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Free Meals for Kids | Comida Gratis para los Niños

Free Meals for Kids

Free meals for kids! The MMSD Summer Food Program provides FREE FOOD from June 18 - Aug 10. To find a summer food site near you, text “food” to 877-877, call 211, or visit mmsd.org/food.


Un programa de verano de MMSD provee COMIDA GRATIS del 18 de junio al 10 de agosto. Encuentre un sitio de comida cercano en mmsd.org/food o envie el texto “comida” al 877-877, o llame al 211.

June 18, 2018

A Wild Rumpus: AnjiPlay Experience

Wild Rumpus

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!​ 

June 15, 2018

Community Reads: Science Fiction

Sci-Fi Recommendations

We asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to recommend a science fiction book for people who don't like science fiction.

Folks chimed in with over 70 books, authors, and series worth checking out if you're new to science fiction, or not particularly keen on the genre.

Here are their top picks in an easy-to-browse list in order by popularity on our post. 

Search LINKcat to find several of these titles in alternative formats like ebook, audiobook, and large print. 

June 14, 2018

Film & Discussion

Blood is at the Doorstep

Join Director Erik Ljung, a member of the Hamilton family, Representative Chris Taylor, and Wisconsin Film Festival Coordinator Ben Reiser for a screening of the documentary The Blood is at the Doorstep, followed by a post-screening Q&A at Central Library on Wednesday, July 18, 6:30pm. This film won a Golden Badger Award at the 2018 Wisconsin Film Festival. Watch the trailer at www.thebloodisatthedoorstep.tv.

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June 11, 2018

Moving & Grooving

Moving and Grooving

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.

June 6, 2018

Celebrate Pride Month

Pride Month

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

May 25, 2018

Read Like a Badger: Libraries Rock!

Read Like a Badger

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.

Check out our Kidspages or keep an eye on our calendar for up-to-date information about kids’ events.

May 24, 2018

Libraries Are for Everyone Screenprinting Workshop

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.

Saturday, June 2 from 10:00-11:30am - Monroe Street Library
Saturday, August 18 from 10:00am-12:00pm - Pinney Library

One print per person. All ages welcome, kids under 7 will need help from a grownup.

May 21, 2018

Domesticated with Hannah Bennett

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.

May 21, 2018

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