Check It Out - December 18, 2015

Check It Out

Friday, December 18, 2015

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Libraries Closed for Winter Holidays

All Madison Public Library locations will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 24 & Friday, December 25 (also Sunday, December 27).

You may drop items off in our book drops or use LINKcat to place holds, check your library card, or renew items. The library's databases  and downloadable audiobooks and eBooks will be accessible with your library card while we're closed.


Great Gifts for Library Lovers

Stop in at any of our Madison Public Library locations and pick up a t-shirt or tote bag! We have lots of shirt sizes available for both kids and adults.

  • T-shirts (adult sizes XS-3XL): $18
  • T-shirts (children's sizes XS-L): $10
  • Bags (drawstring, green or black): $2
  • Bags (full color logo canvas): $8
  • Flash drives (1GB): $6

All proceeds benefit the library.


Winter Break Events for Kids

Are you looking for fun activities for your kids during their winter break? Here is a list of some of the many fun events for kids at various Madison Public Library locations over winter break!

For a list of all Winter Break events, check out our webpage.


More Library Events


Library Book Sales

Support your favorite library and one of many Friends' groups by selecting great deals at one of six upcoming book sales hosted by Libary Friends' groups before the end of the year.

  • Holiday Glow on Monroe: Books for Giving - Thursday, December 17, 5:30-7:30 at Monroe Street Library
    Classic, Rare and Recent Edition Book Sale. Celebrate the season and the success of Monroe Street Library as we mark some staff transitions and enjoy holiday treats. Brought to you by the Monroe Street Library League.

For sale times, specials, and more sales, visit the library's Book Sales page.


Libraries in the News

December 13 - Star Wars fans had the opportunity to dress up and meet members of the Wisconsin Garrison, the local chapter of the 501st Legion. Members of the volunteer organization that dresses as Star Wars characters met with library visitors in advance of this weekend's release. Story by Samara Kalk Derby with photos by Amber Arnold in the Wisconsin State Journal. 


Book Reviews

It's a Long Story: My Life
by Willie Nelson with David Ritz

"Still touring! An early advocate of biofuels! Farm Aid organizer! Married to two women at the same time! It's a Long Story covers all 82 years of Willie Nelson's life, from the early days of poverty in Texas to his start as a clean-cut DJ and his metamorphosis into an "outlaw" musician..."

Read the full MADreads review here.

Much Loved
by Mark Nixon

"At first glance, this appears to be a freak-show-worthy gallery of deformed creatures from beyond, but Mark Nixon treats us to the stories behind each much-loved, worn-beyond-recognition stuffed animal, its owner, and its provenance..."

Read the full MADreads review here.