Looking for something to do this weekend?

How about being creative and make a gingerbread house? Want to simplify? Go ahead and use graham crackers! 

Then bring it to the library for display! 

Drop off Monday, December 15th.

We are looking forward to seeing Madison's imagination! 

The holidays are upon us and at the library that means...

Christmas Party (Boys ages 3-5) information coming soon...

Questions? Call 256-7525 
or email Dana

Upcoming Library Program...

The Historical Background
 of the Dakota 38+2
Memorial and Reconciliation Ride

by Robert Cordts

Thursday, December 4th 
Public Library Meeting Room

Mr. Cordts will present an outline of the historical events behind the annual Dakota 38+2 Ride.*

The Dakota 38+2 Riders will be beginning their annual ride,  Wednesday December 10th in the Lower Brule Reservation and are expected to travel through Madison on December 14th.  For more information about the upcoming ride check out their Facebook Group Page: Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride

Want to read about last year's ride?
Check out Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride 2013

*Presentation is suitable for mature audiences.

Sponsored in part by: 

In Observance of Thanksgiving,
 the Library will be 
Thursday, November 27th.

We will open again on Friday.

Friday, November 28th 10am to 5pm
Saturday, November 29th 10am to 5pm

Faith of Our Fathers:

 Insights and stories of the Dakota Way, Ranchers and Soldiers

Friday, November 21st

They were sons of brave fathers, these sons became soldier-warriors. Is this where their similarities end? Wind Flower Women, voices of Joyce Jefferson, Belinda F. Joe, and Lillian Witt, share vivid memories of their fathers’ stories flowing through time by our prairie wind. These women weave vibrant connections of their fathers’ journeys through song, freedom, and dancing in the wind. You are invited to their circle.

Sponsored in part by


Become a Friend today! 

In Observance of Veterans Day, the Library will be CLOSED Tuesday, November 11th.

Desperate Times Require Desperate Measures:

The Alternatives to Violence Project

Presented by Eve Fisher
7 PM, Thursday, November 6th
Madison Public Library Meeting Room

Sponsored in part by: 

Upcoming Library Program

East of Egan

The work and projects of Artist Chris Francis

Thursday, October 30th 


'I try to make interesting things. Sometimes that works,
 most of the time it doesn't, but always, I try to listen and learn' – Chris Francis

All welcome!

Sponsored in part by:
Become a Friend Today! 

Boredom Buster

Are you looking for fun?  

Look no further than your Public Library!

Saturday, October 25th 
Meeting room 

for an afternoon of Chess, Monopoly, and Scrabble

Are you ready to test your skills? Join us!  

all welcome! 

Supported and organized by             
Want to join?  http://www.friendsofthemadisonpubliclibrary.com/

New Online Resource

Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides

offers easy-to-use tools to help patrons navigate through nine important areas. Each easy-to-read, step-by-step guide is packed with accurate, unbiased information and recommendations. Each guide offers a narrative about the subject, what you should look for when choosing a plan or policy, recommended companies to work with and so much more. Plus, each guide includes several helpful Worksheets & Planners to further aid your decision-making process. Weiss Ratings Consumer Guides offers easy explanations to hard-to-navigate financial decisions, removing the guesswork and confusion with straight talk and sound guidance.

Consumer Guides:
*Automobile Insurance
*Elder Care Choices
*Health Savings Accounts
*Homeowners Insurance
*Long-Term Care Insurance
*Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
*Medicare Supplement Insurance
*Term Life Insurance
*Variable Annuties

How can you access them? 

*Call the library 605-256-7525 for the 14 digit library card ID number to access these from home. 

Questions? email or call us today! 

Internationally acclaimed Performers come to Madison...

Wilson and McKee

Willson and McKee are an inter-nationally touring duo specializing in traditional Irish, Scottish and original acoustic music. Two voices with guitars, bouzouki, harp, accordion, dulcimers, bagpipes, stories, dances and FUN!

Saturday, October 18th
Madison Public Library 

Learn more at jigheads.com

Sponsored in part by 

Our Life and Our Nature: Environmental Consciousness as
Reflected in Ancient Indian Culture

by Shyamal Ghosh

Tuesday, October 14th 
7:00 pm
Madison Public Library 
Meeting Room

This presentation on the Vedas and the environment will be given by Shyamal Ghosh, an advisor for air pollution control of various industries of India as well as South-East Asian countries. 
Ghosh is also a visiting faculty at North Bengal University, Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, and Dev Sanskriti University, where he shares his experience with Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral students.

Event held in conjunction with the: 

Meet the Candidates....

Informal Candidate Meet and Greet

Tuesday, October 7th 
11:30 am to 1:30pm

All candidates for District 8 as well as Lake County sheriff and County commissioner candidates have been personally invited, and most have agreed to come for at least some portion of the time.

The meet and greet is an opportunity to engage in personal conversation with the candidates to learn more about them and their positions. 

