Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain

August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018

Senator John McCain passed away this last Saturday.  He had been fighting brain cancer since last year.

Known as the Maverick of the Senate, McCain made a name for himself with his sometimes abrasive demeanor; however, most recognized that his politics, whether agreed with or not, came from a deep-seated integrity and honest attempt to do what he felt was best for the country.

Members of both political parties counted him as a friend.  His two rivals for the office of president, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, will both speak at his funeral.

Recognizing his time was short, Senator McCain released a poignant final statement, which reads in part:

“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

“Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.”

“Are Libraries Outdated?” Guest Blog Post by Terry Rodino

Are Libraries Outdated? Or, Don’t Be A Jerk-face! Or, Libraries Are Awesome!

By Terry Rodino, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees

Recently, a jerk-face economics professor from New York wrote an opinion piece for Forbes saying that public libraries are no longer useful and should be replaced by Amazon services.  His “argument” is that the same services can be provided by businesses that charge for their services. Instead of going to the library, you can go to the local Starbucks. Instead of checking out a book, you can simply buy the digital version. (Although the original article has been removed, the folks at the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association made a PDF copy. Don’t mess with librarians.)

I get it, everyone can sit back at the local coffee shop, reading their favorite book on their tablet/phone/whatever-fancy-device-they-have. They can take their kids with them. The kids can have their favorite spiced mocha lattes while watching videos on their watches. Okay, yes, I am exaggerating. You can’t watch Netflix or Amazon Prime on your watch, can you?

Libraries are they greatest place on earth! Anyone who disagrees with me can eat garbage! Nasty mysterious garbage in a black bag that has been sitting on the curb in the late-July sun for a week. And then the garbage men didn’t show up, and it sat out there for another week in early August. Blah.

Okay, whew. I got that out of my system. There might have been some hyperbole. Sorry, Jerk-face professor. I mean, professor.

Let me explain some of the benefits of our library that you can’t buy from Amazon or Starbucks.

  1. A yearly summer reading program. Every year, our library tries to reinforce people’s love of reading by rewarding them for reading! So, instead of you paying to read the book of your preference, the librarians have reached out to local businesses, who have in turn donated from their businesses, to reward you for reading. So, you are getting gifts to read! That’s it! Are you kidding me? That’s absolutely nuts! (Apologies to anyone who thinks I am being inappropriate for referring to people as “nuts” or people who have nut allergies and think I am being unfair because of my privilege of not being allergic to nuts).
  2. Our library has really awesome, but awkwardly named, Adult Exploration Kits. These are duffle bags that include numerous items on various subjects. Personally, I’ve checked out the ones on Espionage, Wood Working and Lawn Games! These kits contain books, movies, games and other pertinent items for whatever Adult Exploration Kit you checkout (see, it just sounds…). Anyway, these are my favorite things about the library!
  3. They have kits for Book Clubs! So, if you belong to one of those groups who meet in people’s living rooms and want to talk about who is more dreamy, Mr. Darcy or Mr. Rochester, well – I honestly don’t know where to go with this one.
  4. The library provides free access to online databases so that you can download ebooks and audiobooks! You don’t even have to go to the library to do it! You can sit at home in your pajamas, or on the potty, and check out your favorite Stephenie Meyers ebook! It can be at 2 o’clock in the morning! Also, you don’t have to drag all the children to the library, unless you want to! But, really, who wants to? I have three kids and I take them, but is it really by choice? But, if you do like taking your kids, then –
  5. Activities for kids! A birthday party for Harry Potter? Sing Along Musicals? Story Time? Baby Time? Toddler Time? Um, yes. The library holds these programs! Checkout the Main Calendar page to see what’s going on! If your too lazy to read (like you’d be reading this – lol), call the library and ask what’s going on. Oh, personal note, don’t just drop off your kids. That’s called abandonment and it’s against the law. Seriously, you have to stay with your kids. If you’re trying to argue that, what kind of parent are you?

These are on top of getting to checkout books, CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks for free! (As long as you return them on time. Seriously, why do people get mad when there is a late fee? You know you have to return them. Don’t get angry with the librarians because you forgot to keep track of stuff).

Okay. Sorry.

