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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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Wednesday August 21
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Saturday August 24
Visit the Middleton Public Library at the Good Neighbor Fest on Saturday, August 24! There will be free books for babies to adults and outdoor toys to enjoy! Learn more about the Next Chapter! Get a library card! The library will be located by the basketball court under the smaller pavilion at Fireman's Park. See you there, neighbors! The Good Neighbor Fest is located at Fireman's Park, 7400 Lee Street, adjacent to Middleton High School.
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Thursday August 29
30 minute Drop-In tech help! First Come, first serve. Topics could include: How to use a mouse, Help navigating the new LINKcat catalog, Using an e-mail/Facebook/Twitter or other social media account, Opening and attaching e-mail files, Accessing full-text magazine and newspaper articles on-line, Sprucing up your resume with templates and formatting, Applying for jobs online, Using Overdrive on your computer or mobile device, Using other library databases And more! Come downstairs to Study Room A!
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Thursday September 5
3DS & Switch Club (all ages)Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm: September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5[New Meeting Room across from Archer Room]Bring your 3DS, Switch and games for the group to share!
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Friday September 6
For the 4th year in a row, the Middleton Public Library will host live jazz as part of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium's Strollin Middleton event featuring live Jazz at multiple venues downtown. The library normally closes at 6:00 PM on Fridays, but will remain open for this special event. Watch this space for more details!
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Thursday September 12
Join us at the Free House Pub (1902 Parmenter St, Middleton) to discuss "Eileen: A Novel" by Ottessa Moshfegh. A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Please RSVP if you plan to join the discussion. Eileen was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize and chosen by David Sedaris as his recommended book for his Fall 2016 tour. The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman trapped between her role as her alcoholic father’s caretaker in a home whose squalor is the talk of the neighborhood and a day job as a secretary at the boys’ prison, filled with its own quotidian horrors. Consumed by resentment and self-loathing, Eileen tempers her dreary days with perverse fantasies and dreams of escaping to the big city. In the meantime, she fills her nights and weekends with shoplifting, stalking a buff prison guard named Randy, and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes. When the bright, beautiful, and cheery Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at Moorehead, Eileen is enchanted and proves unable to resist what appears at first to be a miraculously budding friendship. In a Hitchcockian twist, her affection for Rebecca ultimately pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings. Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England in the days leading up to Christmas, young Eileen’s story is told from the gimlet-eyed perspective of the now much older narrator. Creepy, mesmerizing, and sublimely funny, in the tradition of Shirley Jackson and early Vladimir Nabokov, this powerful debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature. (Amazon.com)
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Tuesday September 17
This class is a basic introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint, a program used to create slideshows and presentations. Topics include getting started, adding text and graphics, editing, and presenting your slideshow.
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Wednesday September 18
A year-long series of educational events for families, friends, and caregivers of those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Free and open to the public. No registration required. This month's topic, "Communication & emotion in late stage," will teach you how to communicate with someone in the late stages of Alzheimer's or dementia and to understand their emotions. If you need assistance or have questions about the programs, contact the Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin at 608-232-3400 or toll-free at 888-308-6251 or support@alzwisc.org For additional classes in this series, visit the ADAW's event calendar at http://www.alzwisc.org/Education%20calendar.htm
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Wednesday September 18
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday September 19
VIRGIL WANDER by LEIF ENGER. Virgil Wander , city clerk of Greenstone, a formerly industrious coastal Minnesota town that time forgot, has just survived a crash that sent his Pontiac screaming into snowy Lake Superior. After Virgil's accident, his apartment above the movie theater he owns and operates feels like someone else's home, and everyone he used to know—most of whom he remembers—wants to be sure he heard the rumor that he, in fact, died. In his convalescence, Virgil meets Rune, a Norwegian ostensibly arrived in Greenstone to teach its residents the joys of kite flying as he gathers information about his son, who just happens to be the town's most famously disappeared resident: a minor-league baseball phenom who took a solo flight in a Taylorcraft 10 years ago and never came back. Virgil's narration is a joy: he lost his adjectives in the crash, making for their gleeful insertion each time he remembers one. Enger (So Brave, Young, and Handsome, 2008) populates down-on-its-luck Greenstone with true characters—charming Virgil , his love interest, friends, and not-quite-friends, and even some wily wildlife—and gives them diverting plotlines aplenty, but the focus of his bright and breathing third novel feels mostly like life itself, in all its smallness and bigness, and what it means to live a good one (BOOKLIST).
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Thursday September 19
The latest in our continuing lecture series Scholar'd for Life, in which we invite great professors to share a lecture on their area of expertise! Ankur Desai, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies at UW-Madison, presents a lecture entitled "Are We All Doomed? An Optimist's Guide to How Research and Policy Can Reduce the Harmful Effects of Climate Change, Protect Wisconsin's Landscapes, and Grow the Economy." Ankur Desai is Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW–Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Sustainability and Global Environment (SAGE), the Freshwater and Marine Science Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, and the College of Engineering. He studies how ecosystems respond to climate variability and how the climate responds to ecological patterns and processes. 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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Tuesday October 1
Adults can have fun with technology too! We will be playing with Mindstorm Lego Labs to build robots, and then control them with commands from laptops. All abilities are welcome, no need to be a tech whiz!
