eNews from Mayor Paul R. Soglin February 2014

Mayor Paul R. Soglin
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by public libraries nationwide with the objectives of promoting reading to newborns, infants and toddlers and encouraging parent and child bonding through reading. By focusing on early literacy, Madison Public Library partners with families, daycares, preschools, and organizations that serve families with young children to promote reading and school readiness for Madison's children.

City News & Updates

Madison Water Utility completes Project H2O installation contract under budget

After more than a year of door-to-door installations across the city, Madison Water Utility is pleased to announce that some 65,600 homes and businesses have now transitioned to the new Project H2O Advanced Metering Infrastructure system. The finished installations mean that we have completed our contract with prime project contractor, Itron, Inc., at about $100,000 under budget.

Take 10 to help Dane County's lakes and streams

Online survey seeks to improve water quality programs in the county.

Even in the middle of winter, there are plenty of ways for Madison residents to show their love for the lakes, including taking a short online survey to help protect and improve local water quality.

Madison one of Three State Capitals to Receive Green Design Assistance from EPA

Program will strengthen local economies, protect health, and improve the environment. Madison will receive technical assistance to explore ways to make pedestrian, bicycle improvements, and add green infrastructure, such as trees and rain gardens, to streets in the Triangle Neighborhood. The project aims to make it easier for residents to access nearby transit, open spaces, and the Monona Bay, and improve water quality in the bay.

No February Primary for City of Madison

For the first time since 1986, there will be no February Primary in the City of Madison. There are no primary contests for the county and school district races that will appear on City of Madison ballots April 1.

In the meantime, the City Clerk's Office encourages residents to check their voter registration. Registration for City of Madison voters will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. Voters may register at any Madison Public Library through March 12.

Phone Book Recycling is Easy

New phone books are starting to show up on doorsteps in Madison. Fortunately, it is easy to recycling old or unwanted phone books. Madison accepts phone books as part of its regular curbside recycling program.

Tax Assistance at all Madison Public Libraries

Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call (608) 266-6350 to make an appointment. Some situations are outside the scope of the service-- ask if in doubt.

Madison Arts Art Experiences

Photo Credit: Central Library

Nightlight

Night Light is our monthly after-hours series at Central Library that rotates between music, theater, dance, storytelling, performance art, and other live happenings. February 7th, 7-11pm. Poetry with Mark Wunderlich / Music with Clocks in Motion / Interactive Art Show Opening / Drinks with Forequarter.

Photo Credit: Central Library

Central Library Exhibitions

Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (3rd Floor) - inter|active Feb 1-28 (Opening Feb. 7th). An interactive art show featuring work by: Nathaniel Stern, Meg Mitchell, Kemper Smith, and Bryan Cera.

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February Event Calendar

Go to the City Event Calendar for more fun City and Community events!

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