Meet behind the Hawthorne Library in Mural Alley for outdoor art, building, and making adventures for kids.
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Enjoy play-centered, child led activities in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play.
The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children's imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day.
Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, (optional) bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from the "Let's Eat Out" local food carts, and make an evening of it!
Make the library a part of your special day.
Madison's Central Library is located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin; a prime location within walking distance to bars, restaurants, and hotels. With our professional event staff, we ensure your event runs smoothly, from setting up the space to coordinating with caterers.
Our events team is booking 2020 weddings.
Get it touch to schedule a tour with our staff!
Storytimes help build excitement for reading and grow those early literacy skills! All nine of our library locations host storytimes, making it easy for you to find events that best fit the kiddos in your life.
Check out selected library classes for children and families with the online version of Kidspages!
Print copies are available at a Madison library near you, or download a copy from our website.
Calling all artists! The Madison Arts Commission and The Bubbler at Madison Public Library are launching a new, 11-month artist residency program based out of a dedicated art studio at Thurber Park. Art makers of all backgrounds and mediums creating durable, timeless art, suitable for outdoor public settings are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 24, 2019 by midnight CST. Apply online at: madisonbubbler.org/thurber-application
Love to read whatever you can get your hands on? Passionate about one book and one book only?
Then you are qualified to pick the best book of the summer!
Visit mplteenschoice.org to learn more about nominating your favorites and casting your vote.
Madison Public Library will celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June with thoughtful discussion, inclusive events, and expanded sessions of last year’s popular Drag Queen Storytime.
Madison Public Library provides free and equitable access to cultural and educational experiences. The library celebrates ideas, promotes creativity, connects people, and enriches lives, with an emphasis on promoting literacy and equity in library collections, services, and programs.
Find a complete event schedule and more at: madisonpubliclibrary.org/pride
Summer Reading Club registration is open!
Bring your fabulous self and celebrate diversity, differences, and imagination through fun age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with local drag performers.
This program is intended for families with children, and grownups must be accompanied by a child.