Madison Library District
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1921
A Grand Event
On December 28, 2021, we turned 100!
The Madison Library District is now a grand old lady, having proudly served Rexburg and the surrounding community for a century. We’ve had our share of highs and lows, from growing pains which resulted in new buildings being built or remodeled, to times of plenty when the library and the community flourished. From book clubs to storytime, from stargazing to surfin’ the ‘net, our patrons have learned and grown with us. Come along as we celebrate this milestone year, and look back on some of the past events and issues of the day that affected our library. We look forward to serving you for another 100 years!
Celebrate Through the Decades
Each month, we’ll showcase what happened in the history of the library, the community, the country, and the world.
Birthday Kick-off Month
January 10th from 11AM to 7PM
Help us start the celebrations right with cookies, stickers, and door prizes!
Bring in hygiene products for the Family Crisis Center and get $1 for each item you bring in. Items must be new, unused and in their original packaging.
January 10th through November 30
- 1905: Former Governor Frank Steunenberg assassinated.
- 1907: William E. Borah elected to Senate. Trial of William D. “Big Bill” Haywood for Steunenberg’s
assassination becomes Idaho’s “Trial of the Century.”
- February 8, 1910: The Boy Scouts of America is founded.
- May 25, 1910: The only flight taken together by Wilbur and Orville Wright occurs at Huffman Prairie Flying Field in Dayton, Ohio.
- May 30, 1911 – The Indianapolis 500 auto race is run for the first time in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- November 5, 1912: Woodrow Wilson becomes president of the United States.
- July 11, 1914: Babe Ruth makes his major league debut.
- January 25, 1915: Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson conduct the first telephone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
- August 25, 1916 – The National Park Service is officially created when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation from Congress with the mission to protect and preserve the natural lands, historic sites, and wildlife of the system for future generations.
- April 6, 1917: U.S. enters World War I.
- March 19, 1918: Time zones are officially established by an act of the United States Congress with daylight savings time to go into effect on March 31.
- August 1918: The influenza epidemic Spanish flu spans the globe, killing over twenty million worldwide and five hundred and forty-eight thousand people in the United States.
- November 11, 1918: Hostilities in World War I begin to end.
- June 28, 1919: The Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I.
Guess the meaning of these unique and interesting words! Turn in your completed forms at the Circulation Desk. Patrons with at least 15 correct answers will get put into a prize drawing at the end of the month.
- 1921: Starting as two rooms in the county courthouse, the library opens with 500 books. Sarah Nelson is our first librarian.
- 1926: Mrs. Nelson retires, and Mabel Pratt Warner becomes the second librarian.
- July, 1928: The Rexburg Standard reports that the library is quickly running out of room, as “a great many of new books have been added.”
- 1924: Craters of the Moon National Monument established.
- January 10, 1920: The League of Nations is established with the ratification of the Treaty of Versailles, ending the hostilities of the first World War.
- August 18, 1920: Women are given the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the United States constitution grants universal women’s suffrage.
- September 7-8, 1921: The first Miss America pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- April 7, 1922: The Teapot Dome scandal begins when the U.S. Secretary of the Interior leases the Teapot Oil Reserves in Wyoming.
- January 25, 1924: The first Winter Olympic Games are held in the French Alps in Chamonix, France.
- November 4, 1924: Calvin Coolidge wins his first election as President.
- July 10, 1925: The Scopes Trial or Monkey Trial begins and would later convict John T. Scopes of teaching Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory at a Dayton, Tennessee high school.
- May 20, 1927: Charles Lindbergh leaves Roosevelt Field, New York on the first non-stop transatlantic flight in history.
- September 7, 1927: First success in the invention of television occurs by inventor and Rigby, Idaho, native Philo Taylor Farnsworth.
- June 17, 1928: Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean.
- November 6, 1928: Herbert Hoover wins election as President of the United States.
- October 29, 1929: The Great Depression starts with the collapse of Wall Street.
