Events

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

Posted by Kristen on
February 19, 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

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February 1, 2018
Love and Kindness
Valentine's Day often calls to mind thoughts of heart-shaped candy boxes and glittery cards. But Valentine's Day reminds us to tell all of our loved ones just how much they are appreciated. And that love can spread to the community, too!  We certainly appreciate all of you for using our services, supporting our efforts, volunteering to help, or just stopping by for a visit.  These special library events will help you share the love - with your friends, your family, and those you may ...read more

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January 29, 2018
Anji Play
What are your favorite memories of playing as a child? Were you indoors or outdoors? Were there adults organizing your play or did you figure out what to do on your own? Do your own children or grandchildren have opportunities to play in that same way today? Madison Public Library's new Anji Play programs aim to help today's children and parents re-discover the joy of self-determined play.  Anji Play is a specific philosophy and approach to early education developed by Ms. Cheng Xueqin in ...read more

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January 25, 2018
Art at Sequoya
A collection of photographs by Dr. Francis Ayo Obuseh are on display at Sequoya Library from January and February. Ayo Obuseh is an American, born in Nigeria, West Africa. He moved onto being a professional photographer after several years working internationally as a US soldier and as an International Health Specialist/Infectious disease epidemiologist.  Ayo Obuseh's African background brings a certain style and feel to his photos. He likes the rural elements as well as the frontal ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 25, 2018
New Pinney Library
Members of the public are invited to join OPN Architects, library managers and staff, and city engineering staff as preliminary plans for the new Pinney Library are unveiled in a formal presentation on Wednesday, January 31, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pinney Library on 204 Cottage Grove Road. Three public meetings in the fall of 2017 offered members of the public opportunities to share hopes and dreams for the new neighborhood library and talk to library managers, city engineering staff and architects ...read more

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January 24, 2018
Read to a Dog
Reading to dogs helps build early literacy skills! Children who might otherwise be self-conscious relax a bit when they read aloud to a furry friend. They practice their reading, build self-esteem, and associate reading with a pleasant experience. Kids who are already strong readers can further enhance their skills and find new excitement when reading alongside a dog. Children grades K to 5 are invited to bring a favorite book to read aloud to their companion. Time slots are available on a ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 23, 2018