These lively classes engage young learners and give caregivers fresh ideas for playtime at home. Designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (up to age 5) and their caregivers to enjoy together.
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Starting June 1, visit one of the nine Madison libraries or register online to join our Summer Reading Club.
All ages welcome from birth through 8th grade. Join us on a brain-building reading adventure this summer and earn a free book of your choice and an invitation to our Rock the Library Sessions, a special Bubbler Jr. making experience just for summer readers.
Summer Reading Club runs through August 31.
Don't miss another chance to create your own inclusive Libraries are for Everyone t-shirt!
Drop-in during the following workshops to create your own screenprint of the "Libraries are for Everyone" image, with text available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Bring your own t-shirt, tote, or material to print on, or create a print on paper.
One print per person. All ages welcome, kids under 7 will need help from a grownup.
Just like plants and animals develop new characteristics as they become tamed by human beings, art can be domesticated as well.
Artist Hannah O’Hare Bennett invites the public to explore the domestication of nature-inspired art in spaces that feel domestic themselves during her May-June residency with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library.
Experience Life in Light and Shadow - artist Jerry Jordan's portrait paintings are on display in the Pinney Library Meeting Room from May through July.
Jerry is a productive artist working out of his studio in Madison, WI and is part of a growing movement of artists embracing classical representative painting. He counts such artists as John S. Sargent, William M. Chase and Joaquin Sorolla, to name a few, as his major artistic influences. He has been a UMOJA magazine cover artist and has exhibited his work at Overture as part of the "Justified Art!" show.
Madison Public Library Foundation's fifth annual Rock & Read fundraiser was an opportunity for families who are committed to our libraries to come together for a fun, sunny Father's Day afternoon to celebrate and support Madison Public Library's Summer Reading Program.
Rachael Duggan is RAD - literally, those are her initials. Rachal of RADIllustrates was The Bubbler’s artist-in-residence at the Central Library in February, drawing and doodling every nook and cranny of the library.
You can find her at Monroe Street Library this spring, where her illustration workshops continue to bring the joys of doodling to the Madison community.
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 held open studios throughout the month of April as part of his artist residency with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. He's now hosting events at Pinney Library from May through July.
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 grandfather passed away, determined to revive the business and preserve his family’s name. The coffins, known as abebuu adekai or “proverb boxes,” are functional pieces designed to reflect a person’s stature in the community, or their likes and interests.
The Racial Justice Film Series continues with "The House We Live In," the third and final installment of the PBS series "Race - The Power of an Illusion."