Time to Gather Again @ the Library

It is time to gather again to discuss books, share our writing, & sample new recipes!

We want to invite you back to the library for some fellowship, sharing, & laughter. We will be diligent in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect both staff and patrons, but we want to offer patrons a chance to get back to their book clubs, writing group, and recipe sharing. EVERYONE is required to wear a mask covering both their mouth and nose, and seating will be arranged to allow social distancing as well.
As always, if you have questions or concerns, call us @ 937-996-1741.

Quill & Ink Writers Group Tuesday, August 4 @ 6:00
Joyful Reads Book Club Thursday, August 6 @ 1:00
Page Turners Book Club Tuesday, August 11 @ 6:00
Recipe Swap Thursday, August 13 @ 1:00
Femme Fatales Book Club Tuesday, August 18 @ 6:00

We are still under our LIMITED OPENING guidelines. The Library is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10-6:00. Curbside pickup appointments are available Tuesday and Thursday from 10-6:00. Public restrooms are CLOSED. Face coverings are REQUIRED. Visit www.newmadisonpubliclibrary.org for all the specifics. Because we are currently closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will have space to social distance for our gatherings, but you will need to knock loudly to be let into the Library.

See you soon @ the Library!

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We Are Open!

On June 15, NMPL begins a LIMITED OPENING. Visit www.newmadisonpubliclibrary.org for all the specifics. Here is just a brief overview…

• New Madison Public Library will have a LIMITED OPENING beginning Monday, June 15. If you are sick, please do not visit.
• LIMITED HOURS of operation… Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-6:00 –
• Open for up to 15 Patrons at a time for 30 min. visits.
• Facemasks are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to protect staff & library materials from virus contamination.
• Two computers will be available daily from 10-6:00; usage is limited to 30 minutes a day.
• Facemasks are required for computer usage.
• Public Restrooms & Meeting Room are CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
• Curbside appointments will be available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10-6:00.

Regardless of the new restrictions, we are so looking forward to seeing our patrons back in the building. We have missed you all! As always, if you have questions or concerns, call us @ 937-996-1741.

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Yes, We Are Here

We are here, but we are not open… sound familiar? Yes, we are living in a new reality right now at the Library along with everyone else. We are definitely trying to make it work within the safety guidelines we have been given to protect both our staff and our patrons. The good news is that we are here to answer questions. Call us from 10-4:00 Monday through Friday @ 937-996-1741.

Many of you have asked about returning your NMPL items. First, we are fine free so no worries about that. Second, we are not able to return items to our partner libraries so that is not an issue either. We are happy to have you keep your items if anyone in your house is still reading or watching them, or you could share them with a neighbor or friend. Our Book Drop is open from Friday evening until Monday morning for you to return items. If you have more than 10 items, please call to schedule a time to drop them off.

Lastly, if you are in need of something new to read or watch, we can help. The bad news is that we cannot get any items from other libraries; the Good News is that we have a building filled with thousands of items for you to check out today! Go to our website https://www.mynmpl.org and click on the Catalog. Limit your search to New Madison Public Library and place Holds on anything you would like to pick up. Next, call us to schedule a Curbside Pickup. Next thing you know, you will be kicked back watching your favorite movie or swinging in your hammock reading a new book. #stillinthistogether #NMPL45346

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Taking Time During the Holidays

Hopefully during this busy holiday season, you will take some time for yourself. An easy, FREE way to do this is a visit to New Madison Public Library. You can grab a magazine and head over to a comfy rocker for a quiet moment. You could also pick out some movies to watch or books to read at home. You could even multitask by listening to a bestseller as you drive around doing errands. We make it easy to find just the right fit for you.

If it is a bit of fellowship that you crave, we have that too! The Friends of NMPL will be hosting their Annual Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10 with refreshments all day and live music from 3-5:30. You can also come make a Christmas craft at our Craft & Create event on Friday, Dec. 20 at 1:00. We truly do have Something for Everyone here at NMPL.

If after visiting us, you would like to include NMPL in your holiday giving, we have several options. You can join the Friends of the Library for only $2 a year and work with them to raise donations. You can also give directly to the Library and choose a specific area for your donation to work in the Library. For instance, we always welcome sponsors for our Summer Reading Programs or our Teen Programs. We also welcome support for specific types of resources like nonfiction resources. If you are interested in learning about any of these, please email me at brenda@mynmpl.org or call 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda.

The New Madison Public Library trustees, staff, and I all wish you a wonderful Christmas and a bright new year!

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Attitude of Gratitude

Our new bulletin board at the Library greets our patrons and visitors with the message “Give Thanks,” and offers them an opportunity to write down on a paper leaf what they are thankful for and to add it to the board. This interactive display encourages us to pause and reflect on gratitude. Too often we focus on the “To Do” list of Life and forget to be thankful for the people, things, and opportunities we have daily. I think this quote by Amy Collette says it beautifully, “Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness.  It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” As we move quickly through autumn and toward the holiday season, take time to reflect on what you are thankful for in this season of life…. See you soon @ the Library.

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Little Free Library Project

Summer Reading is in full swing here at NMPL, but we are already working on new projects for the fall and beyond! One of our new projects is creating, placing, and maintaining Little Free Libraries.  We are partnering with volunteers from the community and the Universalist Church of New Madison to provide little outposts where readers can find books in unusual spaces. The motto of Need a book, take a book; have a book, share it makes these spaces useful to our community.  The plan is to get volunteers to help build these book-sharing spaces then we will place them in public areas, fill them with a variety of reading materials, and hope that others will borrow and share, too. 