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Wednesday October 2
The Middleton Public Library is thrilled to bring the Manhattan Short Film Festival to Middleton for the first time ever! All film lovers are invited to this screening of nine short films from around the world, all of which have been selected as finalists by the festival. Audience members will have an opportunity to vote for Best Picture and Best Actor, with the results being tabulated at all venues and announced after the festival ends on Monday, October 7th. Popcorn will be provided. Established in 1998, the Manhattan Short receives over 1600 short film entries from 75 countries a year. Nine to ten of the entries are selected as finalists, and are packaged and distributed to participating venues across the globe. For one week, over 100,000 film lovers will gather in over 300 cinemas, universities, museums, and libraries to view and vote on the films. The film with the most votes will be declared the winner of the 2018 festival. With past finalists going on to be nominated and win Oscars in the short film category, Manhattan Short is a collection of some of the best short films currently screening in the world. www.manhattanshort.com
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Thursday October 3
Huma Siddiqui returns to the library for another live demo of Pakistani cooking. On the menu will be Karahi Chicken - chicken cooked with tomatoes, onions, red and green peppers, garlic and spices. This dish is served with Basmati rice with turmeric and green peas and Raita - yogurt sauce with cilantro, English cucumber and whole cumin. Space and supplies are limited, so registration is required for this event. Register online using the link above or email info@midlibrary.org Huma Siddiqui is a mother, accountant, entrepreneur, author, cooking instructor, and former host of ‘White Jasmine Everyday Cooking’ a weekly cooking show on TVW- Ch 14 in Madison, WI. Huma has a passion for cooking great food and bringing family and friends together. She is the author of ‘Jasmine in Her Hair: Culture and Cuisine from Pakistan’ and the president and founder of White Jasmine, a family business based in Mount Horeb that offers gourmet Pakistani-Indian spice blends. For recipes and more, visit www.whitejasmine.com.
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Thursday October 3
3DS & Switch Club (all ages)Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm: October 3, November 7, December 5[New Meeting Room across from Archer Room]Bring your 3DS, Switch and games for the group to share!
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Wednesday October 9
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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Wednesday October 9
This class is designed to accomplish the goal shared by 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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Thursday October 10
The final lecture of 2019 in our Scholar'd for Life lecture series. Just over 500 years have passed since Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation at the Wittenburg Castle church. Join Professor of History Lee Palmer Wandell as she presents a lecture entitled "Human Hands and Divine Revelation: The Reformation and Matter." In challenging the medieval Mass, sixteenth-century reformers called into question the relationship of matter, and particularly the things made by humankind, to divine revelation. That changed not only the place of painting and sculpture in worship, but understandings of the human hand and of matter itself. Lee Palmer Wandell is the WARF Michael Baxandall and Linda and Stanley Sher Professor of History at UW-Madison. She specializes in studying the ways Christianity has shaped our understanding of persons, time, things, and space, perusing that question in European history. Professor Wandel was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, one of the highest honors for a professor at UW–Madison. She has been with UW–Madison since 1998, previously teaching at Yale and Stanford. 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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Tuesday October 15
Bathrooms can be tricky projects to tackle, but some general knowledge can go a long way. Join us for this class as our Certified Remodeler and Universal Design Certified Professional Bob Weirough will give you the basics for some of the most common bathroom upgrades and repairs (flooring, faucets and shower installs). The right products and tools are very important to the success and longevity of any bathroom project. Bob Weirough is the Home Repair Coordinator at Project Home and has been a professional in the construction industry for more than 20 years. He has expertise in commercial/industrial, health care facility, new home construction and remodeling. Bob is qualified as a lead risk assessor, lead safe renovator, asbestos inspector and asbestos abatement supervisor. He holds a Uniform dwelling code contractor certification, a UDC construction inspector certification, is a Universal Design Certified Professional (NARI) and Certified Remodeler (NARI). He attended UW-Stout for business with a concentration in construction and served 8 years in the Air National Guard where he specialized in civil engineering and achieved a master level certification in carpentry and vertical construction.
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Wednesday October 16
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday October 17
2019 GO BIG READ : THE POISON SQUAD by DEBORAH BLUM. America’s nauseating industrial food supply of yesteryear sparks political turmoil in this engrossing study of a pure-foods pioneer. Pulitzer-winning science journalist and Undark magazine publisher Blum (The Poisoner’s Handbook) looks back to the end of the 19th century, when unregulated manufacturers routinely added noxious substances to the nation’s foodstuffs: cakes were colored with lead and arsenic; milk was preserved with formaldehyde; brown sugar was padded out with ground-up insects; processed meats contained every variety of flesh and filth. Blum centers the book on Harvey Wiley, crusading head of the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Chemistry, who fed a “poison squad” of human volunteers common food adulterants like borax to see if they got sick—and they usually did; his reports helped pass the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. Blum’s well-informed narrative—complete with intricate battles between industry lobbyists and a coalition of scientists, food activists, and women’s groups—illuminates the birth of the modern regulatory state and its tangle of reformist zeal, policy dog-fights, and occasional overreach (Wiley wanted to restrict the artificial sweetener saccharin, which nowadays is considered safe, and wasted much time trying to get corn syrup relabeled as glucose). The result is a stomach churner and a page-turner (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY).
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Thursday October 17
Bill C. Malone, Professor Emeritus at Tulane University and a renowned historian of country music, presents a lecture on the history of a distinctly American art form: Bluegrass. His book, Country Music USA, is considered the definitive history of the genre, and is one of the source materials for the upcoming documentary about country music by Ken Burns in which Bill is a featured expert. This program is made possible by a grant from Beyond the Page, an endowment funding humanities programs at Dane County public libraries. More information at beyondthepage.info.
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Thursday October 24

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Tuesday October 29
Join us as we continue our month of new technology by working with Sphero robots, spheres that move around the room. We will be using iPads to communicate to the Spheros. All tech abilities welcome!
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