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Dyslexia Awareness
An estimated 60 million Americans are dyslexic, roughly 1 of every 5 people!  Join staff, students, and families from Madison's Children's Dyslexia Center on October 4 at Central Library to learn more about dyslexia and how we can all support our kids, students, friends, and neighbors who struggle to read printed words. A light dinner will be served before a short film screening and a brief panel discussion highlighting local resources. Young people ages 8 and up especially welcome! ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 19, 2017
MPL Foundation Events
Madison Public Library Foundation's seventh annual Ex Libris event will take place Friday, October 13, 2017, from 7–10 p.m. at the Central Library. This year's fundraiser has a new theme: Beer & Bites. Guests will have the opportunity to sample beer from Wisconsin breweries, as well as food from local restaurants and food artisans. This combination of local food and craft beer is a one-of-a-kind experience that is not to be missed. Additionally, attendees will enjoy live music, plus a ...read more

Posted by Tana on
September 18, 2017
Ebooks & Audiobooks
Your library card gives you 24/7 access to over 71,000 digital books, audiobooks, videos and more - thanks to OverDrive and Wisconsin's Digital Library. All you need to get started is an internet connection, a library card, and these three steps: Browse Find and open Wisconsin's Digital Library collection (powered by OverDrive), and take a look at all of the books, movies, and audiobooks available to you. You can also access Wisconsin's Digital Library through the following: OverDrive's ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 18, 2017
Yoga at the Library
You can stretch your minds and your bodies at the library! We have yoga events for a variety of ages, and even a little meditation. Below is just few of our upcoming yoga events! Please note, many do require or recommend prior registration. Check the calendar for the full list. Upcoming Events: Little YogaTuesday, September 1910:30-11:00am | Hawthorne Library (Registration recommended) Try a yoga class at the library! Yoga enhances children's ability to concentrate and works out those wiggles. ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 15, 2017
Go Big Read: Hillbilly Elegy
Each year Madison Public Library partners with UW-Madison to extend the perennially popular Go Big Read program into the broader community with book discussion groups and programs at our libraries. Chancellor Rebecca Blank has selected Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance as the 2017-18 Go Big Read book. The book is the author’s personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest. A #1 New ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 15, 2017
2017 Teen's Choice Award Winners
For 20 years, teens in Madison have been reading and voting and telling us what's good through the Teen's Choice Awards. This year, we have a tie!  First Place goes to Cinder by Marissa Meyer AND Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Both books received 55 votes, putting them in first for the Teen's Choice award. The first runner up is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon with 51 votes.  The Teen's Choice Awards is a great way to learn about new books and authors, keep track of your ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 6, 2017
Pinney Mini Book Festival
Get a headstart on Wisconsin Book Festival fun! The 4th annual Pinney Mini Book Festival is bringing you an afternoon filled to the brim with incredible authors.  The day starts with an expert panel of authors speaking about what it takes to get published, followed by back-to-back author events.  Where else can you find inspiration like this and get to know over six authors in under two hours?  Pinney Library | September 23 | 1:00 - 4:30PM See the schedule below, or visit the ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
September 6, 2017
Back to School!
The new school year has just begun! Let the library be a resource. We have databases to help with homework, computers and internet access, little nooks and rooms for studying or group activities, and plenty of exciting after-school clubs. There are endless opportunities to learn, make friends, and get creative. Perhaps the best part - our friendly librarians and staff are always here to help. (Educators? We have plenty for you, too!) Ready for the School Year? Get the information you need to ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
August 30, 2017
Language Explorers: Spanish
It's never too early to start learning a new language!  Learning a second language can help children strengthen their cultural awareness and ability to communicate with more people around the world. Not to mention, children can also improve their own cognitive development and learning abilities across many areas. In the Language Explorers: Spanish program, kids are immersed in music, movement, storytelling, crafts, and games that, together, help them learn and master Spanish. Language ...read more

Posted by Kristen on
August 29, 2017
Personal Archiving Lab
The Personal Archiving Lab is a collection of equipment that can be used to digitize at-risk analog materials, like home movies, video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, and more. We are offering a series of Drop-In Tutorial demonstrations to guide you throught the archiving process and show you how easy it is to preserve your precious memories. Every Tuesday & Thursday, 3-8pm at Central Library Following your tutorial, you can make an appointment for your personal archiving project. ...read more

Posted by Sean - Central on
August 25, 2017
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