Check It Out - October 10, 2015

Check It Out
Saturday, October 10, 2015

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

Star Wars Days

Feel the Force this October at Madison Public Libraries!

Star Wars Day
Saturday, October 10, 2-4 pm, Central Library
Intergalactic reads, Ewok Edibles and Jedi training await as the Central Library celebrates Star Wars Reads Day! Special guests include New York Times bestselling author John Jackson Miller, creator of Star Wars novels and graphic novels, as well as Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion (Vader’s Own) Wisconsin Garrison!

Star Wars Party

Saturday, October 24, 1-4 pm, Pinney Library
Celebrate all things Star Wars at this fun and interactive Star Wars Party at Pinney! Wear a costume, take your picture in the Star Wars photo booth, and participate in the costume contest to possibly win a prize.
Learn how to make origami Yodas, wookie bookmarks, and droid cubes.


Eerie Tales

Waunakee Public Library has coordinated a program series perfect for the approaching Halloween holiday.  Eerie Tales: a Glance Back and a Look Ahead at Horror Fiction is a series of programs in local libraries in celebration of horror fiction.

Madison Public Library is hosting six events in this spooky series! At each event we will present expert speakers discussing the origins and key authors of horror fiction, speakers discussing the bringing of horror fiction to stage and screen, scary movies, author visits, makerspace, musical and storytelling events. Stop by one of these events:

  • "Children of Usher: Major Figures in American Horror" with professor Jack Opel
      Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm - Sequoya Library
  • "Haunted History of Madison with Madison Ghost Walks"
      Tuesday, October 6, 7 pm - Pinney Library
  • "Monsters in Motion" with Wisconsin film archivist Maxine Ducey
      Wednesday, October 14, 7 pm - Alicia Ashman Library
  • "Bad Cinema presents Creepers" horror film screening
      Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm - Madison's Central Library
  • "Thirst" horror film screening
      Wednesday, October 21, 6:45 pm - Alicia Ashman Library
  • "Music and the Macabre" with music by Red Rose and horror fiction readings with "Spider" John Martens
      Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm - Madison's Central Library

View a complete list of programs or to watch a promotional trailer.

Eerie Tales events are funded in part by Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation.


Wisconsin Book Festival Is October 22-25

The Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 22-25, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed.

  • 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction Adam Johnson for Fortune Smiles
  • New York Times best-selling author Azar Nafisi for The Republic of Imagination
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss for Once In a Great City
  • The New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris for Between You and Me
  • Wisconsin’s own master storyteller Nickolas Butler for Beneath the Bonfire
  • Caldecott medalist and beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes for Waiting
  • Acclaimed journalist Evan Thomas for Being Nixon
  • Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich for Saving Capitalism
  • National Book Award winner Timothy Egan for The Big Burn
  • 2015–16 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser

See the full festival lineup at
Beneath the Bonfire
by Nickolas Butler
Young couples gather to participate in an annual "chainsaw party," cutting down trees for firewood in anticipation of the winter. A group of men spend a weekend hunting for mushrooms in the wilderness where they grew up and where some still find themselves trapped. An aging environmentalist takes out his frustration and anger on a singular, unsuspecting target. One woman helps another get revenge against a man whose crime extends far beyond him to an entire community. Together, the ten stories in this dazzling, surprising collection evoke a landscape that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has traveled the back roads and blue highways of America, and they completely capture the memorable characters who call it home.  Author Nickolas Butler will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival on October 24, 1:30pm at the Central Library
When Johnquell, an African American teen, suffers a serious accident in the home of his white neighbor, Mrs. Czernicki, his community must find ways to bridge divisions between black and white, gay and straight, old and young. Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities—Milwaukee, Wisconsin—Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.  Author Jennifer Morales will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival on October 24, 12pm at the Wisconsin Historical Museum
The time was full of promise. The auto industry was selling more cars than ever before. Motown was capturing the world with its amazing artists. The progressive labor movement was rooted in Detroit with the UAW. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech there two months before he made it famous in the Washington march.  Once in a Great City shows that the shadows of collapse were evident even then. Before the devastating riot. Before the decades of civic corruption and neglect and white flight. Before people trotted out the grab bag of rust belt infirmities—from harsh weather to high labor costs—and competition from abroad to explain Detroit’s collapse, one could see the signs of a city’s ruin. Detroit at its peak was threatened by its own design. It was being abandoned by the new world. Yet so much of what Detroit gave America lasts.  Author David Maraniss will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival on October 24, 1:30pm at the Central Library
Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America.  Author Azar Nafisi will be at the Wisconsin Book Festival on October 25, 11am at the Central Library.  Presented in partnership with the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities.