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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Hoopla is a digital media lending service for libraries. Users sign up with an email address, password, and library card information, and Hoopla gives them access to their local library's collection of digital titles of ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, movies, and TV. This class will be live on Zoom.


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Thursday January 27

Join us to discuss the James Beard Award winning Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy’s Best Home Cooks by Vicky Bennison (2019). 

Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian pasta recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers. Featuring easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy, you will be transported into the very heart of the Italian home to learn how to make great-tasting Italian food.

Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event. Copies of the book will be available at the service desk.


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Tuesday February 1

Want to be part of an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons Campaign? Pull up a chair! An ongoing D&D 5th Edition campaign set in Waterdeep around the events of Dragon Heist. If you have not played with us yet, reserve a spot and bring a level 1 character. If you don't know where to start or need help creating your character feel free to check out our monthly one shot!
 

 Registration is required as space is limited.


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Wednesday February 2

The first lecture in our ongoing Scholar for Life series, in partnership with Badger Talks! This talk explains how you CAN buy happiness, if you know how to spend your money right (think experiences, relationships and time — not the latest gadget). Presented by Christine Whelan, Clinical Professor in the School of Human Ecology.

*Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event

Dr. Christine B. Whelan’s motto is “not for school but for life we learn.” Dr. Whelan teaches classes on Consuming Happiness, Belonging & Purpose and Finance & Families. She is the author of four applied research books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life (2016). Dr. Whelan has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today, among many others, and is a frequent guest on national and local television and radio. 


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Thursday February 3

Mix up your own bottles of facial toner and oil with all natural ingredients and essential oils. Create personalized labels to use your creations for yourself or give as a gift. For ages 16+.

Registration opens on Monday, January 3.


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Monday February 7

Join MogaMind cofounder Patrick Cunningham for MogaMove, a gentle flow-based yoga and mindfulness class accessible for all ages, body types, and abilities. All are welcome!

Registration is required, as space is limited.


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Tuesday February 8

Monthly library board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.  Agenda and minutes at midlibrary.org/board  

Public Meeting, Everyone Welcome. 


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Tuesday February 8

Join the Middleton Public Library and the city’s Sustainability Committee for our ongoing series to help Middleton residents learn about living sustainably — why it matters, what our city is doing, and how you can help.

This session will feature short talks on how to make your home and commute more sustainable. We'll explore some ways to "green" your routine and discuss why going electric may be more attainable than you think.

*Please register to receive the Zoom link*

Kathy Kuntz, Director of the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, will provide an overview of how & why to “Green Your Routine With Beneficial Electrification.” Kathy has almost 30 years of experience implementing programs focused on resource efficiency and climate action. Prior to joining Dane County Kathy led Cool Choices, a nonprofit that worked with businesses and local governments to engage employees in sustainable practices and prior to that Kathy led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program.

Susan Millar, co-leader of 350 Madison’s Community Climate Solutions Team (CCST), will provide a personal case study, discussing the steps she took to make her house “all electric.” leads CCST’s Madison Community Working Group, and participates in CCST’s State Policy Group. Prior to shifting all her volunteer time to 350 Madison, she was active in MOSES, a local organization working to reform the criminal justice system. A senior scientist emeritus at UW-Madison, she led research groups at the Wisconsin Center of Education Research, and established and led the LEAD Center, conducting evaluation research on projects designed to improve STEM education within higher education. She also directed the Education Research Integration Area of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.


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Wednesday February 9

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 on your computer. 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 online database! This class will be live on Zoom.


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Thursday February 10

Middleton Senior Center Movie Showing

Visit the Middleton Public Library at the Middleton Senior Center before their movie showing event being held on Thursday, February 10.

This pre-movie library visit will take place from 12:15-1:00pm, then stay to watch the movie Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, at 1pm.  The Middleton Senior Center is located at 7448 Hubbard Avenue.

There will be a small collection of material based on the movie's theme available to borrow during this visit. Don't have a library card yet?  Get one at the event!  

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must be at least 55 years old to attend this event and registration is required. Contact the Middleton Senior Center at 608-831-2373 to reserve your spot!


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Tuesday February 15

Want to be part of an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons Campaign? Pull up a chair! An ongoing D&D 5th Edition campaign set in Waterdeep around the events of Dragon Heist. If you have not played with us yet, reserve a spot and bring a level 1 character. If you don't know where to start or need help creating your character feel free to check out our monthly one shot!
 

 Registration is required as space is limited.


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Thursday February 17

Join us in person to discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab (2020).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


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Saturday February 19

Are you a Rogue, a Wizard, or a Warrior? Play your part in the classic role-playing fantasy game in this one-shot adventure. No D&D experience necessary - all skill levels welcome! You can create a level 1 character using any of the Wizards of the Coast D&D 5th edition material, or come for the character creation half hour and we'll have everything you need. Registration is required as space is limited.

