On Sunday our friends took us to University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union. We lured the kids there with the promise of ice cream, but warned them in advance that there would be a photo session!
The boys worked off some excess energy with a little Parkour:
The Googleyezer got down to business:
The Googleyezer was here.
We found the perfect spot for photos!
Are we done yet?!
Gotta love those brats.
The flashbulbs were firing!
I loved how these ones turned out:
My friend Rosita took me to the newly opened Central Library branch of the Madison Public Library. It has been thoughtfully planned to meet the needs of a modern, urban community. Within the 119,200 square foot LEED certified building are dedicated spaces for children, teens, and adults. There are public meeting and study rooms, auditoriums, a cafe, art galleries, and a media lab. While we were there, a string quartet was rehearsing in one of the open spaces.
The Media Lab!
There was art everywhere:
A surprisingly charming work of art hanging in a stairwell, created with colorful old bookends
The capitol building made of parking garage tickets.
One of the most remarkable things about this library is how the community has taken into consideration the needs of the homeless. In recognition of the fact that libraries are often refuges for the homeless, space has been allotted to social service agencies that work with this population to help them find housing, treatment, and work. The library provides other programming for the homeless such as book clubs and movies as well.
My favorite spot in the library was “The Bubbler,” an art studio within the library that offers “hands-on pop-up workshops” led by local experts on everything from animation to screen printing. I was drawn to the far corner of the studio, where there was a “Wishing Tree”:
The wishes were handwritten on the backs of recycled card catalog cards:
My son and I are heading to Madison, Wisconsin today to visit friends we haven’t seen since last April when we met up in NYC to celebrate the boys’ 13th birthdays. We’re looking forward to catching up and taking lots of pictures!
Nicholas and Noah