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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Tuesday October 26

Join us to discuss Long Bright River by Liz Moore (2020). Please register to receive the Zoom link before the event.


In a Philadelphia neighborhood rocked by the opioid crisis, two once-inseparable sisters find themselves at odds. One, Kacey, lives on the streets in the vise of addiction. The other, Mickey, walks those same blocks on her police beat. They don't speak anymore, but Mickey never stops worrying about her sibling. 

Then Kacey disappears, suddenly, at the same time that a mysterious string of murders begins in Mickey's district, and Mickey becomes dangerously obsessed with finding the culprit--and her sister--before it's too late.

Alternating its present-day mystery with the story of the sisters' childhood and adolescence, Long Bright River is at once heart-pounding and heart-wrenching: a gripping suspense novel that is also a moving story of sisters, addiction, and the formidable ties that persist between place, family, and fate.


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Wednesday October 27

Join us for step-by-step instructions on how to download free library eBooks and audio books on your tablet. We’ll show you how to download the Libby app, search for books, and download them to your device. Users of Android and Apple tablets welcome, the app is not yet available for Kindle Fire. Meet us in the Friends Community Room and bring your devices!


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Thursday October 28

Join local author and cooking instructor Huma Siddiqui for an online cook along/demonstration. On the menu will be lentils cooked with fresh spinach, turmeric, chili powder and topped with caramelized onions and jalapenos and Pepper Pulao - basmati rice cooked with red peppers, green onions and cilantro. A limited number of complimentary spice packs will be available to pick up at the library’s lower level service desk beginning October 14 (one pack per person). 

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

Recipes:

Pepper Pulao-Basmati Rice cooked with Red Peppers: 

2 cups uncooked Basmati rice

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1 teaspoon whole cumin 

1 4 inch cinnamon stick

½ cup green onions, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

½ cup cilantro

¼ teaspoon turmeric

salt

Rinse rice gently and drain the water. Heat oil in a pan, add the whole cumin and cinnamon stick. Let it sizzle for a minute. Add green onions, red peppers and cilantro. sauté for a minute or so. Add rice, salt and turmeric. Add 3 cups of water. Let it come to a boil and then reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with curries. 

Palak Dal-Lentils with Spinach:  

1 cup orange lentils

2 cups warm water

½ teaspoon turmeric 

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

Topping: 

1 medium onion
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 jalapeno, sliced

Wash the lentils thoroughly, add warm water and bring to a boil. Add all spices and let it cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Add chopped spinach and cook for another 15 minutes. In a frying pan, warm up the vegetable oil, add onions and jalapenos. Let everything turn caramelize. Top the lentils with the caramelized onions. Serve warm with basmati rice.


 


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Wednesday November 3

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:

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

 

Meeting ID: 599 374 6465

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Tuesday November 9

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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Saturday November 13

DIY Candles (Kids, Teens, & Adults)
Saturday, November 13, 1pm
Scent, color, hot wax, jar, wick…everything you need to create a custom candle for yourself or as a gift. Limit 1 per person - while supplies last. Masks are encouraged and appreciated.


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Monday November 15

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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Wednesday November 17

Join us as we learn about StoryCorps. By using the StoryCorps app and StoryCorps Connect, you can interview family, friends, or community members about events in their life and in the community. This gives everyone a voice and allows them to share their story. We will explore how to use these wonderful tools to help preserve our local history in the community of Middleton and for your families. This class will be live on Zoom. Link:

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

 

Meeting ID: 599 374 6465

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       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

       +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 599 374 6465

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k6OZqk5nM

 

 


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Saturday November 20

Downtown Middleton Tree Lighting


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Wednesday December 1

Join us as we explore and learn how to use the database Creative Bug. 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. If you are looking for some make-it-yourself gift ideas, this will help you out! This class will be live on Zoom.


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Tuesday December 7

Book Discussion for Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

 

This discussion will be in-person in the Marion Fuller Archer
 Room


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Saturday December 11

Paint Pouring Art
Saturday, December 11
All Ages at 10am, 10:30am, 2pm & 2:30pm
Teens Only (ages 13-19) at 12pm
Try Acrylic Paint Pouring - a fluid painting technique used to create art by pouring acrylic paint onto a canvas. Registration is required. Masks are encouraged and appreciated. Recommended for ages 5 & up.


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Monday December 13

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 December 14

Book Discussion for Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? By Roz Chast

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

 

This discussion will be virtual on Zoom.


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Tuesday December 14

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Tuesday December 14

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.

The December 14th session will feature the topic: “Salt Use Reduction Strategies: What the City is doing and what residents can do to protect our lake health” by Allison Madison (Wisconsin Salt Wise) and Brad Hopwood (Operations Manager, City of Middleton).

Allison is the Wisconsin Salt Wise Sustainability and Development Coordinator. WI Salt Wise is a coalition of organizations from across Wisconsin working together to reduce salt pollution in our lakes, streams and drinking water. Their primary goals are to: educate residents, leaders and winter maintenance professionals on salt pollution and solutions, provide training and promote best practices to reduce salt pollution and recognize contractors committed to using the right amount of salt for conditions.


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Wednesday December 15

Join us as we take a tour of all of the online databases that are accessible with your Middleton library card. We have so many resources that are right at your finger tips. This class will be live on Zoom.


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