Check It Out - October 9, 2017

Check It Out

Check It Out

Monday, October 9, 2017


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Progress on Pinney Library

Pinney Library

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the new Pinney Library at two upcoming events.

An interactive community update session is scheduled for Monday, October 16, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road. This informal open house will focus on several topic areas such as early literacy, accessibility and inclusion, community spaces, library collections, with the opportunity for community members to share their big ideas for the new library and play with some design tools at stations throughout the library. OPN Architects and library and city planning staff will be on hand to answer questions about the project and lead discussions.

A second meeting, set for Thursday, November 9th from 6:30-8pm, will feature OPN Architects and city and library planning staff displaying preliminary floor plan concepts to share with the public for feedback.

The future Pinney Library location will be located in the Ruedebusch Development & Construction’s (RDC) “Royster Corners” mixed use development located at the intersection of Cottage Grove Road and Dempsey Road in a 20,000 square foot space. Pre-design work began in summer 2017, followed by the design phase commencing in fall/winter 2017. Pinney Library construction is anticipated to begin late summer 2018, and the new library is expected to open in 2019.

Visit the following pages to learn more:


Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin

Ex Libris

Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio. Experience poetry, prose, and drama that will shed light on what it means to be African American in Wisconsin today, yesterday, and tomorrow through a multimedia presentation about the work and lives of these literary artists and their interpretations of race in Wisconsin.

Hidden Voices events will take place at Meadowridge Library on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm, at Central Library on Saturday, November 4 at 3:00pm as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, and Saturday, December 16, 2 pm at the Fitchburg Public Library.  Additional programs are scheduled for January and February of 2018.

Hidden Voices is sponsored by Beyond the PageNational Endowment for the HumanitiesMadison Community Foundation, Madison Public Library, UW-Madison Department of Afro-American Studies, Wisconsin Arts Board, and Madison Arts Commission.


You're Invited to Takeover the Library

Library Takeover

Have an idea for an event that you’ve always wanted to host? Madison Public Library wants you to TAKE OVER the library! 

Library Takeover was created to encourage the community to take over the library. We hope that by providing space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, we'll not only have fun, exciting, events, but we'll also be setting the stage for future library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.

Teams of 3-4 adults, not affiliated as a group with an organization or institution, are called to pitch ideas for large-scale community events. Teams that submit the top three ideas participate in a six-week-long boot camp, complete with workshops, presenters, and team mentors that guide their event planning process.

The application period closes Tuesday, October 31, 2017 for Library Takeover 2018. The three ideas picked will be announced in December, with events occurring in 2018.  Learn more or apply!


October Book Sales

Friends of Hawthorne Library Book Sale
Friday, October 13, 10:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday, October 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm - Hawthorne Library
Find great bargains for your home library and support the library! This sale features books, DVDs and other materials of all types. Sponsored by The Friends of Hawthorne Library. Proceeds help fund library programs.

Meadowridge Library Fall Book Sale
Friday, October 20, 5:30-7:30pm and Saturday, October 21, 9am-1pm - Meadowridge Library
Lots of Books for Everyone!
Bag Sale beginning at noon on Saturday, buy a bag'o'books for five bucks!

Friends of Pinney Fall Book Sale
Thursday, October 19 - Sunday, October 22 - Pinney Library
Sale hours: Thursday 10/19 noon to 8:30 MEMBERS ONLY (Join at the door!), Friday, 10/20 9am-8:30pm, Saturday 10/21 9am-4:30pm, Sunday 10/22 1-4pm $5 BAG SALE.

View all upcoming Book Sales sponsored by Library Friends' groups.


Upcoming Events

Book Discussion of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Tuesday, October 10, 7:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Meet the Author at Madison Senior Center Presents Anna Durbin
Tuesday, October 10, 12:00pm - Madison Senior Center

Wisconsin Film Festival Pop Up: LO & BEHOLD
Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm - Monroe Street Library

Bubbler Write-In
Thursday, October 12, 6:00pm - Central Library

The Spice Box
Thursday, October 12, 6:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Saturday Family Matinee - THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Saturday, October 14, 2:30pm - Pinney Library

Hidden Colors Film Screening - Part 1
Saturday, October 14, 1:15pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Book Discussion of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Wednesday, October 18, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Bad Cinema presents The Video Dead (1987)
Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm - Central Library

EveryWoman's Journal: Self-Care Through Self-Expression
Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm - Central Library

Movie Night at Lakeview - Wonder Woman
Friday, October 20, 5:15pm - Lakeview Library

Chiyayafuru: Anime at Hawthorne
Friday, October 20, 7:00pm - Hawthorne Library


Great Reads



Bringing it home : favorite recipes from a life of adventurous eating
by Gail Simmons


Gail Simmons is a beloved figure in the food world who has been a popular judge on Top Chef, the number-one rated food show on cable television since its inception. In Bringing It Home, Simmons shares her best recipes and food experiences. From her travels, exploring global flavors and keeping detailed diaries, to her Top Chef culinary adventures with the world's most notable chefs, she is always asking: "How can I bring this dish home to my own kitchen?" Her goal is to make fabulous recipes using accessible ingredients and smart, simple cooking techniques for successful family meals and easy entertaining.

Gail Simmons will read from and sign copies of her book at the Central Library on Friday, October 27 at 7pm as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival event series.




The impossible presidency : the rise and fall of America's highest office
by Jeremi Suri


In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success-the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision.

Jeremi Suri will read from and sign copies of his book at the Central Library on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30pm as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival event series.




It devours!
by Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink


From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the creators of the #1 international podcast of the same name, comes a mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.

Jeffrey Cranor will read from and sign copies of his book at the Central Library on Thursday, November 2 at 8:30pm as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival event series.




Policing the Black man : arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment
by Angela J. Davis


A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation's most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars. Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The contributors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court's failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Policing the Black Man is an enlightening must-read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

Angela J. Davis will read from and sign copies of her book at the Central Library on Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival event series.