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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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TODAY
DOPESICK: DEALERS, DOCTORS, AND THE DRUG COMPANY THAT ADDICTED AMERICA by BETH MACY. Journalist Macy (Truevine) takes a hard and heartbreaking look at the cradle of the opioid addiction crisis, the Appalachian region of Virginia and nearby states. She places the responsibility for the epidemic squarely on Purdue Frederick, makers of OxyContin, and its sales division, Purdue Pharma, which engaged in near-predatory marketing practices to sell a drug that has wreaked havoc on the lives of 2.6 million Americans who are currently addicted, with more than 100 dying per day from opioid overdoses.In the first of three sections, she addresses “big pharma” in telling detail, outlining how the overprescribing of pain medication in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms created a market demand that was then met by illegal drug peddlers on the streets. Section two follows the spiral of addiction as users of prescription pills no longer able to afford their habit turn to heroin, a cheaper and more lethal solution to feed their fix. In the last section, the author changes the focus to what has become an addiction treatment industry. Macy potently mixes statistics and hard data with tragic stories of individual sufferers, as well as those who love and attempt to treat them. One addict, Tess Henry, was just 26 when she was first interviewed by Macy and, despite multiple attempts at rehab so that she could raise her infant son, she was dead within three years. Macy’s forceful and comprehensive overview makes clear the scale and complexity of America’s opioid crisis (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY).
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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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TODAY
Pokemon Go Walking Club (All ages)Thursdays, 2-3pmJune 13 – Aug 1 [no meeting July 4]Do you know how many Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms are located in downtown Middleton? Loads! Join Ms. Lori as we walk around Middleton catching Pokemon, spinning Stops, and battling in Gyms. We’ll meet in front of the library. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must use his or her own device. Registration and signed waiver are required. Adults & Teens Welcome!
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TONIGHT
The latest in our ongoing lecture series, Scholar'd for Life! Join us as we welcome historian Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor of Afro-American studies at UW-Madison, to present a lecture entitled "Why History Matters: The Creation of the Black/White Binary in the United States." Why does race matter? Why is there such tension, division and disparities among racial groups in the United States of America, especially among white and black Americans? How and why did blackness and slavery become synonymous? How and why did a nation founded upon liberty and freedom perpetuate human bondage? What are the legacies of race-based slavery in America? These are a few of the questions explored in this lecture Christy Clark-Pujara is a historian whose research focuses on the experiences of black people in French and British North America in the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. She is particularly interested in retrieving the hidden and unexplored histories of African Americans in areas that historians have not sufficiently examined—-small towns and cities in the North and Midwest. She contends that the full dimensions of the African American and American experience cannot be appreciated without reference to how black people managed their lives in places where they were few. Her first book Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island examines how the business of slavery—economic activity that was directly related to the maintenance of slave holding in the Americas, specifically the buying and selling of people, food, and goods—shaped the experience of slavery, the process of emancipation, and the realities of black freedom in Rhode Island from the colonial period through the American Civil War. Her current book project, From Slavery to Suffrage: Black on the Wisconsin Frontier, 1740 to 1866, will examine how the practice of race-based slavery, black settlement, and debates over abolition and black rights shaped white-black race relations in the Midwest. 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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Friday June 21
Join the Middleton Public Library at Park & Rec's second annual International Day of Yoga event at Parisi Park! The International Day of Yoga event aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. There will be a free yoga class for kids at 11am followed by art projects and kindness activities. From 11:30-1pm, the Middleton Public Library will be at the event and will have a variety of books about yoga to borrow. Don't forget your library card or get one at the event! Parisi Park is located at 2405 Park Street. 10am Mindful walk (through Parisi and on the PBC trail). Followed by a guided meditation in the park. 11am Kids yoga class with Valerie Koschnick 11:30am-1pm Art projects, kindness activities and the Middleton Public Library Outreach. 1pm ACCESSIBLE FLOW YOGA (BREATH, FLOW & HEAL) Facilitated by the Middleton Recreation Yoga Instructors. This class is designed specifically for students who want or need a gentler style class. Yoga postures can be done in many ways making it a yoga class for ALL levels of physical ability. This class is appropriate for those with chronic health issues, those with limited range of motion or those who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor, or for those who truly want to customize a unique practice in the body you have today. All bodies should have access to the practices of yoga, personal empowerment and spiritual connection. 2pm “Ask an Asana” Q&A about yoga and yoga poses for a 1/2 hour. This event is FREE. We just ask you to bring your own mat. Don’t have a mat? That’s okay, bring a towel instead. (We would also suggest bringing your picnic lunch.) Interested in getting involved in the International Day of Yoga Celebration? Contact the Recreation Division at middletonrec@ci.middleton.wi.us
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Sunday June 23
Join the Middleton Public Library at the Bock Community Garden (5606 Highland Way in Middleton) on Sunday, June 23 from 6-7pm for their Summer Learning Series! These classes are FREE and open to the public. ORGANIC WEED & PEST CONTROL (teens & adults)Growing healthy organic produce can prove to be a difficult task! In this class, Educational Coordinator, Kathleen, will go over efficiently managing common weeds and pests we find in the Bock Community Garden. Bring your questions and your own knowledge of organic gardening as we discuss how to overcome these challenges. This class is designed for adult and teen gardeners of all skill levels and welcomes members and non-members. The library will bring a variety of books on gardening, pollinators, flowers, vegetables, etc., so don't forget to bring your library card! The Bock Community Garden is located at 5606 Highland Way in Middleton. PLEASE NOTE: The Bock Community Garden is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, however trails within garden are unpaved. Bike rack available at one of the garden entrances. Dogs are not permitted. Parental supervision of children is required at all times. No bathroom facilities on site. Street parking only. Event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
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Tuesday June 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 June 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 June 27
Pokemon Go Walking Club (All ages)Thursdays, 2-3pmJune 13 – Aug 1 [no meeting July 4]Do you know how many Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms are located in downtown Middleton? Loads! Join Ms. Lori as we walk around Middleton catching Pokemon, spinning Stops, and battling in Gyms. We’ll meet in front of the library. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must use his or her own device. Registration and signed waiver are required. Adults & Teens Welcome!
