Happy 50th Anniversary*

To Kill a Mockingbird

     Harper Lee's classic American novel was published 50 years ago on July 11, 1960.  To mark this literary milestone, Dr. John S. Nelson, Associate Professor of English, Dakota State University, will lead a discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Madison Public Library on Thursday, August 19, at 7:00 p.m.  Copies of the book are available at the Public Library.

*To Kill a Mockingbird is this year's featured book in the National Endowment for the Arts The Big Read program.  Find more interesting information about this book, the author, and educational resources, on the link above.

Good books encourage great conversation.

What difference can one person make?  More than you can imagine.  Think of Greg Mortenson and the difference he is making in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The focus he brings to building schools is nothing short of intense.

Less well known, but equally intense, Dr. Paul Farmer has made it his mission to provide quality medical treatment for some of the poorest populations in the world.  In the process he has helped raise the standard of health care in underdeveloped areas of the world.  Dr. Farmer is a physician and an anthropologist, and according to at least one of his former patients in Haiti, he's a god.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder is Dr. Farmer's story.  Reviewers have said it will restore your faith in the ability of one person to make a difference.  Read it for yourself and then join a discussion of the book at the Madison Public Library.  Rev. Sandra Larson, First Presbyterian Church, will lead the discussion on Tuesday, May 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Copies of this book are available to check out at the Public Library.  Inquire at the circulation desk.

Animals as Architects exhibit now closed.

Thank you to all of those individuals and school groups who attended the Animals as Architects exhibit in February and March. Please note that exhibit has now moved on to another South Dakota library.

Animals as Architects

Now showing at the Madison Public Library:

Animals as Architects is an interactive exhibit exploring the unique, natural homes built by animals. Come in and build a bird's nest, create a spider web, peer inside a termite mound, and many other interactive activities. Don't miss this opportunity to experience this exhibit sponsored by the Hands-On Partnership for Science, Literature and Art in South Dakota.

Jose & Mark
- photos by Melanie Argo

Food for Fines

During the month of February, bring in non-perishable food donations and your library fines will be forgiven.*

All donations benefit the Food Pantry.

*We ask that the value of your donations approximates the amount of your library fines.