The Tired Parent’s Guide to Storytime

  • Posted on: 20 August 2020
  • By: Connie Chow

I am here to lay some truth on you about how a tired parent reads to her child at the end of a long day. Sometimes when your day is 8 hours of work, meal prep x 3, drinking 64 ounces of water, and attempting those recommended 10,000 steps, you have nothing left in you except lots of water. The library has two library digital resources, Hoopla Digital and BookFlix, that will help you reclaim your time and supplement your bedtime ritual with an entertaining story.

Celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in the U.S. with two exhibits at the Downtown Library

  • Posted on: 13 August 2020
  • By: Lauren Lucas

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2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting that no one could be denied the right to vote because of their sex. Could women vote before the 19th amendment? Yes, but not in every state.  Could all women in America vote after the 19th amendment? No, immigrants, Puerto Ricans, and women of color could still be denied the right to vote.  The movement to give all women the right began a lifetime before it was ratified in 1920 and continued to go on for decades still. This history and the stories of the men and women who fought to bring us this right are well documented in our collection. 

Introducing the HMCPL Podcast!

  • Posted on: 7 August 2020
  • By: Michelle Brightwell

Today launches the newest endeavor to bring you library life at home – our podcast, Two Librarians Walk into a Shelf!

Each episode will bring you a selection of media, both new and old, from our library’s collections, recommended by library staff members.

Your hosts, Michelle Brightwell and Rob Freese, both from the Madison Public Library, will bring recommendations, information about the library, and entertainment, right to your ears!

Click here if you like true crime!

  • Posted on: 14 July 2020
  • By: Lauren Lucas

Our Newest Downtown Grab Bags: True Crimes

If you haven’t been keeping up with Unsolved Mysteries, the newest TV series reboot on Netflix, you are missing some thrills. Just the introduction music sends chills up my spine within seconds. While some involve theft and deception, it is the ones that cast doubt on reason of death that keep popping back up in my memories days later. Why do I do this to myself? What is this need to terrify myself before bedtime? And how do I get more?

Escape with a Good Book!

  • Posted on: 6 July 2020
  • By: Adrienne Bone

Not sure if I am just speaking for myself here, but a nice getaway would be wonderful right now. But, since that will not be happening anytime soon, I'll just have to imagine being away. I mean, like on the level of "Calgon, take me away..." Do y'all remember that slogan? Yes, I took it wayyyy back!

So, I figure a book can provide me with the escape I need for now. Even when I am finally able to go somewhere, then I could STILL bring a couple of these books with me.

Here are 10 books to try out: