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PROGRAMS & EVENTS FOR ADULTS Some programs require pre-registration. To register for these free programs, call 608-827-7403, email info@midlibrary.org, or stop by at the library's lower level Reference Desk.

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TONIGHT
Join us at Craftsman Table & Tap to discuss Jill Lepore's "The Secret History of Wonder Woman." Copies of the book are available at the reference desk. All adults welcome!
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Tuesday March 28
Drop-in help with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job searching and more! In study room B on the library's lower level. First-come, first served. Provided by staff from the Dane County Job Center.
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Tuesday March 28
Whether you're new to Medicare or have had it for years, most people have questions. Come join us and learn the details of Medicare. There are always changes happening, so bring your questions and have them answered by licensed professionals. This is an educational seminar. There will be no products marketed or sold. Please feel free to bring a family member or friend. To register for this program, email info@midlibrary.org or call 608-827-7403. Presented by The Retirement Classroom - www.theretirementclassroom.com
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Tuesday March 28
Annuities are one of the most common yet least understood financial products. In this class, we take a critical and objective look at them, examining the pros and cons of annuities, the different types, and what they can be used for. Jesse Grutz of the Retirement Classroom developed this course in response to questions from attendees of past workshops. This an educational presentation to help consumers distinguish between different types of annuities and other financial products. This is NOT a sales presentation. No financial products will be marketed or sold.
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Thursday March 30

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Tuesday April 4
We will be covering basic information on how to use your iPad. We will get to know your iPad, learn to turn on Wi-Fi, learn how to use the keyboard, and install & manage apps too! Bring your iPad with and let’s explore!
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Thursday April 6
What's the key ingredient to healthier communities? More women leading food system change! Come celebrate the historic roots and inspiring stories of women in sustainable agriculture with Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers. Lisa leads the Rural Women's project, a venture of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). She is the author of the 2015 book Homemade for Sale: How to set up and market a food business from your home kitchen. She and her family run Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast in Browntown, WI. Join us starting at 6:00 to meet area women farmers, learn valuable farm and gardening tips, and sample locally-made products!Lisa will give a formal presentation starting at 7:00. Registration is appreciated for this event. Register online using the link above or email info@midlibrary.org. Partners/Sponsors: "5 Minutes on the Farm" (88.9 WORT FM), Edible Madison magazine, Fairshare CSA Coalition, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Soil Sisters of Wisconsin, Women Food & Ag Network, Wisconsin Farmer's Union, Willy St. Co-op Participating Women Farmers: Betty Anderson, The Old Smith Place (Brodhead) Mary Ann Bellazzini, Campo di Bella Winery and Farm to Table (Mt. Horeb) Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm (Brodhead) Kim Hunter, The Green Goats (Browntown) Diana Kalscheur Murphy, Dreamfarm (Cross Plains) Beth Kazmar, Tipi Produce (Evansville) Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B (Browntown) Kriss Marion, Circle M Market Farm (Blanchardville) Barb Perkins, Vermont Valley Community Farm (Blue Mounds) April Prusia, Dorothy’s Range (Blanchardville) Lauren Rudersdorf, Raleigh’s Hillside Farm (Brodhead) Beth Wright, Winterfell Acres (Blanchardville)
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Thursday April 6
Bring your 3DS and games for the group to share!
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Saturday April 8
Our 6th annual event, just in time to kick off National Library Week! Mark Moran returns to the Middleton Public Library to appraise antiques! **Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 13th at 9:00 AM** Mark Moran, a former senior editor of antiques and collectibles books for Krause Publications, will examine and appraise one item each for 40 registered participants. Average appraisal time will be 4 minutes per item; non participants are welcome to attend and enjoy the action. Mark has over 30 years of experience buying and selling antiques, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including the annual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, now in its 51st edition. Categories of objects for appraisal may include:• Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.• Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).• Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.• Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.• Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.• Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.• Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.• Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.• Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.• Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.• Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.• Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.• Books• Sports Memorabilia Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies. Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted in advance to determine if they are appropriate.
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Monday April 10
Middleton Public Library transforms, 90 years in the making! Come help celebrate the Library’s birthday with cake and music!
