Women’s history month

At the Madison Library we’re celebrating March, Women’s History Month, with biographies of trailblazing women, as well as a weekly table of genre fiction featuring female protagonists. Be sure to check out this week’s feature – female detectives!

Give large print “a look”

Did you know that the Madison Library has a wide (and ever expanding) selection of large print books? Here are a few of this week’s new arrivals in large print fiction (we also have large print non-fiction):


Take a reading vacation


It’s getting chilly out there, so why not take a reading vacation to the beach with one of this week’s featured titles? 

Don’t let the forecast get you down


Winter’s on it’s way, but don’t despair! Instead, stop by the library and check out this week’s displays of fun hobby and craft books. You’re bound to find the perfect thing to keep you busy at home when that snow starts piling up!

Veteran’s Day

We’re featuring military biographies, memoirs and fiction featuring veterans for Veteran’s Day. Come on down to the library and check out feature tables!



And don’t forget – the Madison library will be closed Friday, November 11, in honor of the holiday.

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!