Historical music performer Mark Bridge


Historical music performer Mark Bridge is coming to Madison, Tuesday, June 21.

Mark’s repertoire covers a wide variety of musical selections and subjects from the 1800’s .  The songs include compositions by Stephen Foster, Daniel Decatur Emmett and other composers of the period along with many other selections popular during the Victorian era. Some of the songs are taken from actual “banjo instructors” dating back to the 1850’s.

The performance is open to all ages, free of charge and will be held at the Madison City Hall Auditorium, 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 21.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

HRC_thumbnailMadison, Canby and Dawson libraries have scheduled a bus trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Wednesday June 1. If you are interested in learning about the many plants, natural habitats, native trees and the research that goes into creating  hybrid plants that will thrive in Minnesota you need to sign up for this trip. An educational tram ride is included so you will get a tour of the many habitats spread around the landscape. After the tram ride, you will be on your own to explore the rest of the area including the Local Artists building. There are a few seats left in Madison and a waiting list has been started.

Wonderweavers Storytellers


The Wonderweavers Storytellers are coming to the Madison Elementary, Friday May 6, with Stories Alive! Books Alive!

Reading and stories go hand in hand. In this lively program your favorite stories and books come alive with our unique blend of storytelling. Using audience participation, puppets, props and magic, this program promotes literacy and reinforces the importance of reading for people of all ages.

Everyone is welcome!


Adult coloring night



Coloring programs for adults are taking off at libraries everywhere and now they’re coming to Madison Public Library, starting April 26, at 11 a.m.!  The library will offer an hour (or more) of relaxing coloring and a fun opportunity to socialize. Colored pencils, coloring pages and light refreshments will be offered.

When everyone is finished, a discussion will be held  to decide when and how often a month the coloring group would like to meet. If you’re not able to attend on Apr. 26, please give the library a call and let us know you’re interested and when would work best for you, to help us plan future meetings! 

Bus trip to “Grease” Saturday April 2, 2016


Madison Library is offering a free bus trip to the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud to see the production of “Grease”. Get ready to hand-jive the night away with the show that will make you want to stand up and shout, “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!” Come to the library to get signed up. Seats are limited. The date for this trip is Saturday April 2. The show is recommended for ages 12+ due to adult content and language. This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

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Food for Fines


March 7-21, the Madison Public Library will be accepting food items for the local food shelf, as payment for library fines. We hope this opportunity will encourage patrons to settle existing fines and turn in overdue and billed materials.

One food item will count for $1.00 in fines. Patron’s may pay up to $5.00 (five food items worth) of fines using the exchange. All food items must be non-perishable and can not be within six months of their marked sell-by date. 

Fees incurred by materials that have never been returned, materials that were returned but were damaged beyond use or other, unrelated fines on a patron’s account, can not be paid using the Food for Fines program.

Adult Winter Reading Program

It’s time to book your winter getaway with the Adult Winter Reading Program!

January 19 to April 16, read and review great books and see what others have been reading. Stop in at the Madison Library to get further details and sign up. A world of reading awaits!

MOO! Traveling Trunk Show

moo   MOO !  TRAVELING TRUNK SHOW JULY 30, 2015 7:00 P.M. DAWSON MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM Join author David Larochelle, and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and the Cow-the star of their book MOO!-for a one-of-a-kind show! After interviewing Cow about her travels, David and Mike will share a puppet show retelling of MOO!, get everyone dancing with some original music, and follow up with group storytelling and drawing activity.  Don’t miss out on this moo-velous opportunity for fun. Suitable for families and groups with children 0-6, show about 45 minutes. The show is free and open to all the public.


Why protect native prairie?

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Prior to European settlement, Minnesota had more than 18 million acres of prairie.  Our prairie was part of the largest ecosystem in North America, stretching from Canada to Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to Indiana.  A wealth of diverse species, habitats, and cultures thrived there.  Today, less than two percent of Minnesota’s native prairie remains.  It is the most endangered habitat in North America.  In honor of Minnesota Grassland Month, the Department of Natural Resources has donated to the library a large selection of new books on native prairie landscapes.  Come check them out and see how you can help preserve what is left of our natural prairie land!