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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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Tuesday May 29
Community screening of Angst, an educational film on anxiety disorders. Movie will be followed by Q&A. Recommended for ages 11+. (In coordination with Galin Education.)
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Wednesday May 30
Part of our Wellness Wednesdays mini-series of classes focusing on mental and emotional health! We would never talk to others the way we talk to ourselves! Learn how to identify, challenge, and move away from our negative self-talk and deeply held beliefs that hold us back. Kyira Hauer is a a public speaker, artist and therapist who holds a Master's degree in counseling psychology from UW-Madison with a concentration in eating disorders, body image issues, and anxiety. Kyira is the founder of Kinda Kreative, LLC, as well as the #ReclaimBeauty campaign, efforts which earned her a 2017 SCORE Small Business Champion Award. Also in 2017, BRAVA magazine named her as one of its "Women to Watch." She returns to the Middleton Public Library for what will likely be her final Midwest speaking engagement before relocating to the west coast! Registration is appreciated for this event. Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org.
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Thursday May 31
Prolific author, historian, and storyteller Jerry Apps returns to the Middleton Public Library for what promises to be a a lively evening of discussion about his newest novel, Cold as Thunder. Special guest Bill Lueders will introduce Jerry and kick off the Q&A after Jerry's talk. Bill is managing editor at The Progressive magazine. Previously, he was the Money and Politics Project Director for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism where he wrote a weekly column that appeared in newspapers statewide. Prior to that, he was the news editor of Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison for 25 years. Jerry's novel is set in Wisconsin's future, year sixteen of the Eagle Party's regime, when all schools and public utilities have been privatized, churches and libraries closed, and independent news media shut down. Drones buzz overhead in constant surveillance of the populace and the open internet has been replaced by the New Society Corporation. Environmental deregulation and unchecked climate change have caused widespread fires and floods. But a resourceful band of Wisconsin sixty-somethings calling themselves the Oldsters lays secret plans to fight the ruling regime and remind people how to take charge of their destiny. Cold as Thunder will be published in late May by the University of Wisconsin Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of Mystery to Me bookstore and the evening will conclude with a book signing. Registration is appreciated for this event: Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org.
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Tuesday June 5
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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Wednesday June 6
Part of our Wellness Wednesdays miniseries of classes focusing on mental and emotional health! Author and counselor Pamela Phillips Olson offers inspiring and entertaining life stories from her book, Lechayim Lunch: Ingredients for a Good Life, a collection of life stories based on interviews with four dozen strong and incredible individuals, many of them "ordinary" people with extraordinary stories, whom she met while volunteering at a Dane County lunch site for senior citizens. Pam is a licensed clinical social worker and counselor and who has worked in the Madison area for over 30 years. Thus far, her love of her work has prevented her from retiring. Praise for Lechayim Lunch: "When deep listening, story-telling and genuine caring combine, rare glimpses of heartfelt connection with an incredibly wide range of humanity are produced. Reading these beautiful short vignettes of fully lived lives connects us to others and so widens our circles of compassion. A heart-warming experience!" --Richard J. Davidson, co-author of the New York Times besteller The Emotional Life of Your Brain and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. "Good health includes social as well as physical and mental well-being. Too often we neglect this important side of our lives. Pam's book points us in the right direction. It nourishes us with stories that go right to our soul. Stories that strike an emotional chord are ones that can change our lives. It's a great read." --Dr. Zorba Paster, host of "Zorba Paster on Your Health" public radio show.
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Thursday June 7
Share Switch games, street passes, and gaming tips!
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Thursday June 7
Suminigashi with Theresa Kim Ink on water is magical. Suminigashi is a Japanese form of paper marbling. Over and over again, people who do this workshop are mesmerized at what happens when you let go and get curious. In the end you take home marbled paper, but the real power is in the process. Theresa Kim is an artist and teacher who holds a Professional Life Coaching Certificate (PLCC) from UW-Madison. She says that all of her workshops are "based on the idea of meditative creativity. Of getting quiet and grounded in the process of creating something, without attachment to the final product. That means there is no artistic experience or ability required. Everyone comes as they are, and leaves more relaxed and more connected." Registration for this event opens on May 7th. Space is limited. Open to ages 16+.
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Friday June 8

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Wednesday June 13
Part of our Wellness Wednesdays miniseries of classes focusing on mental and emotional health! Join licensed therapist Mare Chapman as she demonstrates her practice of applying mindfulness to transform women’s conditioned, internalized sexism, gain freedom from incorrect beliefs, and build self trust and empowerment. In a current cultural climate that has seen birth of the #MeToo movement and the exposure of misogyny and sexism in everyday life, Chapman's book is incredibly timely and offers a highly effective method - mindfulness - to help women grow into their authentic selves. Mare Chapman, M.A., provides mindfulness-based psychotherapy, teaches classes, leads retreats, and trains mental health professionals in mindfulness. With forty years of clinical experience, she’s been practicing mindfulness for over 30 years. She recently published Unshakeable Confidence: The Freedom to Be Our Authentic Selves: Mindfulness for Women, based on the class she’s been teaching for 25 years. Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the event. Registration is appreciated for this event. Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org.
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Thursday June 14
A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory. It creates a baseline so future changes can be monitored. Specialists from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide these free 10-minute memory screenings and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Drop by or sign up in advance (608-827-7403) for a free memory screening. These free, fast, and fun screenings take about 15 minutes each. In study room C on the library's lower level.
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Tuesday June 19
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 June 20
Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday June 21
Join us in the lower-level Archer room as we discuss Dominic Smith's 2016 novel "The Last Painting of Sara De Vos". Parallel narratives unfold and eventually converge in this multi-layered novel, which explores the legacy of fictional 17th-century Dutch painter Sara de Vos. The artist's masterpiece, At the Edge of a Wood, is stolen from Manhattan attorney Marty de Groot's Upper East Side residence in 1957 and replaced with a skillfully executed forgery that remains a secret for decades -- until museum curator Ellie Shipley, who created the fake, is confronted by the two versions of the painting. Don't miss this richly detailed and complex meditation on art and identity by the author of Bright and Distant Shores.
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Thursday June 21
Join the Middleton Public Library and the Middleton Recreation Department at Parisi Park (2405 Park Street) for the International Day of Yoga Celebration! There will be a FREE yoga class from 1:30-2:15pm and then a FREE parent/child yoga class from 2:30-3pm. Don’t have a mat? That’s okay, bring a towel instead. Learn more about the benefits of yoga, or script your “act of kindness” or personal message of gratitude. There will be lots of books on yoga to borrow too. Don’t forget to bring your library card or get one at the celebration! No registration required. (Street parking only.) Visit the Middleton Recreation Department at www.ci.middleton.wi.us/176/Recreation-Programs for more information about this free event.
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Tuesday June 26
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 June 26
Jason Fletcher, a professor at UW-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs, Sociology, Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences, will discuss his new book, The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future Special Guest Doug Moe will introduce Jason and lead a Q&A session. Copies of Professor Fletcher's book will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Mystery to Me bookstore, and the evening will conclude with a book signing. "For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect."
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