Check It Out - March 4, 2017

Check It Out

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

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film festival sneak peek

Wisconsin Film Festival Sneak Peeks

You're invited to a free preview of this year's Wisconsin Film Festival (March 30 - April 6). Watch trailers from this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the Festival from Festival organizers, and bring your questions about this year's festival.

Sneak Peek events include:

Kids Sneak Peeks of Wisconsin Film Festival's Big Screens, Little Folks:

  • To India! To India! Saturday, March 18, 1:00-2:00 pm - Pinney Library with a focus on celebrating the culture & arts of India and  stories in Tamil and English
  • Journey to Latin America! Monday, March 20, 6:30-7:30 pm - Oregon Public Library with a focus on celebrating the culture & arts of Latin America and stories in Spanish and English

The fifth annual Pinney Mini Film Festival is a special after-hours event at Pinney Library on Saturday, March 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm.  Doors for the event open at 6 pm and there is space for the first 60 attendees.  Guests can sample light refreshments generously donated by Willy Street Co-op while enjoyoing live music performed by members of White Birch Ensemble from 6:00-6:30 pm.  The Mini Festival will begin at 6:30 pm and includes five short films that screened at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival, featuring a Q&A with some of the filmmakers and Wisconsin Film Festival Coordinator Ben Reiser.  


punishing the poor

Punishing the Poor

Is there a predatory system of law enforcement in place that traps low-income people in never ending cycles of fines, debt and jail time? Why are poor people targeted and held in captivity for stringent enforcement of minor offenses in this wealthy nation?

Join us for two Madison conversations in a larger Dane County series exploring the topic this spring, sponsored by Beyond the Page.

Restorative Justice: Join the Movement
Goodman South Madison Library - Thursday, March 9, 6pm
Ron Johnson's, current Coordinator of Dane County’s Community Restorative Court, presentation lays out the basic tenets of restorative justice and its application as it relates to resolving disputes in communities and between individuals. The presentation will include the restorative justice application as it relates to the criminal justice system, and the cultural history of restorative justice as a healing force derived from Native American culture. He will talk about the ethical implications of restorative justice, and contrast the traditional criminal justice system with the restorative approach. This presentation will stress the importance of community involvement in the practice of restorative justice.

A Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Impacts of Incarceration on Individuals, Families, and Communities
Pinney Library - Tuesday March 7, 6pm
This conversation will feature a panel of graduate scholars and staff from the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology to discuss the impact of incarceration, and the historic phenomenon of mass incarceration, on individuals, families, and communities. Featuring a variety of perspectives from the design of incarcerationg settings to the families of the incarcerated, to the health impacts of incarceration, attendees will explore ways the community and scholarship can make positive change.

Other presentations include Understanding Race and Criminal Justice in Wisconsin and Paying the (System's) Bills, happening in other Dane County libraries.  For a full list of dates and times visit the Beyond the Page web site.


night light

Night Light Features Local Jazz & Art 

Experience an evening of acoustic instrumental jazz & vibrant art at The Bubbler's Night Light after-hours event on Friday, March 10, 7-10pm.

Night Light kicks off the InDIGenous Jazz spring series, featuring the Gypsy Caravan Swing Ensemble, starting at 7:30pm and playing two sets with a break.

Explore local art with three floors of shows featuring nine local artists, including Barbara Landes & Paul Sullivan and Matthew Choberka, Ian Hagarty & Sam King in the Diane Endres Ballweg art gallery, and Melissa Dorn Richards, Jeff Redmon, & John Kowakczyk and Maeve King on the first and second floors.

Cash bar available from Gibs.

Detail from artist Barbara Landes & Paul Sullivan 


Upcoming Book Sales

Friends of Sequoya Library
March 4, 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.

Friends of Lakeview Library Book Sale
March 17-Saturday, March 18
Get lucky at the pre-sale for Friends’ members only on Friday, 6-7:45pm (memberships available at the door), or browse for bargains 9am-4pm Saturday.  Sweep up deals at the end-of-sale bag sale frm 2-4pm. Proceeds benefit the Lakeview Library.

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Upcoming Events

60th Anniversary Celebrations of Ghana
Saturday, March 4, 11am-4pm, Central Library

Stories and Sweets
Saturday, March 4, 10:30-11:15am, Hawthorne Library

Reception for Thursday’s Artists (on display March-April)
Saturday, March 4, 2-4pm, Sequoya Library

Sunday Jazz at Sequoya Library
Sunday, March 5, 1:30-3:30pm - Tisha Brown and David Allen aka Chance Allies
Sunday, March 12, 1:30-3:30pm - Major Vistas


One-on-One Computer Assistance
Tuesdays, March 7-28, 12-3pm, Hawthorne Library [register]

Tabletop Game Night
Tuesdays, March 7 and 21, 6:00-8:00pm, Meadowridge Library

Evolution of Ivanpah Solar with Jamey Stillings: A Wisconsin Book Festival Event
March 8, 7pm, Central Library

Family Fun Night at Goodman South Madison Library
Fridays, March 10-31, 6:30PM-7:30pm

Schneider vs. Bax: Films from the International Film Movement Series
Friday, March 10, 6:45pm, Alicia Ashman Library

Early Childhood Teacher & Daycare Provider Happy Hour
Saturday, March 11, 2-4pm, Lakeview Library

NeedleReads - Upcycled Soft Sculpture with Amy Mietzel
Saturday, March 11, 3-4:15pm, Alicia Ashman Library


Featured Books



Confessions of Young Nero
by Margaret George

Behind each Roman Emperor’s climb to power lie the grand ambitions and chilling machinations of those closest to him. And none match the spectacularly theatrical and fraught sequences that carried the sixteen-year-old Nero from the periphery of the royal family directly into the palace and then placed him on its throne. New York Times bestselling author Margaret George has brought history to vivid life again with the last member of Julius Caesar’s dynasty, remolding and humanizing the boy of whom history has made a caricature. Margaret George writes biographical novels about outsized historical characters: Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Helen of Troy, and Elizabeth I. Her latest, The Confessions of Young Nero, will be published in March.She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Margaret George will read from and sign copies of Confessions of a Young Nero at the Central Library on March 13, 7pm - a Wisconsin Book Festival event.

In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite
by Melissa Clark

Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark discusses being a staff reporter for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and appears in a weekly cooking video series. Melissa has written thirty-eight cookbooks, including her latest, Dinner: Changing the Game, to be published in March 2017. Food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark is staff reporter for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column “A Good Appetite” and appears in a weekly cooking video series. Melissa has written thirty-eight cookbooks.

Melissa Clark will read from and sign copies of In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite at the Central Library on March 16, 7:30pm - a Wisconsin Book Festival event.

Harmless Like You
by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, Harmless Like You is set across New York, Connecticut, and Berlin, following Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother’s abandonment of him when he was only two years old. Author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and will be speaking on March 9, 7pm, at the Central Library for the Wisconsin Book Festival. 

March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. March: Book Three won the 2017 Coretta Scott King Award (Author) as well as the Michael L. Printz Award, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, and the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.