At the beginning of June, we’re saying goodbye to InfoCentre, and saying hello (aloha?) to Koha, an open source library management software. With Koha, searching our catalog will be friendlier, and users will have more control over their own accounts, i.e. placing holds, saving lists, suggesting titles, and more.
MADISON LIBRARY will be CLOSED on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 as we migrate our records to the new software.
Join us on Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm in the Chick Room as Victoria Lang, director of the Holderness Library, gives a slide presentation on The Botswna Library Project. Lang visited Botswana in March of 2012, as part of a librarian exchange program with the Botswana Library Project foundation.
Here in America, we often take for granted that there are places like the public library, places where we can go to use computers, read, gather information and learn. This is often not the case in countries like Botswana. Robert and Sara Rothschild, seeing a need, established a family foundation that, in collaboration with the Botswana government, is building libraries in villages throughout that country.
For several years now, Merle and Herm Weber have volunteered to put a new coat of stain on the library’s ramp and railings. This photo illustrates what a labor of love this project is. Thank you, Merle and Herm!
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has set aside the first week in May to highlight issues surrounding privacy and protecting your personal information.
Visit www.chooseprivacyweek.org throughout the coming week to follow an online forum on privacy.
Anyone interested in libraries will enjoy this presentation by NH State Librarian Michael York, Tuesday, April 30 at 5:30 pm at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth. All are welcome, refreshments.
Learn about the NH State Library, its history and its collections (its recently refurbished map and genealogy rooms are worth a visit). Also, learn about the services the State Library provides to your local library, including the statewide interlibrary loan management system and delivery, training for librarians, and research assistance for the public.
On Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm the Friends of Madison Library will host the presentation “Sugaring Off: Maple Sugaring in New England” by local historian Bob Cottrell. This event will be held in the John F. Chick Room at the Madison Library, and is free and open to the public.
In this slideshow presentation, Bob Cotrell will explore changes over time in how maple sugar was processed, from Native Americans’ and Colonial settlers’ techniques, to 19th and 20th century improvements, up through today’s modern methods. He will also review the social and political implications of maple sugar through its history. The talk will cover the wide variety of maple sugaring tools and equipment in use over the years, along with products harvested from the maple tree.
The evening will begin with a brief annual meeting of the Friends of Madison Library, and refreshments will follow the presentation. The Friends of Madison Library support the Madison Library by raising funds for books, equipment, and special programs like this presentation.
National Library Week is April 14-20, 2013!
What’s happening at Madison Library:
- No fines for returned overdue materials this week. Got fines on your account? Stop in and ask for them to be cleared.
- A workshop on Geocaching for all ages, Tuesday, April 16 at 1 pm.
- Book spine haiku! Come create your own at the library.
- Story time for little ones, April 19 and every Friday at 10 am.
This school vacation week, try out a family activity that combines technology with outdoor recreation.
On Tuesday, April 16 at 1 pm, experienced geocacher Susan Lee will lead a workshop here at the library on how to find geocaches in Madison and beyond. Children should be accompanied by an adult since there will be a walking field trip to find some geocaches nearby. Bring a GPS-R if you have one, but having one is not necessary to take part in the workshop.
Thank you to our supportive community for all your kind words, offers of help, hugs, cards, phone calls, emails, and visits as we all continue to mourn the loss of Assistant Librarian Leonora Southwick, who passed away suddenly on April 1.
Leonora’s friend Stacy has put together a photo collage as a tribute. We have a copy the library, and it includes this happy photo of Leonora reading.
There is a basket at the library for anyone who would like to leave a card or note for Leonora’s family.