Undoubtedly you’re enjoying the slide show above illuminating library moments from the long ago and recent past. The Friends have been supporting library programs for decades. Since its founding in 1938, the Friends have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the library and paid for countless cultural and educational events and programs. Among them are the popular Drew Mini-Course Series and the Children’s Summer Reading Program, and the Museum Pass Program. Friends funding has also helped support the library’s extensive collection of books, media and programs for adults, teens, and children. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of those whose contributions have helped make our library such an outstanding institution.
But there is much work to be done. Like libraries throughout the state, the Madison Public Library has been facing many new challenges as it strives to meet the rapidly changing needs of our community. Today’s library patrons seek out not just books but Internet access, DVDs/CDs, audio books, Twitter and Facebook. In response the library has added new layers of services and activities and reaches out to entirely new populations. In addition, with a variety of specialized sections such as those dedicated to local history, job searches, and teenage interests, the Madison Public Library truly has something to offer everyone!