March Reading Challenge Reviews 2018

The Reading Challenge is in full swing once again: but with new prizes- a Madison Public Library Hoodie!!! The winner of the March Reading Challenge is.. Becky Senner! She read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and reviewed it as: "The classics are always a new read even if you've read it many times before!" There were 39 people who participated in the March reading challenge. Some of the reviews are down below! Thanks to all for participating! Pat S. read The Tiger in the House by Jacqueline Sheehan: "Fun mystery with a little romance!" Carrie S. read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: "Amazing YA book about gun violence and police brutality." Trudi S. read Hardcore Twenty Four by Janet

New Teen Space

I (A) sat down with Lisa (L), the children's librarian to find out how the new teen space was brought to life A: So tell me what the process of the Teen Space was like! L: The Madison Public Library applied for a grant about a year and a half ago for a smart space. We received the grant, which was exciting , but we weren't sure what we wanted to do exactly. We got the community involved and asked them what they wanted in the library, by using dot boards, etc. When we were refining the process, the community got to vote on four different ideas that the library came up with- a maker space, an office type area, a gaming space, and the last was the teen space! The teen space came out ahead so we

A Day in the Life of a Librarian!

Since it's National Library Worker's day I asked Mel to tell me what a typical day in her life looks like! It usually varies day to day, so not all days look just like this one, since Mel has lots to do, but here's your glance into the life of a librarian!! Enjoy! 10 AM - Arrive to work/ check and reply to emails - Finished cleaning disc backlog from when the disc machine was off getting cleaned - Counted and randomly chose out March 2018 Book Challenge Winner (assisted by Pat!) - It was Becky Senner (Congrats!) so I called and left her an exciting message about winning! :) 11 AM - Prepare the display cases for the next collection by calling and confirming pickup of current Grinch items - Pr

Book Review: A Man Called Ove

Review by Dana Van Zanten-Neu A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Ove is a man of principle who tries to do the right thing and in doing so comes across as a thoughtless, uncaring grump. Learning about Ove's past, we realize he is almost justified in his misery. Through flashbacks of his past problems and tragedies we empathize and begin to understand why he is such a curmudgeon. The book, while simple in many ways, is entwined with larger, thought provoking themes: love, death, personal development, growth, family, and aging (sometimes not-so) gracefully. And while the author paints a picture of a grumpy old man on the surface, as you get to know him and his story he transforms into a likea

April Newsletter

April 8th - 14th is National Library Week - Check out what we've got going on!