Character creation: 1-1:30pm

Game play: 1:30-4pm


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Tuesday February 22

Join us on Zoom to discuss The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab (2020).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.


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Wednesday February 23

Search millions of business and resident listings in the United States with this powerful, easy-to-use directory. Download records in Excel or other formats for easy business marketing or personal address lists. This class will be live on Zoom.


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Tuesday March 1

Want to be part of an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons Campaign? Pull up a chair! An ongoing D&D 5th Edition campaign set in Waterdeep around the events of Dragon Heist. If you have not played with us yet, reserve a spot and bring a level 1 character. If you don't know where to start or need help creating your character feel free to check out our Monthly one shot!
 

 Registration is required as space is limited.


 more info...


Monday March 7

Join MogaMind cofounder Patrick Cunningham for MogaMove, a gentle flow-based yoga and mindfulness class accessible for all ages, body types, and abilities. All are welcome!

Registration is required, as space is limited.


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Tuesday March 8

Monthly library board meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.  Agenda and minutes at midlibrary.org/board  

Public Meeting, Everyone Welcome. 


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Wednesday March 9

Join us as we learn how to create a free account, navigate, and use Mango Languages. This is an online language-learning system for help learning languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.


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Tuesday March 15

Join us in person to discuss How to Change Your Mind : What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michal Pollan (2018).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks.

Setting out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, Michael Pollan began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.


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Tuesday March 15

Want to be part of an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons Campaign? Pull up a chair! An ongoing D&D 5th Edition campaign set in Waterdeep around the events of Dragon Heist. If you have not played with us yet, reserve a spot and bring a level 1 character. If you don't know where to start or need help creating your character feel free to check out our Monthly one shot!
 

 Registration is required as space is limited.


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Thursday March 17

This presentation will be a joint session of the Friends’ Conservancy Days and the Sustainability Committee’s “Sustainable U” series. 

*Please register to receive the Zoom link*

We hear the term “watershed” a lot in reference to water resources, but what does that term really mean? Focusing on Middleton’s beloved Pheasant Branch Creek, we’ll explore how water moves from the edges of the watershed all the way to Lake Mendota. We’ll also take a look at the famous (or infamous) rain event and flood of August 2018 to get a glimpse of how climate change is already impacting Middleton. 

The featured speaker will be Jim Bachhuber, a retired stormwater consultant who is an occasional instructor at UW-Madison. Jim also serves on the City of Middleton’s Water Resources Commission and has served on the Board of the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy.


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Saturday March 19

Are you a Rogue, a Wizard, or a Warrior? Play your part in the classic role-playing fantasy game in this one-shot adventure. No D&D experience necessary - all skill levels welcome! You can create a level 1 character using any of the Wizards of the Coast D&D 5th edition material, or come for the character creation half hour and we'll have everything you need. Registration is required as space is limited.

Character creation: 1-1:30pm

Game play: 1:30-4pm


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Tuesday March 22

Join us on Zoom to discuss How to Change Your Mind : What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michal Pollan (2018).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks.

Setting out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, Michael Pollan began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.


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Tuesday March 22

Join us as we welcome local author and Middleton resident Peggy Marxen to present on her new book “The Farm on Badger Creek: Memories of a Midwest Girlhood.” 

A representative from Wisconsin Historical Society Press will be on-hand to sell copies of the book.

Peggy Prilaman Marxen grew up near the town of Meteor in northwestern Wisconsin's Sawyer County, isolated by geography yet surrounded by close-knit extended family. Multiple generations of her family witnessed changes to rural Wisconsin that altered the fabric of their lives and the lives of all in their community, including the introduction of new farming techniques, school consolidation, and revolutions in transportation and technology. 

With a lyrical style that mixes nostalgia with humorous anecdotes, Marxen traces her family's story through the best and worst of times. The Farm on Badger Creek is a fitting tribute to her settler ancestors and a way of life now gone - and a celebration of the hardy people who carve out a life in our nation's rural communities.

Peggy Prilaman Marxen taught fourth grade for thirty-three years. She lives in Middleton, WI.


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Wednesday March 23

Do you need help finding a new book? We will look at one of our databases, Novelist Plus, and some others that are web based resources. They can be used to help recommend new books to read! This class is live on Zoom.


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Tuesday March 29

Want to be part of an ongoing Dungeons and Dragons Campaign? Pull up a chair! An ongoing D&D 5th Edition campaign set in Waterdeep around the events of Dragon Heist. If you have not played with us yet, reserve a spot and bring a level 1 character. If you don't know where to start or need help creating your character feel free to check out our Monthly one shot!
 

 Registration is required as space is limited.


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