Madison County Public Library News

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Upcoming Events in Richmond

Monday, February 20th

5:00pm Teen Artmania (Ages 12+)
Come and make a Bulletin Board!
>>Limit is 10 people
Sign up at the front desk or by calling 859.623.6704

7:00pm Anna Mac Clarke : A Chautauqua
--Come see this amazing young woman portrayed by Haley S. Bowling!
--If you're interested in history or looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month, this is the event for you!
--For more information, please view the Information Page
Location: Richmond Community Room

Funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts

Wednesday, March 1st

1:00pm Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!!
We will......
  • Read Dr. Seuss Stories
  • Eat Cake
  • Play games
  • & all around have fun!!!

If you have a special need, please contact the library at least
72 hours in advance so accommodations can be arranged.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

New Public Library in Berea: Coming in 2007!

Plans for the new public library building in Berea are now on display at Madison County Public Library, 319 Chestnut Street, Berea!  We are all so excited!  Stop by and look at the future of Madison County Public.  If all goes according to plan we will be moving from this location to a temporary location in the old Dresser Industries building on Center Street sometime this spring, and we will operate from there for approximately 14 months while our new building is constructed here on Chestnut Street.  Citizens of Berea check out proportionately more books—13.07 books per patron per year—than any other public library users in Madison county*, so thanks for making this expansion so very necessary!  More information will be forthcoming as dates are firmed up:  we will appreciate volunteers to help us move…
*As compared to 9.52 books per patron in Richmond, and 11.46 per Bookmobile patron.

Human Rights Video Screening in Berea

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On Tuesday, February 28th, at 6:00 pm we will show another in our "Human Rights Video Series", a film entitled Well-Founded Fear. This documentary will be shown at Madison County Public Library, 319 Chestnut Street, Berea.  Produced for the PBS POV television series, Well Founded Fear provides a rare glimpse of the U.S. asylum granting process through the perspective of the Immigration and Naturalization (INS) asylum officers responsible for reviewing asylum applications. Well Founded Fear is a riveting documentary on U.S immigration policy, and will appeal to a wide audience due to the multiplicity of ethnicities, religions and nationalities that are represented by those seeking asylum.  Janet Futrell will lead a discussion after the film. The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Public Library. The Human Rights Video Project was created by National Video Resources (NVR) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, with major funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.                                                                                                     .(image placeholder)

February 8th is Legislative Day in Frankfort, and Movie Day in Berea

On Wednesday, February 8th, supporters of Madison County Public Library will be joining other public library supporters in Frankfort for Legislative Day.  A van will leave the library at 8 am and take citizens and staff members to Frankfort, where we will visit our legislators and let them know we need them to make local libraries a state priority.  We will leave Frankfort around 3 pm.  Why?  ***Libraries connect with families and individuals on their own terms, in their own towns:  2 million Kentuckians use their local public library.   ***Improving Kentucky's libraries delivers the crowning piece of education reform:  without equity in access to learning resources, you can't have equity in education.***Libraries help people have access to world wide communication: they are the town square in our Global Village.***Libraries provide doorways to dreams, inspiration, and achievement, and break down barriers of isolation and ignorance.For more information or to sign up to ride with us, contact Sue Hays, library director, at 623-6704 or at you want something else to do on Wednesday, join us for our next Independent Film screening, February 8th at 6 pm in the community room of the library.  February's film is "Agata and the Storm", directed by Silvio Soldini.  Italian with English subtitles, 118 minutes long, "Agata" is a swirl of pop-art color, madcap magic, and the bittersweet call of life & love.  This ensemble comedy creates suspense, laughter, and tenderness.  When Agata, the popular bookshop proprietor and dispenser of sunny wisdom is suddenly wooed by a man almost half her age, her electricity hits high-voltage.  Yet it is Agata's joy and magnetism in the face of life in all its irony that eventually offers the eye of the storm.  Nominated for 8 David di Donatello awards, the Italian "Oscars."  This month's short film is "Jesus Henry Christ".  Henry, a scholarship student with unconventional convictions in a strict Catholic school, is once again sent to the headmaster's office.  Winner of the Student Academy Award and 1st prize for short film from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.  English, 17 minutes.  This screening is free and open to all age 17 and above.  The views and opinions expressed in these films do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Public Library.  Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Second Monday Book Club Meets in Berea

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Press Information/For Immediate Release
What & Where:  Second Monday Book Group meets at Madison County Public Library/Berea

When:  The Second Monday of Each Month From 6:30-7:30 pm

For More Information:  Abbie Harris, Branch Librarian, 986-7112

Want to join a book discussion group?  The Second Monday Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at Madison County Public Library in Berea.  The club meets from 6:30 to 7:30 and participants discuss a book that all have read.  Discussions are free and open to anyone age 17 and above, and there is no need to sign up beforehand.  Simply read, and come to the discussion!  You may be able to check out one of the library’s copies of the month’s selection to read before the discussion; other area libraries may also have copies.  This month we are discussing Jack Maggs by Peter Carey.  March’s selection is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  A complete listing of the 2006 Second Monday Book Discussion selections can be found at the library’s website (  For more information contact Abbie Harris, Branch Librarian, at 986-7112.