Saturday, March 12 – Adult Makers
- 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon: Mending Morning in the Community Room: Use it up: Wear it out: Make it do: Or do without! was the theme of the 1930s. In that spirit, let’s help you mend those items so you can stretch their use out a little longer. Bring an item in need of repair. We’ll have sewing machines and know how to help you keep them in use.
- 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Sewing Circle in the Community Room: Attention crazed cross-stitchers, crafty crocheters, anyone who goes nuts for needlepoint or knitting. Spend the afternoon with us. We’ll sit around and gab in old-time style. We’ll also have lots of giveaways and trades. Have a great chart you’re finished with, extra needles, yarn you lost enthusiasm for? Bring them! Nobody should go home empty handed!
Join us for some quilting fun! Make a quilt block either from the patterns we provide, or create your own. Return your finished blocks to the library by SATURDAY, MARCH 26 for voting. Blocks do not need to be bound or backed.
Click HERE for all the rules and details to enter!
- September 1930: The library closes in order for all the books to be cataloged. Over 12,000 catalog cards are created.
- November 1931: The library moves to the second floor of the County Courthouse, giving more room for the growing collection.
- March 12, 1932: A theft of $10.90 was taken from the library. The Rexburg Standard urges all mothers to “investigate and make sure it is not your boy?”
- 1934: The Rexburg Standard reports that 19,640 books were taken out from the library and read during the previous year.
- June 1935: The library reaches their goal of obtaining 5,000 volumes.
- January, 1936: The library expands its hours from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm every day except Sundays and holidays.
- 1936: Mabel Pratt Warner retires, and Jesse Atkinson becomes the third librarian.
- 1939: The Rexburg Standard advocates the need for a separate building for the public library.
- 1935: Idaho repealed statewide Prohibition.
- 1936: Sun Valley resort established by Union Pacific Railroad. World’s first ski chair lift opened at Sun Valley.
- 1939: Joe Albertson opened his first supermarket in Boise.
- February 18, 1930: American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers the planet Pluto at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
- March 3, 1931: The Star-Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key, is approved by President Hoover and Congress as the national anthem.
- March 1, 1932: The infant son of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., is kidnaped. He is found dead on May 12 not far from his home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Three years later, on February 13, 1935, Bruno Hauptmann was found guilty of the crime.
- November 8, 1932: Democratic challenger Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats incumbent President Hoover in the presidential election.
- March 9 – June 16, 1933: The New Deal social and economic programs are passed by the United States Congress.
- October 17, 1933: Albert Einstein arrives in the United States as a fugitive from Nazi Germany.
- November 11, 1933: In South Dakota, a strong dust storm strips topsoil from depression era farms. It was one in a series of such storms to plague the Midwest during 1933 and 1934.
- December 5, 1933: The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed, ending prohibition.
- June 2, 1935: The greatest hitter in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth, retires from Major League Baseball.
- May 30, 1936: Gone with the Wind is published by Margaret Mitchell.
- August 1, 1936: The Summer Olympics Games open in Berlin, Germany under the watchful eye of German leader Adolph Hitler, whose policies of Arian supremacy had already begun to take shape. The star of the games was Jesse Owens, a black American, who won four gold at the Berlin 1936 Games.
- November 3, 1936: Franklin D. Roosevelt overwhelms his Republican challenger, Alfred Landon, for a second presidential term.
- May 6, 1937: At Lakehurst, New Jersey, the German airship Hindenburg bursts into flames while mooring. The fire consumes the largest airship in the world, 804 feet long, within one minute, causing the death of thirty-six people.
- October 30, 1938: A nationwide scare develops when Orson Welles broadcasts his War of the Worlds radio drama, which included fake news bulletins stating that a Martian invasion had begun on earth.
- April 30, 1939: The New York World’s Fair opens for its two year run.
- August 2, 1939: Albert Einstein alerts Franklin D. Roosevelt to an A-bomb opportunity, which led to the creation of the Manhattan Project.
Grand Prize Winner-Judges Choice: Tina Lowry
- 1948: Jesse Atkinson retires, and Anna Craven becomes the fourth librarian.
- 1942: Japanese-Americans placed in internment camp near Eden, Idaho.
