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Rosemary Garfoot Public Library
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Hours: Mon., Wed., Th. - 9-8 Tues., Fri. - 9-5 Sat. - 10-2, Sun. - closed


Going, going, gone!

The Second Annual Friends AMAZING (PREVIOUSLY OWNED) ART AUCTION has come to a close, and the Friends want to thank everyone - donors, volunteers, and bidders - for making this a terrific fundraiser! Proceeds from the auction will benefit expanded programming for children, teens and adults.


Community Art Show

Do you dabble in paints, paper or clay?  Make quilts, baskets, jewelry, or carve wood?  Is photography your hobby?  This is a chance to show the community your art or craft creation!  Starting November 13th, drop off your favorite piece of self-created art or craft item, and we’ll exhibit it for you when the library becomes your Community Art Gallery.  This show is for all ages and all abilities so don’t be shy! 

The show will run from November 24th through December 31st.  We will continue to accept pieces throughout the show.  All work will be returned at the end of the show. 

We hope you'll participate, and help make this a terrific community event!  Please call Kris at 798-3881 if you have any questions.


Green Tuesday

December 2nd at 6:30 PM

Unwasted: The Future of Business on Earth

Woman placing a bottle in a bin of recylables.

Businesses produce nearly as much waste as they do product. Disposal, recycling, and composting are costly, but what is the real cost to business and the community? This documentary presents the ideal of zero waste as a key element of the sustainable business model. Featuring interviews with industry leaders, policy-makers, activists, scientists, and business professionals from the Pacific Northwest region who are leading the charge toward a less wasteful, more profitable and environmentally sustainable society, the film describes some of the strategies currently being employed to extract value out of waste materials. Run time is 50 minutes.


Carpe Librum Book Group

Thursday, December 4 @ 6:00 PM

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Book cover with photo of painting detail of swan and reclining woman's legs.

Join the Carpe Librum Book Discussion Group on Thursday, December 4, at 6 p.m. for a conversation about Elizabeth Kostova’s historical thriller, The Swan Thieves. Explore the intricate plot puzzle that deals with the themes of art, madness and obsession.



A World Gone Mad: World War II Presentation by Historian, Jim Gibbons

Wednesday, December 10 @ 6:30 PM

President Franklin Roosevelt at press conference.


Historian, Jim Gibbons, will be at the library on December 10th at 6:30 PM to present his interesting and engaging program, A World Gone Mad: World War II. Gibbons will highlight significant events that thrust the United States into this unwanted war, including Germany, Italy, and Japan’s mad, manipulative race to power; the bombing of Pearl Harbor, London, Warsaw, Stalingrad, and Leningrad; and the seizing of Paris. Gibbons will show how the United States, Great Britain, and Russia united together to bring down and eventually destroy these Axis Powers.

Gibbons has been researching history and historical figures for many years. Using his slogan, “Life is no mystery when you know your history,” he has a passion for retelling historical stories of presidential as well as United States history, with a strong emphasis on how history continually repeats. Jim’s goal is to not only teach the important parts of history, but to point out that if history's warnings are heeded, mankind stands to have a brighter future.

Refreshments will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. If you need special accommodations, please call the library at 798-3881.

In order to facilitate program planning, please call 798-3881 to sign up.


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 PageImage of White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland standing on an open book.

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.


eBook News

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.