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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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Thursday January 23
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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Sunday January 26
Part reading, part spice lesson, join author Caitlin PenzeyMoog for a tour of the spice trade. This talk focuses on pepper and cinnamon, with an emphasis on the different varieties, their histories from an ancient world through the middle ages, and common misconceptions about the spices, including how most cinnamon you use isn’t cinnamon at all. Grind long pepper in a mortar and pestle, see the tree bark that becomes cinnamon, and bring your questions about spices. Books will be available for purchase.
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Monday January 27
Join us at Grape Water Wine Bar (7466 Hubbard Ave) to discuss Susan Choi's novel "Trust Exercise." A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Please RSVP if you plan to join the discussion. In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarefied bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed―or untoyed with―by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls―until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true―though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place―revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence. As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.
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Tuesday January 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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Tuesday January 28
Learn about the 3 most common culprits of energy loss. Understand how air sealing and insulating need to work together to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home. Also discuss simple steps you can take to make proven, cost effective, energy upgrades to your home. Brendon Shoemaker is a Residential Energy Auditor at Project Home and has been with the agency since 2007. He is an expert in energy efficiency and is a certified BPI Building Analyst, lead safe renovator and asbestos inspector. Brendon has served as an instructor for Project Home’s energy class since 2012.
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Thursday January 30
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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Monday February 3
This free 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 February 6
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 February 6
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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Thursday February 6
3DS & Switch Club (all ages)Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm: February 6, March 5, April 2, and May 7Friends Community RoomBring your 3DS, Switch and games for the group to share!
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Thursday February 6
Topics you will learn about: State specific laws • Wisconsin is not next-of-kin for POAs • Gift tax scenarios • Probate vs. Non-probate • Elder financial abuse prevention • Naming beneficiaries properly • Passing along ownership of a 529/Education account
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Wednesday February 12
A class designed for those looking for a worry free retirement. Topics include:• The importance of having a written income plan • If the market corrects will you be okay? • Reducing taxes in retirement
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Wednesday February 12
In this class we will explore Virtual Reality technology by playing with a VR mask in different games like slicing fruit as a ninja, eagle flying over Paris, viewing the night sky constellations, or exploring the sunken Titanic on a submarine. Come have some fun!
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Thursday February 13
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 February 13
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 Jan 13th. Space is limited. Open to ages 16+.
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Sunday February 16
Chess Club (All ages)Sundays @ 1:30-3:30pm: February 16, March 15, 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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Tuesday February 18
NOMADLAND by JESSICA BRUDER -- What do you do when your mortgage is underwater, when a divorce or medical catastrophe depletes your savings, or when your anticipated retirement becomes financially impossible? A growing number of Americans address these crushing challenges by taking to the road, with an RV, van, or even a small car as their permanent home. Journalist Bruder joined these contemporary nomads, known as van-dwellers or "workampers." She closely follows Linda, in her mid-60s and traveling between jobs at an Amazon warehouse and a park campground. Linda and her growing "vanily" (van-dweller family) run the gamut of ages and backstories, though there is a preponderance of older people who are unable to retire and work physically strenuous, low-wage jobs to get by. Bruder touches on the deep social stigma of homelessness (van-dwellers fiercely reject that description), the surprisingly short history of the concept of retirement, the rarity of van-dwellers of color, and strategies for docking in plain sight in urban areas and finding a safe haven in rural areas (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 12, p92).
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Wednesday February 19
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday February 20
NOMADLAND by JESSICA BRUDER -- What do you do when your mortgage is underwater, when a divorce or medical catastrophe depletes your savings, or when your anticipated retirement becomes financially impossible? A growing number of Americans address these crushing challenges by taking to the road, with an RV, van, or even a small car as their permanent home. Journalist Bruder joined these contemporary nomads, known as van-dwellers or "workampers." She closely follows Linda, in her mid-60s and traveling between jobs at an Amazon warehouse and a park campground. Linda and her growing "vanily" (van-dweller family) run the gamut of ages and backstories, though there is a preponderance of older people who are unable to retire and work physically strenuous, low-wage jobs to get by. Bruder touches on the deep social stigma of homelessness (van-dwellers fiercely reject that description), the surprisingly short history of the concept of retirement, the rarity of van-dwellers of color, and strategies for docking in plain sight in urban areas and finding a safe haven in rural areas (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 12, p92).
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Thursday February 20
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 February 20
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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Sunday February 23
Learn more about the history of German WWII POWs in Wisconsin and the writing of "Margaret's War", the fascinating story of a small Midwestern town where German POWs have been brought in to work on farms. Bill, who lives in Mazomanie, is retired after 35 years as a columnist and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Milwaukee Journal, and the Stevens Point Daily Journal. This is his first novel.
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Tuesday February 25
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 February 27
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 February 27
We will cover the basic decisions of Estate planning as it relates to your retirement, investments, financial planning, and your desired legacy. The course is appropriate for everyone concerned with what will happen to their money once they are gone or die unexpectedly, or have family members with special needs. The importance of wills and trusts and how to avoid making common mistakes in relation to your money will be covered. Basics about wills, trusts, and living trusts are explored and resources for further information will be available. • Estate planning as it relates to your retirement • Investments, financial planning, and your desired legacy • What will happen to their money • Family members with special needs plans • Importance of wills and trusts and how to avoid making common mistakes • Resources for further information on wills & trusts
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Sunday March 1
Join us for a discussion of "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative". For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. In this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever. This event is part of a year-long series celebrating the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy's 25th Anniversary.
