Thank you to all who completed our recent survey. The results have been tabulated, and can be read online or printed from the link below.
The Strategic Planning Committee will use the results of the survey, along with other information gathered from and about the community, to develop a Madison Library Strategic Plan for 2015-2017.
The Madison Library’s Summer Reading Programs have wrapped up for another year. Fifty-two people, from age 3 to adult, signed up, and twenty-eight completed the program. Adults and teens read 76 books, and the children read over 15,000 minutes during the program. Each week there was a science-themed event for school-aged children plus a preschool story time, and a total of 166 people attended these programs. A number of generous local businesses contributed prizes or provided programs, see the full list here. All in all, participants enjoyed a summer of reading for fun and learning new things.
The Friends of Madison Library and the Madison Historical Society invite you to a presentation by Carl Lindblade of the University of New Hampshire, “Marriotts of the Mountains: the Crawford Family of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire’s First Family of Innkeeping,” on Thursday, August 21 at 7 pm in the John F. Chick Room at the Madison Library.
Carl Lindblade is currently a lecturer in the hospitality management department at the University of New Hampshire, and a member of the UNH Speaker’s Bureau.
At the presentation, Lindblade will discuss how the Crawford family moved “south” from Colebrook and Guildhall, Vermont to what is now Bretton Woods, acquiring their first parcel of land for free. From there they expanded their holdings as farmers and hosts. It can be said that the Crawfords were the inventors of modern innkeeping, charging for food, lodging and recreation to supplement farm income. Then in a fire, they lost everything but their mortgage. This is a New Hampshire story of family enterprise, entrepreneurship, success and tragedy.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the presentation, provided by program sponsors the Friends of Madison Library and the Madison Historical Society.