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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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Join us as we learn to do basic editing of photos on this free website resource. Features on Pixlr Editor rival those of other photoshop software. Learn to change photo colors, edit blemishes, edit out objects, and more.
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Wednesday February 20
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday February 21
JANESVILLE:AN AMERICAN STORY by AMY GOLDSTEIN. A Midwestern town struggles to survive in the aftermath of an economic disaster.Based on three years of probing interviews, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Goldstein makes her literary debut with an engrossing investigation of Janesville , Wisconsin, where General Motors, the town's major employer, closed its plant in 2008. Like Barbara Ehrenreich and George Packer, Goldstein reveals the shattering consequences of the plant's closing through an evenhanded portrayal of workers, educators, business and community leaders, and politicians—notably, Paul Ryan, a Janesville native who swept into town periodically. Like other politicians, Ryan made promises that proved empty. In 2012, Janesville voters chose Barack Obama over their native son. In 2016, when Wisconsin broke with its Democratic tradition and voted Republican, 52 percent of voters in Janesville 's county supported Hillary Clinton. Janesville exemplifies the plight of many cities after sustaining industry leaves. Unemployment rose to 13 percent, and many former GM workers opted for federally subsidized job training. Yet such training, Goldstein discovered, rarely leads to solid employment (Kirkus).
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Thursday February 21
Chances are, you’ve had one – more than one. They can be inspiring, terrifying, tedious, nauseating, and profound. Jobs. Jobs put food on our tables, roofs over our heads, and (sometimes) anxiety in our hearts. The Someone's Gotta Do It monologues introduce you to characters telling their work stories: the exhilarating, the necessary, and the outlandishly absurd. Written exclusively for and performed as part of Forward Theater Company's Someone's Gotta Do It Monologue Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Registration is appreciated for this special performance. Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org Monologues scheduled to be performed: - Talk to Me Maybe, by Kimberly Megna Yarnall: Did you ever wonder who’s on the other end of a political polling call? Performed by Whitney Derendinger. - The Line, by Sandra Dietrick: A long-time employee explains life in a meat processing plant to a new co-worker. Performed by Liz Angle. - Bitter Blind, by Karen Moeller: The mostly true story of a taste tester. Performed by Karen Moeller. - The Guard (The One Who Dies), by Jamie Custer: Learn the backstory of the guard who dies in every action film. Performed by Edric Johnson. - Say No to the Dress, by Amanda Schumacher: A wedding gown consultant shows a new employee the white satin ropes. Performed by Deborah Hearst.
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Tuesday February 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 February 26
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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Tuesday February 26
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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Wednesday February 27
Part of the Library's Moneysmart Middleton series. Like it or not, your credit score is an essential element of your financial life. Whether you want to borrow money, rent an apartment or open an account, you need to show your ability to pay your bills on time. A poor credit score can increase your monthly payments, which translates to a significant amount of money over the life of a loan. In this session, you will learn how to build, repair, and protect the most important element of your financial life, your credit score. 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: Journal of Behavioral Finance, Global Finance Journal, International Review of Financial Analysis, and Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.
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Thursday February 28
Turn in your completed reading log at the reference desk on the lower level by the time the Library closes today (9:00 PM) to be eligible for our prize drawing!
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Thursday February 28

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Thursday February 28
Learn the basics of woodcarving from the Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin. Attendees will create a snowman or Bucky Badger figurine. All supplies provided. For ages 18+. Registration for this event opens 1/28/19.
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Saturday March 2
Join Forward Theater for a reading of Anton Chechkov's Uncle Vanya. In preparation for the upcoming Forward Theater production of Life Sucks, Aaron Posner's bold new re-working of Vanya, actors from Forward will perform a dramatic reading of the the four act play. Please note that this is a dramatic reading and not a fully-staged performance. Uncle Vanya is a four act play written in 1898 by Russian playwright and master of the short story, Anton Chekhov. It tells the story of Uncle Vanya, Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky, who for years has managed the estate of his brother-in-law, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Serebryakov, a retired professor. Vanya has given up his own dreams and ambitions to provide support for Serebryakov, who he thinks is a great scholar. When be finally realizes that the old professor is something of a fraud, Vanya feels cheated. His rancor against Serebryakov is increased by his love for the professor's young second wife, Elena Andreyevna--a love that is not returned. The final straw comes when Serebryakov announces his plans to sell the estate that Vanya has labored for years to make profitable. Registration is appreciated for this event. Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org. And don't miss our 'Play Club' discussion of Aaron Posner's Life Sucks here at the library on March 14th, at 6:30 PM!
