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Closed for the Holidays
All Madison Public Library locations will be closed for the winter holidays on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th. Take a break with family, enjoy some delicious food, and visit us again on Tuesday when we re-open. While we're closed, you may drop items off in our book drops or use LINKcat to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library's databases and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks will be accessible with your library ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 15, 2017
Library Takeover
Madison Public Library is pleased to announce a second round of Library Takeover community-driven library events for 2018. Selected projects include: A hands-on, Crafternoon event for mothers and women of color. Team members: Britney Sinclair, Megan Raquel, Araceli Lopez Esparza, Shawna Lutzow. An evening event of storytelling from the Muslim community in Madison around the theme of love. Team members: Maria Ahmad, Syed Umar Warsi, Mouna Algahaithi, Asmahan Sandokji. An event to ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 15, 2017
Think Green
#ThinkGreen this winter! Join in the art adventure happening at Goodman South Madison Library with TetraPAKMAN and friends. You'll help build a site-specific installation based on reclaimed and repurposed materials, such as plastic bottles and containers, mixing our creativity and ideas with abstraction to produce pieces that call for a more sustainable future. #ThinkGreen is part of the Bubbler at Madison Public Library's traveling Artist-in-Residence program. Learn more on the ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 14, 2017
Cinesthesia 2018
Cinesthesia celebrates its 5th year with another great lineup of arthouse films at the Central Library (Room 302). Magnolia (1999) - Thursday, January 4, 5:30pm (view trailer) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) - Thursday, February 1, 6:30pm (view trailer) If.... (1968) - Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm (view trailer) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Wednesday, April 4, 6pm (view trailer) La Dolce Vita (1960) - Wednesday, May 2, 5:30pm (view trailer) Monsoon Wedding (2001) - Thursday, June 7, 6:30pm ( ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
December 12, 2017
48 Hour Film Project
Cue the highlight reel! Madison's 48 Hour Film Project is hosting a free showing of 25 short films from the last five years of the competition this Saturday, December 16 from 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM at Central Library.  Films will be shown in thematic blocks such as drama, thriller, comedy & more, including Best Film winners for each of those years. The Madison chapter of the international 48-Hour Film Project brings teams of local filmmakers together for one weekend, in which they ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 11, 2017
Open Media Lab
The Media Lab at Central Library is a free space to explore digital media production like stop motion animation, 3D world design, green screen video, audio design and graphic design. Anyone and everyone can come by open lab hours to work on a project! We encourage learners of all ages and abilities to come and explore the equipment and expertise we have to offer. Please note, children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. Open Lab Times: Tuesdays 2-8 pm | Thursdays 2-8 pm | ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 8, 2017
Do you love anime? Connect with others who appreciate Japanese animation and enjoy films together at Hawthorne Library!   The Hawthorne Anime Club was created to give people a place to gather, watch, and talk about anime. Each meeting will include screenings of everything from classic titles to new releases. The club is aimed primarily at teens and adults.  Films are shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Refreshments are served at each meeting. Call ahead to reserve your spot ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 7, 2017
Healthcare Enrollment Help
Confused about how to navigate the healthcare open enrollment process? Madison-based organization Covering Wisconsin is ready to assist folks who need to sign up before the December 15, 2017 deadline. Covering Wisconsin is hosting enrollment sessions throughout the area, including: Wednesday, December 610:00am to 4:00pm at Meadowridge Library Saturday, December 99:00am-4:30pm at Pinney Library Other sign-up assistance events include: Job Center (1819 Aberg Ave. Mon. - Fri. 8:00am-4:30pm ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 4, 2017
Family Music Time
Wiggling, singing, and laughing with your child is so much fun—it’s easy to forget how much learning is taking place! Family Music Time will help your child develop a love of music, while also nurturing their creativity, self-expression, and confidence. Join Eliza Tyksinski, certified Music Together instructor, for this interactive music experience geared for children ages 5 & under and their families.  Lakeview LibraryWednesdays, December 6-20, January 10-3110:05-10:35am AND 10: ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 30, 2017
Winter Book Sales
Books make great gifts! Take advantage of our winter book sales to find something special for someone special, and support the library. Some book sales even offer gift wrapping to make your holiday shopping even easier.  Central Library Friends of the Madison Public Library The Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Central Library, sells used and donated books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs, generally for $2 or less. Proceeds from sales are used by the Friends of the Madison Public ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
November 30, 2017
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