Music and Memory at the Madison Public Library

On February 15th, the Madison Public Library Central location will be hosting Music and Memory, offering guests the opportunity to a free screening of the award-winning documentary on the use of music therapy with dementia patients, “Alive Inside.”

This event marks the launch of the Music and Memory program with the Madison Public Library system, encompassing eight library locations in the Madison area. Music and Memory was founded in 2006 in the greater New York area with the goal of bringing awareness to the use of music in “improving the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive and physical challenges.” From the Madison Public Library website:

“The connection between music and the areas of the brain that control memory and emotion has been recognized by neurologists for some time. In fact, our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. For people living with memory and cognitive disorders, personalized music can be therapeutic, helping them access memories from long ago and reconnect with the here and now.”

Another feature of the program is the ability to check out iPods preloaded with music chosen by the individual seeking therapy by certified librarians trained in music therapy. The eight libraries taking part in this program are:

Alicia Ashman Library
Central Library
Goodman South Madison Library
Hawthorne Library
Lakeview Library
Meadowridge Library
Pinney Library
Sequoya Library

“Alive Inside” will screen from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15th.

View the trailer here:

Thank you to the DFCC of Middleton for telling us about this awesome event!

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