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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
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: Monroe ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 19, 2018
Volunteer Toolbox
Did you know Madison Public Library, Literacy Network, and other partners have put together a series of workshops just for volunteers? Volunteer Toolbox workshops will help you expand your knowledge base and prepare you to be the best volunteer you can be. All events are free to attend but registration is required. Upcoming events include: Suicide Prevention TrainingTuesday, February 20 from 6:30-8:00pm | Central Library (Room 301) Learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 17, 2018
Panels and Pizza
Graphic novels and pizza - what could be better? Teens and tweens ages 10-13 can join their peers for a monthly meet-up to read and discuss graphic novels. Old favorites, new titles, and even the occasional activity - oh, and there will be pizza! The group meets every 4th Wednesday of the month at Lakeview Library from 5:00-6:00pm.  For questions, contact Beth McIntyre: 608-266-6345 or bmcintyre@madisonpubliclibrary.org. Related Events for Teens & Tweens Youth TuesdaysWeekly ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 10, 2018
Racial Justice Film Series
Brand new film series starting this month! The Racial Justice Film Series will be screening Episode 2 from the 3-part documentary film Race: The Power of an Illusion. Wednesday, January 24, 6pm at Central Library (Room 302) "The Story We Tell" uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. A brief discussion with Jacquelyn Boggess, Executive Director of the Center for ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
January 10, 2018
Flipster
You may have seen the wide selection of magazines on the library's shelves, but did you know there's a wide selection of magazines you can check out digitally, too? Flipster offers current issues of online magazines  with the ability to browse high-quality, digital versions of popular magazines or search for topics of interest. And it's all available to you for free with your library card.  And just in time for 2018, the Flipster selection has been updated and expanded!  Take a ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 5, 2018
Cookbooks
The new year can often inspire us to try something new - like experimenting in the kitchen! Learning to cook can help you save some extra money, eat a little healthier and bring the foks together to share a meal. It may even become your new favorite pastime. Come to one of these cooking-related events to learn some new recipes and expand your skills - free to attend but registration is required. Food Wise: Eating Smart, Being ActiveWeekly on Thursdays, January 11 - March 1 | 1:00-2: ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 2, 2018
Khurelbaatar and Erdentuya
Khurelbaatar and Erdentuya's first visit to Alicia Ashman Library was just over a year ago. The couple had recently moved to Madison from Mongolia and hoped to apply for asylum.  They were first greeted by one librarian who, having lived in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer, offered up a traditional Mongolian greeting. The couple was pleasantly surprised to hear someone speaking their language, and staff were able to work with them to get the appropriate forms they would need to file. ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
January 2, 2018
RADillustrates
Every line has a purpose. You're invited to observe the world around you through line-drawings and illustration with library artist-in-residence Rachal Duggan of RADillustrates. In January and February, Duggan will host workshops and doodle sessions in the Bubbler Room, as well as live-drawing sessions where participants can take home their own illustrated portrait. Rachal Duggan (RADillustrates) is an illustrator living in Madison. She spent the last decade living and working in ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 25, 2017
Kids Apps
Looking for some new apps to keep the kiddos entertained during winter break or holiday travels? Youth services librarian Carissa is always on the lookout for apps that you can feel good about using with your child. She writes regular reviews on the library website and makes special guest appearences on local NBC 15. Here's a list of her top 5 apps for road trips, travels, and school break!  Subscribe to her e-newsletter to get regular app reviews sent straight to your inbox! Carissa' ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
December 21, 2017
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