Valentine's Day (February 14) is also Library Lover's Day!
Here are a few ways you can use your library that will have you hugging your library card close to your heart.
(Don't have a library card? We can help you with that, too.)
Learn a new language.
Your library card gets you access to free language learning tools like Mango! Learners can prepare for realistic conversations and strengthen everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.
Some of our libraries also host bilingual storytimes for kids and Spanish-language book club discussions for adults. Librarians are happy to connect you to in-library language-learning resources or local clubs and organizations where you can further develop your skills.
Enjoy free entertainment - even beyond books.
You may already know your library gives you the chance to check out books, movies, magazines, music, and so much more. But did you know you can attend library events for free (with or without a library card)? Join us for one of many art gallery receptions or just browse each library's art exhibits. Enjoy live music with local musicians. Get crafty with a local knitting group. Take part in a special game night with friends and neighbors. Bring the kiddos to a family movie matinee or story time. There are endless ways the library can keep you entertained all year long!
Get to know your neighbors.
The library is proud to bring folks together. Whether you're attending one of our 4,500 events or just browsing the shelves, the library acts as a community space that serves everyone and anyone - and it's completely free.
Many of our libraries host cooking classes led by local chefs. Events like Hawthorne Hootenanny and Lakeview Palooza bring folks in the neighborhood together for a family-friendly day of celebration. Drag Queen Story Times help create an inclusive space where kiddos and caregivers of all gender identities can be themselves. The Library Takeover program invites community members to pitch and host their own library programs. Our partnership with Real Life Library allows folks to "read" stories from real people, encouraging empathy for other people's lived experiences.
But really, even just moseying through each of our locations can help you feel connected to those around you.
Make something that you can share.
Madison Public Library's vision is to learn, share, and create. Our libraries frequently host free art and making workshops like screen printing or stop-motion animation, where everyone is encouraged to flex their creativity muscles.
The Bubbler at Madison Public Library brings both local and internationally-known artists to our libraries, giving all ages the chance to be learn a new skill, be creative, and share their talents with others. They've even partnered with local schools, educators, and community organizations to create maker kits and resources that supports maker-education beyond the library's walls. And the Making Spaces program continues to help educators at MMSD schools carve out an intentional space for maker education for their students.
Keep learning and growing at any age.
The library offers plenty of resources that can help you continue your education. Your library card gives you access to our digital databases that can help you with your homework and research, as well as resources that can help you manage your health, complete DIY car repairs, start a small business, find a job, navigate the legal system, or even finish that genealogy project. Our libraries even have reservable study spaces or meeting rooms to give you a place to meetup or work independently.
Perhaps most importantly, the library offers free access to the Internet, an enormous resource for folks who are self-employed or don't have the means to get connected.
And one more for good measure...
Librarians know everything.
Well, almost everything. And if we don't have the answer, we'll help you find it.