Check It Out - March 31, 2017

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Friday, March 31, 2017

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Federal Budget Proposes Eliminating Support for Nation's Libraries

Like many librarians across the nation, I am alarmed by the deep cuts to libraries proposed by President Trump in the budget he submitted to Congress on March 16th.  Those proposals include eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and more than $210 million in funding cuts for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs.

Wisconsin libraries received $2.67 million in grants from IMLS last year. LSTA grants have helped fund services such as wired and wireless networks, statewide delivery, interlibrary loan, BadgerLink and shared technology access. The elimination of these funds will result in an increased cost to local libraries or in a reduction of service. IMLS has provided support for innovative programs at Madison Public Library, including our Bubbler program which was funded for two years through a $267,000 National Leadership Grant awarded to UW-Madison; and our Making Justice program for at-risk and court-involved teens is another example of the additional impact LSTA funds can make.

The American Library Association’s Fight for Libraries! site has current information on how to support libraries and preserve these vital programs. By April 3rd, Members of Congress can sign on to “Dear Appropriator” letters supporting LSTA and IAL. I am pleased that Congressman Mark Pocan has already signed on to both letters, but I am concerned that ALA’s sortable web tracker indicates that the remainder of Wisconsin’s Representatives have not signed on to both letters.  

Your support of libraries is appreciated, and means a tremendous amount to those served by libraries every day.

- Greg Mickells, Library Director, Madison Public Library 


April Book Sales

Madison Public Library Cash and Carry Sale
Saturday, April 1 8:00am - 5:00pm
Madison Public Library and its Friends’ groups will host a cash and carry sale of used office furniture, library furniture, books, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items on Saturday, April 1 from 8am-5pm.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit four library Friends groups: Friends of the Madison Public Library, Friends of the Lakeview Library, Friends of the Meadowridge Library, and Friends of the Hawthorne Library.  The sale will take place at the library’s warehouse facility at 1301 W. Badger Road.

Furniture and furnishings will be priced low for quick sale and items for sale include office desks, book trucks, study tables, office chairs, event-style chairs, and other office furniture.  Books, DVDs, and other items will be sold at a price of $.50 per item. Items can be purchased with cash or checks only and must be taken at the time of sale; no on-site storage or transportation will be available.

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale 
Saturdays, April 1 and 15, 9:00am - 4:00pm
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 Hawthorne Library Book Sale
Book Sale! Great deals on books -- also DVDs, recorded books, and CDs.
Friday, April 14 10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 15 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday, April 17 10:00am - 8:00pm Bag Sale - great price for whatever books (and CDs and DVDs) you can haul away in a brown paper bag. Only $3.00 per bag!


Upcoming Events

State Budget Listening Session with Representative Terese Berceau and Senator Fred Risser
Monday, April 3 - 5-6pm - Sequoya Library

Wednesday, April 5, 9:30am - Alicia Ashman Library

Black Story Hour with Melvin Hinton
Friday, April 7, 6:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

First Friday: Coloring for Grownups with Occasional Craft
Friday, April 7, 6:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

First Friday Flicks: Loving
Friday, April 7, 6:30-8:45pm - Pinney Library

When the Great Ship Went Down: Music to Commemorate the Sinking of the Titanic
Saturday, April 8, 2pm - Sequoya Library

Cooking Classes with Chef Lily
Saturday, April 8 - Meadowridge Library
Kids Cook (ages 5-8) - 10:30am [register]
Kids Cook (ages 9-12) - 12:30-1:45pm [register]
Family Cooking (all ages) - 2-3:15pm [register]

Red White and Read
Saturday, April 8, 10am-12pm - Central Library

Drop-in Gadget Help
Saturday, April 8, 10am-12pm - Hawthorne Library

Toddler Dance Party
Saturday, April 8, 10:3-am - Lakeview Library

Wisconsin Book Festival Presents John Scalzi
Saturday, April 8, 7pm - Central Library


Featured Books



Black Comix : African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture
by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

The immense popularity of comics and graphic novels cannot be ignored. But in light of the comics boom that has taken place over the past 10 years, the artists, writers and publishers that make up the vibrant African American independent comics community have remained relatively unknown - until now. Black Comix brings together an unprecedented collection of largely unheard of, and undeniably masterful, comics art while also framing the work of these men and women in a broader historical and cultural context.  With a foreword by Keith Knight and over 50 contributors, including Phonzie Davis, Jan-Michael Franklin, Frances Liddell, Kenjji Marshall, Lance Tooks, Rob Stull, Ashley A. Woods and many, more, the cross section of comics genres represented includes manga, superheroes, humor, history, science fiction and fantasy.

John Jennings will present The Soul of Black Comix at on April 6 at 6 pm in the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center Lounge (Red Gym, 716 Langdon street) in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival.

Everybody's Fool
by Richard Russo

Everybody’s Fool picks up roughly a decade after readers first encountered the characters of Miss Beryl and Sully in Nobody's Fool. The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years...the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends...Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). A crowning achievement—“like hopping on the last empty barstool surrounded by old friends” (Entertainment Weekly)—from one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Richard Russo is the author of seven previous novels including Nobody's Fool and Straight Man. He's also written two collections of stories and a memoir, Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody’s Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries. 

Richard Russo will be speaking and signing books at the Central Library on April 18 at 7 pm as part of the [http;//]Wisconsin Book Festival.

Imagine Wanting Only This
by Kristen Radtke

When Kristen Radtke was in college, the sudden death of a beloved uncle and, not long after his funeral, the sight of an abandoned mining town marked the beginning moments of a lifelong fascination with ruins and with people and places left behind. Over time, this fascination deepened until it triggered a journey around the world in search of ruined places. Now, in this genre-smashing graphic memoir, she leads us through deserted towns in the American Midwest, Italian villas, islands in the Philippines, New York City, and the delicate passageways of the human heart. At once narrative and factual, historical and personal, Radtke's stunning illustrations and piercing text never shy away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind? Kristen Radtke will appear in conversation with Jamel Brinkely.