Madison Rotary Awards Grant to Friends

The Friends wish to thank the Madison Rotary for awarding them a grant of $1000 that will be matched by the Friends. The grant funds will be used to purchase 12 Sphero SPRK+ educational robots. These waterproof and shockproof robots can be programmed to roll, flip, spin, and change colors. Robotics classes will be held at the library with these durable, app-controlled robots. Since the robots are programmed for different skill levels, classes will cater to different ages and abilities. They will tie directly into STEAM education as patrons learn how to manipulate the robots through drawing, using building blocks or a coding language on the app. The robots will eventually be added to the planned Makerspace.

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Bottle Hill Day in Madison

The Friends of the Madison Public Library hosted a booth at Bottle Hill Day in Madison on October 1st. Our Community Outreach Chair, Peggy Oakes sends a big thank you to the many board members and library staff who helped volunteer to staff the table. The rain held off and many people stopped by the booth to learn more about what the library has to offer. The Friends held a raffle for a gift certificate to the local independent book shop in Madison, Short Stories Community Book Hub. It was a great day! Thank you to all for supporting the Madison Public Library!

Bottle Hill Day Success

A big thank you to all our volunteers and library staff who worked at the Friends of the Madison Public Library’s Bottle Hill Day booth on October 24. The demonstration of the new Chrome Books were a bit hit. Many people signed up for the library e-newsletter (see link on our home page if you wish to be added) and entered our raffle for a gift certificate to the new independent book shop Short Stories Community Book Hub in Madison. Our give-aways were popular but lollipops were a hit for all ages!

Submitted by: Peggy Oakes, Volunteer Chair