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Thursday June 27
Come join Stampin’ UP! demonstrator Jamie Statz-Paynter in her first ever Smorgasbord Sentiment Card Class. During this class, attendees will use the provided supplies to create 4 different cards using any of the following sentiments: Congratulations, Get Well, Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, Love, Sympathy, Thank You, or Thinking of You. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration begins May 28th. Walk-ins on the day of the event are accepted only if space is available.
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Tuesday July 2
Read your favorite magazines on your tablet for free by using your library card! We have two databases available to Middleton Public Library cardholders. We will look at both and learn how to use them and search for your favorites. Bring your tablets to the class to follow along as we learn about RB Digital and Flipster.
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Thursday July 11
Pokemon Go Walking Club (All ages)Thursdays, 2-3pmJune 13 – Aug 1 [no meeting July 4]Do you know how many Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms are located in downtown Middleton? Loads! Join Ms. Lori as we walk around Middleton catching Pokemon, spinning Stops, and battling in Gyms. We’ll meet in front of the library. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must use his or her own device. Registration and signed waiver are required. Adults & Teens Welcome!
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Wednesday July 17
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. "Resources and Support at Each Stage" will help you understand memory loss, cognitive impairment and dementias, what to do if concerned about a loved one, and the various community supports that are available. 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 July 17
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday July 18
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by CELESTE NG. Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a by-the-books kind of town. Longtime residents know the well-established rules of conduct. Newcomers, such as itinerant artist Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, must find out for themselves what is acceptable and what is not. Renting an apartment from city-native Elena Richardson should give Mia and Pearl a leg up. Instead, it throws them into the midst of a fraught custody battle concerning a Chinese American baby; engenders fierce rivalries between brothers Moody and Trip Richardson for Pearl’s attention; and casts Mia as the unlikely confidant of the Richardson daughters, popular Lexie and outcast Izzy. There are secrets upon secrets within the families: Mia’s past is hidden from Pearl, just as Pearl conceals her love affair with Trip. Lexie’s abortion must be kept from her family, while only Izzy knows the subterfuge her mother is using to undermine Mia and Pearl’s happiness. Ng’s stunning second novel is a multilayered examination of how identities are forged and maintained, how families are formed and friendships tested, and how the notion of motherhood is far more fluid than bloodlines would suggest (BOOKLIST).
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Thursday July 18
Pokemon Go Walking Club (All ages)Thursdays, 2-3pmJune 13 – Aug 1 [no meeting July 4]Do you know how many Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms are located in downtown Middleton? Loads! Join Ms. Lori as we walk around Middleton catching Pokemon, spinning Stops, and battling in Gyms. We’ll meet in front of the library. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must use his or her own device. Registration and signed waiver are required. Adults & Teens Welcome!
