Check It Out - July 9, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
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LEGO clubs at Madison Public Library allow kids the opportunity to build alongside other kids who love LEGOs. Sometimes the librarian may provide a theme for inspiration; other times, it's just an opportunity to explore the open-ended possibilities of creating with a giant mountain of LEGOs.
Four of our libraries currently offer LEGO clubs:
and one more library will offer a LEGO club in September:
Contact each library for more information or updated schedules.
If you have LEGOs at home that your children have outgrown or no longer use, please consider donating them to the library. Just bring them to your nearest location to give our LEGO clubs more of the raw material they need.
The Madison Public Library Board has chosen Gregory Mickells to be the new Director of Madison Public Library.
"We were impressed by Mr. Mickells' experience with similar-sized library systems and his proven leadership in public libraries," said Tripp Widder, President of the Library Board.
Gregory Mickells is currently Assistant Library Director for the Lincoln City Libraries in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 2007. Lincoln City Libraries is a municipal system serving Lancaster County’s 280,000 residents from a main library, seven branches, and a bookmobile. Previously, Mickells was a Library Manager in the Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Colorado for eight years, and has held other library positions in Nebraska and Colorado since 1989. Mickells has his Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University.
"I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Madison community and library staff to continue to deliver this vital service for the residents of Madison and Dane County. I was very impressed with the passion and value that the Madison community has for its library system. I truly appreciate the hard work that went into making the library such a valuable asset. I hope to extend those efforts and continue to improve on the delivery of library services," said Mickells, on accepting the position.
Mickells will be joining the library on September 4, pending Common Council approval of his contract, expected in July. Susan Lee has served as Interim Director since the retirement of Library Director Barbara Dimick in February of 2012.
Combine your library visit with fresh fruits and vegetables from Dane County farmers when you visit the Mini Farmer's Market right outside the Hawthorne Library on Thursdays through September 27, 11 am - 4 pm.
The Mini Farmer's Market is a partnership of Public Health Madison & Dane County, the Farley Center for Peace, Justice, & Sustainability, and the Hawthorne Library.
Other libraries with Farmer's Markets nearby are the Central Library (Wednesdays 8:30 am-2 pm, Saturdays, 6 am-2 pm), Goodman South Madison Library (Thursdays, 2-6 pm), Lakeview Library (Sundays, 8:30-12:30), and Sequoya Library (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 am - 1 pm). See all area Farmer's Markets on the City of Madison web site.
Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale (at Westgate Mall)
Monroe Street Library League Book Sale
Scenes from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Truly Remarkable Loon Presents: Read Books and Juggle Everything Else!
Magician Tim Glander
Rwanda: Surviving the Genocide: Book Reading & Presentation
Hoo's Woods Raptor Center Presents: Eagles and Peregrines
Food Stamped! Documentary Film Viewing and Discussion