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Friday, June 07, 2024

Monthly Knit Night

6:00 PM - 7:50 PM
Monona Public Library
Other
Pop in for our Monthly Knit Night, the third Tuesday of each month. 

This is an informal, drop-in knitting event. Bring your own project and spend some time in the company of other creative folks. 

Beginners are also welcome. Experienced knitters will be on hand with skill, support, and patience. Random yarn and knitting needles are also available for learning. 

A BIG THANK YOU to the Madison Knitters Guild for their support!

We will meet upstairs near the windows that overlook the park.
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Online Author Talk: Asian American Representation in Literature: An Author Talk with Rebecca F. Kuang

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monona Public Library
This program takes place virtually. To register, follow this link: https://libraryc.org/mymononalibrary/upcoming
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We welcome you to register for a thrilling conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang (R.F. Kuang) as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, Yellowface. Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.

In Yellowface, Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars. But Athena’s a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.

So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers during World War I.

So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

White lies, dark humor, and deadly consequences await within the pages of Yellowface. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable. Register to join the conversation! 

About the Author:  Rebecca F. Kuang is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford; she is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies diaspora, contemporary Chinese literature, and Asian American literature.

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This program takes place virtually. To register, follow this link: https://libraryc.org/mymononalibrary/upcoming
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Eco-Action Tuesdays - File 13 Tour: Your E-Waste Solution!

6:30 PM - 7:50 PM
Monona Public Library
Eco-Action Tuesdays is taking a field trip this month to File 13 E-Waste Solutions LLC., 3008 Meier Rd in Madison. File 13 is a secure and responsible disposal path for discarded electronics. It supports the principles of serving our planet through reducing, reusing and recycling; serving people by providing excellent customer service; and serving the workforce by creating a safe, respectful, fair and democratic workplace, keeping these jobs in the US.  File 13 strives to serve our planet to decrease the demands on Earth's finite resource which helps mitigate climate change!

There is strict limit of 20 attendees for this program. If you are sure you are able to attend, please register soon, as the spaces will fill quickly. There will be a waiting list of 5 people. If you register and are unable to attend, please cancel so someone else can fill your place. The day before the presentation an email will be sent out to those registered with directions and specifics about where to enter the building.

Eco-Action Tuesdays is sponsored by MGE. As usual, there will be a door prize and light refreshments! 


 



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Tech Tutoring

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monona Public Library

Got a gadget that has you down? Have a tech challenge you need help with? Sign up for a 30-minute session with Dan, the amazing tech guru! This program is offered on the first Saturday of each month. If unable to attend a scheduled session, call 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule. 


This session does NOT replace professional technical support. Dan is unable to assist with complex topics such as hacked systems, publishing e-books, etc. Dan may offer advice on these types of topics but will not be able to directly assist.

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Online Author Talk: For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet with Smithsonian Curator Matt Shindell

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monona Public Library
This program takes place virtually. To register, follow this link: https://libraryc.org/mymononalibrary/upcoming
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Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, geologic kinship with Earth, and potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement.

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures across eras and around the world who have made sense of this mysterious planet. Shindell will highlight historical figures such as: 

  • Mayan astrologer priests who incorporated Mars into seasonal calendars and religious ceremonies; 
  • Babylonian astrologers who discerned bad omens; 
  • figures of the Scientific Revolution who struggled to comprehend it as a world; 
  • Victorian astronomers who sought signs of intelligent life; and
  • 20th- and 21st-century scientists who have established a technological presence on its surface. 

Along the way, we will encounter writers and artists from each period who take readers and viewers on imagined journeys to Mars.

By focusing on the diverse human stories behind the telescopes and behind the robots we know and love, Shindell will show how Mars exploration has evolved in ways that have also expanded knowledge about other facets of the universe. Register now for this captivating voyage through time!

About the Author: Matthew Shindell, Ph.D., is a historian of science with a background in science studies. He is Curator of Earth and Planetary Science at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for the Museum’s collection of spacecraft, instruments, and other artifacts related to the exploration and study of our Earth and solar system. He co-hosts the Museum’s podcast, AirSpace. He curated the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Exploring the Planets, and is leading a curatorial team developing the exhibition Futures in Space. Shindell is the author of For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet (2023) and The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey (2019), coauthor of Spaceships (2023), Our Future in Space (2023), and Discerning Experts (2019), and co-editor of Smithsonian American Women (2019).  

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This program takes place virtually. To register, follow this link: https://libraryc.org/mymononalibrary/upcoming
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Nature Playgroup! (ages 2-6)

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Monona Public Library
Other
Outdoor Playgroup is now Nature Playgroup!

An excellent way for children and their adults to socialize outside. Activities may include but are not limited to open-ended play, blocks, storytelling, puppets, scavenger hunts, crafts, and more! Ages 2-6 but younger and older siblings/friends are always welcome.  If the weather is questionable, we will do our best to move our nature-themed activities inside. 

Please fill out this new Google Form for important updates like cancellations due to inclement weather and location changes. 

Drop-in!
No registration is needed.

