Now Open Tuesday Evenings
Sex and the Singular Orchid
Monday, January 22nd @ 6:30 PM
With more than 24,000 recognized species, the orchid family is one of the largest families of flowering plants. Of interest to biologists is that most orchids have an unusual mating system which drives orchid speciation and helps explain the often bizarre, showy and long-lasting flowers. Join us when Jeff Baylis, member of the Madison Orchid Grower’s Guild and former UW professor, will be here to discuss the defining characteristics of orchids and their mating system. Please call 798-3881 to sign up!
And don’t miss the Madison Orchid Grower’s Guild photography exhibit which is on display at the library through January 26th!
Family Fort Night
Monday, January 29th - 6:00 - 7:45 PM
Find your campsite anywhere in the libary, sheets and clips will be available, or bring your own materials/supplies for building your fort. Flashlights and "Walking S'Mores" will help set the mood. Catherine will be on hand to help you find books to read in your fort. All are welcome - bring the whole family!
Read to a Dog
Read to Chase!
Monday, January 29, February 26, March 19
Between 4:00 and 5:30 PM
Chase, our reading dog, is a Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix. He loves kids and snuggling and loves to be read to. This program is for all ages of children, and is particularly valuable for reluctant readers.
Chase has a very interesting story of his own. His owner, Jenny, wrote a chapter about him in the book Love, Animals & Miracles, by Dr. Bernie Siegel & Cynthia Hurn. Read his story here.
Sign up for a 15 minute reading appointment with Chase by calling the library at 608-798-3881.
Thursday, February 8th
Please call 798-3881 to sign up!
This film tells the heartfelt and uplifting story of Frank Adler (Chris Evans) a single man dedicated to raising his spirited young niece, Mary (McKenna Grace), a child prodigy. The happy duo’s life together is threatened when Mary’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of her overbearing grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) who has other plans for the girl. Also starring Octavia SPencer. Rated PG-13. Run time is 101 minutes. Coffee and treats are ready at 9:00 AM.
Swedish Death Cleaning - What??
Saturday, February 10th
Please call 798-3881 to sign up.
Over the course of our lifetimes, we can accumulate a lot of stuff, and at the end of life, our stuff becomes someone else's stuff if we haven't dealt with it. Madison Attorney, Melinda Gustafson Gervasi, an estate planner, will be here to tell us about Swedish Death Cleaning, a Scandinavian concept designed to encourage people to review their possessions, doing away with the unneeded and making a plan for the loved ones we will eventually leave behind. The idea stems from the book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. The discussion will review the basic premise of the book and explore how it connects with estate planning in Wisconsin.
Cooking with Huma!
Thursday, February 15th at 6:30 PM
Please call 798-3881 to sign up.
Join Huma Siddiqui for a cooking demonstration focusing on the creative use of spices in Pakistani cuisine! Huma will demonstrate how to prepare delicious Sajji meatballs with Sajji Masala, served with Mediterranean couscous and an English cucumber/tomate salad.
Funding provided by the Friends of the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library
This exhibit is presented as part of its educational mission to promote the conservation and appreciation of orchids. Click here for more information.
Revenue from the sales of photographs will benefit the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library and the Orchid Growers’ Guild.
Winter Storytime News
Stories to Keep Us Moving - January 9 - March 29
Wigglers and Gigglers (for babies and toddlers) - Tuesdays @ 10
Big Kids Booktime (ages 3-5) - Thursdays @ 10
This winter we'll be moving and grooving with stories and songs about, trucks, trains, buses and even our own two feet. We'll have some special programs too, including a story time on January 18th at Milestone Senior Living, and special guest Renee Frey from Musical Pathways on January 25th.
For a full list of programs see our Winter Story Time Schedule.
A Call for Books, DVDs, CDs, and Puzzles
The Friends of the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library are asking for donations of gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and puzzles to be sold at their book sales. Please drop your items off at the library during open library hours, and let us know if you want a tax receipt. Proceeds from the sales are used to support programming and special projects.
No text books, Time/Life series books or encyclopedia sets, please.
Get Your Cap Times Here!
The library now carries the weekly Cap Times. Stop by each week, and get your free copy
Library is Local Drop-off Site for the Mazomanie Food Pantry
When you return your library materials, don’t forget to bring in a non-perishable item for the food pantry. Your donations are much needed and greatly appreciated! No expired or previously opened food, please.
Open Music Jam
Do you have a guitar gathering dust? Are you a harmonica player without a band? Don’t play an instrument, but like to sing or simply listen? Stop by the library on Thursday nights at 6:00 and join other area musicians in a weekly music jam! From beginner to way good, all abilities welcome!
Beyond the Page
Join the Beyond the Page campaign, a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County – forever. Please help support our library's access to funding for future programs.
- Learn more here
- Listen to an interview about the campaign with Tom Linfield of the Madison Community Foundation, Verona Public Library's former director, Brian Simons, and NPR's Kathleen Dunn.
- Read WISC Editorial Director Neil Heinen's editorial about the campaign.
The library system's Overdrive eBook collection is now compatible with the Kindle, Nook, and Reader as well as other mobile devices. To get started right away go to the Digital Download Center.