Check It Out - March 18, 2017

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Discover the Smart Studios Story

Noteworthy, a new music discussion series at focusing on pivotal or important albums, presents A Thunderous Evening with Killdozer, Twelve Point Buck, Butch Vig, and The Smart Studios Story" on Saturday, March 18, 6-10pm.

From the outside, Smart Studios looked like just another Midwestern factory or warehouse left behind by the economic decline of the 1980s. No one viewing its depleted exterior could have guessed what was going on inside - and how it would soon change the sound of music forever.

6:00 - doors open
6:30 - vinyl plays - sides one/two
7:15 - film screening of The Smart Studios Story
8:45 - panel with director Wendy Schneider, Killdozer drummer Dan Hobson, and Butch Vig (via Skype)

If you’ve ever been touched by the music of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, L7, Death Cab For Cutie (among many, many others), you’ve been touched by the music created at Smart Studios, the legendary recording facility founded by Butch Vig and Steve Marker. Drawing on in-depth-interviews with musicians and producers, never-before-seen archival footage and a powerful soundtrack, The Smart Studios Story tells the story of the pivotal Midwest link to the global rise of Alternative Rock in the 1990’s and the unassuming Madison, Wisconsin recording studio at its center. [view trailer]

Cash bar available. Sponsored by the Yahara Music Library and Mad City Music Exchange.


Patricia McConnell Headlines Book Club Café

Local author and animal behavioralist Patricia McConnell is the featured speaker at the Friends of the Madison Public Library's Book Club Café fundraiser on May 10.

The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries.

This year's Book Club Café will take place at Olbrich Gardens at 3330 Atwood Ave. from 7-9pm. Attendees enjoy catered coffee, tea and desserts; a book gift basket raffle; and a complimentary Book Club Favorites booklet.

REGISTER ONLINE or PRINT OUT A REGISTRATION FORM.  Registrations must be received by April 20 in order to be included in the Book Club Favorites Booklet. 

For more information, visit the Book Club Café page.

Photo credits: Patricia McConnell, credit Nick Berard.


Tiny Acts of Kindness with Danika Brubaker

Bring a little joy to the world this spring by dropping into Danika Brubaker's Tiny Acts of Kindness class! In this class, you'll get the chance to create, tag and hide a kindness-themed creation for a stranger to discover. Choose to create a tiny bouquet, drawing, letter or decorated word rock. Conspire to make someone's day a little brighter, and leave with the thrill of sharing your artistic creation with a stranger. Join us for these upcoming classes:

Sequoya: Saturday, March 18, 10:30am-12:00pm (Special screen printing guest Craig Grabhorn)

Central: Saturday, March 18, 2:30pm-4:00pm (Special screen printing guest Craig Grabhorn)

Hawthorne: Saturday, April 29, 10:30am-12:00pm

Alicia Ashman: Saturday, April 29, 2:30pm-4:00pm

If you cannot make any of these classes, spread kindness anyway! 

The Bubbler is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Upcoming Book Sales

Friends of Sequoya Library
April 1, 9am-4pm
Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison. Thousands of books for sale each month. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm. Proceeds benefit the Sequoya Library.

Cash and Carry Book and Furniture Sale
April 1 - visit our Book Sales page for more detail on Tuesday, March 21

Find more book sales at


Upcoming Events

Sunday Jazz @ Sequoya
Sunday, March 19, 1:30-3:30 - Doug Brown
Sunday, March 26, 1:30-3:30 - Marilyn Fisher/John Vitale Duo

Pinney Mini Film Fest
Saturday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm - Pinney Library

Play Club: Learning to Stay
Monday, March 20, 6pm - Sequoya Library [register]

File Folder Book with Anthology
Monday, March 20, 5:30pm - Lakeview Library [register]

Tabletop Game Night
Tuesday, March 21, 6pm - Meadowridge Library

Wisconsin Film Festival Sneak Peek
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30pm - Central Library

Drop-in Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, March 21-April 25, 10:30am - Monroe Street Library

The Supper Club
Tuesday, March 21, 6pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Minecraft Club
Wednesdays, March 22-May 31, 3-5pm - Meadowridge Library
Saturday, March 25, 1:30pm - Pinney Library

DaneNet Basic Computer Classes
Wednesday, March 22, 6pm (Internet and the Web) - Lakeview Library
Wednesday, March 29, 6pm (Intro to Email) - Lakeview Library

Salad Days Book Club Reads The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Thursday, March 24, 6:30pm - Hawthorne Library

InDIGenous Jazz: John Christensen Atlas Project
Friday, March 24, 7:30pm - Central Library

Friday Fun Night: Drumming with Rockameem
Friday, March 24, 6:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Check Out Voting
The Dane County Voter ID Coalition will be at all Madison Libraries to answer questions and help voters register.
Saturday, March 25, 10am-2pm - all Madison libraries

Kubo and the Two Strings
Saturday, March 25, 2pm - Hawthorne Library

Featured Books



The End of All Things
by John Scalzi

Humans expanded into space ... only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement ... for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more. Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time--a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: a group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other--and against their own kind--for their own unknown reasons. In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact ... or else risk oblivion, and extinction--and the end of all things.
John Scalzi will be speaking and signing books at the Central Library on April 8 at 7pm. A Wisconsin Book Festival event.

Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold
by Margaret Atwood

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge. After 12 years revenge finally arrives in the shape of a theatre course at a nearby prison. Here Felix and his inmate actors will put on his Tempest and snare the traitors who destroyed him. It's magic! But will it remake Felix as his enemies fall?
Margaret Atwood will be speaking at Union South’s Varsity Hall on April 3 at 7:30pm. A Wisconsin Book Festival event in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.

Known and Strange Things
by Teju Cole

Three experiences structure this first nonfiction collection from novelist Cole (Every Day Is for the Thief). The first section, "Reading Things," offers appreciations of writers, among them Tomas Tranströmer, Sonali Deraniyagala, André Aciman, Ivan Vladislavic, and, especially, W.G. Sebald, whose work raises the same ethical questions Cole asks time and again. The second, "Seeing Things," explores the work of visual artists, primarily photographers, from places as different as Mali, Russia, France, and South Africa, and casts keen-eyed scrutiny upon photography itself. Cole's tripartite structure concludes with "Being There." Cole is a literary performance artist, his words meticulously chosen and deployed with elegance and force. To read, see, and travel with him is to be changed by the questions that challenge him. As he observes of one writer, "The pleasure of reading him resides in the pleasure of his company"; the same may well be said of Cole. (Publisher’s Weekly review)
Teju Cole will be speaking and signing books at the Central Library on April 14 at 7pm. A Wisconsin Book Festival event in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.