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Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org

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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Thursday April 2
If you’re not getting real results from your garden then gardening isn’t as rewarding of a pastime as it could be. Although trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she’s made in her (and others’) gardens so you can avoid them in your own and have lots more fun and success each season. Megan is the founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club and author of the books, "Super Easy Food Preserving" and "Smart Start Garden Planner". Her popular blog was nominated by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016.
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Monday April 6
This class is accessible to all levels, connecting the breath and body through the movement of yoga postures. Registration is required: space is limited.
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Wednesday April 8
This class is a basic introduction to making photo slideshows. We will look at different programs, as well as make some together. After the main presentation, there will be time for open work time, bring your laptops and picture files to work on your projects or start one.
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Saturday April 11
Local Author Showcase (All ages)Saturday, April 11, 2-3pmMeet local authors, learn about their books, ask about the publishing process - all in a casual environment. Authors will have copies of their books for sale.
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Tuesday April 14
THE LIBRARY BOOK by SUSAN ORLEAN -- New Yorker staff writer Orlean (Rin Tin Tin) doubles as an investigative reporter and an institutional historian in this sprawling account of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Central Public Library . On April 29, 1986, just before 11 a.m., a fire broke out in the stacks of the main branch and burned for seven hours, destroying 400,000 books and damaging hundreds of thousands more. Harry Peak, the man police believed started the fire, was arrested but never charged. Orlean ’s investigation into the fire—Was it arson? Why would Peak, a struggling actor and frequent patron of the library , want to burn it down?—leads her down the library ’s aisles of history, as she seeks out books on the flawed science of arson forensics along with titles from California serial killer Richard Ramirez’s reading list to better understand the minds of psychopaths. Along the way, she introduces readers to California Public Library system staffers, among them Arin Kasparian, on the circulation desk; Kren Malone, director of the main branch; and Glen Creason, a senior librarian whose tenure spans “the fire the AIDS crisis, which killed 11 librarians.” Midway through, Orlean reveals her own motivation for her return to long-form journalism: her mother’s dementia has made her acutely aware of how memories are doomed to be forgotten unless they’re recorded (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 28).
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Wednesday April 15
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday April 16
THE LIBRARY BOOK by SUSAN ORLEAN -- New Yorker staff writer Orlean (Rin Tin Tin) doubles as an investigative reporter and an institutional historian in this sprawling account of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Central Public Library . On April 29, 1986, just before 11 a.m., a fire broke out in the stacks of the main branch and burned for seven hours, destroying 400,000 books and damaging hundreds of thousands more. Harry Peak, the man police believed started the fire, was arrested but never charged. Orlean ’s investigation into the fire—Was it arson? Why would Peak, a struggling actor and frequent patron of the library , want to burn it down?—leads her down the library ’s aisles of history, as she seeks out books on the flawed science of arson forensics along with titles from California serial killer Richard Ramirez’s reading list to better understand the minds of psychopaths. Along the way, she introduces readers to California Public Library system staffers, among them Arin Kasparian, on the circulation desk; Kren Malone, director of the main branch; and Glen Creason, a senior librarian whose tenure spans “the fire the AIDS crisis, which killed 11 librarians.” Midway through, Orlean reveals her own motivation for her return to long-form journalism: her mother’s dementia has made her acutely aware of how memories are doomed to be forgotten unless they’re recorded (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 28).
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Thursday April 16
Understanding memory loss, cognitive impairment and dementias, what to do if concerned, and resources and support available. 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. 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
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Thursday April 16
Give old craft supply clutter a new life at our Stash Swap! Bring donations of unused materials and incomplete projects to this event, and exchange them for new-to-you supplies and renewed inspiration. Make a bonus mini-craft when you're done swapping.
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Sunday April 19
Chess Club (All ages)Sundays @ 1:30-3:30pm: April 19, May 10Chess lessons will begin at 1:30pm followed by open play.All ages and skill levels are welcome.
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Wednesday April 22
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 and there will be no products marketed or sold.
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Thursday April 23
In September 2018, Annie Weiss set out to do the unthinkable: run the entire 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail, and run it faster than anyone had before. See You at the Terminus is the story of her record-breaking achievement as told through the eyes of her husband, who was there every step of the way. Brian and Annie will discuss the planning as well as the run itself, relaying the highs and lows that come with running more than 50 miles per day for 21 days in a row. Whether you’re an avid runner or someone that doesn’t run at all, the story of planning, perseverance, and execution coming together to achieve a big goal will inspire you!
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Sunday April 26
This workshop combines the essence of nature writing and an emerging new appreciation for the natural resources that surround us in the city. Presented by Troy Hess, founder of On The Yahara Writing Center. This event is part of a year-long series celebrating the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy's 25th Anniversary.
