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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
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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Sunday April 30
Stop by Study Room A to sign up for a thirty minute one on one session about the technology topic of your choice!
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Wednesday May 3
Are you a birder? Maybe just curious about the variety of birds found in our great state? Then join us to learn all about the work being done by ornithologists and amateur birders to update The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas! Bill Mueller, Director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, and Mike Reese, Director of Volunteers for the Atlas project, will discuss the enormous undertaking involved in revising and updating the Atlas. They'll also present findings from the 2015 fieldwork and explain how you can contribute to the Atlas by collecting data on birds and their behavior. The Atlas is a volunteer effort, with birdwatchers, nature centers, nonprofit organizations and government agencies coming together in a project coordinated jointly by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II project will run from 2015 to 2019 and will update and expand on the findings of the first atlas — and provide critical data for conservation of birds for years to come. The first Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, conducted from 1995 to 2000, represented the largest coordinated field effort in the history of Wisconsin ornithology. Volunteer field observers documented 237 bird species, 235 of which were listed as at least probable breeders in the state. For more information, visit wsobirds.org/atlas
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Thursday May 4
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Rated PG-13)Thursday, May 4, 6pmMay the Fourth Be with You! Celebrate Star Wars Day by watching the latest Star Wars movie. Fresh popcorn will be served. Parents should decide if this movie is appropriate for their children. Costumes welcome! Registration is appreciated.
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Thursday May 4
Bring your 3DS and games for the group to share!
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Wednesday May 10
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps users to 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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Thursday May 11
The second lecture of 2017 in the Library's Scholar'd for Life series. Kathy Cramer, professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, will discuss her 2016 book, The politics of Resentment : Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of A Room of One's Own bookstore. For nearly a decade, Cramer traveled throughout the state talking to local residents and trying to understand how they interpret state politics. In many areas of rural Wisconsin, she found a strong place-based identity that she calls rural consciousness, a way of interpreting politics rooted in distrust of big-city “elites” and their perceived failure to understand the needs of rural Wisconsinites. In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in last year’s presidential election, her research gained national attention from news outlets such as National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Scientific American. Katherine J. Cramer is Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center. Cramer is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. In addition to The Politics of Resentment, she is the author of Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American and co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Have Undermined Citizenship and What We Can Do About It. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
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Wednesday May 17
Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday May 18
Bottomland: a Novel by Michelle Hoover
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Tuesday May 23
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 May 23
Join us as we learn how to create a free account, navigate, and use Mango Languages. This is an online language-learning system for help learning languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and Russian and more.
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Wednesday May 24
James Campbell, author of Braving It: a father, a daughter, and an unforgettable journey into the Alaskan wild," will be at the library to discuss the experience of trekking across the Alaskan wild with his teenage daughter, Aidan. The book, published last year by Crown Publishing, is set to come out in paperback this month. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and the evening will conclude with a book signing. James Campbell is the author of The Final Frontiersman and The Ghost Mountain Boys. He has written for Outside magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, Audubon, and many other publications. [Note: This event was originally scheduled for 5/17, but had to be moved owing to a scheduling conflict] From the publisher's description of Braving It: "The powerful and affirming story of a father's journey with his teenage daughter to the far reaches of Alaska. Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to only a handful of people, is a harsh and lonely place. So when James Campbell's cousin Heimo Korth asked him to spend a summer building a cabin in the rugged Interior, Campbell hesitated about inviting his fifteen-year-old daughter, Aidan, to join him: Would she be able to withstand clouds of mosquitoes, the threat of grizzlies, bathing in an ice-cold river, and hours of grueling labor, peeling and hauling logs? But once there, Aidan embraced the wild. She even agreed to return a few months later to help the Korths work their traplines and hunt for caribou and moose. Despite windchills of 50 degrees below zero, father and daughter ventured out daily to track, hunt, and trap. Under the supervision of Edna, Heimo's Yupik Eskimo wife, Aidan grew more confident in the woods. Campbell knew that in traditional Eskimo cultures, some daughters earned a rite of passage usually reserved for young men. So he decided to take Aidan back to Alaska one final time before she left home. It would be their third and most ambitious trip, backpacking over Alaska's Brooks Range to the headwaters of the mighty Hulahula River, where they would assemble a folding canoe and paddle to the Arctic Ocean. The journey would test them, and their relationship, in one of the planet's most remote places: a land of wolves, musk oxen, Dall sheep, golden eagles, and polar bears. At turns poignant and humorous, Braving It is an ode to America's disappearing wilderness and a profound meditation on what it means for a child to grow up--and a parent to finally, fully let go"
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Thursday May 25
Join us at Craftsman Table & Tap to discuss Lucia Berlin's short-story collection, "A Manual for Cleaning Women." Copies of the book are available at the reference desk. All adults welcome!
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