Check It Out - September 17, 2017

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Go Big Read: Hillbilly Elegy 

Go Big Read

Each year Madison Public Library partners with UW-Madison to extend the perennially popular Go Big Read program into the broader community with book discussion groups and programs at our libraries.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance as the 2017-18 Go Big Read book. The book is the author’s personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest. A #1 New York Times Bestseller, the book is already generating discussion across Madison and beyond.

There will be a keynote event at the Memorial Union Theater featuring a panel of UW-Madison faculty members. But you can also read it for yourself, join a book discussion, or explore the topic by delving into suggested further reading titles curated by library staff.

View our Go Big Read page of resources for more information about book discussion events being held at our libraries, availability of the title, and further reading on the subject.


Beyond the Bubbler

Madison Public Library and Madison-area community centers team up with Madison Community Foundation to create meaningful experiences for Madison’s greatest assets – our children.

Madison Community Foundation, along with Madison Public Library and The Bubbler, announced Beyond the Bubbler, a major initiative to provide unique learning experiences for youth who attend Madison-area neighborhood and community centers. This is the fourth major grant from Madison Community Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Year of Giving.

Supported by a $55,000 grant from Madison Community Foundation, Beyond the Bubbler will expand Madison Public Library’s unique makerspace program, The Bubbler, to 13 area community centers. One of the Bubbler’s signature program offerings are maker kits and experiences that allow participants to create an object using a variety of different materials—from arts to electronics. The Bubbler staff will work with youth and instructors at each community center to learn about the maker kits and choose what materials and projects they would like to adopt. The maker kits will live permanently at the community centers.

In addition to maker kits, the grant will support professional development and training resources, as well as the connections and funds to hire guest artists to lead maker programs. The first Beyond the Bubbler program is launching at the Bayview International Center for Arts and Education, also known as Bayview Community Center. Additional sites and programming will begin in 2018.

“We are incredibly grateful to Madison Community Foundation. This support allows more children to participate in open ended maker programs and experience learning in new ways,” said Rebecca Millerjohn, Youth Services Librarian at Madison's Sequoya Library. “The Beyond the Bubbler grant will greatly expand our outreach and provide wonderful learning opportunities for children throughout Dane County.”

“Madison Community Foundation’s Beyond the Bubbler expands our magnificent public library offerings to a wider, more diverse audience while building on STEM and other educational programs also funded by MCF at local community centers,” said Madison Community Foundation president Bob Sorge. “Makerspace activities encourage creativity, build confidence, and help prepare our youth for Madison’s burgeoning entrepreneurial economy.”

Madison Community Foundation

Alexis London, Executive Director for Bayview, said her team is very excited about the opportunities the new grant will provide for children who participate in classes at the center. “We have been so impressed with The Bubbler program at Madison Public Library. With this Beyond the Bubbler grant, we will be able to help many more children in our community learn in new and interesting ways. We’re also excited about the training opportunities this grant provides and can’t wait to see this program come to life.”

Learn more about the Madison Community Foundation's Year of Giving and Beyond the Bubbler Grant


Pinney Mini Book Festival

Pinney Mini Logo

In its fourth year, the Pinney Mini Book Festival continues to connect local authors and patrons. In addition to a local author presentation of 5-10 authors, Pinney will host a panel session comprised of three successful authors. We hope this will further foster community and collaboration among local budding authors who are honing their skills and marketing their work.  This year's festival is funded by a Beyond the Page grant. 

Get Published Panel - 1:00 – 2:00
Three successful Wisconsin authors, Fabu, Lori M. Lee, and Sarah White will reveal tips and tricks for getting published.

Followed by fast-paced, author fun:
    2:30 Nancy Dearborn (humor)  
    2:45 Eric Schlehlein (historical fiction)
    3:00 Jelissa (urban fiction)
    3:15 Carl Fuerst (strange tales)  
    3:30 F.J. Bergmann (poetry, speculative fiction) 
    3:45 Carole Madrzak (children's fiction, adult romance) 
    4:00 – 4:30 author meet & greet 

The Wisconsin Book Festival is November 2-5, 2017. View all upcoming Book Festival events on the Wisconsin Book Festival web site.  


Upcoming Events

Firehouse Storytime
Saturday, September 16, 10:00am - Station #7, 1810 McKenna Blvd

Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network
Tuesday, September 19, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Screen Printing with Lesley Numbers
Tuesday, September 19, 5:00pm - Lakeview Library

Volunteer Toolbox: Early Literacy Workshop for Volunteers
Tuesday, September 19, 6:30pm - Pinney Library

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 19 - December 21, 12-1pm - Meadowridge Library

Book Discussion of UW-Madison's 2017 Go Big Read "Hillbilly Elegy"
Wednesday, September 20, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00pm - Central Library

Poetry Meditation
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00pm - Sequoya Library

Bad Cinema presents Cloak and Dagger (1984)
Thursday, September 21, 6:30pm - Central Library

Family Fun Nights - Goodman South Madison Library
Friday, September 22, 6:30pm - Family Movie: Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
Friday, September 29, 6:30pm - Madison Poet Laureate Oscar Mireles

Building Old-Fashioned Toys with Taylor Rushing
Saturday, September 23, 10am - Monroe Street Library [register]

Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving for Educators
Saturday, September 23, 10:00am - Central Library

Storytellers and Their Traditions: An Evening with Kashmira Sheth
Thursday, September 28, 6:30-8:00pm - Alicia Ashman Library


Great Reads

Dinner at the Center of the Earth
by Nathan Englander

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence. From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined--a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong--who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner?

Nathan Englander will read from and sign copies of his book on October 9, 7pm, at the Central Library as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival Event Series.

Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
by J.D. Vacne

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.