Reading is something I have always enjoyed. I love diving into the adventures and conspiracies of both Fiction and Non-Fiction books. Not only is reading fun to do, but it is also good for people to read. Reading books reduces stress, increases knowledge, improves comprehension, and expands vocabulary. It even boosts our critical thinking and improves our problem-solving skills. The Madison Library District supports and encourages kids to read books so they will become more happy, intelligent people.
One of my favorite things about the Madison Library District is that they support reading during the summer. Every summer, the library puts a lot of work and effort into the Summer Reading Program. This program encourages kids, teenagers, and even adults to read during the summer. It makes reading even more fun and exciting. I love all of the fun prizes and coupons that we can earn by reading a certain number of pages.
Over the summer, my family went on many trips. Sometimes, car rides can get very chaotic. Before we go on any trips, we always go to the Madison Library and get an audio book. My family and I have really enjoyed listening to books while we are traveling. We listened to the whole Fablehaven series and almost the whole Dragonwatch series. Without the public library, our road trips would have been very boring. I am very grateful for all of the audio books the library has.
One of my least favorite things when it comes to reading is having to wait until I can read the next book in the series. Then, one day, I heard that the Madison Library District has Speedy Reader Kits! I thought that this was the most brilliant, amazing idea ever that the whole entire series is in one bag. No more waiting for someone to turn in the next book in the series so I can check it out!
The Madison Library District puts a lot of their effort and time into the activities, contests, clubs, and events for all ages. I think these activities are really cool. To me, these activities show me that the library is a safe, friendly, and positive environment where people both old and young can increase intellectually and become better people. The vibes that I get when I walk into the library are positive, calm, and happy. I love how organized the library is. Finding books is simple. All you need to know is the last name of the author. If someone can’t remember the author, they can always look it up on one of the two computers available for looking up books on the website. I am also glad that the library has a website. I like being able to see what books are available. It is also really awesome to be able to put books on hold.
To me, the Madison Library District is a place where I can go to read and check out books. The library is where people can go to get free access to a wealth of knowledge that is difficult to find elsewhere. The library has encouraged me and many others to read. I am very thankful for the Madison Library District and for everything it has done for the community.
When I think of the Madison library, I think of how helpful the staff are. Without them I would not know half the stuff I know. In this essay I will share my personal experiences with members of the staff and how they helped me to write my forthcoming history of the library distract.
One day at the library, I was searching the shelves for a book to read. I found a book on the Boise Public Library District's history, but decided it wasn't the right one because I wasn't interested. But it got me thinking; what if the Madison Library District had a similar history? So, I did the one thing I knew to do: ask a librarian. When I asked Courtney about it, she directed me to "Madison Best Remembered," a book on the history of Madison County. It only touched briefly, on the library so I thought, "Why don't I write a history of the Madison library?"
I started by basic observation. I believe that by looking at the contents of a building (pictures, plaques, murals, etc.) you can get a good idea of a building's history. After looking through the library, I had just that: a good idea of the building's history, but I needed to learn more. I asked Cheryl if she could guide me to more resources. She directed me to the library's website, which had a history of the library on it. This sent me on an internet rabbit hole on the library's history, which led me to articles and a blog on the library's expansion of 2009-10, though most of the photos were missing.
At this point, the history that I knew spanned 1921-2010, so there were no documents covering the years from then to the present. When I asked Gina about this, she suggested I talk to Valerie.
Around this time Vivian passed away. I didn't have a lot of experience working with her since she was over the children's books, but when I was looking through the library blog, i found this:
"In order to get the water pipes in the correct places for the new sprinkler system, the construction company had to knock a hole in the southwest corner of the existing building. This hole just happened to coincide with our Young Adult section of the library. Vivian, our Children's and YA Librarian, moved and rearranged all the books in that corner in order to accommodate the construction. It was quite an effort on her part, and she did a tremendous job!"
After Vivian's funeral I was able to talk with Valery. She mentioned records that the library had in storage and she helped me look through them. Valery told me they would have to be digitized, so I put the effort on pause until they were.
Recently, I was taking to Rebekka about the project and about the construction blog with the missing photos. She then told me of how the library has photos stored on their computer.
During this three-year journey, the help from the library staff has been constant and supportive. Without them my work-in-progress history would never come to fruition. Despite my young age, I feel like I have a wonderful team backing me up.
Centennial Essay Contest Submissions
Read the stories of patrons and community members who love the Madison Library District!