E-Reader, Now What?

Did you receive a Nook or Kindle as a gift for Christmas? Want to know how to borrow FREE e-books from South Dakota Titles To Go online library?

Then join us January 3rd or 5th where we’ll give you tips on searching, checking out, and transferring e-books to your Kindle or Nook for your enjoyment! 

Have a laptop? Bring it with and follow along!

Kindle Sessions
Tuesday, January 3rd 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday, January 5th 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Nook Sessions
Tuesday, January 3rd 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, January 5th 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Questions? Contact Melanie Argo at 256-7525

Book Signing - December 28th

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Please join us for a special book signing event...

Madison Public Library 
4pm - 6pm
Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 2011 

Local author, Linda Cundy, will be here to sign copies of her new book, She Acts Very Different.

In the book Linda recounts her daughter April's story in rhymes.  April was born with a genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome.  The book tells her story as a lesson in loving and accepting our differences.*  Copies will be available for purchase.

*Read more about Linda Cundy and her new book on madisonet.com.
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Wii Week Extravaganza!

Preschool Boys!

Cars Christmas Party
Monday, December 19th
@ 6:30 & 7:00 pm
Boys ages 3-5 are welcome.

Call the Madison Public Library at 256-7525 to make reservations.
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Fancy Nancy 
Splendiferous Christmas Party!
Monday, December 12th 
@ 6:30 & 7:00
Girls ages 3-5 are welcome.

Call the Madison Public Library at 256-7525 to make reservations.

Attention eBooks Fans

We are adding more eBooks titles to the South Dakota Titles To Go collection.   Kindle owners, please note that our downloadable eBooks system now supports your device.

South Dakota Titles To Go is powered by Overdrive and features bestselling downloadable audio and eBooks titles for adults and children.  Haven't set up an account yet?  You will need the barcode number from your library card and use your last name as the PIN.  Need help?  Call the Madison Public Library for assistance at 256-7525.

Book Signing - September 23rd

Join us at the Madison Public Library on Friday, September 23rd, at 3:00pm for a book signing by author and native South Dakotan, Amanda Radke.  Of her children's book, Levi's Lost Calf, Radke says, "Readers will get to experience a real-life cowboy adventure, complete with horses, cattle and a new understanding of where our food comes from."

Radke, now a freelance writer and motivational speaker, grew up on a family-owned cattle ranch in South Dakota.  Her work focuses on agricultural issues.  This event is sponsored by the SD Cattlemen's Auxillary and Beef Check Dollars.  More information about Amanda Radke and Levi's Lost Calf can be found at https://www.createspace.com/3612406.
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The Madison Public Library currently has two book clubs that meet monthly. Anyone interested is welcome to join at any time. Contact the library at 256-7525 for more information.
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Madison Public Library book discussion groups will meet on Thursday, September 15th. Anyone is welcome to attend. The afternoon group will be discussing The Good Son by bestselling author Michael Gruber. Meeting time is set for 1:30 in the meeting room of the library.

At 7:00 pm the evening group will meet to discuss Erik Larson's latest nonfiction book, In the Garden of Beasts. Copies of both of these books are available at the circulation desk. Please call the library at 256-7525 to be added to the mailing list for future book discussion announcements.
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One World Many Stories ~ * Book Fair *

The Summer Reading Program has come to an end.  For those of you summer readers who have completed ALL 8 weeks of the program, the Book Fair is now OPEN!

Come in, pick up your certificate, and choose your FREE book from the fair!

Fair is open until August 13th.

Any questions call us @ 256-7525

Go Figure!

The Go Figure! exhibit transforms charming children's books into a kids-sized world where children and adults delight in exploring math and books.  The exhibit, sponsored by the Hands-On Partnership for Science, Literature and Art in South Dakota, will be at the Public Library during the month of May.

South Dakota Titles to Go

Download Audiobooks & eBooks
from your computer, cell phone, iPod, or eBook reader.  Registered patrons of Madison Public Library can access the library's online collection and download titles.  To get started, visit:

Annual Report

“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.  The only entrance requirement is interest.”  Lady Bird Johnson

After over 100 years in the take-out business, the Madison Public Library continues to provide the community with access to information and entertainment. Public libraries are an investment made by communities.  Using the money allotted to the Public Library by the city of Madison, the library’s Board of Trustees maintains the library building, buys the books and other material, implements programs like storytime and book discussions, and provides for the technology to carry out the library’s mission.  For their annual investment in the Public Library taxpayers in Madison receive access to thousands of books, magazines, movies, recorded books.  All that is required, as Lady Bird Johnson said, is interest.

And there was no lack of interest in 2010.  The total number of items checked out of the library increased by 6% in 2010.  While this increase was noticed in every area of the library’s collection, the DVDs had the largest percentage increase in 2010.  Circulation of DVDs in 2010 was up 36%.  Contributing to this increase is the expanded and more up-to-date movie selections in the library’s DVD collection, and the economic downturn which has encouraged more people to reach for a library card rather than a credit card or a wallet when selecting a movie or documentary to watch.  Although it is not as dramatic an increase, more books were checked out in 2010, too, along with more audiobooks and videocassettes. 

Growth was not confined to circulation.  More children took part in storytimes and the summer reading program.  The attendance at the book discussion groups increased, and, in general, the meeting room at the library was used more often. 

The library’s public access computers are heavily used, and in 2010, we replaced three of the computers with newer models and increased the bandwidth of the Internet connection to provide faster connections for staff and patrons.

The wear and tear on the library’s furnishings is another indicator of how much the library is used.  In 2010, the carpeting in the entry area and around the circulation desk was replaced.  The foot traffic of the last fifteen years had worn it out.  The upholstery on some of the chairs is being replaced for the very same reason--after fifteen years of nearly constant use, they are threadbare.

We are planning new services for 2011 including downloadable audiobooks and e-books.  Once in place, this service will make it possible for library patrons to access a shared collection of books to download to their personal listening and/or reading devices anytime, day or night.  Libraries have come a long way from their beginnings when the books were literally chained to the shelves and were available to only select few. 

The Board of Trustees and the staff of the Madison Public Library invite and encourage everyone to take advantage of the services offered at the library.