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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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 All you need to get started is an Ohio Library Card and an internet connection. offers over 7,400 courses and over 250,000 video tutorials taught by experts. To begin, you simply visit our web site and click on the “Resources” page. Click into the 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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