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Madison Public Library to celebrate 100th birthday!

Feb 26, 2019 02:57PM
The Madison Public Library is celebrating their centennial with 100 days of special events that started on January 17 and will end on their 100th birthday on April 26, 2019.  Every 10 days represents a new decade.

The library kicked off its celebration in January with a "Roaring Twenties, Speakeasy" because the library began in 1919.   In February the library held a "1950s Sock Hop" and on March 7 they will have a "1970s Disco and Fondue Party." 

Separately, there are board and video game events, plus fun and interactive exhibits and activities in the library each week.  All the activities are listed on their calendar at www.madison-library.info where people can register.

On April 26, 2019 the celebration will culminate with an official 100th birthday party.  The whole community is invited!

"It is such an exciting time to look back at how far we've come from the small Carnegie library in Madison Village and what our future holds," said Dee Culbertson, library director.  "We have big plans for increased outreach into our community through our bookmobile service that will start in 2019!" 

Special perks during the centennial events include special prizes for in-library activities, and the Friends of Madison Public Library will sell special MPL polo shirts featuring a new logo for the 100th birthday.

The original Madison Public Library building opened in 1919 on Main Street in Madison Village with a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie.  The building remains in use as Madison Village Hall.

The growing community pushed for a larger, more modern library and in 1974 the MacKenzie Memorial Library opened on Middle Ridge Road.  It was named in memory of  library board member Adam MacKenzie's son.  Mr. MacKenzie led the fundraising effort and was a large donor himself.  The entire project was paid for by donations with no tax increase.

In the late 1990s and with taxpayer approval, the building on Middle Ridge was enlarged and remodeled completely, reopening in 2000 as Madison Public Library once again. 

Today's Family congratulates the Madison Public Library as they begin their next 100 years!