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Monday March 2
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 March 5
3DS & Switch Club (all ages)Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm: March 5, April 2, and May 7Friends Community RoomBring your 3DS, Switch and games for the group to share!
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Wednesday March 11
Millions of Americans own copyrights: artists, musicians, writers, teachers, architects, designers, choreographers, photographers, coders, jewelers, engineers, cartographers…even pantomimists! Copyright is an asset that requires special handling, in the estate. Attorney, author, and emcee of "Get Moving Middleton", Elizabeth Russell, will share information about how to avoid common errors in wills and trusts, so copyright assets pass as you intend. Estate planning professionals welcome and encouraged to attend! Beth Russell helps businesses protect their most important assets by providing thoughtful, thorough counsel in the fields of copyright, trademark and digital business law. She is the author of "Copyright Conversations: What Estate Planners Need to Know" (Ruly Press 2019) and also maintains a vibrant arts law practice.
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Wednesday March 11
We will be covering basic information on how to use your iPad. We will get to know your iPad, learn how to use the keyboard, manage apps, and settings. We will also take a look at Safari, Mail, Calendar and Messages. Bring your iPad to follow along!
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Thursday March 12
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.* Hollis is a performer in an itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy by the author of Marjorie Prime. The Renaissance is still in the future, and so is the concept of self-determination. So when Hollis stops a performance to wonder why Mrs. Noah would get on that ark, she throws her cast-mates into chaos. This thought-provoking and centuries-spanning play delights in the imaginations of theater-makers and theater-goers everywhere. And in a tale as inventive and hilarious as its characters, The Amateurs considers the purpose of art in a dark world.
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Sunday March 15
Chess Club (All ages)Sundays @ 1:30-3:30pm: March 15, 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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Tuesday March 17
THE HONEY BUS by MEREDITH MAY -- In her first book, journalist and fifth-generation beekeeper May, winner of the PEN America Literary Award for Journalism and short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize, writes of her childhood, learning about life and bees from her beekeeper grandfather. After her parents' divorce, five-year-old May, her younger brother, and her mother move from the east coast to her grandparents' house in California. Once there, her mother abdicates her parental responsibilities, refusing to get out of bed, believing life is treating her unfairly. May's grandmother enables her daughter and is critical of her grandchildren, seeing them only as an obligation. The one bright spot in this dysfunctional household is May's grandfather, a beekeeper who shares his love of his charges with the lonely May, who longs for a family. As she learns about bees and their lives, May comes to admire their cooperation, loyalty, hard work, and bravery, taking those lessons with her as she moves forward, attending college and becoming a writer (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 5, p143).
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Wednesday March 18
You’re invited to our sixth-annual free preview of this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival (April 2 – 9). Watch trailers from this year’s films, learn the ins and outs of the festival from festival organizers, and bring your questions about this year’s festival. Popcorn will be provided!
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Wednesday March 18
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday March 19
fifth-generation beekeeper May, winner of the PEN America Literary Award for Journalism and short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize, writes of her childhood, learning about life and bees from her beekeeper grandfather. After her parents' divorce, five-year-old May, her younger brother, and her mother move from the east coast to her grandparents' house in California. Once there, her mother abdicates her parental responsibilities, refusing to get out of bed, believing life is treating her unfairly. May's grandmother enables her daughter and is critical of her grandchildren, seeing them only as an obligation. The one bright spot in this dysfunctional household is May's grandfather, a beekeeper who shares his love of his charges with the lonely May, who longs for a family. As she learns about bees and their lives, May comes to admire their cooperation, loyalty, hard work, and bravery, taking those lessons with her as she moves forward, attending college and becoming a writer (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 5, p143).
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Thursday March 19
Topics you will learn about: State specific laws • Wisconsin is not next-of-kin for POAs • Gift tax scenarios • Probate vs. Non-probate • Elder financial abuse prevention • Naming beneficiaries properly • Passing along ownership of a 529/Education account
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Sunday March 22
Take a march through suffrage history. Explore the stories of leaders, tactics, losses, and victories as women worked for the right to vote. See how Wisconsin fit within the larger story of enfranchisement and analyze the conflict and complications that suffragists faced as they sought the right to vote. You'll also learn about what the movement failed to do -- like give African American women and Native American women the right to vote -- and we'll discuss how women have been involved in politics since the passage of the amendment. Presented by Simone Munson, a Special Collections Librarian with the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives.
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Monday March 23
Join us at Grape Water Wine Bar (7466 Hubbard Ave) to discuss Tara Westover's memoir "Educated." A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Please RSVP if you plan to join the discussion. An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
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Tuesday March 24
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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Wednesday March 25
During this two hour introductory workshop, you'll explore the craft of watercolor under the guidance of renowned local artist/instructor, Anne Urso. The evening will include demonstration as well as one-on-one assistance and you'll leave with a 5x7 painting. All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Registration will open on March 1, 2020.
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Thursday March 26
During this two hour introductory workshop, you'll explore the craft under the guidance of renowned local artist/instructor, Anne Urso. The evening will include demonstration as well as one-on-one assistance and you'll leave with a 5x7 painting. All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Registration will open on March 1, 2020.
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