If you have never heard of a Little Free Library, check out their informative web site https://littlefreelibrary.org/ where you will find among other things a map of existing Little Free Libraries, examples of LFL from all over the world, and a brief history of this book-sharing movement. In our quest to increase literacy of both adults and children in our communities, the staff and leadership here at NMPL hope that this project will bring books to those who cannot visit us and those who cannot afford to buy books. After all, everyone need a little reading and sharing in their lives.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping with this project, give us a call at 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or Stephanie. You can also email brenda@mynmpl.org. Happy Reading! J used0 \lsd

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Happy Spring

HELLO SPRING! Yes, spring is rearing its lovely head in Ohio. A few days of sunshine have us all singing spring’s praises. This time of year also gets us thinking about renewal, revitalization, and rejuvenation. For some of us, this means cleaning out closets, garages, and cupboards. For others, it gets us thinking about our professional lives… especially if we’re feeling a bit stagnate or stale in our current job. If this describes you, I might just have a simple solution – LEARN SOMETHING NEW. Yes, just the act of learning a new skill set might be the answer. Even better, I have a FREE option that can be accessed on your timeline!

If you haven’t heard New Madison Public Library offers FREE access to Lynda.com. All you need to get started is an Ohio Library Card and an internet connection. Lynda.com offers over 7,400 courses and over 250,000 video tutorials taught by experts. To begin, you simply visit our web site https://newmadisonpubliclibrary.org and click on the “Resources” page. Click into the Lynda.com icon, set up a FREE account, and begin searching. To login you will need your Library card number and your pin number; if you need help with either of these, just give us a call at 937-996-1741.



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Back to School & Back to the Library

Well, it happened – the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Judging by the smiling, sweaty faces that arrived for LEGO Club @ NMPL, it was a successful day. Now the busyness of the school routine begins with backpacks to pack, forms to sign, projects to complete, and books to read. Remember that we can help out with a lot of those tasks here @ the Library!

Primary school student needs some good books to read at their level for nightly reading goals – We have those all ready for you to pop in and choose a few or a stack.

Middle school student needs some historical timelines to help them complete their own personal timeline – We can find those for you in our reference and nonfiction collection.

Junior high student needs some help with algebra – We can suggest some helpful resources.

Senior needs some information on ACT, SAT, or College Applications – We can provide several guides for all of these needs.

Parents need some escape to pass the time waiting in the pick-up lane at school, practice, or a game – We offer one of the largest collections of magazines in the area. Stop in and check some out today.

Here @ the Library we truly do have “something for everyone”! Stop by this week to see our many resources.

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August @ NMPL

August in rural Ohio – especially Darke County – means fairs, preparation for harvest, last minute vacations, and, of course, back to school shopping.  You might ask yourself how New Madison Public Library figures into this collection. Well, let me tell you that we can help with all of these events….

Need an updated recipe for bread n’ butter pickles? Yes, we can find that in our vast collection of cookbooks.

Have questions about how to preserve those luscious heirloom tomatoes that are filling your kitchen counter? Yes, we have a wide selection of books focused on canning, freezing, and preserving the bounty of your garden.

Are you without the internet and need someone to look up what time your granddaughter will be showing her hogs? Yes, we can do that, too.

Are you curious about the best wineries within a 100 mile radius?  Yes, we have a magazine that will give you that information, and we can print a map, too.

Do you need to jump online to see who has the best deals for Ohio’s Tax-Free Weekend (which is Aug. 3-5 this year)? Yes, you can use one of our computers.

As you can see, your public library is helpful during every season of the year and every season of your life so the only question is … why haven’t you visited NMPL lately?

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I Didn’t Know My NMPL Had That!?!

When you stop and consider the life of a public library it’s hard to imagine another free institution that gives back so much to so many. (The only exception would be the public school down the street with which we collaborate extensively.) Any citizen can walk through our doors, complete a simple application, and magically have access to print, digital, and human resources that rival those of any corporation…

Love the New York Times, but can’t afford the luxury of paying hundreds of dollars a year for a subscription? Guess what? We have a copy available for you to read (thanks to a fabulous donor who believes that reading national news is important in a small, rural community).

Trying to give your two-year-old a childhood rich in literacy? Great, come to our infant and toddler storytime on Thursday mornings from 10-10:20.

Enjoy crafting, but don’t have the supplies, space, or ideas to do it? Super, come fellowship with other crafters and use materials supplied by the library (a $5 donation is suggested, but not required).

Need a meeting room for your mom’s group or discipling group? We have that too (but it fills up quickly so call ahead to get your group on the schedule).

Have older children who you don’t want to get off the bus to an empty house? Problem solved! Have them walk to the library where they can work on homework with fellow students, work on our patron computers, play games from our “Bored Games” collection, or just hang with friends until you can pick them up on your way home from work.

You may have noticed that I haven’t once mentioned the thousands of print resources, digital downloads, audio books, films, and music that we have to offer for FREE to our patrons. Believe me, we have an excellent collection with thousands more to request from our consortium-member libraries throughout the state.
Yes, we have the resources, space, materials, and knowledge that you seek so the only question is … why haven’t you visited NMPL lately?


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