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Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org

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
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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TONIGHT
Learn how to use yarn in a new way to make yarn banners, perfect for decorating your living space with color and texture. This class will feature a brief demo of the Library's crafting database Creativebug. All supplies are provided thanks to the Friends of the Middleton Public Library. Registration is required, and spaces are limited. Ages 16+ only please.
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Tuesday December 17
Join us as we explore Gmail and other applications Google has tooffer, such as: Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more! You arewelcome to bring your tablets, and laptops if you have them.
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Wednesday December 18
Ages 18+. Registration is required. Curious to see what Minecraft is all about? Looking for a new hobby? Learn more about this awesome virtual building game in a special session for adults. Part of Computer Science Education Week at Middleton Public Library. Hour of Code is a worldwide celebration of computer science, coding, and programming for all ability levels. In each of offering, learn about computer science and participate in fun, hands-on activities!
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Wednesday December 18
Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net
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Thursday December 19
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 December 19
Rescheduled from Tuesday, December 10th Topics can include: Finding job postings Online job applications Resume content/formatting Setting up email addresses Writing a cover letter An appointment is required. Please register by phone at 608-827-7403, by email at info@midlibrary.org, or in person at the Reference Desk on the lower level.
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Monday January 6
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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Sunday January 12
Chess Club (All ages)Sundays @ 1:30-3:30pm: January 12, February 16Chess lessons will begin at 1:30pm followed by open play.All ages and skill levels are welcome.
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Tuesday January 14
LITTLE FAITH by NICKOLAS BUTLER -- a family is ripped apart and nearly destroyed when one of its own gets involved with a radical church. Set in a gorgeously rendered rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds over the course of a year, as 65-year-old Lyle and his wife, Peg, grow increasingly uneasy as they watch their once estranged adopted daughter, Shiloh, fall under the influence of—and eventually get engaged to—Steven, a charlatan disguised as a devout pastor and founder of the cultlike Coulee Lands Covenant. Their worry intensifies when Steven convinces Shiloh that Isaac, her six-year-old son from a previous relationship, is a faith healer and he uses Isaac’s “gift” to attract new parishioners and solicit donations for the church(Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 4).
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Tuesday January 14
In our modern, fast-paced world, it is more important than ever to take time to care for ourselves. Let this year be the year you dedicate to being your best self. Energy Therapist, Liza Abitz, will share some great tips and cutting-edge modalities. This is not about making and breaking new years resolutions, this is about creating space and time for yourself. Liza Abitz, proprietor of Life Center of Wisconsin, specializes in Light, Color, Sound and Vibration therapies. Life Center of Wisconsin is the first and only center in the Midwest to offer the latest cutting edge technology to treat stress.
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Wednesday January 15
A class designed to simplify Medicare and to help you make a more informed decision on your coverage without all of the headaches and confusion.
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Thursday January 16
LITTLE FAITH by NICKOLAS BUTLER -- a family is ripped apart and nearly destroyed when one of its own gets involved with a radical church. Set in a gorgeously rendered rural Wisconsin, the story unfolds over the course of a year, as 65-year-old Lyle and his wife, Peg, grow increasingly uneasy as they watch their once estranged adopted daughter, Shiloh, fall under the influence of—and eventually get engaged to—Steven, a charlatan disguised as a devout pastor and founder of the cultlike Coulee Lands Covenant. Their worry intensifies when Steven convinces Shiloh that Isaac, her six-year-old son from a previous relationship, is a faith healer and he uses Isaac’s “gift” to attract new parishioners and solicit donations for the church(Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 4).
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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 and 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
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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Monday February 3
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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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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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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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
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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All Programs at the library are funded by the Friends of the Middleton Public Library. Become a Friends Member today!