Check It Out - May 12, 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017

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Namaste Madison

Namaste Madison

Celebrate the contributions of Indian-Amerians in the greater Madison area at Madison's Central Library. Poster exhibits on display at the library from May 7-13, and a full day event on Saturday, May 13, 10-5pm

Partial schedule includes:

  • Invocation and Keynote Speaker - 10:00am - 10:40am
  • Children's Activities (Bubbler Room) - 10:45am - 12:00pm & 2:05pm - 4:00pm
  • Panel Discussions - 10:45am, 2:05pm, & 3:05pm
  • Food Demonstration and Sampling - 11:45am - 12:45pm
  • STE(A)M Demonstrations and Participation - 12:50pm - 2:00pm
  • Bollywood Dancing - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, visit the Namaste Madison web page, or follow Namaste Madison on Facebook.

This event is one of three Library Takeover events happening in the spring of 2017 in Madison libraries.  Library Takeover is a six-week event planning bootcamp to encourage the community to TAKE OVER the library! By providing space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, the library can set the stage for future library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.  Library Takeover was funded by Madison Public Library Foundation.


May Is Older Americans Month


May is Older Americans Month and Madison Public Library is offering programs and events to improve health and wellness.

My Two Elaines with former Wisconsin Governor Martin J. Schreiber
Former Wisconsin Governor Martin J. Schreiber shares lessons from his more than 10-year journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. This presentation is sponsored by SPARK! on the Square, a free program for people with memory loss and their care partners.
Monday, May 15 11:00 am, Central Library

Aging with Energy and Authenticity
Pamela Phillips Olson, LCSW is a Madison psychotherapist. Her book Lechayim Lunch: Ingredients for a Good Life ​chronicles the stories of gratitude, coincidence, and triumph over injustice of Madisonians. Join Pamela for a discussion about her book and the elements of aging well.
Monday, May 22 12:00 pm, Central Library


Upcoming Events

Romp in the Swamp with Frog & Toad!
Saturday, May 13, 11 am - Central Library

Indie Film Production Workshop with Key Media
Saturday, May 13, 12:00-2:00pm - Central Library

Early Childhood Teacher & Daycare Provider Happy Hour
Saturday, May 13, 2:30-5pm - Goodman South Madison Library

NeedleReads - Monster Pattern Creation with Sarah Conn
Saturday, May 13, 3-4:15pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Sunday Jazz at Sequoya: The June Dalton Gang
Sunday, May 14, 1:30-3:30pm - Sequoya Library

Mending Lab
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-7:30pm - Lakeview Library

Triathlons Are for Everyone
Tuesday, May 16, 6:00-7:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Human Trafficking in Wisconsin
Thursday, May 18, 7:00-8:30pm - Pinney Library

Meadowridge Book Club: MARCH Trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Thursday, May 18, 6:30-7:30pm - Meadowridge Library

Gingitsune: Messenger of the Fox Gods (Anime at Hawthorne)
Friday, May 19, 7:00-9:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Family Fun Night: Make Art with TetraPAKMAN
Friday, May 19, 6:30-7:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Container Gardening
Saturday, May 20, 1:30-3:00pm - Lakeview Library

Beyond Silence Film Screening
Tuesday, May 23, 6pm - Central Library


Featured Books



Chuck Klosterman X
by Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman X collects Chuck's most intriguing pieces along with fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished structures, passages, and digressions. Subjects include Breaking Bad, Lou Reed, zombies, KISS, Jimmy Page, Stephen Malkmus, steroids, Mountain Dew, Chinese Democracy, The Beatles, Jonathan Franzen, Taylor Swift, Tim Tebow, Kobe Bryant, Usain Bolt, Eddie Van Halen, Charlie Brown, the Cleveland Browns, and many more cultural figures and pop phenomena. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times.  Chuck Klosterman will read and sign books at the Central Library on Thursday, May 18 at 7pm.

Listen to your Grandmothers
by Marie Martini, Bev Mazur, and Deborah Lofgren

Marie Martini began listening to the life stories of her fellow Raging Grannies in 2007 and was fascinated by both their diversity and commonalities.  In 2016 she decided to try to capture these stories, believing they would resonate with a modern audience and inspire people to find out, speak out, and act out.  The 22 autobiographies span almost nine decades and illustrate the changes in women’s lives, responsibilities, and rights over the years.  Although the stories are dramatically different, they are held together by the threads of belief in the importance of activism and dedication to the common good.  Like old, strong, wise women through time, the Raging Grannies nurture, discuss, sing, and fight for what is right for all living things.  Martini believes these stories matter, not just to the families and friends of the individual Grannies, but to other people who strive to make the world a better place.

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota
by Don Sanford

This book is the story of the people, places and events that have shaped the shoreline of Lake Mendota as we know it today. "Nobody knows Lake Mendota like Don Sanford. Drawing on his extensive experience on the water and exceptional research in the archives, he takes us around Fourth Lake, telling the stories of its people and places better than anyone."

-Stuart Levitan, author, Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Vol. 1.