MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – This week, the Madison Public Library reopened to the public for in-person browsing. Azi, a patron of the library, says she has brought her daughter every day since.
“It’s wonderful to be back,” said Azi. “We have the ability to look at books with your child and decide which ones will be a hit to take home.”
Azi, like many other Madison parents, looked for ways to spend time with her children.
“Especially now there are a lot of summer activities that don’t start until mid-June or the end of June,” Azi said. “It’s the perfect thing to come and explore.”
Madison Public Library Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Millerjohn said libraries are preparing to expand children’s programming in June.
“All of our programs will take place both outdoors and in our outdoor spaces,” Millerjohn said. “There are fewer programs, but there is always something going to be there for you at the library.”
In June, libraries will be offering Serendipity Saturdays at several locations and the Dream Bus will also make its way into the city.
Millerjohn says that while it may be smaller to have a calendar of events, it’s a great feeling.
“So that we can think about these events and welcome things to the library, we hope we can make this summer feel more normal and joyful,” Millerjohn said.
Madison School and Community Recreation will also be bringing back more summer programs in the coming weeks.
“We’re really excited to be returning to the kind of work we’re used to doing,” said Mary Roth, director of operations at Madison School and Community Recreation.
She says that while some programs will remain virtual, many will take place in person outside.
“Families are really looking for things to do to get out of the house and get off the screen,” Roth said. “We have many options, regardless of interest or age group.”
Registration is now open for over 700 programs through MSCR. Roth says there is something for every age group.
“From camp programs that really serve as child care for families to fitness and wellness programs for older adults that keep these people active, we really believe the services we provide are essential in the process. community, ”said Roth.
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