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Badger Talk: The Adventure Gap ~ Changing the Face of the Outdoors

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room
A presentation on the role of people of color in the protection and preservation of out public land and national heritage. Who gets to use our nation’s wild places? Who is welcome in the parks? Who feels safe hiking in the wilderness? How do we change the status quo to make an “outdoors for all?”

The nation’s wild places — from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas — belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that Black American author James Edward Mills addresses in his 2014 book, “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.”
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James Edward Mills is a freelance journalist and National Geographic Explorer who specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving, and practices of sustainable living. He has worked in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer, and photographer. He is the author of the book “The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” and the co-writer/co-producer of the documentary film An American Ascent.

James has written for the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Magazine, and Wisconsin Trails. He is currently a contributor to several outdoor-focused print and online publications such as National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, the Clymb, Park Advocate, High Country News, Land & People, Sierra, Backpacker, Outside Magazine, The Guardian and The New York Times.
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Busy Bee Baby Storytime (ages 0-2)

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Monona Public Library
Story Room
Busy Bee Baby Storytime for our youngest patrons (ages 0-2yrs old) and their caregivers.
Join us for 15 - 20 minutes of fun singing, rhymes, fingerplays, and reading together! 

Stay and play afterward to practice early literacy tips and social-emotional learning skills. 

Siblings and friends are welcome. 

No registration is needed.
Free drop-in event.

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Music & Stories with Junebug! (ages 2-5)

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room

*SPECIAL GUEST Junko Yamauchi Stewart of JUNEBUG!!*


We are thrilled to have Junko, an Early Childhood Music, and Movement Educator, and a member of the Madison Japanese Taiko Drumming Group, "BENI DAIKO" join us today! You may have seen Junko around Madison at the Children's Museum or Kids in the Rotunda at the Overture Center.


Enjoy 20-30 min of Music and Stories with Junebug! Ages 2-5 years old but younger and older siblings/friends are always welcome. Stay aftward to play and socialize. 


No registration is needed.

Free drop-in program.





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Online Author Talk: Psychological Thrillers and the Queen of Twists– An Author Talk with Freida McFadden

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
This program takes place virtually. To register, follow this link: https://libraryc.org/mymononalibrary/upcoming
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Get your popcorn and take a seat as we pick the brain of the queen of twists herself, Freida McFadden! McFadden will join us to chat about writing psychological thrillers, her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series, in particular her forthcoming (June 11, 2024) third installment, The Housemaid Is Watching

The next installment is full of unbelievable twists and tension as it continues to follow Millie Calloway. She used to clean other people’s houses—now, she can’t believe this new home is actually hers. The charming kitchen, the quiet cul-de-sac, the huge yard where her kids can play. She and her husband saved for years to give their children the life they deserve.

Even though she’s wary of their new neighbor, Mrs. Lowell when she invites them over for dinner, it’s their chance to make friends, so they accept the invitation. Mrs. Lowell’s maid opens the door wearing a white apron, her hair in a tight bun. Millie knows exactly what it’s like to be in her shoes. But the maid’s cold stare gives her chills…

The Lowells’ maid isn’t the only strange thing on their street. Millie’s sure she sees a shadowy figure watching them. Her husband leaves the house late at night. And when she meets a woman who lives across the way, her words chill to the bone: Be careful of your neighbors.

Millie wonders: Did they make a terrible mistake moving their family here?

About the Author: #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sunday Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Her novels have been translated into over 30 languages.

Freida lives with her family and black cat in a centuries-old three-story home overlooking the ocean, with staircases that creak and moan with each step, and nobody could hear you if you scream. Unless you scream really loudly, maybe.

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This program takes place virtually. To register, follow this link: https://libraryc.org/mymononalibrary/upcoming
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Registration is open

Tech Tutoring

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monona Public Library

Got a gadget that has you down? Have a tech challenge you need help with? Sign up for a 30-minute session with Dan, the amazing tech guru! This program is offered on the first Saturday of each month. If unable to attend a scheduled session, call 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule. 


This session does NOT replace professional technical support. Dan is unable to assist with complex topics such as hacked systems, publishing e-books, etc. Dan may offer advice on these types of topics but will not be able to directly assist.

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Nature Playgroup! (ages 2-6) MUSIC TOGETHER!

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Monona Public Library
Other
Today we have a special guest! 

Music Together with Susan!


An excellent way for children and their adults to socialize OUTSIDE. Activities may include but are not limited to open-ended play, blocks, storytelling, puppets, scavenger hunts, crafts, and more! Ages 2-6 but younger and older siblings/friends are always welcome.  If the weather is questionable, we will do our best to move our nature-themed activities inside. 

Please fill out this new Google Form for important updates like cancellations due to inclement weather and location changes. 

Drop-in!
No registration is needed.

View More

Monthly Knit Night

6:00 PM - 7:50 PM
Monona Public Library
Other
Pop in for our Monthly Knit Night, the third Tuesday of each month. 

This is an informal, drop-in knitting event. Bring your own project and spend some time in the company of other creative folks. 

Beginners are also welcome. Experienced knitters will be on hand with skill, support, and patience. Random yarn and knitting needles are also available for learning. 

A BIG THANK YOU to the Madison Knitters Guild for their support!

We will meet upstairs near the windows that overlook the park.
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