The public library is a natural venue for this event because it represents democracy at work:  all citizens are welcome, free of charge, to access knowledge and information in pleasant surroundings.  

 Additionally, information about voter registration and early voting will be available.  Since the library is directly across from the courthouse, persons attending can conveniently go register or early vote!

Event sponsored in conjunction with the


Library Fans, 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.... for taking your time in completing our survey. In all we had a 116 survey completions and are anxiously awaiting to peruse the results to make better decisions for this community! 

For your time, we have prize drawings and the winners are as follows:

Kindle Fire HD - Dan Holsworth (pictured)
$50 in Madison Chamber Bucks - Kimberly Larson
$25 in Madison Chamber Bucks - Mary Francis

Thank you!


First Impressions of England by a South Dakota
Woman: England, Wales and Cornwall with
Karen Anderson

Thursday, September 25th
Madison Public Library
Meeting Room

What's Happening at the Library!

We want to hear from you!  How do you use the library's technology? Take the time (10-15 minutes) to let us know.  The more feedback we have the better we serve you! 

Access to the survey can be found by clicking here:

Book Sale

September 15th to 19th 
Hardcover/Soft Cover Books

September 22nd to 27th

50 cents each
(Unless Marked) 

Upcoming Library Program

“The Fallacy of Religious Freedom:
The Lakotas and Bear Butte”

Dr. Kari Frobes-Boyte 
Dakota State University Professor 

Tuesday, September 16th 

All attentive ages are welcome.

Event sponsored by the Madison Public Library 
with support from the Friends of the Madison Public Library

Book Sale: New Each Week!

Month of September 

8th to 13th: Music
15th to 19th: Hardcover/Trade
22nd to 27th: Paperback

50 cents (unless marked)
1/2 price Saturdays!

We want to hear from you!

On Monday, September 8th, the library will begin conducting an online survey to better understand how you, the patrons, use the library’s technology so we can continue to provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The survey link will go live Monday morning on the library’s website. Survey is open from September 8th to September 27th.

An added incentive, prize drawings: Kindle Fire HD or Madison Chamber Bucks

For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the front desk, 256-7525, or madisonpubliclibrary@gmail.com

Seasons are a changing...

 and so are the hours 

at the Madison Public Library

Monday - Thursday . . . 10 am - 9 pm
Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday. . . . . . . . . . . 10 am - 5 pm

Fall Storytime will run September 8th to October 27th.

Storytime sessions are as follows:
Monday evenings
6:30-7:00pm 3 yr. olds
7:00-7:30pm 4 & 5 yr. olds

Tuesday mornings
11:00-11:30am 3 yr. olds
11:30am-noon 4 & 5 yr. olds

Hope to see you there &
 don't forget to invite your friends!
September is Library Card Sign-up Month

The "smartest" card you could have in your wallet.  Just check out what you can do with your card at Madison Public Library!  So come on down and sign up today!

Already have a library card? Fantastic!  We Thank You for your support and love and look forward to seeing you again soon!

In observance of Labor Day, 
the Madison Public Library 
will be CLOSED 
Monday, September 1st.

Local Sculptor, Allan C. Fisher

Thursday, August 14th @ 7pm 

Allan has been a professional artist for over 40 years!  Come, listen, and learn about creating timeless and universal art.

Presentation sponsored by

Reading Program Winners....

The summer is fast coming to a close and we'd like to thank all the readers!  You did a great job!  Now.... for the Bonus Prize winners:

#1: Kaysen Gust
#2: Ella Peterreins
#3: Giobbe Meyer

Teen Program: Spark a Reaction!

Kindle Winner: Adam Lee

Again, thank you to all the readers and parents! :)


Thursday, August 7
1:15-2:15 PM
Madison Public Library Meeting Room

Join visiting students from Tamagawa University of Tokyo at an origami party. All ages welcome.

Event sponsored by

August Book Discussions

Join us for book discussions at the Madison Public Library on Thursday, August 21.

   "All marriages have a breaking point. All families have wounds. All wars have a cost…"

The afternoon group will meet at 1:30 pm to talk about Home Front [Author: Kristin Hannah]

  “a stunning account of Julia and Paul Child’s experiences as members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the Far East during World War II...” - Simon and Schuster 

   The evening group will meet at 7:00 pm to discuss 
A Covert Affair [Author: Jennet Conant]

     Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk in the Library.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


The NEW cards have arrived and are ready for you! Added bonus to the new cards - a Key ring card! On your next visit, ask about them! 

Library Card responsibility reminder:

• Responsible for all materials borrowed including knowing due dates and any fines, fees, or charges.
• Present card each time materials are borrowed.
• Report loss of library card immediately.
• Replacement library card fee: $2.00
• Inform the library of a change of address or name.
• Do not lend library card to others.
• Fine limit on library card is $5.00
• If in excess of this amount, access to library resources is limited.