Welcome Madison Public Library Patrons!

I've been thinking that we should have a trumpet fanfare when this site is opened at least for this first issue of the Madison Public Library's online newsletter and blog. There probably is a way to do that, but it's beyond me. I'm a novice blogger. Anyway, welcome to our newsletter and blog.

I hope that this will become an important communications link--that you will add this to your list of favorite sites and visit it often. The newsletter will contain up-to-date information about events taking place at the library, lists of the newest additions to the collection, and other features. In addition, I'm counting on you to respond with suggestions, comments, ideas, reviews, and opinions. I look forward to reading what you have to say.

There may be a few glitches along the way, but I expect this venture into cyberspace will be interesting and fun. Keep in touch.

Nancy Sabbe

Nancy wants to know: What features would you like to see in our upcoming newsletters? Post your comments on the "comments" link below.

Summer Reading Program Wrap-Up

The Summer Reading Program has been in full swing and the end is getting near! But don't worry; it's never too late to join! We still have many prizes to give away and there's much fun to be had.

The program will officially end on July 19th. Those who have completed their reading logs for all 8 weeks of the program will then be eligible to choose a book from the library's book fair anytime between July 21st and August 2nd. We're very excited about our selection of books this year!

Friday, July 11th we will be showing Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Friday, July 18th James and the Giant Peach will be on the big screen. These will be the last Friday Films for the summer and both will begin at 2:00 on those dates.

The Summer Storytime Session will continue through the week of July 14th for those who are 3, 4, & 5 years old. See the website or contact a staff member for more detailed information.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to get hold of a staff member.

Dana Neu

Featured Reader

Our Featured Reader is a familiar face to many area readers as both an avid reader and a librarian. Maxine Swanson has always been a reader and most recently was the librarian for the Madison Area School District.

The Public Library in her hometown of Cresbard, South Dakota, was in the basement of the Masonic Temple. Maxine remembers it as a cozy place where Mrs. Way, the librarian, helped her find books about the Bobbsey Twins, the Happy Hollisters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

Maxine says that Anne of Green Gables by L. L. Montgomery is still her favorite book. She rereads the books by L. L. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables in the summer, but in the winter prefers the familiar tales by Louisa May Alcott. She lists Janet Evanovich's books featuring Stephanie Plum as some of her more recent favorites.

If you are out early in the morning, you might catch a glimpse of Maxine running past. Running is another of her passions, and with audiobooks, she can run and "read" at the same time. On summer evenings you can find her relaxing with a book on her deck. At any one time, Maxine is reading three different books--a traditional book, a book on cassette tape, and a book on CD.

Maxine encourages readers to check out the LibraryThing website at www.librarything.com. The site offers many options for bibliographies, and now that she is a retired person, Maxine intends to take advantage of them more often herself.

Maxine is always happy to talk about books--in person or online. Blog her on the comments link below.