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 July 28

Join us as we learn to do basic editing of photos on this free website resource. Features on Pixlr Editor rival those of other photoshop software. Learn to change photo colors, edit blemishes, edit out objects, and more. We will be live on Zoom. Here is the link to join the class:


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Thursday July 29

The Middleton Community Development Authority (CDA), in conjunction with the City of Middleton, is pleased to announce Downtown Middleton Summer Fun. There will be entertainment at Stone Horse Green at 7550 Hubbard Avenue in Downtown Middleton every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm throughout the summer months. The Middleton Arts Committee will also be sponsoring a free arts and crafts table for children. There are picnic tables on the green, and feel free to bring a chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the fun.

The Middleton Public Library will join in the fun on July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26, weather permitting.

The following acts have been scheduled to play at the Stone Horse Green in July and August:

• July 1st: Moldy Jam
• July 8th: Madison Shakespeare
• July 15th: Slipjig
• July 22nd: The Tooles
• July 29th: Too Sick Charlie
• August 5th: Middleton Jazz
• August 12th: Ken Lonnquist
• August 19th: Blue Spruce
• August 26th: Mackenzie Moore

There will be a one-block street closure starting at the intersection of Hubbard Avenue and Parmenter Street to create a pedestrianized area for the event. The closure will take effect at 5pm and end at 9 pm. The City of Middleton encourages visitors to use one of the off-street public parking lots just a few steps from Stone Horse Green.


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Thursday July 29

A book group for people who love to cook, eat, or just admire cookbooks! This group meets 4 times a year (on Zoom for now) to discuss cookbooks that share a common theme. This month’s theme is “Summer Desserts” You can choose ANY cookbook you like that focuses on or includes recipes for tasty summer treats. If you need some suggestions check out this booklist. Ideally you will make a few different recipes from your chosen book and bring one along to the meeting. We’ll come together on Zoom to share what we learned, what works well, what fell flat and enjoy some of our creations together.

*Please register to receive the Zoom link


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Friday July 30

Join staff from the Middleton Public Library at the Middleton Senior Center (7448 Hubbard Ave.) on Friday, July 30 at 12:30pm for a presentation on how to use the library catalog, how to place holds on items, and how to check your library record. Bring your questions!

This free presentation is for seniors and advanced registration is required. Contact the Middleton Senior Center at 608-831-2373 to register.

Need a library card? Bring a photo ID to get one at this training.  There will also be a small collection of computer themed books to borrow.

 


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Wednesday August 4

Visit the Middleton Public Library at the annual National Night Out event held at Lakeview Park from 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, August 4.  

There will be free books for kids - teens! (while supplies last) 

Lakeview Park is located at 6300 Mendota Avenue in Middleton.  Weather permitting.


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Thursday August 5

Wonder why we drink brandy? Why our bloody Marys always come with a side of beer and a meal on top? Jeanette Hurt will discuss the real reasons why we drink the cocktails we drink in Wisconsin, exploring the rich history of our most popular drinks.  She will also demonstrate four cocktails - a basic Wisconsin old fashioned, the old fashioned everyone else in the country drinks, a hybrid old fashioned, and how to make brandied cherries.

*Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event
 

Ingredients needed to make the drinks along with her:

brandy

whiskey

orange liqueur

sugar cubes

sugar

water

Angostura bitters

oranges

cherries (maraschino, Luxardo, Traverse City Whiskey cherries, etc.)

fresh or frozen Door County cherries.


 


 


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Tuesday August 10

Public Meeting, Everyone Welcome. 

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


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Wednesday August 11

Access to genealogy databases are available through the library. We will look at Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and others, as well as learn some BASIC tips and skills to search and view information to start your genealogy project. This class will be live on Zoom. Here is the link for the class:


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Thursday August 12

The Middleton Community Development Authority (CDA), in conjunction with the City of Middleton, is pleased to announce Downtown Middleton Summer Fun. There will be entertainment at Stone Horse Green at 7550 Hubbard Avenue in Downtown Middleton every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm throughout the summer months. The Middleton Arts Committee will also be sponsoring a free arts and crafts table for children. There are picnic tables on the green, and feel free to bring a chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the fun.

The Middleton Public Library will join in the fun on July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26, weather permitting.

The following acts have been scheduled to play at the Stone Horse Green in July and August:

• July 1st: Moldy Jam
• July 8th: Madison Shakespeare
• July 15th: Slipjig
• July 22nd: The Tooles
• July 29th: Too Sick Charlie
• August 5th: Middleton Jazz
• August 12th: Ken Lonnquist
• August 19th: Blue Spruce
• August 26th: Mackenzie Moore

There will be a one-block street closure starting at the intersection of Hubbard Avenue and Parmenter Street to create a pedestrianized area for the event. The closure will take effect at 5pm and end at 9 pm. The City of Middleton encourages visitors to use one of the off-street public parking lots just a few steps from Stone Horse Green.


