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🎶 The Live on King Street lineup is here.

  • The free concert series draws thousands of people to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the summer. This year's lineup features Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Live On Queen Street (a drag block party), Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, KennyHoopla, and Margo Price.

🍎 Madison teachers are fighting for higher wages.

📣 The CUNA Mutual union has authorized a strike.

  • Members of the insurance company's union overwhelmingly voted in favor of going on strike if they don’t reach a contract deal with the company within a month.
  • Union members have alleged the company has refused to bargain in good faith over issues of healthcare, pensions, wages, and outsourcing.
  • The insurance company is one of Madison's largest employers with a local workforce of roughly 1,750. Of those employees, 450 are union members. Although the union formed in the 1940s, this is the first time the body has authorized a strike.
  • Dig deeper: Union turmoil at CUNA Mutual (Isthmus)
Image and story by Sam Hoisington

☕ Garth’s Brew Bar is now a coffee shop, too.

  • The Monroe Street bar is known for its craft beer selection, but recently expanded to also serve a full range of coffee drinks.
  • The coffee is sourced from local roaster Wonderstate and complemented by a pastry selection from Bloom Bakeshop.
  • With the expansion to coffee comes recently expanded hours, too. The bar now opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

🏘️ Your lunchtime read: 150 police calls, 7 in one day: Life at Madison's 'M Block' apartments.

  • Cap Times: "Life inside an affordable housing complex on Madison’s far east side has been frustrating and frightening, according to tenants and neighbors who’ve witnessed as many as seven police responses in a single day at the site. [...]

    The Meadowlands, a 225-unit complex with subsidized housing, opened in 2022 and was built by Indianapolis-based company KCG. Living there has become so problematic for some tenants they're fleeing: One couple broke their lease to move out after less than five months."
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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

Spring flowers adorn the Madison Public Library downtown. Credit: Molly Stentz

Five Things You Didn’t Know Your Library Card Could Do

The Madison Public Library has a wealth of resources beyond books.
Your little orange card can help you grow a garden or get across town. You can digitize those old family photos or make cheap photocopies.
Tana Elias, the library’s digital services and marketing, lets us in on a few things you probably didn’t know your little card can do.

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