Check It Out - September 24, 2017

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Ex Libris and Afterword Events Benefit Madison's Libraries

Ex Libris

Madison Public Library Foundation's seventh annual Ex Libris event will take place Friday, October 13, 2017, from 7–10 p.m. at the Central Library. This year's fundraiser has a new theme: Beer & Bites. Guests will have the opportunity to sample beer from Wisconsin breweries, as well as food from local restaurants and food artisans. This combination of local food and craft beer is a one-of-a-kind experience that is not to be missed. Additionally, attendees will enjoy live music, plus a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $75 each, $420 for a six-pack, and $800 for a 12-pack.  

This year, the Foundation is also hosting a new late-night event following Ex Libris! Afterword is also October 13, beginning at 10pm, with tickets on sale for $25 (tickets for both events can be purchased together for $90).  In addition to more beer and food tastings, the event will also feature vinyl-only DJ Evan Woodward playing a blend of funk, house, electro, new wave and techno.

All event proceeds benefit Madison Public Library Foundation, which distributes funds to Madison's public libraries. Learn more or buy tickets at


Wisconsin Book Festival

Wisconsin Book Festival Is November 2-5, 2017

The four-day Wisconsin Book Festival event will take place November 2-5, 2017, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library.

This year’s lineup includes:

•    Angela J. Davis, professor of law at American University, for Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
•    Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast, for It Devours
•    Julia Glass, National Book Award-winning author of Three Junes, for A House Among the Trees
•    Amy Goldstein, Washington Post reporter, for Janesville: An American Story
•    Mary Gordon, celebrated Madison author, for There Your Heart Lies
•    Jason Reynolds, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Young People, for All American Boys
•    Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling military historian, for The Odyssey of Echo Company (in conversation with David Maraniss)
•    Jeremi Suri, former UW-Madison history professor, for The Impossible Presidency
•    Paul Yoon, National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, for The Mountain

The festival will feature more than 70 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed.  See the full festival lineup at

In addition to the Festival each fall, the Wisconsin Book Festival offers author events throughout the year.  Upcoming events before and after the festival include Timothy Tyson for The Blood of Emmett Till (September 28), Nicole Krauss for Forest Dark (October 5), Nathan Englander for Dinner at the Center of the Earth (October 9), Annette Gordon-Reed for Most Blessed of the Patriarchs (October 11), Charles Sykes for How the Right Lost Its Mind (October 16), Gail Simmons for Bringing It Home (October 27), and Alexander McCall Smith for The House of Unexpected Sisters (November 17).

The Wisconsin Book Festival is hosted by Madison Public Library in partnership with the Madison Public Library Foundation. Festival sponsors make this event possible through their private support. 2017 Wisconsin Book Festival sponsors include: Madison Public Library Foundation, American Girl Fund for Children, Capitol Lakes, Friends of UW Libraries and UW Memorial Library, Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Madison Gas & Electric, Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, Stafford Rosenbaum, and University Research Park, with additional support from Cheryl Rosen Weston, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison Arts Commission, Nancy Pandhi and Alex Young, A Room of One's Own, UW-Madison Center for the Humanities,  Webcrafters-Frautschi Foundation, and Book Fest Benefactors. Inkind donations by Cricket Design Works and Edgewater Hotel and media sponsors Isthmus and Wisconsin Public Radio also provide festival support. 


Support Making in Madison Schools

Ex Libris

Support making and learning in Madison schools! Making Spaces is an exciting new partnership with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library, Maker Ed, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Google and YOU to support maker education in public schools.

Making and thinking go hand in hand to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and engagement, but can be approached in many different ways. In the first year of the Making Spaces project, six Madison Public schools have worked to design a project or space as unique as their community that will help their students thrive. Supported with professional development, planning, and community connections from the library, our schools are looking for community support and help in spreading the word about their new initiatives. Learn about their ambitious plans for the future!

A donation of any amount can help our schools reach their $5,000 budgets to jumpstart their spaces and create momentum for making and learning across all of MMSD. Are you a maker? Can you donate materials, old tools, or your expertise? Find out about all the ways you can support this initiative.

The Bubbler is excited to join MMSD and the Foundation from Madison Public Schools in supporting this innovative new project!


October Book Sales

Huge Cookbook Sale
Friday, October 6, 2:00pm - 7:30pm and Saturday, October 7, 9:00am - 2:00pm - Lakeview Library
Please visit our huge cookbook sale on the sidewalk in front of the library! We have something for everyone: Vegetarian to Vintage, Diet to Decadent Desserts, Pillsbury to Paleo, Moosewood to Meats. Over 1,000 books to choose from!

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale
Saturday, October 7, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison WI 53711. Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawls also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm. 

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

Financial Planning and Budgeting Assistance
Monday, September 25, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Legend Lake Film Screening and Discussion with Aaron Bird Bear
Monday, September 25, 6:30pm - Pinney Library

National Voter Registration Day!
Tuesday, September 26 - register to vote all day at any Madison library

Scams, Frauds and Theft - Watch Out!
Wednesday, September 27, 1:00pm - Sequoya Library

Madison Travel Circle: European Chocolate - Nobody Knows the Truffles I’ve Seen
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00pm - Hawthorne Library

Minecraft Club
Thursday, September 28, 3:30pm - Meadowridge Library

Who Matters? Intergenerational Photo and Story Project
Thursday, September 28, 4:00pm - Central Library

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents A Clockwork Orange
Thursday, September 28, 6:00pm - Central Library

Storytellers and their Traditions: an evening with Kashmira Sheth
Thursday, September 28, 6:30pm - Alicia Ashman Library

Family Movie Night - Moana
Friday, September 29, 5:30pm - Lakeview Library

Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask with Anton Treuer
Saturday, September 30, 2pm - Central Library

When Cartoon Worlds Collide: A Twistedly Absurd Mashup of Politics and Comics
Monday, October 2, 7:00pm - Central Library

DANEnet Computer Fix IT Clinic
Tuesday, October 3, 4:30pm - Goodman South Madison Library

Central Cinema Cinesthesia presents Macbeth (1971)
Thursday, October 5, 6:00pm - Central Library

Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Reel Reflections film series
Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm - Monroe Street Library


Great Reads

"Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination
by Annette Gordon-Reed

Hailed by critics and embraced by readers, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs is one of the richest and most insightful accounts of Thomas Jefferson in a generation. Following her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed has teamed with Peter S. Onuf to present a provocative and absorbing character study that reveals our third president. Gordon-Reed and Onuf fundamentally challenge much of what we thought we knew, and through their painstaking research and vivid prose create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself.

Annette Gordon-Reed will read from and sign copies of her book at the Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium on Wednesday, October 11 at 4pm in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival.

How the Right Lost Its Mind
by Charles Sykes

Once at the center of the American conservative movement, bestselling author and radio host Charles Sykes is a fierce opponent of Donald Trump and the right-wing media that enabled his rise. In How the Right Lost Its Mind, Sykes presents an impassioned, regretful, and deeply thoughtful account of how the American conservative movement came to lose its values. How did a movement that was defined by its belief in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, traditional values, and civility find itself embracing bigotry, political intransigence, demagoguery, and outright falsehood?

Charles Sykes will read from and sign copies of his book at the Central Library on Saturday, October 16 at 7pm as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival event series.