The Madison Library has welcomed a new face at our branch since our last newsletter. We would like to introduce our new children’s specialist, Becky Bowen. Becky joined our staff in January of this year and has made a wonderful impression on the children of Madison. We are so happy to have her as part of our staff, and look forward to many wonderful youth programs in the future. We have also welcomed Marvette Burns, who recently transferred to us from the Ridgeland Branch. She has worked for the Madison County Library System for three years and we are so happy to welcome her to Madison. Dee Export, who has worked as a circulation assistant in Madison for almost twelve years, has recently taken our part-time shelving position. We know that Dee is enjoying her extra time with family and friends.
The Madison County Master Gardeners are still hard at work at the library. They have continued the upkeep of the library grounds and have added new plantings. The Master Gardeners, with the help of the Madison Public Works Department, have a big work day planned in November. They will be working together to clean up more of the library grounds that are adjacent to city hall. We really appreciate the hard work of all of the Master Gardeners and the Madison Public Works employees. In addition to the upkeep of the library grounds, the Madison County Master Gardeners have partnered with us and the Friends of the Madison Library for a Plant Swap coming in March. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information!
Since the last newsletter, the Madison Branch has hosted multiple programs for all ages! Many adults have enjoyed the Higbee Hive quilting group, Adult Coloring Time, the Rid-Mad Adult Writer’s group, and our Madison Avenue Book Club. During National Library Week in April, our branch hosted a program for first time homebuyers, a Cosplay event for all ages, and a mini boot-camp styled workout with OrangeTheory Fitness. We also had an art exhibit in the meeting room during March and April, showcasing the art of Lynda King, a Madison resident. We offered a calligraphy workshop in May that was so popular, we have had many requests for another workshop session. On September 20th, we offered our first “Tabletop Tuesday: Family Game Night” where a big crowd gathered to play board games and video games while enjoying snacks and spending time together.
Our library patrons continue to enjoy our regularly scheduled adult and family programming at the Madison Branch. The HigBee Hive Quilters meet every first and third Wednesday of the month from 2:00-5:00 p.m. This program is for the newly interested to the very experienced. Our Madison Avenue Book Club continues to meet on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. We will continue offering the Rid-Mad Writer’s Group, our adult writers group, on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. Family Game night will hold its spot on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Rebecca Ezell Harrison, owner of Soirée Gifts and Floral in Madison, will be doing a program for us on decorating your home for the holidays on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:30 a.m. If you love crafting, you may also enjoy our program in November on “File Folder Flip Books.” Also in November, we will have something special for Harry Potter fans just in time for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie. We will have “Harry Potter Palooza,” which will feature Hogwarts and its houses, food and drink from the books, fun crafts, and much more! Be on the lookout for more information as we draw closer to November! In January, we will be welcoming Elizabeth Turner back to Madison as she does a special program for us on “Cheese Making.”
The children had a fun and busy summer here at the Madison Library! From magicians to exotic animals, the meeting room held a large audience of enthusiastic participants! The highlight was seeing a baby kangaroo hop around the room in our Animal Tales program! Children and parents talked about that program (especially the kangaroo) throughout the summer! This fall, we are starting back with a variety of programs aimed at serving all ages. In addition to our regular programs for children, including Storytime Stars (ages 3-5) and Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 0-2), we have Robotics Club, Off Broadway Improv Club, and Cool Creations Lego Club! Our teen program (The Brownie Squad, as they like to be called after enjoying our brownie bar) has a lot to look forward to. They will be painting, reaching out to the local children’s hospital by making crafts and cards, making videos with our iPads, and just having some good fun with plenty of food available to snack on! We have some special programming coming soon as well! For Halloween, we will be having a Halloween carnival with games, prizes, crafts, food, etc. The children are voting on what Halloween costume our children’s specialist, Miss Becky, should wear. The Storytime Stars will get a visit from the Madison Fire Department in November, complete with firemen and a fire engine! For our winter holiday program, Santa “Paws” is Coming to Town, Animal Tales will come back and bring some special guests to help us celebrate: a wallaby, toucan, hedgehog, chinchilla and more! Our beloved stuffed library dog, Biscuit, will be at the center of the celebration to receive donations of food and other necessary supplies for his friends at Webster Animal Shelter! Biscuit will even have a few surprises for himself!
The Friends of the Madison Library have had two of their most successful book sales on record this year in February and August. Our Friends members work very hard on these book sales and we really appreciate all of their efforts. The next Friends of the Library book sale will be in February, so be sure to mark your calendars!
-Branch Manager, Tammie Terry