Meet the Artist . . . Jackson Richards

If you've been in the library in recent weeks you will have noticed the very colorful origami art in the display cases. This work was done by our very own patron, Jackson Richards.

The public is invited to attend a
Meet the Artist reception for Jackson on Thursday, August 28, from 7-8 pm.

Jackson was kind enough to answer a few interview questions:

Tell us a little about yourself:
I am 12 years old. I live just outside of the city limits in a big 1918 house. I have three dogs, six cats, and a horse. Me and my brother, Gabe, just recently bought ourselves a Wii game system. I love to play the piano and sing and play violin. I love animals, gardening, and flowers.
When did you get interested in origami and how long have you been doing this? When I was in the third grade my brother Gabe checked out a book about origami and did it for almost six months. In fifth grade I looked for the book but could not find it. I checked out another not-so-good book and lost interest. Just this spring, I checked out a great book, and have been doing it ever since. I have just recently gotten rather good at it.
What is you favorite source for origami patterns? Books. Particularly "Origami: The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding".
Where do you get your materials? Usually at Michael's or Hobby Lobby.
What other interests do you have? All things. Music, tennis, papercraft, writing, reading, making graphs, playing frisbee, swimming, watching the Olympics, and skating.
Thank you. You're welcome.

From Nancy . . .

Many thanks to everyone who has read and responded to our newsletter and blog. Your ideas and suggestions are great, and we intend to use them. However, the first order of business for the Public Library is a change in the software that runs the circulation, catalog and interlibrary loan.

Beginning August 11, the upgrade process necessary to install the new software will begin. The process should be complete by the end of the week, and we ask for your patience in the meantime.

We will be able to check material out during the upgrade, however we will not have access to patron records. We will not be able to look up your name and find your barcode or let you know how many books you have out, or when the DVDs you checked out are due. We also will be unable to find your card in the system. If you plan to come to the library to check out material, be sure you have your library card with you. You won't be able to check anything out unless you have your library card with you.

The online catalog will also be unavailable during this process. As always the library staff will be happy to help you find the information or items you want, but it may take a little longer than usual as we will have to consult our own memories for the answers rather than the computer memory.

At the end of the upgrade, our new software will help us do our jobs better, faster, and more accurately than before. I tend to be a little skeptical about this, but we'll see . . .

Keep in touch.

MPL Hosts Book Signing for Donald Parker

The public is invited to attend a book signing by former Madison resident, Donald Parker. The book signing reception will be held on Wednesday, August 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

Mr. Parker was born and raised in Madison and several of his books have references to this community.
More about Mr. Parker's books can be found on his website at