Madison County Public Library News

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Last week at the Chestnut Street location in Berea!

This is our last week in the building at 319 Chestnut Street.  If you are a nostaligic type of person, be sure to stop in and look around one more time before we move to our temporary location.  While you are here, please check out as many items as you can, and bring them back once we've reopened at the Berea Municipal Utilities Building (200 Harrison Road).  This will help us (We'll have less to move!) and will hold you over for the 2 weeks we will be closed!  We are observing our normal hours this week through 5 pm Saturday.  We will reopen in the Utilities Building on May 1st at noon. This is also your last chance to catch an independent film at the Chestnut Street library building!  On Wednesday, April 12th, at 6 pm we will be showing Drifters, an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and the Seattle Film Festival.  Would-be immigrant Er Di is back in China, expelled from the U.S. for working illegally.  While in America he fathered a child, & when his American-born son comes to China for a visit, Er Di is barred from seeing him.  At the same time, Er Di becomes involved with a beautiful member of a touring Shanghai opera company.  Caught between his past & his future, his son's culture & his own, Er Di seeks bonds with both.  120 minutes; Mandarin with English subtitles.  The short film is Robot Boy.  A young boy is born to 2 very particular parents who improve his less-than-perfect human parts with robot parts & a remote control.  He spends all of his time mowing his parents' lawn until he meets a friend with an unusual escape plan.  18 minutes; English.  This screening is free and open to all age 17 and above.  Under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The views expressed in these films do not necessarily express those of the Madison County Public Library.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Library's 18th Birthday

Come help us celebrate the library's birthday!!!

April 17th & 18th we will be hosting special events, including two movies that won in the 2006 Academy awards, a special guest lecturer on The Chronicles of Narnia, and the AARP 55 Alive Driving Course.

For more information, visit our Adult Programs page.

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

Last Day for Tax Help & A Funny Story

The last day for free AARP tax help at the Richmond Location will be April 11th (1-4pm). Reproduceable tax forms will still be available in the library, and forms may also be found online at and

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Also, a bit of a silly story we thought we'd share with our readers.

We opened the library one morning a few weeks back and discovered that one of the concrete balls that top the railing columns at the parking lot entrance was missing. We searched the grounds and didn't find it, so we finally called the Richmond Police to file a vandalism report.

The officer responding checked in and discovered that it had already been found in the Christian Church parking lot a few blocks away. All we had to do was send staff down to the police department to claim it. Our theory is that, given the weight of the ball, the vandals got tired of lugging it and just dumped it.

Moral of the story: don't steal things you can't carry.... or better yet, be nice to your local library and don't steal at all!!