Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
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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 December 18
This course, designed for intermediate users, goes beyond the basics to help you get more utility and efficiency out of your Excel use. Participants will explore advanced formulas and multiple spreadsheets, and will learn to create visual representations of data by using charts and graphs.
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Wednesday December 19
Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday December 20

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Thursday January 3
Share Nintendo Switch games and tips/tricks! We're meeting in the Archer Rooms this evening to show a few things on the big screen.
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Tuesday January 15
Join us for another installment of Forward Theater's Play Club, an interactive discussion that's like a book club, but for plays! Staff from Forward Theater will lead the discussion and professional actors will act out scenes from the play. Refreshments will be provided. Pick up a copy of the play at the lower-level reference desk This time, we're discussing Simon Stephens' Heisenberg, a two-character play about the consequences of a chance encounter between a reserved older gentleman originally from Ireland and a rowdy middle-aged American woman living in London who slingshots herself into his life. Forward Theater will present Heisenberg in its Wisconsin premier running January 17 - February 3. Registration is required for this discussion: online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org. Or register in person at the lower level reference desk when you pick up a copy of the play. About Heisenberg: A chance encounter between Georgie (flirtatious, mysterious) and Alex (a much older man) starts with a kiss that changes both of their lives. What does Georgie want? And can she be trusted? These two strangers, set adrift by life and loss, embark upon a fascinating game of cat and mouse that changes course with each new revelation. There are many possible lives we can live – but each choice we make alters the journey. “On its surface, [Heisenberg] is a satisfyingly sentimental, life-affirming mating dance between two people who are so utterly dissimilar that of course they are made for each other. But if you choose to tune into the quieter frequencies, you’ll detect the presence of a probing work that considers the multiplicity of alternatives that could shape our lives at every moment.”- The New York Times
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Wednesday January 16
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday January 17
BEARTOWN by FREDRIK BACKMAN. In Beartown , where the people are as "tough as the forest, as hard as the ice," the star player on the beloved hockey team is accused of rape, and the town turns upon itself.Swedish novelist Backman's (A Man Called Ove, 2014, etc.) story quickly becomes a rich exploration of the culture of hockey, a sport whose acolytes see it as a violent liturgy on ice. Beartown explodes after rape charges are brought against the talented Kevin, son of privilege and influence, who's nearly untouchable because of his transcendent talent. The victim is Maya, the teenage daughter of the hockey club's much-admired general manager, Peter, another Beartown golden boy, a hockey star who made it to the NHL. Peter was lured home to bring winning hockey back to Beartown . Now, after years of despair, the local club is on the cusp of a championship, but not without Kevin (Kirkus).
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Tuesday January 22
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 January 24
Join Matt Geiger, Managing Editor of the Middleton Times-Tribune, as he discusses and reads from his latest collection of humorous essays, Astonishing Tales Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event and the evening will conclude with a book signing. From the publisher: "In his new collection of stories, acclaimed author and humorist Matt Geiger seeks to “de-familiarize” us from the world, from the smallest detail to the most cosmic mythology, in order to see it all as if for the first time. Turning his “philosopher’s vision” to his own abundant Neanderthal DNA, parenting, competitive ax throwing, old age, and much more, he sets out in search of comic profundity. With a nod to the limits of human knowledge and understanding, particularly his own, he draws from the wisdom of an 83-year-old pin-up legend, Anton Chekhov, Santa Claus, modern boxers, Medieval monks, and of course small children. Blending whimsy and gravitas, he unveils beauty, joy, and happiness in a seemingly broken world." Matt Geiger’s debut book, The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves & Other Stories was published in 2016. It won First Prize in the Midwest Book Awards and was named as a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the American Book Fest. He is also the winner of numerous journalism awards for his writing in the Middleton Times-Tribune. He lives in Mount Horeb with his wife, daughter, ten animals, and several metaphysical questions.
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Wednesday January 30
Part of the Library's Moneysmart Middleton series. More details to come! Presented by UW-Whitewater Assistant Professors of Finance, Mohammad Jafarinejad and Bakhtear Talukdar. Dr. Bakhtear Talukdar is an Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He teaches courses related to Business Finance, Corporate Finance, Business Valuation, and Security Analysis. His research interests are in the areas of Corporate Governance, Behavioral Finance, International Corporate Finance, Stock Market Volatility, and Implied Volatility (VIX). His research has been published in the peer reviewed journals including the Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Finance and Accountancy, International Journal of Finance, and International Review of Economics & Finance. Dr. Mohammad Jafarinejad is an Assistant Professor of Finance at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in IT Engineering, Mohammad moved to the U.S. to pursue his Master’s, and eventually his Ph.D. in Finance. Mohammad currently teaches undergraduate and graduate course related to Financial Management, Investments and Banking. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals, including International Review of Financial Analysis, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.
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Thursday January 31
Join us at The Free House Pub (1902 Parmenter St, Middleton) to discuss George Saunders' award-winning novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo." All adults are welcome! A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Registration for this event is appreciated. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? (Amazon.com)
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