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Tuesday March 5
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between news that's well researched and news that's false or misleading on the internet. In this presentation you'll learn techniques for evaluating the credibility of news stories online and learn the importance of getting information from multiple reliable sources.
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Wednesday March 6
Huma Siddiqui returns to the library for another live cooking demo! This time, she'll explore the world of Pakistani seafood cooking. The menu this evening includes a fish stew made with fresh cod cooked with tomatoes, red peppers, green onions, cilantro, red onion, White Jasmine sajji masala and coconut milk, with a side of crusty bread and a tomato cucumber salad. 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 March 7

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Wednesday March 13
You’re invited to our fifth-annual free preview of this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival (April 4 – 11). 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, drinks, and movie concessions will be provided. Registration is appreciated for this event: Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org.
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Thursday March 14
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 Life Sucks by Madison native Aaron Posner, a bold and funny reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in which a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies lurch between love and lust, laughter and longing, and the many ways in which life does, and doesn't, well, suck. Forward Theater will present Life Sucks in its Wisconsin premier running March 28 - April 14, 2019. 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.
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Tuesday March 19
Join us as we explore and learn how to use the Consumer Reports database. Use it to compare products such a washing machines, dryers, fans, cars, and much more
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Wednesday March 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. In this session we'll discuss the critical decisions often faced at the end of life and ways to communicate and stay connected in the later stages of the disease. 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 March 20
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday March 21
AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by TAYARI JONES. Married for just over a year, Roy and Celestial are still navigating their new dynamic as husband and wife. Then their lives are forever altered when they travel to Roy’s small Louisiana hometown for a visit, and Roy is falsely accused of a harrowing crime and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The strain on their relationship is intense during Roy’s incarceration, especially once Celestial’s career takes off while he struggles with loss and feelings of abandonment. Nearly halfway through Roy’s sentence, his conviction is vacated. In the aftermath of his unexpected release, the couple must confront difficult questions about the choices they’ve made as well as the expectations of others. For Celestial, it means reconciling the relationship with her husband with that of a longtime friend turned lover. Roy, on the other hand, faces the complexities of a life he no longer recognizes (Booklist).
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Thursday March 21
The first lecture of 2019 in our popular 'Scholar'd for Life' series! Professor Emeritus Jim Leary presents a multi-media lecture on the vibrant yet largely neglected folk/ethnic/roots music of diverse peoples in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest and what that tradition tells us about the American experience. Join Leary for an evening enlivened by sounds and images from his recent Grammy-nominated productions: Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest (2015) and Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924 (2018). Copies of his latest book, Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946 will be available for purchase and the evening will conclude with a book signing. From UW Press, publisher of Folksongs of Another America: "Challenging and considerably broadening popular and scholarly definitions of American folk music, Folksongs of Another America recovers the diverse, multilingual traditions of immigrant, Native American, rural, and working-class performers in America's Upper Midwest during the 1930s and 1940s. The book extensively documents 187 tunes and songs in more than twenty-five languages, with full original lyrics and English translations, biographical notes on the performers and field workers, and many historic photographs. Spanning ballads, hymns, laments, versified taunts, political anthems, street cries, and recitations, these performances were captured during a transformative era in American history and culture." Jim Leary is a public folklorist who was born and raised in Rice Lake in northwestern Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. in English Literature, Notre Dame (1972); an M.A. in Folklore, University of North Carolina (1973); and a Ph.D. in Folklore and American Studies, Indiana University (1977). Since the early 1970s his research has focused on the traditional songs, stories, customary practices, and handwork of indigenous and immigrant peoples and their mostly rural and working class descendants in America's Upper Midwest, resulting in numerous museum exhibits, folklife festivals, public radio programs, documentary sound recordings, films, essays, and books. Leary is a faculty member in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies and in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. He is also affiliated with the Celtic Studies Program, the Labor and Working Class Studies Project, and the joint UW-Madison/UW-Milwaukee Building, Landscapes and Cultures Program. Director of UW's Folklore Program from 1999-2009, Leary co-founded and currently directs the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, a populist public humanities center devoted to research, the development of archival collections, and public programs regarding the languages and folklore of the region's diverse peoples. 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 March 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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Thursday March 28
Join us at The Free House Pub (1902 Parmenter St, Middleton) to discuss Mary Karr's memoir, "The Liar's Club." All adults are welcome to join the discussion! A limited number of copies will be available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Registration for this event is appreciated. The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger’s—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at age twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. This unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) today as it ever was. (Amazon.com)
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