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Middleton Public Library
Address: 7425 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-5564     Email: info@midlibrary.org
  LIMITED LIBRARY SERVICES AVAILABLE, LIBRARY FACILITY REMAINS CLOSED
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The Middleton Public Library facility remains closed at this time.
   Curbside pickup, virtual programming, and outreach expand!


During this time, library staff are working to provide as many services to our community as possible.    The Library is working closely with the Dane County Public Health Department, the Department of Public Instruction, and the South Central Library System to create best practices and procedures that prioritize the health and safety of library staff and patrons.  As we move forward with aligning a phased re-opening plan with Forward Dane and the Badger Bounce Back Plan, health and safety remains the top priority.  A firm date for a phased re-opening plan has yet to be determined.

All library materials leaving the building undergo a quarantine process by staff wearing PPE.  Please see below for more information on services and instructions for placing a holds and scheduling a pick up time. 

Thank you for your patience and for using your library! 

Due Dates: Items checked out in June are due August 1st.  Items Checked out on or after July 1st will be due two months after the checkout date.  Due dates will continue to adjust in response to the closure as needed.

Returns: The outside book drop is open during our curbside pickup hours stated below.   Please maintain social distancing if you are waiting to return items.  The library is not yet accepting donations at this time.  All returned items go through quarantine for 4 days before staff handle them, so items will remain on library accounts during the quarantine period.  The Middleton Public Library remains a fine-free library.

Hold Materials and Curbside Pickup:

  1. Please visit www.midlibrary.org/midsearch to search and place holds. Delivery between libraries is approximately two weeks.  Items that are on the shelf and available at Middleton are typically available for pick up the next day. 
  2. Please wait until you receive a ‘Holds Available’ notice before reserving a pick up time to ensure that your hold is processed and ready for pickup.
  3. Pick up times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12pm-6pm.  Tuesday & Thursday 12pm-8pm.  Saturday 12pm-5pm. The schedule opens daily at 6am.  Schedule your day-of pick up at midlibrary.org/pickup
  4. Due to high volume and limited staffing, thank you for reserving phone calls are for those who do not have Internet access.  

 
 
What to read next: Visit https://www.midlibrary.org/Databases and check out everything from magazines and newspapers, to children’s books and reading recommendations.  Access is free with your library card.

Library Programs: Library staff are working to create more online content and host programs virtually.  See our online events calendar, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on offerings. New offerings are added each week!

Free WIFI Access: Anyone is welcome to use the WIFI.  Library staff have moved several of the facility’s WIFI radios to external windows in all directions, for a gigabit fiber connection to the Internet while outside the Library.  Park along Hubbard Ave or in the lots next to or even behind the building.  Look for “Middleton Public Library Free Internet” on your device.  If you sit or stand out of your car, please respect social distancing guidelines.

What If I Don't Have a Library Card?: Residents of the South Central Library System service area who do not have a library card can apply for a card online.

What is Zoom!?: Zoom is a FREE video conferencing product that works on most devices that have a microphone and front facing camera—laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets. The library is using Zoom’s video capabilities so you can see the presenter in real time, from the comfort of your own home, while the library is closed. Visit www.zoom.us to get started. Using Zoom is free but requires participants to create an account. Download Zoom on your computer or install the zoom app on your device. We recommend setting up Zoom in advance of the start of the program.

About Facebook Live!: Storytimes and other programs for all ages are being shared using Facebook Live! You do not need a Facebook account to watch, just search for the Middleton Public Library.  Access live and recorded Storytimes at midlibrary.org - click on "Online Storytimes” on the top right.

Contact Us:  
Phone: (608) 827-7401
Email: info@midlibrary.org
Library Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm.  All meetings are open to the public.

 
 IN HONOR OF JUNETEENTH : A STATEMENT FROM THE MIDDLETON PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Dear Neighbors,
 
This Juneteenth, the national conversation about race is alive in our community.  Across the nation, including Middleton, small and mid-sized communities are playing an important role as they step up to be part of the dialogue about anti-racism and inequity.  Middleton Public Library pledges itself to join the efforts of all who share in the mission of building a community free of racism, hatred, and intolerance.  Black Lives Matter.

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and now others, have demonstrated once again, that the battle against racism and intolerance is not over.  That racism is not only individual subtle and violent acts, but invisible systems conferring dominance on a group.  Middleton Public Library will look inward to examine our organizational practices, policies, procedures, and identify where and how we can do better, and be better.  Together, let’s challenge ourselves and each other to meet the moral imperative of confronting and dismantling systemic racism.

Middleton Public Library stands with those in Dane County, the state of Wisconsin, and throughout our country who are exercising their Constitutional rights to protest against systemic racism, inequity, and violence against the Black community. As a public library, we stand for the innate equality of all we serve.  Libraries are for everyone.  We pledge to do our part to help our community recognize and celebrate that diversity, inclusivity, and equity are pillars of a strong and thriving community.

Intellectual freedom is the cornerstone of democracy and public library service.  Public libraries have a long history of being agents of social change, and Middleton Public Library is committed to continuing that work. We believe in enlightenment through education and value lifelong learning. Through our inclusive resources, programs and staff, we will continue to grow and share collections and connections with the community that inspire conversations about timely topics.  We are listening and learning.  Love, justice, hate, equality, friendship, prejudice, peace, anger, fear, humor…through the power of reading we can learn about and understand these topics, make sense of our own lives, and build stronger relationships with our families, neighbors, community, and the world.  Libraries grow and transform with their communities. We hope you’ll join us in exploring how your public library can contribute to justice and equity.


In solidarity,
Jocelyne Sansing, Middleton Public Library Director
Middleton Public Library Board of Trustees: Robert Burk, Courtney Ward-Reichard, Roshelle Ritzenthaler, MaryBeth Paulisse, Christopher Morris, Rose Sime, Thomas Yost, Cynthia Zellers, and Rob Seltzer