- December 7, 1941: U.S. enters World War II.
ALL MONTH – Book Bingo! Come play our fun book bingo game, and earn some fun prizes. May’s theme is the 1950s.
- August 25, 1958: The library was formed into the Madison County Free District Library. The ladies of the Civic Club began to raise funds for a new library building.
Week of June 13 – One Fish, Two Fish
Week of June 21 – Where the Wild Things Are – We will be closed June 20 for Juneteenth.
Week of June 27 – Mister Seahorse and Brown Bear, Brown Bear
- 1960: Anna Craven retires, and Theron Atkinson becomes the fifth librarian.
- February 22, 1961: The new library building is dedicated. Located on a lot next to City Hall on North Center Street, the building included a children’s library in the basement.
- 1962: Theron Atkinson retires, and Geraldine M. Jacobs becomes the sixth librarian.
All Month Long – All storytime themes will highlight popular children’s books from the 1960s.
Week of July 5 – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – We will be closed July 4 for Independence Day.
Week of July 11 – Strega Nona
Week of July 18 – Corduroy
Week of July 25 – There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon
- June 5, 1976: The library building was so badly flooded after the collapse of the Teton Dam, it had to be demolished. The furniture and most of the collection were also damaged. Within two weeks, a temporary library was set up in the Ricks College Library, and new materials were ordered. Over 35,000 books were donated from Utah. Fundraising began for a new library building.
- July 27, 1978: The new library building, located on the corner of North Center and First North, is dedicated.
- June 5, 1976: The Teton Dam collapses, causing extensive damage to the area. Eleven people were killed and thousands were forced to flee their homes.
ALL MONTH – Book Bingo! Come play our fun book bingo game, and earn some fun prizes. August’s theme is the 1980s.
Monday, August 15 – Winners of the Quilt Raffle Announced!
- 1983: The library joins the Idaho Falls and Pocatello Public Libraries to obtain cataloging and circulation software.
- 1987: Geraldine M. Jacobs retires, and Cheryl M. Reeser becomes the next librarian.
- 1991: The library adds public access terminals for patrons, making the card catalog obsolete.
- 1992: Cheryl M. Reeser retires, and Deborah Scholes becomes the new Director of the Library.
All Month Long – All storytime themes will highlight popular children’s books from the 2000s.
Week of October 4 – I Need My Monster
Week of October 11 – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Week of October 18 – The Dot
Week of October 25 – Room on the Broom
ALL MONTH – Book Bingo! Come play our fun book bingo game, and earn some fun prizes. October’s theme is the 2000s.
Free Family Films – This month, we’ll be watching some great movies from the 2000s. Every other Friday at 3:30 pm. Anyone under 12 must be accompanyied by someone 14 or older.
October 7 – Cars (2006; Rated G)
October 21 – Monsters, Inc. (2001; Rated G)
October 1 – December 1: Creative Writing Contest for Adults
Do you love writing? Enter the Madison Library District’s short story writing contest! “Capturing 100 years,” is the theme. Give us your impression of what that means to you. Fiction or non-fiction are accepted. All entries receive a prize. Head to the Adult Arena for full information and how to submit your entries.
October 17 – December 3: Photography Contest for Ages 6 and Older
Have a photograph you’d like to share with the community? Enter our Photography Contest! “Capturing 100 years,” is the theme. Give us your impression of what that means to you.
- 2000: Deborah Scholes retires, and Cathleen A. Peterson becomes the next director.
- 2000: The library receives a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for 5 public internet computers.
- 2000: The library is running out of space, so the Webster Room is remodeled to accomodate the children’s collection.
- 2001: Cathleen A. Peterson retires, and Judith M. Dewey becomes the new director.
- 2007: Another Gates Foundation grant adds 5 more public internet computers, bringing the total to 13.
- November 2007: The library obtains its own cataloging and circulation software to manage the collection more effectively.
- May 21, 2008: The library’s name is officially changed to the Madison Library District.
- August 5, 2008: A special bond election is held which allowed the library to obtain funds for an extensive expansion and remodeling project, which more than doubled the space for the library collections.
