:15pm-8:00pm: greenTONE a cappella

Pinney Library

9:00am-10:00am: Shabazz City High Fiddle Class Performance
11:00am-12:00pm: Margo Tiedt Performance
1:00pm-2:00pm: The Big Squeezey Performance

Sequoya Library

12:00pm-1:00pm: Harwood String Quartet
1:00pm-2:00pm: Still Jaded After All These Years
2:00pm-2:30pm: Liam Benish
7:00pm-8:00pm: Dave Cofell

For a complete line-up of Make Music Madison performances and events, visit

Make Music Madison

For a complete line-up of Make Music Madison performances and events, visit


Upcoming Book Sales

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale
Saturdays, July 1 and July 29, August 5, 9am-4:30pm
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.

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale
Thursday, July 13-Saturday, July 15, Central Library
Find great bargains for your home library and support the library!  This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Most items are $2 or less.  Hosted by the Friends of the Madison Public Library. This is a multi-day sale.  Sale hours: Thursday, July 13, 9 am - 9 pm, Friday, July 14, 9 am - 6 pm, Saturday, July 15, 9 am - 3 pm (bag sale 1-3pm - $5/bag).

See all upcoming book sales at our Book Sale Page.


Great Reads


Goodbye, vitamin : a novel
by Rachel Khong

Incredibly poignant . . . Rachel Khong's first novel sneaks up on you -- just like life . . . and heartbreak. And love."--Miranda July A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of L.A., pairs of a man's pants hang from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Howard's wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth. Freshly disengaged from her fiance and still broken up about it, feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year- old Ruth quits her job, and arrives home to find her parents' situation worse than she'd realized. Her father is erratically lucid and her mother, a devoted and creative cook, sees the sources of memory loss in every pot and pan. But as Howard's condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruth's situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief. She throws herself into caretaking: cooking dementia-fighting meals (a feast of jellyfish!), researching supplements, anything to reignite her father's once-notable memory. And when the university finally lets Howard go, Ruth and one of her father's handsome former students take their efforts to help Howard one step too far. Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding a one's footing in this life

The Hour of Land : a Personal Topography of America's National Parks
by Terry Tempest Williams

For years, America's national parks have provided public breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why close to 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now, to honor the centennial of the National Park Service, Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us, and what we mean to them. Through twelve carefully chosen parks, from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Tempest Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America. Our national parks stand at the intersection of humanity and wildness, and there's no one better than Tempest Williams to guide us there. Beautifully illustrated, with evocative black-and-white images by some of our finest photographers, from Lee Friedlander to Sally Mann to Sebastião Salgado, The Hour of Land will be a collector's item as well as a seminal work of environmental writing and criticism about some of America's most treasured landmarks. Terry Tempest Williams will be speaking about her new book, The Hour of the Land, as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series, at the Central Library on Friday, July 7 at 7pm.