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Tuesday April 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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Thursday April 30
Join us for an evening of folk music with Karavay! Karavay refers to a round loaf of bread to be shared among friends and family and can be also used as welcome bread for special celebrations. Enjoy folk songs from around the world played on classical instruments (guitar, accordion, viola), as well as traditional folk instruments, such as a balalaika, tamburitza, and ukulele.
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Sunday May 3
Celebrate the moms in your life with Four Seasons Theatre! Local performers (and moms themselves) perform Broadway songs about motherhood—some familiar favorites, and new favorites to discover, too.Interspersed with these songs are 100-word dispatches from mothers that share the joys, frustrations, sorrows, and laughter of a mom’s life. Stay after the program to share in a talk-back with performers. 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 www.beyondthepage.info.
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Monday May 4
This class is accessible to all levels, connecting the breath and body through the movement of yoga postures. Registration is required: space is limited.
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Thursday May 7
3DS & Switch Club (all ages)Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm: May 7Friends Community RoomBring your 3DS, Switch and games for the group to share!
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Friday May 8
A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory. It also creates a baseline so future changes can be monitored. Specialists from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will provide these free 15-minute memory screenings and will have information about memory, memory clinics, brain health and local resources that are available. Sign up in advance by calling the library's reference desk at 608-827-7403. Screenings will be held in study room C on the library's lower level.
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Sunday May 10
Chess Club (All ages)Sundays @ 1:30-3:30pm: May 10Chess lessons will begin at 1:30pm followed by open play.All ages and skill levels are welcome.
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Monday May 11
Join us at Grape Water Wine Bar (7466 Hubbard Ave) to discuss Ocean Vuong's book "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous." A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Please RSVP if you plan to join the discussion. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
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Thursday May 14
The latest in our ongoing lecture series, Scholar'd for Life! Join us as we welcome Professor Morton Ann Gernsbacher to present a lecture entitled "Psychological Effects of the Internet." Google the question, “How is the internet changing the way we think?,” and you will find no shortage of opinions — or fears. In this talk, UW-Madison Vilas Professor Morton Ann Gernsbacher will present empirical evidence of several ways the Internet is positively affecting fundamental psychological processes (communication, education, socializing, development, and aging). Morton Ann Gernsbacher is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychologists, the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 3, and 6), the American Psychological Society, and the American Educational Research Association. She has received a Research Career Development Award and a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, a Fulbright Research Scholar Award, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Dallas, a James McKeen Cattell Foundation Fellowship, the George A. Miller Award, a Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, and a Professional Opportunities for Women Award from the National Science Foundation.
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Tuesday May 19
THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA by J. RYAN STRADAL -- Edith Magnusson never thought she’d be figuring out how to translate the flavors of her award-winning pies into beer, but she’s had plenty of practice being adaptable. Ever since her father left the family farm to her sister, Helen, Edith has learned to make do on her own. She and her husband raised their children comfortably, but not extravagantly, and no job was ever too small for Edith. When her granddaughter, Diana, turns a severance package into ownership of a fledgling craft brewery, she’s surprised to find that brewing is in the family bloodline. A chance to mend decades-old resentment resurfaces, and Edith, Helen, and Diana have to decide how to best navigate the tricky waters of reconciliation (Booklist, vol 115, number 19, p35).
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Wednesday May 20
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday May 21
THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA by J. RYAN STRADAL -- Edith Magnusson never thought she’d be figuring out how to translate the flavors of her award-winning pies into beer, but she’s had plenty of practice being adaptable. Ever since her father left the family farm to her sister, Helen, Edith has learned to make do on her own. She and her husband raised their children comfortably, but not extravagantly, and no job was ever too small for Edith. When her granddaughter, Diana, turns a severance package into ownership of a fledgling craft brewery, she’s surprised to find that brewing is in the family bloodline. A chance to mend decades-old resentment resurfaces, and Edith, Helen, and Diana have to decide how to best navigate the tricky waters of reconciliation (Booklist, vol 115, number 19, p35).
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Tuesday May 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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Saturday May 30
Our 9th annual event! Registration opens Friday, May 1st, at 9:00 AM. You must call the reference desk directly at 608-827-7403 to reserve an appraisal spot. Mark Moran, a former senior editor of antiques and collectibles books for Krause Publications, will examine and appraise one item each for 40 registered participants. Average appraisal time will be 4 minutes per item; non participants are welcome to attend and enjoy the action. Mark has over 30 years of experience buying and selling antiques, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including the annual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, now in its 51st edition. Categories of objects for appraisal may include: • Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary. • Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best). • Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware. • Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items. • Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. • Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects. • Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art. • Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks. • Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate. • Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural. • Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings. • Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments. • Books • Sports Memorabilia Excluded items: All weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies. Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted in advance to determine if they are appropriate.
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