ALL MONTH – Book Bingo! Come play our fun book bingo game, and earn some fun prizes. November’s theme is the 2010s.
- 2011: Judith M. Dewey retires, and Valerie Lloyd becomes the new director.
THE 2020s and BEYOND!
ALL MONTH – Book Bingo! Come play our fun book bingo game, and earn some fun prizes. December’s theme is libraries and publishing.
- December 28, 2021: The library celebrates it’s 100th birthday!
1) Pick up a form at the Front Circulation desk OR at our Birthday Party Kick-off Celebration on January 10th.
2) Choose to READ ‘n Track either 100 books or “10” 100 pages (that’s 1,000 pages).
3) START READING!! Don’t forget to keep track of your books/pages.
4) When you’ve reached 100 books or 1,000 pages, bring your completed Read ‘n Track form to the Front Circulation Desk to be entered into the drawings for FANTABULOUS prizes! You’ll also get to write your name on a balloon for our wall!
Tips… all Read ‘n Track forms must be turned in by November 30th. Books may be read more than one time. Audio books are also eligible. Look for your balloon on the wall in the Children’s section. This reading adventure is for the youth, ages 0 to 18.
Birthday Kick-off Month
January 10th from 11AM to 7PM
Bring in hygiene products for the Family Crisis Center and get $1 in fine forgiveness for each item you bring in, up to $10. Items must be new, unused and in their original packaging. The Family Crisis Center needs the following items:
Quilt Block Contest Rules
All Entries due march 26
Entry forms and patterns can be picked up at the Circulation Desk.
- Quilt block entry is open to all Madison Library District card holders. All ages are welcome to participate; any underage (under 18) participants must have approval from their legal guardian. Madison Library District employees, Board and Foundation members, and their immediate family members are permitted to participate, but are not eligible for prizes.
- A Quilt Block Entry Form must be completed for a block to be judged. Entry forms should be pinned to the back of the block.
- All contest submissions must be turned in by close of business on Saturday, March 26, 2022.
- The quilt block must be made by the person submitting the entry.
- Limit of 2 entries per category, per person. Categories are defined as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, and Custom. We reserve the right to adjust or change categories as necessary.
- All finished blocks should measure 12 1/2 inches by 12 1/2 inches square, including seam allowances. Custom blocks can be embroidered, appliqued or pieced. Block must be 100% Cotton and ironed.
- Blocks with buttons, charms, or paint will not be accepted.
1 Grand Prize Winner
1 Winner per category (5 categories)
1 Second Chance Drawing Winner (Grand prize and category winners are not eligible)
Winners will be determined by patron choice and a panel of judges.
All quilt blocks will be put on display. Voting will begin on April 4, 2022, and end on April 9, 2022. All quilt block entries will be retained by the Madison Library District to be made into a finished quilt(s). Depending on the number of entries, the Madison Library District may raffle off the quilt(s) at a later date. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Library.
Additional Terms and Conditions
MLD is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. MLD reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice, beyond MLD’s control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. MLD is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. MLD reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that MLD has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules. By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless MLD and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. MLD and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.
New Temporary Hours of Operation
Due to staffing shortages and until further notice our temporary hours will be:
- Monday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Thursday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Closures in 2023
- January 2 – New Year’s
- January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
- February 20 – President’s Day
- March 24 – Staff Development Day
- April 1 – Closed for Maintenance
- May 27-29 – Memorial Day
- June 19 – Juneteenth
- July 4 – Independence Day
- September 2-4 – Labor Day
- September 28 – Library Conference (LCEI)
- September 29-30 – Closed for Maintenance
- November 10-11 – Veteran’s Day
- November 22 – Closing at 5:00 pm
- November 23-25 – Thanksgiving
- December 23-26 – Christmas
- December 30-31, 2023 – New Year’s
- January 1, 2024 – New Year’s Day
73 North Center
Rexburg, Idaho 83440
We are located on Center Street, just north of Main Street, by the Historic Rexburg Tabernacle.
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