Madison Public Library - Central Library

How I Discovered How Hilarious Depression Truly Is

In 2016, veteran humorist and public radio show personality, John Moe began to produce podcasts called the Hilarious World of Depression. A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease. Joined by guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F.


Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Hephaestus, a brand new musical from Madison native Nathan Fosbinder.

This program will feature scenes and songs from Music Theatre of Madison's production, Hephaestus, interspersed with analysis and background from professors William Aylward or William Brockliss, experts in Greek mythology from UW-Madison's Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies.

Drag Queen Storytime

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month in June, Madison Public Library will celebrate with thoughtful discussion, inclusive events, and expanded sessions of last year’s popular Drag Queen Storytime.

Event Details:

Bring your fabulous self and celebrate diversity, differences, and imagination through fun, age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with local drag performers. 

Crafts and facepainting at 10 am, storytime at 10:30. 

This program is intended for families with children of all ages, and grownups must be accompanied by a child.  

Get to Know Your Neighbor: Anton Treuer- Author Visit

Anton Treuer will come to speak about his book, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.  He will also talk about his work as a professor and an Ojibwe tribal member.

Short Biography (taken from

Anton Treuer (pronounced troy-er) is Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of 14 books. His equity, education, and cultural work has put him on a path of service around the region, the nation, and the world.

Wisconsin Film Festival Sneak Peeks

Wisconsin Film Festival Sneak Peeks

At “Sneak Peeks”, film guides will be distributed and attendees will view a package of trailers that highlight the wide range of international cinematic programming available at Wisconsin Film Festival. Festival staff will share their in-depth knowledge of historical and current trends in international filmmaking and discuss the artistry and creativity of non-mainstream cinema. Attendees will be encouraged to reflect on the glimpses of stories and participate in guided discussions of cinematic storytelling.