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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. ...

Talking Books

Talking Books is a program administered by the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (Milwaukee Public Library System).  To use the collection, you will need to be a registered user of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. 



The library offers two translation services to help our customers use the library. You or someone helping you may request that your librarian contact TeleInterpreters, a telephone translation service that will help you interact with the library.