Alice's Ordinary People
Documentary Screening with Filmmaker,
Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 PM
Join filmmaker and director, Crain Dudnick, for the free screening of his one-hour documentary film, Alice's Ordinary People, that explores the life and times of Chicago Civil Rights activist, Alice Tregay. Alice's inspiring story is about ordinary people effecting extraordinary change for human rights.
After the screening, Dudnick will share how he came to make the film and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up is appreciated but not required. Call 798-3881.
Program funding is provided by a Beyond the Page grant and the Madison Community Foundation.
New Photography Exhibit
Photographs by Lucy Ramirez Cornejo
August 12th through October 13th
This exhibit was inspired by Lucy's experiences while working for her State’s Government in Mexico. Being subjected to misogyny and sexual harassment, Lucy has turned a profoundly negative experience into something beautiful. Don’t miss this outstanding show.
School's Out Movie
Friday, Sept. 28, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Time for our first School's Out event of the new school year! Join us on a Friday afternoon for the movie based on the beloved, bestselling novel, Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. This movie tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences, who enters the fifthe grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. This story offers a wonderful opportunity to start conversations about acceptance, and finding friends and allies in a new school setting.
Join us for some afternoon entertainment, including freshly popped popcorn.
Please call to register: 608-798-3881, or stop by the service desk in the library.
Thursday, October 4th, 6:30 PM
Please call 608-798-3881 to sign up for this free program!
You're not alone if a lot of what you hear about election security doesn't make sense to you. Karen McKim, Coordinator of Wisconsin Election Integrity, a non-partisan, non-profit citizens' group, will be here to talk about the risks, the non-risks, and the safeguards that are or could be in place to protect elections.
Rake, Pile, Leap: a Colorful Fall Celebration
Saturday, October 6: 10:30 - Noon
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Fall Celebration
Book Club - NEW DATE
Thurs, Oct 18th, 9:30 AM
Please call 798-3881 to sign up!
Please join us for this romantic comedy about four lifelong friends (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen) whose book club attempts to shake things up by tackling the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. Rated PG-13. Run time is 103 minutes. The coffee and treats are ready at 9:00 AM!
Free Job Services Assistance Here!
Dane County Regional Job Center is September 21st
A Job Service representative will be at the library Friday, September 21st from 10:00 AM to noon to provide one-on-one assistance with job searching, resume writing and editing, interview skills, etc. Call to make an appointment today! Walk-ins are also welcome!
Estate Planning 101
Wednesday, November 7th
No surprises! Everyone over 18 years old should consider estate planning! Attorney Melinda Gustafson Gervasi will be joining us to talk about the key elements of estate planning and provide resources to enable you to complete a plan of your own.
To register for this free program, please call the library at 798-3881.
Colors and Numbers and Shapes, Oh My!
Join us for Wigglers and Gigglers (babies and toddlers) storytimes every Tuesday at 10, and Big Kids Booktime every Thursday at 10.
Carpe Librum Book Discussion Group - U.W. Go Big Read
Summer Library Program Raises Funds for Cross Plains Schools
Pictured here are children's librarian, Catherine Baer, Stacy Eslinger (St. Francis Xavier), Emily Spahn (Park Elementary) and Anne Vanderbloomen (Glacier Creek)
We can make a difference as a community. Over the past few years, we have offered kids the opportunity to earn a charitable donation with their reading, instead of a chance at a grand prize. This summer, for our Libraries Rock summer reading program, our registered readers raised funds for the three school music departments in Cross Plains. Each week that a participant completed their reading goal, they were invited to come in for a small prize, and put a note up on the music sheet for their "band" (school). Community sponsors donated funds, so that the children wouldn't need to solicit funds on their own. We would like to thank those in the community for sponsoring the donation:
Century 21 Affiliated - Mike Roessler, Cross Plains Lions Club, Cross Plains Optimist Club, Heid Music, Kwik Trip, Midwest Dental and the State Bank of Cross Plains.
We owe many thanks as well to our guest performer and program sponsors:
The Friends of the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Heid Music, the South Central Library System, Saeman Lumber, Lancaster's Piggly Wiggly, and Rick Scott.
Reading Incentive Sponsors:
Heid Music, Pizza Hut, Schuster's Playtime Farm, Eugster's Farm, Dane County Fair, Madison Mallards and the MIlwaukee Public Museum
Program Presentation Volunteers:
Krista Thusius, Renee Frye, Erica Wagoner, and Anne Moser
Program Help Volunteers and Reading Buddies:
Josh Leslie, Jake Leslie, Sandra Culligan, Sinead Culligan, Zoe Ystenes, Cadence Wells, Susan Moss, Jane Moritz, and Elaine Dorn
And many, many thanks to all who support our library!
New Storm Drain Mural – We’re on the map!
Do you know where the water that washes down your storm drain goes? A new Storm Drain Mural Program led by the Madison Area Stormwater Partnership, Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept. and Dane Arts Mural Arts (DAMA) is using art as a vessel to help teach students and communities across Dane County about stormwater. Once completed their map will highlight 20 storm drain murals across Dane County. Check them out at www.ripple_effects.com, and click on Cross Plains! Along with the DAMA team and high school student volunteers, we had three Cross Plains students helping: Zoe Hyland, Julia Burkholder, and Megan Peters.
Carpe Librum Book Discussion Group
Materials Donations to the Library
The Friends of the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library are asking for donations of gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, and games to be sold at their book sales. Before you pack up you donations, please check out the list of items the Friends can and cannot accept.
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.
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.