Madison County Public Library News

Monday, October 16, 2006

"Missing Mountains" in Berea!

The Second Monday Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at Madison County Public Library, 200 Harrison Road, 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 or bookstores may also have copies.  On November 13 we will be discussing Missing Mountains: We Went to the Mountaintop But it Wasn't There, edited by Kristin Johannsen, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Mary Ann Taylor-Hall. This book addresses one of the most serious environmental threats to our nation -- mountaintop-removal mining. In this collection of essays, fiction, and poetry, 35 Kentucky writers explore all aspects of mountaintop removal in Kentucky. A complete listing of the 2006 Second Monday Book Club selections can be found at the library’s website (  For more information contact Abbie Harris, Branch Librarian, at 986-7112.

Anytown, USA to screen at ArtSpace in Berea

On Wednesday, November 8, at 6:30 pm, Madison County Public Library & Berea Arts Council will show Anytown, USA, a 2005 documentary set in Bogota, New Jersey.  This film is a candid and eye-opening look into a hard-fought mayoral race between a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent, two of whom are legally blind.  With its quirky characters, dilapidated infrastructure, and impassioned citizens, Bogota serves as the perfect backdrop for a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s political climate, proving that all politics is truly local.
Anytown, USA is:
Winner for Best Documentary at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival and at the Long Island Film Festival andWinner for Best Director, Trenton Film Festival!
This film is free and open to anyone age 17 and above.  No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or legal guardian. The film will be shown at ArtSpace on College Square, 116 Main Street, in Berea. If special accommodations are needed, please contact Abbie Harris at 986-7112.  The views and opinions expressed in this film do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Madison County Public Library or of the Berea Arts Council.

Budget Seminar at Berea

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Press Information/For Immediate Release

What & Where:  Budgeting Workshop at Madison County Public Library in Berea

When:  Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 at 6:00 pm

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

Do you need help figuring out where your money goes?  Would you like to learn how to squeeze your budget and make the most of your cash?  On Thursday, November 2nd, come to Madison County Public Library in Berea from 6-8 pm for a free Budget Seminar presented by financial planner Harvey “Skip” Little, Jr.  Mr. Little will answer questions such as: “What is a budget and how can it help you?” and “How do taxes and other payroll expense affect your paycheck?”  He will discuss the three causes of budget failure and explain ways to avoid these pitfalls.  Pre-registration is not necessary, but if you have special needs please contact the library at least 72 hours in advance for accommodation.  For more information contact Abbie Harris, Branch Librarian, at 986-7112 or Skip Little, Jr. at 625-2824.

Friday, October 06, 2006

new building in Berea

The Madison County Public Library Board approved the final construction contract on Tuesday October 3. Bonds will be sold for the new building on October 12 and construction hopefully should start before the end of the month. The length of the contract is 300 days from start to finish so by next fall folks in Berea should be able to walk into their new building with lots of smiles. I hope readers will express their appreciation to our library board for their efforts to continue to improve services in Madison County.