Thankful for our Patrons, Donors, & Communities

The Staff & Leadership at NMPL is THANKFUL for our patrons, supporters, and communities. Without all of you, we could not do what we do. Even with the turmoil and uncertainty of the last two years, you have remained faithful to New Madison Public Library, and we thank you.

We wish you all a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

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New Partner for Adult Programs

We are happy to welcome a new partner to programming here at NMPL. Each month representatives from The Ohio State University Extension Office will present on a timely topic ranging from prescription drug safety to using your InstaPot wisely. Watch for a posting of the new topic on our Facebook page, web site, and Instagram. We will also post signs at the New Madison Post Office and the Mini Mart. Programs will be the 2nd Friday of each month at 1:00. The first program, Safe Medication Practices For Better Health, will be on Friday, Sept. 10 at 1:00.

Other programs for adults include our Craft & Create on each 3rd Friday of the month at 1:00. For the Sept. 17 meeting, attendees will be creating a whimsical autumn Gourd Gnome. We could use some donations of old flannel shirts for this craft.

We also have three book clubs for adult readers. The first book club to meet each month is Joyful Reads which meets the 1st Thursday at 1:00 and they read inspirational women’s fiction. Page Turners gathers the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 to discuss literary fiction, bestsellers, memoirs, and mysteries. Femme Fatales like to read thrillers, mysteries, and women’s fiction, and they meet on 3rd Thursdays at 6:00. If you are interested stop by to pick up our latest selection or check out Book Clubs on our web site www.mynmpl.org to see what we are reading and have read in the past.

As always, if you have concerns or questions, call 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or email me at brenda@mynmpl.org.

SEE YOU @ THE LIBRARY!!!

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Welcome Back! We’ve Missed You!

We are so excited to bring you back into the Library – to select your favorite author’s new book, to find the “just right” picture book to read to your Little at bedtime, to pick a great movie to watch with the kids, or to discover a new magazine with amazing ideas for updating your kitchen. Yes, we have all those things just waiting for you to pick them.

To begin, we will ask you to MAKE A BROWSING APPOINTMENT because we will be limiting visits to one person or family for 30 minutes. You may also choose to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to pick up tax forms, use the computer, internet, or the copier/fax machine.

Masks are still REQUIRED for your entire visit, and they must cover your nose & mouth. Thank you for protecting our staff during your visit.

We are open for appointments 10 – 6:00 Monday through Friday. We will also continue to offer CURBSIDE APPOINTMENTS as needed. Remember that if Tri-Village Schools are closed, we will be open 12-6:00 if possible. For the latest updates, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

The Bookdrop, located beside the front door, is open 24/7 for any returns. Also, remember that we have thousands of digital titles available; you can easily access them from our website under “E-Content.”  www.mynmpl.org

As always, if you have concerns or questions, call 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or email me at brenda@mynmpl.org.

Mask up, stay warm, & SEE YOU @ THE LIBRARY!!!

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We Appreciate Your Support in 2020

The world has been a bit weird in 2020, but one thing remains – the goodness of people. I remember last winter when our patrons were worried about the safety of our staff as the COVID virus began to seep into Ohio. When we reopened in late spring, patrons sent us gifts of hand sanitizer and snacks to keep us going. We never had a group visit us, whether it was book club members or visitors meeting with their insurance brokers, that they didn’t stop to thank us for our time. Then there are those faithful followers on Facebook & Instagram who took the time to notice our efforts and like our posts.

While these might seem like simple acts, they have supported us through the mayhem, through the uncertainty, through the anxiety. We all appreciate these messages, gifts, and words of thanks. We miss our patrons when they cannot be here. We miss the sound of giggling preschoolers. We miss the buzz of afterschool with tweens and teens. We miss those whom we have lost over the past few months.

Because of the rise in cases during this 3rd wave of the pandemic, we will not celebrate with an open house for the holidays this year, but we will strive to be here to serve the needs of our patrons and citizens in ways that keep both them and our staff safe. As always, if you have concerns or questions, call 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or email me at brenda@mynmpl.org.

NMPL is closed to the public at this time, but we are staffed Monday through Friday from 10-6:00. Call to make an appointment for CURBSIDE pickup or for CURBSIDE copies and faxes. The Bookdrop is open 24/7 for any returns. Also, remember that we have thousands of digital titles available. For the latest updates, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Mask up or stay home, but stay healthy so that you can get back to the Library soon!

We wish you a Happy Christmas and a Joyful 2021.




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What’s Up @ NMPL???

Autumn is here! The days are getting shorter, the mornings and evenings cooler. The leaves are changing, and life is slowly moving into a more normal pace. While COVID hospitalizations are down in our area, the number of new cases is staying fairly consistent, and some area schools have been forced to move to virtual classes until the virus slows down. For these reasons, we have decided to continue with our current schedule.

NMPL is open to the public Monday & Wednesday from 10-6:00. Curbside pickup & inside appointments are still available Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 10-6:00. Just give us a call @ 937-996-1741 to set up a pickup or appointment. Appointments can be made for browsing the shelves or movies, for computer usage, or for copies and faxes.

We will continue to monitor the status of Darke County on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. For the latest updates, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram.  If you have questions or concerns, please call Brenda @ 937-996-1741.

Hope to see you @ the Library soon!

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Back to School, 2020


It’s time to pack up the backpacks, gas up the buses, pull out those colorful new pens and get on with the joys of learning new ideas and discovering new skills. While things are going to be different this year, what hasn’t changed is that we have LOTS of great books, magazines, & movies for your families to check out. But because we are following guidelines from local & state Health Depts., the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, and best practices from our state and federal Library organizations, we are still under our LIMITED OPENING guidelines, and the following procedures continue. Sadly, we can no longer be a pickup point for students after school this fall.

Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult
Visitors are limited to one – 30 minute visit or computer session a day
Masks are REQUIRED at all times
NO Public Restrooms or Drinking Fountain are provided
Only 15 visitors can be in the Library @ a time

As we have been doing for the last few weeks, our hours & services will change each week depending on the status of Darke County on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. For the latest updates, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram. If you have questions or concerns, please call Brenda @ 937-996-1741.

Currently, the Library is open to the public Monday & Wednesday from 10-6:00. Curbside pickup & inside appointments are available Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday from 10-6:00. Just give us a call @ 937-996-1741 with any questions or concerns. Hope to see you @ the Library soon!

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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.
• Children under 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES.
• 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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