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Tuesday April 11
Ron Johnson, current Coordinator of Dane County’s Community Restorative Court, will present Restorative Justice: Join the Movement, a presentation that lays out the basic tenets of restorative justice and its application as it relates to resolving disputes in communities and between individuals. The presentation will include the restorative justice application as it relates to the criminal justice system, and the cultural history of restorative justice as a healing force derived from Native American culture. He will talk about the ethical implications of restorative justice, and contrast the traditional criminal justice system with the restorative approach. This presentation will stress the importance of community involvement in the practice of restorative justice. Ron Johnson is a former middle school teacher and principal. For 15 years, he directed the City of Milwaukee’s youth gang diversion program. Later, he coordinated Marquette University’s Safe Streets Restorative Justice program.Currently, he is the Coordinator of Dane County’s Community Restorative Court. He is the co-founder of Project Ujima (at Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in MKE) and the founder of the Jaha Workshop’s Father & Son Retreat. This event is part of a series created by the Waunakee Public Library called "Punishing the Poor: Criminalizing Poverty" that will examine the relationship between poverty and incarceration. The series is made possible by a grant from the Beyond the Page Foundation. For a full list of events in this series at other Dane County libraries, visit http://bit.ly/2kUqO8o
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Thursday April 13
Give old craft supply clutter a new life at our Stash Swap! Bring donations of unused materials and incomplete projects to this event, and exchange them for new-to-you supplies and renewed inspiration. Make a bonus mini-craft (hand-painted rocks) when you're done swapping.
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Tuesday April 18
This is our second class about the iPad. We will look at Safari, general & privacy settings, mail, calendar and messages. Bring your iPad to follow along! (Part I recommended first if new to iPad)
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Wednesday April 19
Forward Theater presents: Soul Food, a collection of monologues from playwrights across the country featuring engaging, embarrassing, hilarious, and heart-warming stories that revolve around food. Made possible in part by a grant from the Beyond the Page Endowment. Monologues and Performers: - "Beer is Food" by Sam White: A man faces a tough decision when his pregnant wife becomes sensitive to the smell of beer. Performed by Paul Milisch. - "Door #1" by Lori Matthews: A mother uses food to impart some wisdom to her son as he heads to college. Performed by Michele Good. - "Chocolate Lava Cake" by Jonathan Tarlin: When you’re sharing dessert, who gets the last bite? Performed by Jessica Witham. - "The Family Feast" by Derek Aimonetto: A man seeks common ground with his in-laws. Performed by R. Peter Hunt. - "Hot Nuts" by Kimberly Megna Yarnall: A man’s life is never the same after his first taste of a new recipe. Performed by Michael Herold, founding member of Forward Theater Company, and member of Actors’ Equity Association.
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Wednesday April 19
**Group meets in the Mack Reading Room this month** Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday April 20
Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw
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Tuesday April 25
Drop-in help with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job searching and more! In study room B on the library's lower level. First-come, first served. Provided by staff from the Dane County Job Center.
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Thursday April 27
In honor of National Poetry Month, join us for an evening of "Poetry as Memoir," as three well known Middleton/Madison poets take us on a journey through the poetry of past experience. Of all the inspiration that poets depend upon, perhaps the deep well of memory is most often visited. How do those saved experiences become poetry, and how does the poet evoke a past time without getting maudlin, or overly descriptive? Alice D’Alessio, Marilyn Taylor and Tim Walsh will read from their recent work inspired by those funny, sad or amazing snippets that pattern a life. Bring your questions and a poem if you wish to read for an open mic segment at the end of the night. Alice D’Alessio lives in Middleton on the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Her latest book, Walking the Tracks explores a childhood growing up with a poetry-loving father who was a supervisor on the Pennsylvania Railroad – and organized his homelife around the same principles! D’Alessio was winner of the Posner Prize for best Wisconsin poetry book (2004) for her first book, A Blessing of Trees; she has four additional books, and has taught poetry workshops for Elderhostel at Green Lake and other venues. In March she will teach a workshop on Poetry as Memoir at Write On Door, at a Conference in Door County . Marilyn L. Taylor, former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee, is the author of seven collections of poetry, the newest of which is titled Step on a Crack (2016.) Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Poetry, Able Muse, Measure, Light, Rhino, and the Random House anthology titled Villanelles. She has won First Place in a number of national and international poetry competitions, and her own widely-read “Poet to Poet” column on craft appeared bi-monthly for five years in The Writer magazine. Taylor regularly facilitates workshops, readings, and presentations locally, statewide, and elsewhere, including annual poetry programs sponsored by Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden Seminar Center (Baileys Harbor, WI), ‘Writing the Rockies” at Western State Colorado University (Gunnison, CO), Poetry by the Sea (Madison, CT), the West Chester University Poetry Conference (PA), UW-Madison’s Writers Institute, and the Write by the Lake Writers Conference offered by the UW Division of Continuing Studies. Timothy Walsh’s poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Arts & Letters, Cutthroat, The Midwest Quarterly, New Millennium Writings and others. His awards include the Grand Prize in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, the Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize from North American Review, and the Wisconsin Academy Fiction Prize. Though he has lived for the past 35 years in Wisconsin, he grew up in New Jersey, a time he explores in his recent collection When the World Was Rear-Wheel Drive: New Jersey Poems. Last year, he was awarded the New Jersey Poets Prize. He is also the author of a book of literary criticism, The Dark Matter of Words: Absence, Unknowing, and Emptiness in Literature (Southern Illinois University Press) and several other poetry collections.
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