On display in our John F. Chick Meeting Room through the end of July, paintings of local landscapes in all seasons by Marnie Cobbs of Eaton. The art show is open afternoons from 2 to 5 pm, with a few exceptions when the room is being used for another event.
Join us on Thursday, June 13 at 7 pm for an illustrated talk by ornithologist Eric Masterson, author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire. Masterson’s talk will feature the best of the best of New Hampshire’s birding, with photos and anecdotes taken from the book.
Masterson was featured on last Friday’s NH Chronicle show on WMUR.
This presentation will take place in the John F. Chick Meeting Room on the lower level of the Madison Library, and is free and open to the public. Copies of the book “Birdwatching in New Hampshire” will be available for sale and signing after the presentation.
If you’ve visited the library in the past few days, you know we’re up and running with our new library system. All in all, a smooth transition. Thanks to staff and volunteers who are busy learning the new program, and also to all library patrons, who have been understanding and patient. If you haven’t yet, take a look at our new online catalog.
One important thing we’ve learned: while updating to new software is great, interesting, and important, people are way more interested in our Summer Reading Program! We’re a little late getting the information out about start date and our plans, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming up:
- Sign up starts Monday, June 24
- Kick-off Celebration is Wednesday, June 26 at 3:30 pm
- We’ve added an early literacy level to our Summer Reading Program for 3 to 5 year-olds
- How cool is this: Madison Trebuchet Challenge, our summer hands-on science project and contest for family and community groups, in cooperation with Carroll County 4-H
Carol Batchelder recently finished a many-years-long term as President of Friends of Madison Library. On May 29, 2013, the members of the Friends’ executive board gathered for a lunch in Carol’s honor at the White Mountain Hotel, complete with cake.
Fay Melendy (at left in photo, below) was elected as the next President of FOML at their annual meeting last month.
MADISON LIBRARY will be CLOSED on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 as we migrate our records to a new software system.
At the beginning of June, we’re saying goodbye to InfoCentre, and saying hello (aloha?) to Koha, an open source library management software. With Koha, searching our catalog will be friendlier, and users will have more control over their own accounts, i.e. placing holds, saving lists, suggesting titles, and more.
MADISON LIBRARY will be CLOSED on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 as we migrate our records to the new software.
Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm in the Chick Room as Victoria Lang, director of the Holderness Library, gives a slide presentation on The Botswna Library Project. Lang visited Botswana in March of 2012, as part of a librarian exchange program with the Botswana Library Project foundation.
Here in America, we often take for granted that there are places like the public library, places where we can go to use computers, read, gather information and learn. This is often not the case in countries like Botswana. Robert and Sara Rothschild, seeing a need, established a family foundation that, in collaboration with the Botswana government, is building libraries in villages throughout that country.
For several years now, Merle and Herm Weber have volunteered to put a new coat of stain on the library’s ramp and railings. This photo illustrates what a labor of love this project is. Thank you, Merle and Herm!
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has set aside the first week in May to highlight issues surrounding privacy and protecting your personal information.
Visit www.chooseprivacyweek.org throughout the coming week to follow an online forum on privacy.