Events & Programs

Coming soon!


Two Armchair Art Tours with Dr. Norris

Art historian, Dr. Michael Norris returns with two armchair art tours. The first, Go, Van Gogh, takes place on Tuesday, January 22, 7pm. Dr. Norris introduces us to VanGogh, his art and life, and tells about VanGogh’s brilliant paintings, especially those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The second ‘tour’, Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, which takes place on Tuesday, February 26, 7pm, touches on the paintings of Franz Hals, Jan Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Along the way, learn about the Dutch Republic in its 17th century heyday, including its tulip mania and the Flying Dutchman! Spend an evening with us in the Chase Room and find out about these interesting artists. Please register online.


Kids Craft: No-sew Fleece Pillow (Ages 8 and up)

Wednesday, January 23rd, 4pm

Join us for a special afternoon craft series at the library. Free. Please register in advance. 

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Bad Art Night

Thursday, January 24th, 4-5:30pm

What is 'bad art'? Well... bad art is what you make of it! It's gaudy... it's outrageous... it's absolutely fun to make! Join us in the Chase Room for an evening of creations beyond anyones belief. Will you take home the Madison Public Library Bad Art trophy?

Registration is required. This program is only for Teens. 

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History of the Super Bowl

Sunday, January 27th, 2pm

The Super Bowl is much more than a football game, and as you might know, it is the only sports event that impacts every community in the United States. But, did you know that the Super Bowl rose out of the civil rights movement, specifically the African American Boycott of the AFL All Star Game in New Orleans? Evan Weiner, a veteran sports broadcaster will take us on a journey from the birth of the Super Bowl to the halftime shows, and everything in between, including how the famed football game got its name! Please register online.

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The Revolutionary War

Tuesday, January 29th, 7:30pm

Historian Joel Farkas will take you on a journey through the history of the Revolutionary War in 1 hour! This lecture spans 50 years of extraordinary people, and their achievements, presented in a “visual history” manner. Just in time to honor the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln! Please register online for this free program.

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Winter Wonderland!

Saturday, February 2nd, afternoon

Join the Madison Public Library for our second annual Winter Wonderland! This fun tradition celebrates all that winter has to offer, and we truly embrace that by holding Winter Wonderland outside in the Library's courtyard. The fun starts at 1pm, with crafts, science experiments, ice painting, and much more. We will also have a live ice carving by Jimmy of Artistic Creations. Then, at 2pm, Mad Science will entertain the older kids with a winter-themed show in the Chase Room, while the younger kids will have a visit from Miss Margie, the penguin! Younger kids will make penguin tails, listen to penguin stories, and finish up with a penguin parade. Don't miss it. For all ages.

Sphero Challenge: Boat Races (Ages 5-10)

Tuesday, February 5th, 4pm

Help design and decorate a boat and then use your waterproof Sphero to race it against everyone else!

Registration online required for this free event. 


Adult Craft Club

Thursday, February 7th, 1:30pm

Join us for the new Madison Public Library Craft Club! We will meet the first Thursday of every month in the library alcove at 1:30. We will explore a different craft each month - book folding, string art, decoupage, painting and much more! Registration is required so that supply needs can be determined. There is NO fee for this program.

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Tea and Chocolate Tasting

Monday, February 11th, 7pm 

Back by popular demand is tea expert, Marjorie Wang! Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have a tea and chocolate tasting! The guided tasting pairs three Chinese teas from historical terroirs with chocolate from Zotter, arguably one of the finest chocolate makers in the world. Participants will be introduced to the gangfu style of brewing tea, learn how to savor the tea in traditional three-sip cups, and observe the unique flavors that arise from the pairings. You won't want to miss this! Register early so you don't get shut out.

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President Who???

Tuesday, February 12th, 7pm 

 Please register online for this free event.

Standard programs for Presidents Day most likely include George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. BUT there are 45 presidents – or is it 44?  Now it’s time to remember the little-known Presidents of the United States. If anything, at least they fill in the holes of American history, and you will be able to determine why the headline question exists, and who inspired it. Included in this program are The Hole in the Donut; Benjamin Harrison; His Accidency, John Tyler; Franklin Pierce,(who didn’t even know he’d been nominated for President until he was told); Chester A. Arthur, a man with zero qualifications, who was nominated for Vice-President solely as a political expediency; and, of course, the ever popular Millard Fillmore. (Or is it Filmore?) Join us for more fun presidential facts!

Films at the Library

Free. No registration required.

(Film synopses derived from IMDb.)

Films resume in the Chase Room January 2019. Be sure to make time in your schedule for these great films.

some like it hot

Wednesday, January 23rd @ 7pm                                                                       

Some Like it Hot

1959/109 min/ NR

Stars Maryilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Two male musicians go on the lam posing as women in an all-girl orchestra after witnessing a gangland massacre in 1929 Chicago.


Wednesday, February 6th @ 7pm


1950/ 104 min/ NR

Stars James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Charles Drake, Jesse White

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane--but he may be wiser than anyone knows. 
12 angry men

Wednesday, February 20th @ 7pm

12 Angry Men

1957/ 95min/ NR

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.