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Make a Sock Monster
Kids can explore hands-on creative tools for building, creating, and playing at the library! Learn some new techniques and think creatively to make something awesome. Take a look at all the exciting activities coming up. Upcoming Events: Kindness Rocks! - Madison ChapterMarch 2 | 3:30-4:30pm | Alicia Ashman Library We're excited to help spread kindness around the community & hope you will join us. Come decorate rocks with kind pictures or messages to leave around the area as a surprise! It' ...read more

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February 23, 2018
ALA Youth Media Awards
The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the 2018 Youth Media Award Winners, which honors top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards at its Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits.  The award-winners include: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative--based on the author's childhood in the 1960s--a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is ...read more

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February 22, 2018
Winter Book Sales
Cold, blustery days are great for reading! Stock up on great reads during our upcoming book sales. 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 Library organization to support the Central Library and library programming and services throughout the community. The Bookstore is ...read more

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February 22, 2018
Bubbler Open Call
Artists of all kinds are encouraged to apply for 2018-2019 artist-in-residence and gallery opportunities through the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is a hub for creative expression amongst people of all ages through art creation and appreciation, engagement with new and old-school technology, and hands-on making. By hosting artists in a free, public space like the library, patrons have the opportunity to enjoy an eclectic variety of art in diverse ...read more

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February 20, 2018
Resources for Entrepreneurs, Freelancers & Small Business Owners
It's National Entrepreneurship Week (#NatlEshipWeek) - the perfect time to uncover all the ways Madison Public Library can be a resource for entrepreneurs and small business. Librarians can help with market and demographic research with databases and directories like ReferenceUSA, or industry analysis and business intelligence through databases like EBSCO’s Business Source Premier and LexisNexis. Thousands of example business plans are available online through the Gale Virtual Reference ...read more

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February 19, 2018
Bubbler Wrap Up: Kim Charles Kay
Kim Charles Kay took a moment to sit down with library staff to highlight her experience as the Bubbler’s November and December artist-in-residence. Kay recently moved to Madison from Brooklyn, New York but has lived and worked across the U.S., turning school buses into gathering spaces, turning feelings into form, turning ideas into something tangible. As an interdisciplinary artist, Kay’s practice involves installation, photography, sculpture, performance and painting with each medium ...read more

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February 12, 2018
Kids with an interest in film making will want to join Crestwood Art Instructor Luke Bassuener and some of his students for a hands-on stop motion animation workshop. First watch two short stop motion films made by Crestwood students, one of which won a Golden Badger Award at the Wisconsin Film Festival. Then, learn how easy it is to make your very own stop motion film!  Come with an idea of a story you'd like to tell or make one up on the spot. ALICIA ASHMAN • Saturday, February 10, 3:00- ...read more

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February 9, 2018
Music & Memory
Eight of nine Madison Public Library locations will now offer the Music & Memory program, providing personalized music playlists to help promote cognitive function and improve the lives of those living with dementia. Music & Memory is an international nonprofit focused on using personalized music to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive disorders by enabling them to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories. In 2013, the ...read more

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February 6, 2018
Summer Reading Survey
We want to make our Summer Reading program the absolute best it can be - and we need your help to make that happen. Take the Summer Reading Bingo survey at a Madison Public Library near you!  By participating, you're providing valuable feedback that will help our librarians make Summer Reading more fun and engaging.  So how does it work? Visit any one of our nine library locations, and ask the librarian at the desk for voting stickers! Two large Bingo Cards will be placed ...read more

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February 2, 2018
Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month at the library!  February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time to honor the central role of black Americans in U.S. history and beyond. To celebrate and observe Black History Month, the library is hosting a variety of events like author visits, panel discussions, film screenings, and more. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we'll highlights facts, books, events, and ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
February 1, 2018
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