Phased Opening for the Library – Limited Hours

Phased Opening for the Library – Limited Hours

Phased Opening for the Library – Limited Hours


The Madison Library District is excited to announce that we will begin phase three opening for limited hours starting Monday, June 22.

Hours of operation

Monday & Tuesday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Saturdays

We will be following the CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing. This means we will have to limit the number of people in the building to 125 at any given time. Use of the library will be primarily for browsing and to check out materials. Some materials may be unavailable for check out.

Computer usage and seating will be very limited to encourage social distancing. Please be respectful of others and keep your visit short to allow others the opportunity to use the Library. As always children under 12 should be attended by an adult.

The book return will continue to be open. Please return materials to the book drops. If you have questions about materials or due dates, please contact us at 208-356-3461.

We continue to add virtual programs to our social media sites. For digital materials, please visit our website at

Thank you for your patience! We look forward to seeing you!

Your library is your paradise.


More Information

  • Summer Reading sign-ups will begin June 8.
  • Book return has been and will remain open.
  • We will no longer be doing curbside services after Friday, May 29.
  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well.

We hope to extend our hours in the near future. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for further information.

Take a Walk with Us Through Middle Earth!

Take a Walk with Us Through Middle Earth!

Take a Walk with Us Through Middle Earth!

A Walk Through Middle Earth

A 15 Week Journey: May 23 – September 7, 2020

Since the world is an uncertain place, we thought it would be fun to journey with some of our own favorite literary characters, and create our own Fellowship of Wanderers who journey throughout Madison County.

We’ll have some fun prizes, and everyone in the family can join in! Keep track of the miles you walk this summer. You may create your own log, or use ours. You can download a digital copy here, or pick up a paper version from the Library during our curbside pickup hours.

Remember, you may only count miles after you begin the challenge. Scroll down for full details.

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door … You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?

Bilbo Baggins

The Fellowship of the Ring

Pick Your Challenge!

Stroll Around the Shire

Walk 45 miles this summer = 3 miles per week

Visit the Ents in Fanghorn Forest

Walk 90 miles this summer = 6 miles per week

Climb Mount Doom

Walk 150 miles this summer = 10 miles per week


After Every Challenge:

Pick up a coupon for a refreshing beverage at the “Shire Pub” (a 20 oz drink from Great Scott’s) after completing your stroll of 45 miles around the Shire, after walking 90 miles to the “Ents’ Spring,” and after your 150 mile trek up to the summit of Mt. Doom.

The week following Labor Day, turn in your log at the Library to show us how far you got. The five “Hobbits” with the top mileage in each age group will get a copy of a Tolkien novel. The three with the most mileage from all ages combined will get a boxed set of Lord of the Rings. The walker with the most miles overall will receive a Ring to Rule Them All.

Age Groups:

55 +

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring

Phased Opening for the Library – Limited Hours

Phased Opening for the Library – Curbside Pickup ONLY

Phased Opening for the Library – Curbside Pickup ONLY


The Madison Library is following Governor Brad Little’s plan, “Idaho Rebounds: Guidelines for Opening Up Idaho.”

We are taking the necessary steps to keep our staff and patrons safe. The Library building continues to be closed, but we will start phasing services to open.

Starting May 6, we will begin curbside delivery Monday and Friday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, and Wednesday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. We will be closed Tuesday and Thursday to allow books time to sanitize. To use this service, patrons may place up to 15 items on hold using our online catalog, or by telephone.  You will be contacted by the usual means you have selected when your items come in (either email or phone). Please allow 48 hours AFTER this notification for us to get your items ready and available for you. 

The book return will continue to be open. Please return materials to the book drops. If you have questions about materials or due dates, please contact us at 208-356-3461.

We continue to add virtual programs to our social media sites. For digital materials, please visit our website at

Thank you for your patience during this time.

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

Instructions for Curbside

Please use the one way entrance on the West side of the building, which is accessible from 1st North.

  1. Have library card or photo ID ready.
  2. Fines and fees can be paid by phone ONLY at 208-356-3461
  3. Late fines accrued after 3/1/2020 to present will be waived.
  4. Can place holds on items either online or by talking with a librarian. Do not leave a message!
  5. Holds will be available 48 hours after you have been notified.
  6. Return Items through book drop. Kits can be returned at the door during our curbside hours.
  7. No kits may be checked out at this time.

Election Announcement for May 2020

Election Announcement for May 2020

Election Announcement for May 2020

An Important Announcement

From the Madison County Election Officials

We’ve received some important information regarding mail-in ballots for our upcoming primary election in May.  Please read the full text:

County/City Newsletter Text | May Primary 2020

Headline: Important Changes to Know about for the May Primary Election

In order to keep communities safe amid the growing coronavirus pandemic and protect citizens’ right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May Primary Election from home. If you want to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to request your ballot at

Here are the three steps you need to take to vote in the May Primary Election:

1. Request Your Ballot.
You must request your ballot by May 19, 2020 in order to vote. You can request your ballot online through the Secretary of State’s Office at You can also contact the Madison County Elections for help at 208-359-6244. You can also pick up a ballot request and registration form in the front entry of the Administration Building in a box to the left of the door.

Please note, you will need to be registered to vote to participate in the upcoming election. You can register online at

2. Wait for Your Ballot.
Once you’ve requested your ballot, give Madison County Elections some time to process your request and drop your ballot in the mail. It may take up to 10 days for you to receive your ballot once you’ve submitted your request.

You can track your ballot, and confirm your ballot request has been received, at

3. Vote and Return Your Ballot.
As soon as you receive your ballot, vote and use the pre-addressed envelope to mail it back to Madison County Elections.

All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on June 2, 2020 to be counted. Voters are encouraged to send their ballots back to us as soon as possible.

If you would rather drop your voted ballot off, Madison County Elections will have a drop off box at the main doors of the Administration Building, 134 E. Main in Rexburg.

You can help protect the health of all Idahoans and slow the spread of COVID-19 by voting from home. If you have any questions about the May Primary Election contact Madison County Elections for help at 208-359-6244.

Kim Muir, County Clerk
Brenda Stoor, Elections Director

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Closed for Coronavirus Concerns

Closed for Coronavirus Concerns

Closed for Coronavirus Concerns

Due to the health concerns of COVID-19

and for the protection of the community

the Library is closed until further notice. All approaching due dates have been changed to May 29th for the time being and no fines will be charged or accrued. Please feel free to keep your items until that time. However, our book drop is still open, and you may return items if you wish.

You may still access our webpage for updates and more information. Our WiFi is still available from the exterior of our building.

We continue to monitor the situation and will re-open when experts advise that it can be done safely. Stay well and we hope to be back with you soon.

UPDATE (3/25/20): We are aware of Governor Little’s statewide stay-home order and will continue to monitor the situation.  Please continue to watch the website for more updates.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

George Bernard Shaw

Author Visit with Wendy Swore!

Author Visit with Wendy Swore!

Author Visit with Wendy Swore!

Friday, March 6th,
from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

in the Community Room

Wendy Swore will be signing copies of her new book, The Wish and the Peacock!

This event sponsored by Barnes and Noble.

The Wish and the Peacock

A new Tween book!

Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.

With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a “For Sale” sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts, and some city lady who’s scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.

But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige’s world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.

About the Author

Wendy S Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.

Sometimes writing everyday is like pulling teeth, painful, but necessary.

Wendy Swore

A Monster Like Me

The Author’s First Book

There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.

Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did.

Because who would want to live with a real monster?

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