Check It Out - October 23, 2015

Check It Out
Friday, October 23, 2015

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Wisconsin Book Festival Underway
The Wisconsin Book Festival is taking place October 22-25, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.  The festival will feature 70 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed.
  • 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
M List
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library Makes Madison Magazine's M List
Madison Magazine's recently released "M List" highlights thirty-five social innovations in the Madison community, and Madison Public Library's The Bubbler made the list!
The Bubbler epitomizes the library's vision of being a place to learn, share and create.  Hands-on workshops introduce participants to a variety of local experts who share their talents and passion for creating through demonstrations, performances, and make-and-take workshops in Madison libraries and throughout the community.  The Library and The Bubbler partner with a dozen of the social innovators on the M List, and The Bubbler is a major program partner in a two-year, $467,000 IMLS National Leadership Grant awarded to UW-Madison to study participatory learning in children and teens.
View the entire M List at Madison Magazine, or learn more about The Bubbler, including a list of all upcoming events.
Alicia Ashman Library Turns 15
Alicia Ashman Birthday
This October, the Alicia Ashman Library celebrates fifteen years of neighborhood library service on Madison's far west side.  Alicia Ashman was named after council member and library supporter Alicia Ashman, and is the fourth busiest library in the Madison Public Library system.  Neighbors have celebrated the milestone throughout the month at events featuring wooden shoe carving, the UW Marching Band, Madison's Mounted Horse Patrol, and Snakes Alive with Tom Kessenich.  Upcoming events include:
  • Facepainting by Funny Faces Entertainment on Saturday, October 31 from 11am-3pm. Please call the library at 608-824-1780 to reserve a spot!
  • Friends of Alicia Ashman Book Sale from Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 7. Thursday hours Friends-only preview sale 5-7pm (join at the door), Friday hours 9:30am-7pm, Saturday hours 9:30am-3pm (bag sale 11-3pm).
  • Meet & Greet Reception, Saturday, November 7, 11am-2pm. Cake, coffee and lemonade reception hosted by the Friends of the Alicia Ashman Library. Create a birthday card for the library with craft supplies or create a memorial souvenir.
More Library Events
  • Bryan Stevenson presents Just Mercy for Go Big Read
    Monday, October 26, 7pm
    live at Varsity Hall, Union South or view livestream at the Sequoya Library
  • Downtown Madison Family Halloween
    Wednesday, October 28, 3-6pm - Central Library
    Trick or treating and spooky crafts.
  • "Music and the Macabre" with music by Red Rose and horror fiction readings with "Spider" John Martens (Eerie Tales series)
    Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm - Central Library
  • Hawthorne Hootenanny
    Saturday, November 7, 10am - 2pm - Hawthorne Library
    Music, art, facepainting, refreshments, and more - fun for the whole family.
Library Book Sales
Friends Sales
Support your favorite library and one of many Friends' groups by selecting great deals at one of six upcoming book sales hosted by Libary Friends' groups before the end of the year.
  • Central Library, October 22-25
  • Pinney Library, October 29-November 1
  • Alicia Ashman, November 5-7
  • Sequoya Library, November 7 and December 5
  • Goodman South Madison Library, December 4-5
  • Lakeview Library, December 11
For sale times, specials, and more sales, visit the library's Book Sales page.
Book Reviews of Books Featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival