Holiday Drop-in Crafts!
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Thursday, December 13 at 9:30 AM
Please call 798-3881 to sign up!
Based on the inspiring true story about the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim, and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol, this film shows how Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale. Rated PG. Run time is 104 minutes.
The coffee and treats are ready at 9:00 AM, so join us a little early.
Saturday Morning at the Movies
Saturday, December 15, 10:30 - 12:30
Incredibles 2 by Disney/Pixar Studios
As the 2018 People's Choice Award winner for Favorite Family Movie, you'll definitely want to catch this one! The same all-star cast of the Parr family that rocked the superhero world in the original Incredibles movie is back for more laughter-filled exciting adventures. Join us for some cozy family time, and a break from the holiday shopping rush. Fresh and delicious popcorn for all. Rated PG, run time 118 minutes.
** Enter to win a $25 movie gift card by making a suggestion for our Saturday Morning at the Movies family movie series for next season! You need not be present to win, you can call the library 798-3881 with your suggestion and we'll enter your name! **
Tween Book Club
Monday, December 17 @ 4:00 PM
The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex
When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her.She meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster. This book has been universally enjoyed by readers of all ages!
After the book discussion we will have our annual HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP! Please bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share.
All are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library circulation desk, please stop by to pick up a copy and sign up for this fun event!
Free Job Services Assistance Here!
No Outreach in December
Our Job Services Employment and Training Specialist will not be available to assist you at the library in December. However if you would like some help or have questions, you can call Job Services of Wisconsin at 888-258-9966 or go to their website at jobcenterofwisconsin.com. Click here to see the on-site hiring events at the Job Center the first week of December.
Cooking with Huma - Samosas!
Saturday, January 26th
2:00 - 4:15 PM
Ages 16 and older
Huma Siddiqui is back to teach us how to prepare that most popular of Pakistani/Indian appetizers, the samosa, a delicious deep-fried pastry filled with spicy potatoes. She will also show us how to make Raiti, a yogurt, cumin, cilantro side sauce. To try your hand at making this perfect comfort food, call 798-3881 to sign up. Space is limited. Don't miss this free program!
January 2019 Carpe Librum Book Discussion Group Selection
Please join us the first week of December for two special musical programs with Music Together™ teacher, Catherine Olson.
Tuesday, December 4th @ 10 for Wigglers and Gigglers (babies and toddlers)
Thursday, December 6th @ 10 for Big Kids Booktime (ages 3-5)
Faces of Railroading: Railroads and the Making of Madison and Dane County
November 13, 2018 through January 15, 2019
Our newest exhibit features historical and contemporary photographs of railroad workers who kept the trains going in Dane County. These photographs are provided by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.
Conductor Tom Burke smiles as he helps passengers climb aboard the last Milwaukee Road passenger train out of the Madison depot on April 30, 1971.
Photograph by John Gruber.
Click here for more information about this exhibit.
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.
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.
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.