Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org
PROGRAMS & EVENTS FOR ADULTS
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VIRTUAL TALES AND TRAVEL
Tales and TravelThe Tales and Travel program is an Interactive Literacy Presentation for those living with dementia.

There are two ways to use this virtual Tales and Travel program:
1. You can just listen and follow along as the narrative is read to you or
2. You, or your partner, can turn down the volume and use the controls to pause the video so that you can read the narrative out loud yourself. You might also want to talk with your partner about what you are seeing or about any memories that come to mind.


Click here to see the video playlists.

VIDEOS AND HANDOUTS OF PAST PROGRAMS
Using Consumer Reports Online
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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! This class will be live on Zoom.



Creativebug Crafting
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.



Rosemaling: a Norwegian Tradition
Stoughton artist, Nancy Odalen, will talk about the art of rosemaling and how it found its way across Norway, then to Wisconsin.



Web Tools for Great Reads
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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.



The Social Regulations of Speech (Scholar for Life)
Join us for the next lecture in our ongoing Scholar for Life series, in partnership with Badger Talks!

This talk addresses the relationship between the First Amendment, the social regulation of speech and cancel culture. In the process, it addresses the impact of social media technologies on our understandings of and assumptions about free speech as well as why community control of speech norms has devolved into exercises of domination.

Franciska Coleman is an Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Associate Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, whose work draws upon political theory, critical discourse analysis, and constitutional law.

Professor Coleman s current research focuses on the constitutional implications of the United States eventual demographic shift to a minority-majority society. Her current work also explores cancel culture as a byproduct of the American constitutional choice to rely on the social rather than legal regulation of speech, with particular attention to the cancelling of speakers who are members of racial or ethnic minorities.

Prior to joining the faculty of UW Law School, Professor Coleman was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and also held a Visiting Scholar appointment at Harvard Law School.



Cranes Over Wisconsin
Join Stephanie Schmidt, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation, to discuss the history of Wisconsin's cranes, the science behind the reintroduction, the continued efforts to protect cranes, and how to be a crane ambassador.



Gmail & More at Middleton Public Library
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Join us as we explore Gmail and other applications Google has to offer, such as: Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more! This class will be live on Zoom.



Internet Safety 101 at Middleton Public Library
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There's almost no limit to what you can do online. The Internet makes it possible to access information quickly, communicate around the world, and much more. Unfortunately, the Internet is also home to certain risks, such as malware, spam, and phishing. If you want to stay safe online, you'll need to understand these risks and learn how to avoid them. Join us in learning some tips to stay safe on the internet. This class will be live on Zoom.



Introduction to Canva
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Canva is a wonderful online designing tool that can help you make a wide range of things, from posters to business cards and tri-fold brochures to birthday cards and wedding invitations. We will look at this web-based service and learn the basics to create things that you may not know how to make from scratch. This class will be live on Zoom.



Sustainable U: Recycling Reboot 6 16 22
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In this session of Sustainable U, we take on recycling! Learn (or re-learn) what you can and cannot recycle. Speakers from the Middleton Recycling Center (MRC) and Pellitteri will help you sort out what s recyclable, what can go into blue bins for curbside recycling, and what needs to be dropped off at the MRC. We ll have plenty of time for questions so residents can get the answers they need to help them put their waste in the right place.



Spotting Fake News Online
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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.



Web Tools for Great Reads
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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!



Pheasant Branch Creek - Where Does All this Water Come From? (Sustainable U)
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.

Presented by Jim Bachhuber, a retired stormwater consultant who is an occasional instructor at UW-Madison.



Learning Mango Languages
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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.



2022 ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM WITH SPANISH SUBTITLES



AtoZDatabases Workshop
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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.



Digital Public Library of America Tour
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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!



Sustainable U 2-8-22
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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.



Consuming Happiness: Research and Application
Presented by Professor Christine Whelan
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).



Streaming FREE with Hoopla
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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.



Lebanese Cuisine Cooking Demo
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Presented by Claudia and Edmond Ramly



Reading with Libby
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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.




Using Consumer Reports Online
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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! This class will be live on Zoom.



Creativebug Crafting
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.



Web Tools for Great Reads
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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.



Sustainable U 12-14-21
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).



Creative Bug Crafting
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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!



Preserving History with StoryCorps
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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.



Genealogy Tools Online
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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.



Sustainable U 10-21-21
Why and How to Make Middleton Sustainable by Kelly Hilyard (City of Middleton Sustainability Coordinator) and Managing Leaves to Help the Lakes by Christal Campbell (Stormwater Education Coordinator, Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept).



Spotting Fake News Online
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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.



Using Consumer Reports Online
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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!



Streaming FREE with Hoopla
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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.



Online Genealogy Tools
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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.



WI Cocktails
Presented by Jeanette Hurt



Web Tools for Great Reads
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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!



Contemporary US Asylum, Refugee, and Immigration Policy
Presented by Dr. Sara McKinnon



Reading with Libby
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.



How Asian Americans Have Fought for Better Representation
Presented by Professor Lori Kido Lopez



Learning Pinterest
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Pinterest is a website that collects and shares web images, simply it operates as a place to bookmark/collect items. We will cover creating an account, learn to navigate the page, how to make and use boards, and learn what pinning is.



Basic Household Plumbing
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Presented by Project Home
Ever had problems replacing a toilet, sink or faucet? Learn the basics, the importance of the right tools and things to look out for. Also receive info on how to deal with drain problems and maintain your drainage system.



Spring and Summer Birding
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Presented by Caitlyn Schuchhardt

Spring and summer are on their way and Wisconsin s woods, prairies, and wetlands are waking up with the color and song of returning birds. Join Caitlyn Schuchhardt from Madison Audubon to learn about the variety of spring migrants you might find, from small colorful warblers to majestic wading birds. She ll also share some tips about getting started with birding and a list of must-visit destinations to make the most of your spring and summer birding adventures.



Reading Newspapers Online
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Join us as we take a look at the newspaper resources Middleton Library provides online for all to use. If you haven't been able to read certain papers because of the pandemic, you can find it online free to read!



Magazines For Your Tablet
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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.



Your Garden Can Feed You All Year Long
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Presented by Megan Cain

With the right planning you can eat food from your garden all year long. This workshop will teach you how to have your earliest harvest ever in spring, keep the momentum going in summer through succession planting, and have a robust fall garden that feeds you all the way to holiday gatherings. Using simple techniques, you can extend the fruits of your labor into more months of the year so you re getting the most food possible from your garden.