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Saturday August 14

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! SEE BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS

Join the Middleton Public Library at Park and Recreation's Adaptive Family Swim at the Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center on Saturday, August 14 from 10am-12pm! 

This event focuses on persons with disabilities and their families & caregivers being able to explore the pool. Assistive devices will be permitted if needed to be able to participate! This special event is FREE for persons with disabilities and their families/caregivers.

Visit the Middleton Public Library at the event to choose free books to keep! (while supplies last)

This event requires pre-registration. Capacity limits will apply based on current guidelines. Please register on RecDesk: https://middleton.recdesk.com/Community/Home

 

 


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Tuesday August 17

Join us to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016). Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event.

Copies of the book are available at the lower level service desk. To reserve a copy of the book in advance, please call 608-827-7403 or email info@midlibrary.org.

To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post) from the author of The Falcon Thief.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.

“Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey…Joshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise” (The New York Times Book Review) about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist “has all the elements of a classic adventure novel” (The Seattle Times), and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.

 

Middleton Public Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Book Discussion-- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Time: Aug 24, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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Tuesday August 24

Join us to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world's most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016). Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event.

Copies of the book are available at the lower level service desk. To reserve a copy of the book in advance, please call 608-827-7403 or email info@midlibrary.org.

To save ancient Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven in this “fast-paced narrative that is…part intellectual history, part geopolitical tract, and part out-and-out thriller” (The Washington Post) from the author of The Falcon Thief.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: preserve this crucial part of the world’s patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.

“Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey…Joshua Hammer writes with verve and expertise” (The New York Times Book Review) about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world’s greatest smugglers by saving the texts from sure destruction. With bravery and patience, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His heroic heist “has all the elements of a classic adventure novel” (The Seattle Times), and is a reminder that ordinary citizens often do the most to protect the beauty of their culture. His the story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever by it.

 

Middleton Public Library is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Book Discussion-- The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Time: Aug 24, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5993746465

 

Meeting ID: 599 374 6465

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Wednesday August 25

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. Join us live on Zoom to learn about this new database available to all Middleton Public Library card holders.

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Thursday August 26

The Middleton Community Development Authority (CDA), in conjunction with the City of Middleton, is pleased to announce Downtown Middleton Summer Fun. There will be entertainment at Stone Horse Green at 7550 Hubbard Avenue in Downtown Middleton every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm throughout the summer months. The Middleton Arts Committee will also be sponsoring a free arts and crafts table for children. There are picnic tables on the green, and feel free to bring a chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the fun.

The Middleton Public Library will join in the fun on July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26, weather permitting.

The following acts have been scheduled to play at the Stone Horse Green in July and August:

• July 1st: Moldy Jam
• July 8th: Madison Shakespeare
• July 15th: Slipjig
• July 22nd: The Tooles
• July 29th: Too Sick Charlie
• August 5th: Middleton Jazz
• August 12th: Ken Lonnquist
• August 19th: Blue Spruce
• August 26th: Mackenzie Moore

There will be a one-block street closure starting at the intersection of Hubbard Avenue and Parmenter Street to create a pedestrianized area for the event. The closure will take effect at 5pm and end at 9 pm. The City of Middleton encourages visitors to use one of the off-street public parking lots just a few steps from Stone Horse Green.


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Wednesday September 8

Join us as we explore and learn how to use the Consumer Reports database. Use it to compare products such a washing machines, dryers, fans, cars, and much more! To join the class click this link:


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Tuesday September 14

Public Meeting, Everyone Welcome. 

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


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Monday September 20

Join MogaMind cofounder Patrick Cunningham for MogaMove, a gentle flow-based yoga and mindfulness class accessible for all ages, body types, and abilities. We'll focus on breath and mindful movement while having fun and sharing some laughs. All are welcome!

Registration is required, as space is limited.


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Tuesday September 21

Join us to create your own custom bottles of facial toner and facial 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 is limited.  Registration opens on Saturday, August 21st.

 


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Wednesday September 22

Read your favorite magazines on your tablet for free by using your library card! We have two great databases available to Middleton Public Library cardholders. We will learn how to use both Flipster and Overdrive Magazines and search for your favorites.  Meet us in the Friends Community Room and bring your devices!


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Thursday September 23

Join us (in person!) to discuss the 2021 Go Big Read, Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (2020).

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

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and griefa novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.

 

 

 


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Tuesday September 28

Join us on Zoom to discuss the 2021 Go Big Read, Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi (2020).

*Copies of the book are available at the library service desks. Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Gifty is a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after an ankle injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive.

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and griefa novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut


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