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Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
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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TODAY
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 October 2
Join us as we explore Gmail and other applications Google has to offer,such as: Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more! You are welcome to bring your tablets, and laptops if you have them.
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Thursday October 4

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Thursday October 4
Cicero said “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” With your thoughts of gratitude in mind, join Stampin’ UP! demonstrator Jamie Statz-Paynter to design your own custom thank you cards. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration opens 9/4/18.
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Monday October 8
Prolific author, historian, and storyteller Jerry Apps returns to the Middleton Public Library for the second time this year! Jerry will be discussing and reading from his new book, The Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm, published this month by Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of Mystery to Me bookstore and the evening will conclude with a book signing. Celebrated rural storyteller Jerry Apps returns to the "simple things" that defined life on his post-Depression Era farm--an old cedar fencepost, Fanny the farm dog, trusty tools, the kerosene lantern--recalling the stories, and values, that spring from even the most familiar of objects. In this collection of thoughtful essays, Apps holds each everyday item up to the light for a closer look, plumbing his memories for the deeper meanings of these objects that share the values instilled in him during his rural boyhood in the 1940s and 1950s. He concludes that people who had the opportunity to grow up on family farms gained useful skills, important knowledge, and lifelong values that serve them well throughout their lives. Apps captures and shares those things for people who remember them and for those who never had the benefit of living on a small farm. The Simple Things is the fourth in the Society Press's quaint collection of Apps farm memoirs, which also include: The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy's Reflections on Water Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoir These books have also inspired several Wisconsin Public Television documentaries, including A Farm Story with Jerry Apps, The Land with Jerry Apps and A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps.
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Thursday October 11
Join us as we welcome John Hawks, paleoanthropologist and UW-Madison professor, for the final lecture of 2018 in the Library's Scholar'd for Life series. Dr. Hawks will discuss his work in recent years excavating the Rising Star cave in South Africa where he and other scientists identified the remains of Homo naledi, a species of human ancestor never before discovered. John Hawks is the Vilas-Borghesi professor of anthropology at UW-Madison and an expert on the subjects of paleoanthropology and human evolution. In 2014, he launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled "Human Evolution: Past and Future," one of the first such free online courses offered by UW-Madison. He teaches a range of courses from the introductory level to graduate level in biological anthropology, human evolution and genetics, and the evolution of human behavior. Along with Lee Berger, he co-authored the 2017 book Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human Story for National Geographic Books. He blogs about human evolution and related topics at johnhawks.net. This lecture is part of the 2018 Wisconsin Science Festival. More information about other events available at wisconsinsciencefest.org This lecture will take place at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St.
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Wednesday October 17
Those interested in joining the group should contact Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday October 18
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE GREAT LAKES by Dan Egan. Milwaukee Sentinel Journal's Egan, "beat reporter" on the Great Lakes since 2003, examines the ecological and economic havoc caused by invasive species and also considers problems such as fluctuating lake levels and future threats including water diversion schemes. He shows how big engineering, canal building in particular, opened the lakes to shipping but also swung open the "front" (e.g., the Saint Lawrence Seaway) and "back" (e.g., Chicago Canal system) doors to nonindigenous aquatic species. Some critters hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of ships; others were carried in by the currents or swam. Swamp draining and river dredging have played their own pernicious parts in "unstitching a delicate ecological web more than 10,000 years in the making." Egan offers some bold solutions to slow the damage (e.g., develop better ballast disinfection systems, close the Saint Lawrence Seaway to ocean freighters, shut the Chicago Canal) but admits that obstacles such as the shipping lobby and foot-dragging politicians are formidable (Library Journal).
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Thursday October 18
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. This time, we're discussing Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. Fun Home is the story of Bechdel coming to terms with the life and legacy of her late father, a volatile and brilliant man whose secrets defined her family and her life. Stop by the lower level reference desk to pick up a copy of the graphic novel Forward Theater will present this musical adaptation in its Wisconsin premier running November 1 -25 and starring Tony Award Winner Karen Olivo. 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 and pick up a copy of the play.
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Friday October 19
Learn some guitar basics with an instructor from the Guitar Center! Please bring a guitar if you have one. Registration required. Recommended for ages 10-adult.
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Tuesday October 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 October 23
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 October 24
Music Theatre of Madison presents: Beyond The Ingenue, a curated revue of songs that celebrate the complex roles of women in musical theatre, beyond just the ladies who pine for a man! The show will use musical theatre pieces,some new, some unknown, and perhaps a familiar one or two, to explore the myriad of issues women in our society face, including friendships, objectification, motherhood, workplace struggles, aging, and general female empowerment. The show is for anyone who admires strong women and wants to learn about exciting, powerful female characters in musicals. Registration is appreciated for this event. Online using the link above or via email at info@midlibrary.org.
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Friday October 26
We dare you to come to the Library this Halloween! All ages welcome, lights on version for children during the first 15 min.
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Tuesday October 30
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 October 30
Annuities are one of the most common yet least understood financial products. In this class, we take a critical and objective look at them, examining the pros and cons of annuities, the different types, and what they can be used for. Jesse Grutz of the Retirement Classroom developed this course in response to questions from attendees of past workshops. This an educational presentation to help consumers distinguish between different types of annuities and other financial products. This is NOT a sales presentation. No financial products will be marketed or sold.
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