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All Services & Collections

Dane County Seed Library

Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return the harvested seeds back to the library offering the program...

Ellison Die Machine

The Ellison Die machine uses templates for cutting out paper shapes for classroom decoration, bookmarks, nametags, or other decorative uses. The machine and its templates can be used at the Alicia Ashman Library. Call ahead to find a list of dies and place holds on them. They'll be reserved for you, and you'll be called when they are available for you to use in the library. Call 824-1780 for more information.

Home Service Program

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Madison Public Library's Home Service program supplies books to individuals at home who are unable to use the library due to an ongoing physical condition, as well as Retirement Homes and Assisted Living, Health Care and Adult Day Care Facilities.

Literacy and Tutoring

The Central Library and all of the neighborhood libraries offer materials to help adult new readers improve their reading skills. These materials include simplified versions of popular mystery and adventure novels, biographies, materials for improving job and parenting skills, and basic books on mathematics and science. Among these are materials on teaching and learning English as a Second Language (ESL), for adults new to this country. Teachers of ESL and basic literacy will also find teachers' guides in our collections. ...

Local Materials

The Local Materials area of the Central Library contains materials about Madison, Dane County & Wisconsin history -- past and present. These materials include books, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, maps, government documents, newspaper and periodical indexes. For more information about local history, see our recommended internet sites on Madison and Dane County history, our Research Guide to Local History, or information about obtaining an obituary from the library.

Madison Community Foundation Library Collections Grants

“This is a generous and significant contribution to our libraries and we are grateful to the Madison Community Foundation for their ongoing support of Dane County libraries. The grants will allow us to offer in-depth specialty collections on topics of interest to Madison residents, and will provide much-needed funds to help combat shrinking book budgets and rising prices."