I was going to write a patriotic post about how Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were avid supporters of the library and how Abraham Lincoln credited his learning to his local library. You can look that stuff up, if you want.

So, finally, you belong to a community that has an awesome library! Have I said that enough? Don’t be a jerk-face and support your local library!

(jerk-face) Terry Rodino
Chair, Board of Trustees, Madison Library District

Ps. I completely support Amazon and the billionaire Jeff Bezos in everything he does. Jeff, you can contact me anytime brah!


Get to Know Your Board of Trustees – Pamela Beard

Hello! My name is Pamela Beard. I have been on the Board of Trustees since 2007. I love the library! I love books! I love to learn!

I love coming into the Library and finding a new documentary DVD to check out that I have not already seen. The documentaries are the first section I go to when making my choice for movies. The Blue Planet Series and anything with information about the Earth are my favorite!

I enjoy nonfiction books. One of my favorite books is called The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, M.D. For a light read, I like books written by Lynn Kurland especially the de Piaget Family series and the MacLeod Family series. They are fun fast reads when I need something to escape from reality.

I grew up reading and spending time in libraries. I feel it a privilege to be on the Library Board and serve the community.

Activities for Grown-Ups

Activities for Grown-Ups

Activities for Grown-Ups (and others of all ages!)

Earn extra points for the adult summer reading party by attending these fun activities:

Friday, June 15 at 6:30

Sing-along Musical

Enjoy a great film, raise your voice in song, and get a few extra adult summer reading points. You don’t need to be an adult to attend as long as you’re ready to belt out some tunes!

We’ll be watching a classic musical tale that doesn’t take place on the east side of New York.

Friday, June 15 at 8:30 (following the sing-along)

International Music Videos

After you’ve sung your heart out, stick around and dance till you drop to amazing music from Africa, Asia, South America, Europe. Can’t get your feet working? It’s OK to just watch.

Friday, July 13th, at 6:30

Sing-along Musical

Take an opportunity to let your voice soar. No snickering allowed. Fun for all ages (but adults can get some extra summer reading points)

We’ll be watching a well-loved musical tale about a ghostly romance, complete with a mask and opera!.

Thursday, June 28 at 8:00

Jam Session: Ukes and Guitars are Stars!
Bring your ukulele, bring your guitar, strum, chat, and relax. There’s no set structure here, no planned tunes, no stress, just a low-key musical gathering. Hang out, strum, pick, and get a few extra points for adult summer reading. You don’t have to be an adult to participate. Anyone who’s ready for musical fun is welcome. Other instruments are also welcome.

Thursday, June 28 at 9:30

Star Party with Madison Library District’s New Telescope

– Or maybe Moon Party is a more appropriate term as the moon will be full and glowing obscurely those other lesser night lights. Come take a peak through a telescope at the craters and plains of our closest celestial neighbor. Thanks to the Madison Library Foundation for providing funds that allowed us to purchase this telescope!

If you have a telescope, please bring it to share. The more the merrier is decidedly the rule for any star party!

All activities will meet in the community room.

Introducing the Lucky Day Collection

Introducing the Lucky Day Collection

We’re excited to introduce a new collection to our library: The Lucky Day Collection!

To better serve our patrons, we’ve purchased extra copies of our most popular titles.  Items in the Lucky Day Collection have different rules than the regular collection.



  • 7 Day Checkout
  • 20¢ per day late fee


  • 2 Day Checkout
  • $1 per day late fee

Items in the Lucky Day Collection cannot be requested (placed on hold) and they cannot be renewed. 

Don’t take your Lucky Day item on vacation!  If you get a Lucky Day item, please read or watch it quickly, and return it for the next patron to enjoy.

Also, if you’ve requested a book or movie, but were able to get it as a Lucky Day item, please cancel that request so others won’t have to wait as long.  You can do this yourself by logging into your account, or talk to a librarian at the Circulation or Reference desk.  We’re always glad to help!

Although you can’t request a Lucky Day item, you can see what is in the collection.  Click on the New Titles tab in the catalog, and choose the Lucky Day Collection link.

Sync Audiobooks for 2018!

Sync Audiobooks for 2018!

Attention, teens!

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Starting April 26, 2018, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download.  Program ends July 25!

Hurry and download your free audiobooks TODAY!

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