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Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org
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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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Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday July 19
Join us in the lower-level Archer Room as we discuss Sherman Alexie's 2017 memoir "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." The author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian presents a literary memoir of poems, essays and intimate family photos that reflect his complicated feelings about his disadvantaged childhood on a Native American reservation with his siblings and alcoholic parents.
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Thursday July 19

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Thursday July 19
Join us at The Free House Pub (1902 Parmenter St.) to discuss Zadie Smith's first novel, "White Teeth." Copies of the book are available at the library's reference desk. All adults are welcome! Zadie Smith’s dazzling debut caught critics grasping for comparisons and deciding on everyone from Charles Dickens to Salman Rushdie to John Irving and Martin Amis. But the truth is that Zadie Smith’s voice is remarkably, fluently, and altogether wonderfully her own. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’ s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence. (Amazon.com)
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Tuesday July 24
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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Wednesday July 25
Larry Shapiro, a professor of philosophy at UW-Madison, shares a lecture entitled “What’s Wrong With Belief in Miracles?” in which he will discuss why beliefs about incredibly unlikely events face a special justificatory burden. This investigation, which can also be applied to supernatural beliefs and conspiracy theories, reminds us of the importance of evidence and rational thinking as we explore the unknown. Shapiro is the author of the 2016 book, The Miracle Myth, published by Columbia University Press. Professor Shapiro's research focuses on the philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology. He’s published numerous articles on these topics in journals such as The Philosophical Review, British Journal for Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Science. His book, Embodied Cognition (Routledge Press, 2011), received the American Philosophical Association's Joseph B. Gittler Award for best book in philosophy of the social sciences (2013). Scholar'd for Life is a lecture series presented by the Middleton Public Library in partnership with the UW Madison Speakers Bureau. Taking the "Wisconsin Idea" as its starting point, this series aims to promote lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, and engagement between academics and the community as a whole. More information, including recordings of past lectures, at www.midlibrary.org/sfl.
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Thursday July 26

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Tuesday July 31
Read your favorite magazines on your tablet for free by using your library card! We have two databases available to Middleton Public Library cardholders. We will look at both and learn how to use them and search for your favorites. Bring your tablets to the class to follow along as we learn about RB Digital and Flipster.
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Thursday August 2
Share Switch games, street passes, and gaming tips!
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Thursday August 2
Hosted by Sachi Komai of Madison craft shop Anthology. Cut out letters from a rainbow of colorful felt to form your favorite word, name, or phrase, and hand stitch them onto fabric stretched in an 8" wooden hoop for display. Embellish your hoop with other felt cut-out shapes or decorative stitches! Space is limited. Please RSVP.
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Tuesday August 7
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps learn business, software, technology and creative skills. The video courses are taught by recognized industry experts. Learn about this wonderful database available to Middleton Public Library cardholders!
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Saturday August 11

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Wednesday August 15
Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday August 16
Join us in the lower-level Archer Room as we discuss Jennifer Egan's 2017 novel "Manhattan Beach." Anna and her father Eddie arrive at the home of Dexter Styles on Manhattan Beach searching for a job during the Depression. After Eddie goes missing five years later, Anna supports her mother and sister by working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One night, Anna approaches Styles for information about her father. They become involved, but he is still marked by his past relationship with Eddie. Egan's description of New York in the 30s and 40s is so immersive that you feel like you're waking up when you have to put the book down. -- Barbara Birenbaum for LibraryReads.
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Tuesday August 21
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 August 21
This class is designed to accomplish the goal of all retirees: to live comfortably and not run out of money! We'll discuss the various methods of filing for Social Security and talk about strategies that can be used to optimize it. We'll also introduce a process you can use to calculate your retirement income need, as well as examine options on structuring income in retirement.Strategies for Social Security and Retirement Income will help answer questions such as: *How are my Social Security benefits calculated and taxed? *How can I maximize my Social Security Income? *How do I calculate how much I need to retire? *How can I ensure that I don't run out of money? This is an educational seminar; there will be no products marketed or sold. Presented by Jesse Grutz of The Retirement Classroom, www.theretirementclassroom.com
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Tuesday August 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 August 28
What is the cloud? What does it do? Come learn what the cloud is and how it works. We will also take a look at some common cloud applications that are available on the internet.
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