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Thursday July 18
Join us at the Free House Pub (1902 Parmenter St, Middleton) to discuss Michael Pollan's recent book, "How to Change You Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence." All adults are welcome! A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library's reference desk. Please RSVP if you plan to join the discussion. Amazon.com ReviewAn Amazon Best Book of May 2018: Michael Pollan, whose curiosity about our eating habits led to thoughtful, culturally transformative writing in The Omnivore’s Dilemma and, most recently, Food Rules, here explores the potential psilocybin and other psychedelics hold for transformation of the spiritual and emotional kind. As he tells it in How to Change Your Mind, a fascinating, sometimes moving look at the history and uses of psychoactive compounds, Pollan avoided such drugs in his youth, but later in life became intrigued by the opportunity “to become more ‘open’—especially at this age, when the grooves of mental habit have been etched so deep as to seem inescapable.” And then there was the chance of experiencing a spiritual epiphany—“touching the face of God,” as one ecstatic user put it. Pollan’s natural skepticism and wry humor is a good match for the detailed accounts he includes of mind-blowing, trip-induced revelations. Ultimately, whether such experiences lead to genuine insight into, say, the origins of the universe or what we can expect after death seems less interesting to Pollan than the hope psychedelics offer people suffering from depression, addiction, and acute illness. Can magic mushrooms be used more broadly for “the betterment of well people”? Readers who begin reading Pollan’s book feeling doubtful about the responsible use of psychedelics may find their own minds changed by his engaging, enlightened, and persuasive combination of personal and journalistic research. “I felt as if I were standing on the edge of a wide-open frontier, squinting to make out something wondrous,” he writes, and with him as our guide, so do we. —Sarah Harrison Smith, Amazon Book Review
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Tuesday July 23
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 July 23
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps learn business, software, technology and creative skills. The video courses are taught by recognized industry experts. Learn about this wonderful database available to Middleton Public Library cardholders!
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Thursday July 25
Pokemon Go Walking Club (All ages)Thursdays, 2-3pmJune 13 – Aug 1 [no meeting July 4]Do you know how many Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms are located in downtown Middleton? Loads! Join Ms. Lori as we walk around Middleton catching Pokemon, spinning Stops, and battling in Gyms. We’ll meet in front of the library. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must use his or her own device. Registration and signed waiver are required. Adults & Teens Welcome!
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Thursday July 25
Music Theater of Madison presents a look at Hephaestus, the new American musical by Nathan Fosbinder, based on the ancient Greek myth. This performance will feature songs and scenes from the show, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the writing and work-shopping process, and analysis and reflection on the enduring power of the myth and its adaptation from UW Classics Professors William Aylward and William Brockliss. The program will conclude with a talk-back discussion in which audience members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and questions. Registration is appreciated for this performance. Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org. In ancient Greek myth, Hephaestus was the son of Zeus and Hera. Born lame, he was cast out by his parents, only to return to Olympus and, in some versions of the myth, seek revenge on his mother. Storytellers often portrayed him as the cuckolded husband of Aphrodite, who consorted with Ares, the god of war, behind his back. He was a master blacksmith who fashioned armor and weapons for the gods and taught the human race the art of metallurgy. Hephaestus will have its world premier August 16-24 in the Play Circle Theater at Memorial Union. More info at www.mtmadison.com. This performance 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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Thursday August 1
Pokemon Go Walking Club (All ages)Thursdays, 2-3pmJune 13 – Aug 1 [no meeting July 4]Do you know how many Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms are located in downtown Middleton? Loads! Join Ms. Lori as we walk around Middleton catching Pokemon, spinning Stops, and battling in Gyms. We’ll meet in front of the library. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must use his or her own device. Registration and signed waiver are required. Adults & Teens Welcome!
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Thursday August 1
Whilst helping your astronomy professor (known only as The Doctor) with research on the cosmos, your team has uncovered evidence of a new planet - evidence your team is set to reveal at a press conference in one hour. There's just one problem: your professor has vanished without a trace - along with the evidential data! Can you sift through The Doctor's notes to find your missing professor and the data before the press conference begins? Or will The Doctor and the planet be lost to the universe forever? (Registration required, limit 12 per session.)
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Tuesday August 6
Access to ancestry.com is available here at the library (in house only) to use! We will learn to navigate the site, as well as learn some BASIC tips and skills to search and view information to get started.
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Wednesday August 7
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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Saturday August 10

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Thursday August 15
HEAVY: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR by KIESE LAYMON. In this stylish and complex memoir, Laymon, an English professor at the University of Mississippi and novelist (Long Division), presents bittersweet episodes of being a chubby outsider in 1980s Mississippi. He worships his long-suffering, resourceful grandmother, who loves the land her relatives farmed for generations and has resigned herself to the fact of commonplace bigotry. Laymon laces the memoir with clever, ironic observations about secrets, sexual trauma, self-deception, and pure terror related to his family, race, Mississippi, friends, and a country that refuses to love him and his community. He becomes an educator and acknowledges the inadequacies in his own education, noting that his teachers “weren’t being paid right. I knew they were expected to do work they were unprepared to start or finish.” He also writes about living among white people, including a family for whom his grandmother did the laundry: “It ain’t about making white folk feel what you feel,” he quotes his grandmother. “It’s about not feeling what they want you to feel.” His evolution is remarkable, from a “hard-headed” troubled teen to an intellectually curious youth battling a college suspension for a pilfering a library book to finally journeying to New York to become a much-admired professor and accomplished writer. Laymon convincingly conveys that difficult times can be overcome with humor and self-love, as he makes readers confront their own fears and insecurities (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY).
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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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Tuesday August 27
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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