Events

Free Comic Book Day
Celebrate the fun of reading comic books and graphic novels! National Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May. Children and adults alike can visit any of our nine Madison Public Libraries on Saturday, May 5 during open hours to receive a free kid-friendly comic book, while supplies last. Central Library will have more fun planned for those looking added festivities! Comic books provided by Westfield Comics. #NCBD ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 20, 2018
Research Your Family History
Learn how to dig into your family history and uncover stories that help you to understand where you come from and the ancestors who had an impact on your life. Lori Bessler will provide information on how to research your family using online resources and collections found at the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Lori Bessler has worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Archives since 1988. She is a Reference Librarian and Outreach Coordinator. Lori has lectured throughout ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 16, 2018
Print & Resist
Madison Print & Resist 2018 is a day-long festival of political print media, zines, experimental publications, and workshops related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action.  Saturday, April 28 from 11:00am - 4:30pm Central Library (3rd Floor) The event will feature work from subversively creative print and media artists, including zine makers, printers, poster-makers, and other self-published artists and writers ready to share their work with the Madison ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 16, 2018
Cooking with Madison Public Market
Experiment in the kitchen at Meadowridge Library! Chefs from Madison Public Market will help you explore new recipes, ingredients, and different food themes. Registration is required - register online or call 608-288-6160. Spring Rolls with Madame ChuFriday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00pm Learn how to make different Singapore-style spring rolls with Josey Chu of Madame Chu. Registration begins 3/30. Breakfast for Dinner with Ugly AppleMonday, April 16 from 6:00-8:00pm Learn to cook a few different ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 12, 2018
Fantasy Coffins
Carpenter and coffin designer, Eric Adjetey Anang invites the public to learn a thing or two about woodworking, hand tools, and Ghana’s sacred tradition of building coffins. Anang will host open studios throughout the month of April as part of his artist residency with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. Anang is a Ghanian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter. He was born in Teshie, Ghana where he lives and runs Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop. Anang took over the workshop after his ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 12, 2018
Book Club Cafe
The Book Club Café is now accepting registrations for this year's event. 21st Annual Book Club Café feat. Chloe Benjamin Wednesday, May 30 at 7:00pmCentral Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. The Book Club Café is an annual Friends tradition - an event where book club members and other book lovers gather to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries. This year's Book Club Café will feature author Chloe Benjamin at Madison's Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St. Attendees enjoy coffee, tea and ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 12, 2018
Films at the Library
Did you miss seeing it in theaters? Looking to dust off some old favorites? Trying to find something the whole family can enjoy?  Films at the library are absolutely free with events at several library locations. From animated flicks to light-hearted comedies to poignant documentaries (often with a guest panel discussion!), there is truly something for everyone.  All events are free to attend, some do require registration to reserve your spot. Here's a sneak peek of what is showing at ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
April 3, 2018
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
April 2, 2018
The Supper Club
Discover great apps for kids at The Supper Club, an evening digital family storytime.  Librarians have been giving advice about how to make choices in the media market forever. Books, music, movies...and now, apps! The options can be very overwhelming and confusing with so many apps making educational claims. The Supper Club is one of many ways you can learn more about using apps with kids. Pack a picnic from home or have dinner delivered to the library. Upcoming events include: Pinney ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
March 29, 2018
Pinney Library Groundbreaking
Madison Public Library and Madison Public Library Foundation will mark construction kickoff for the new Pinney Library with a groundbreaking ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Royster Corners development on Cottage Grove Road.The ceremony will begin with comments from library, foundation and City of Madison officials, and an official groundbreaking. A reception at the nearby Chief’s Tavern, 300 Cottage Grove Road, will follow.  Later the same afternoon, the Friends ...read more

Posted by Tana on
March 26, 2018