Read to a Dog
Read to Chase!
Mondays March 19, April 16, and May 21
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.
Spring Break Family Book Group
Monday, March 26th - 6:30 - 7:30 PM
School's Out - Start your spring break with a discussion of the Newbery Award winning classic novel
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
* * There will be a drawing for 4 free tickets to the new Disney movie, opening in theaters March 9th * *
The first 12 families to sign up will get a free copy of the book.
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract". - GoodReads.com
Sign up and get your free copy of the book at the Circulation Desk at the library, or call 798-3881.
Cooking with Chef J. Miller
Wednesday, March 28th: 2-3:30 (ages 4-8, children under 7 will need a grown-up helper)
Thursday, March 29th: 2-3:30 (ages 9-17)
Join Chef J. Miller of RedBarn Catering and make a variety of tasty sweet and savory tartlets from scratch. Explore different flavor combinations, like Pears & Rosemary, Goat Cheese & Honey, Strawberries & Vanilla, and many more! Captivate all the senses in this fun introduction to cooking.
Participants with dietary restrictions welcome. Please specify restriction upon registration. Please call 798-3881 to register!
Thursday, April 19th, 6:30 PM
Want a garden but live in a condo or apartment? Would you like to garden without putting a lot of stress on your legs and back? If so, join us for this free class! A certified Master Gardener Volunteer from the Dane County UW-Extension will be here to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different container types, container soils and their characteristics, watering and fertilizing schedules, plant that are well-suited for containers, and container design. This program is provided in partnership with the LIFE Foundation.
Please call 798-3881 to sign up for this free class!
2018 Seed Exchange
It's time for the annual seed exchange, sponsored by the Cross Plains Garden Club. The exchange is for the gardener who wants to try new varieties, needs just a few seeds of this or that, or has seeds they cannot use and want to share. The rules are pretty simple - take some seeds, leave some seeds, don't be greedy, share with others. All seeds donated to the exchange must be labeled. If you need to keep the original seed package, put the donated seeds in a paper envelope (available at the library), and write what they are on the outside. We also have a free seed catalog exchange, so bring in the catalogs you're done with, pick up a couple of new ones, and continue to think spring!
Patchwork Folk Art
Textile Art by Laurie Bragg-Valaskey
Local textile artist, Laurie Bragg-Valaskey, uses quilting and applique techniques to tell her favorite stories with fabric. Influenced by both folk and modern art, Laurie’s fabric art is inspired by old family photos, the natural world, and her own photography. Come in for a peek into Laurie's world!
The exhibit runs now through March 31st.
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.