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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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Tuesday April 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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Thursday April 25
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 April 25
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 (Button Flower Bouquets) when you're done swapping.
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Wednesday May 1
Join us for a special screening of two short documentary films shot in Israel by local filmmaker Marc Kornblatt. Territory Stories — Shot in 2017 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Six Day War, in which Israel defeated the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria and took control of the West Bank, this short documentary shows what life is like for Jews, Palestinians and Bedouins living in the disputed area. An official selection of the New Haven International and 2018 Documentary Short film festivals. Jerusalem Voices — In this companion piece to Territory Stories, Jewish and Arab Israelis, Palestinian Muslims, Armenian and Palestinian Christians, religious and secular, all offer their impressions of the city of peace and conflict. A Near Nazareth Film Festival finalist, it is also an official selection of the Southeastern, Sioux City, Chautauqua and Jersey Shore film festivals. Marc Kornblatt is scheduled to attend for a discussion and Q&A after the films. More information about Marc and his films can be found at refugefilms.net
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Saturday May 4
Our 8th annual event! Registration opens Monday, April 8th, 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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Tuesday May 7
Pinterest is a website that collects and shares web images, simply it operates as a place to bookmark/collect items. We will cover creating an account, learn to navigate the page, how to make and use boards, and learn what pinning is.
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Thursday May 9
Join filmmaker Marcos Colón as he presents his internationally-acclaimed 2017 documentary, Beyond Fordlandia. Colón is scheduled to attend and will lead a Q&A after the screening. Beyond Fordlandia (2017, 75 min) presents an environmental account of Henry Ford’s Amazon experience decades after its failure. The story addressed by the film begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. This film addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage. Beyond Fordlandia has been recognized with the best feature-length documentary award from the Cabo Verde International Film Festival, an Award of Excellence from Impact Docs, and the WWF award for Best Awareness-Raising Documentary. More information about the film, including trailers, can be found at beyondfordlandia.com Marcos Colón is a dissertator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate associate at the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture History and Environment. His research focuses on the representations of the Amazon in 20th century Brazilian literature from an environmental studies perspective. In particular, he is interested in examining a variety of viewpoints of the post-rubber era Amazon through written texts, oral reports, and film, observing changes in the region, its nature and people. This film was made with support from the Center for Culture, History, and Environment, the Nelson Institute, and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Friday May 10
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 12
Join Madison-area theater company Four Seasons Theatre as they perform some of the greatest songs from the world of Disney films, spanning the decades from Snow White to Frozen. Immediately after the performance, Scott Mellor, a UW-Madison professor of German, Nordic and Slavic Languages, will discuss the origins of the The Little Mermaid and lead a talk-back exploring the meaning of these stories and how they've been adapted over the years. This performance is appropriate for all ages. Registration is appreciated. Online using the link above or by email at info@midlibrary.org. 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 beyondthepage.info.
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Wednesday May 15
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. This session will help you understand reasons why behavior changes occur and offer problem-solving tips to help prevent and cope with them. 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 May 15
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday May 16
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by AMOR TOWLES. In his remarkable first novel, the best-selling Rules of Civility (2011), Towles etched 1930s New York in crystalline relief. Though set a world away in Moscow over the course of three decades, his latest polished literary foray into a bygone era is just as impressive. Sentenced as an incorrigible aristocrat in 1922 by the Bolsheviks to a life of house arrest in a grand Moscow hotel, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is spared the firing squad on the basis of a revolutionary poem he penned as an idealistic youth. Condemned, instead, to live his life confined to the indoor parameters of Metropol Hotel, he eschews bitterness in favor of “committing himself to practicalities.” As he carves out a new existence for himself in his shabby attic room and within the magnificent walls of the hotel-at-large, his conduct, his resolve, and his commitment to his home and to the hotel guests and staff together form a triumph of the human spirit. As Moscow undergoes vast political changes and countless social upheavals, Rostov remains, implacably and unceasingly, a gentleman (Booklist).
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Thursday May 16
Join filmmaker and historian Greg Mitman for a screening of his documentary film, The Land Beneath Our Feet. The film follows a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, who returns from the USA with never-before-seen footage of Liberia’s past. The uncovered footage is embraced as a national treasure. Depicting a 1926 corporate land grab, it is also an explosive reminder of eroding land rights. In post-conflict Liberia, individuals and communities are pitted against multinational corporations, the government, and each other in life-threatening disputes over land. What can this ghostly footage offer a nation, as it debates radical land reforms that could empower communities to shape a more diverse, stable and sustainable future? This film is part of a multi-media project that includes a public history website. More information at http://liberianhistory.org The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, whose interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world. His commitment to environmental and social justice is reflected in his work. During the last decade, Mitman has increasingly focused on public humanities projects. In 2007, he created the Tales from Planet Earth film festival that has brought together artists, academics, and the public to explore and further the power of storytelling through film as a force of environmental and social change.
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Tuesday May 21
Join us as we explore and learn how to use the NEW database CreativeBug.This database is all about crafting. Use it to get ideas, patterns watch video classes, and be able to save them in one place to get back to when you need it.
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Tuesday May 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 May 30
Join us at The Free House Pub (1902 Parmenter St, Middleton) to discuss Carmen Maria Machado's book of short stories, "Her Body and Other Parties." 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. In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store’s prom dresses. One woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella “Especially Heinous,” Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naïvely assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgängers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes. Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction. (Amazon.com)
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