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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Wednesday September 30

*Please register to receive the Zoom link via e-mail before the event and email info@midlibrary.org if you would like a copy of the book. Please register for only ONE of the discussion sessions*

"In this 'vital, necessary, and beautiful book' (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).  Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively." 
(Penguin Random House)


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Tuesday October 6

*Please register to receive the Zoom link via e-mail before the event and email info@midlibrary.org if you would like a copy of the book. Please register for only ONE of the discussion sessions*

"In this 'vital, necessary, and beautiful book' (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).  Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively." 
(Penguin Random House)


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Friday October 9

Women deserve better stories! In this second iteration of Beyond the Ingenue, Music Theatre of Madison looks at women from history who paved a path for greatness for women to come, illuminating their stories through original musical theatre songs by local composers, performed by local singers. 

In this preview of the show, hear songs about climate change activist Greta Thunberg, pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart, and more trailblazers from history. Learn about their lives and achievements through short videos, enjoy the songs, and participate in a discussion with the composers and performers about the importance of telling more complex womens' stories in musical theatre and other mediums. 

*Please register to receive the link to join via e-mail before the event*


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Wednesday October 14

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. Join us live on Zoom!

 


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Thursday October 15

Please join us as we discuss this year's Go Big Read selection - Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen. "Taking on the different voices and perspectives of the March for Our Lives Movement’s key participants, Parkland is an in-depth examination of a pivotal moment in American culture. Cullen guides us into the hearts of the Douglas students as they cope with the common concerns of students everywhere. As ​a celebration of the passion exhibited by these astonishing students​, who channeled their anger into a movement, this book explores hope after tragedy and is an inspiring call to action (from https://gobigread.wisc.edu/).


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Thursday October 22

Understand your house as a system as we examine common sources of energy loss and how air sealing and insulation work together to improve energy efficient and comfort.  Also discuss simple upgrades you can take that are proven cost effective energy savers. 

*Please register to receive the Zoom link via e-mail before the event*

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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Wednesday October 28

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. More than a search engine, the portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through millions of items, including by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, and subject. Join us as we learn how to use this free database!


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Tuesday November 3

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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Wednesday November 18

Those interested in joining the group should contact group leader Kathy Steffen at kathysteffen@charter.net 


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