As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler. His fascination with that political rarity and his intense desire to see the Medici family assume a similar role in Italy provided the foundation for his "primer for princes." In this classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power, Machiavelli used a rational approach to advise prospective rulers, developing logical arguments and alternatives for a number of potential problems, among them governing hereditary monarchies, dealing with colonies and the treatment of conquered peoples. Refreshing in its directness, yet often disturbing in its cold practicality, The Prince sets down a frighteningly pragmatic formula for political fortune. Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century, this calculating prescription for power remains today, nearly 500 years after it was written, a timely and startling lesson in the practice of autocratic rule that continues to be much read and studied by students, scholars and general readers as well. Read more about Literary Giants: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where the lost boys play. Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook has his way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles...
Are you a 3rd - 5th grader who's always looking for the next great read? Join us for our monthly book club. No RSVP is required, but see Ms Maggie for more info!
One of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, the work displays a pessimism and nihilism that make it a 20th-century favorite. The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, allotting each a portion in proportion to the eloquence of her declaration of love. The hypocritical Goneril and Regan make grand pronouncements and are rewarded; Cordelia, the youngest daughter, who truly loves Lear, refuses to make an insincere speech to prove her love and is disinherited. The two older sisters mock Lear and renege on their promise to support him. Cast out, the king slips into madness and wanders about accompanied by his faithful Fool. He is aided by the Earl of Kent, who, though banished from the kingdom for having supported Cordelia, has remained in Britain disguised as a peasant. Kent brings Lear to Cordelia, who cares for him and helps him regain his reason. The Earl of Gloucester likewise spurns his honest son, Edgar, and believes his conniving illegitimate son, Edmund. Edmund allies himself with Regan and Goneril to defend Britain against the French army mobilized by Cordelia. He turns his father over to Cornwall--who gouges out Gloucester's eyes--then imprisons Cordelia and Lear, but he is defeated in battle by Edgar. Jealous of Edmund's romantic attentions to Regan, Goneril poisons her and commits suicide. Cordelia is hanged. Lear, broken, dies with her body in his arms. Read more about Literary Giants: King Lear by William Shakespeare
Local author, Eric W. Herbert, will be at the Madison Library on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his new book. Eric’s new novel, Butcher’s Bill, is a thrilling crime novel that pits two religiously pious men against each other in a war between the holy and the unholy. Join Eric for his presentation on this enthralling saga of faith, insanity, and the rescue of a community from the clutches of the criminal mind. Read more about Local Author, Eric Herbert, to Visit Madison Library
Decorate a tote with your favorite quote from Shakespeare as part of the library's Annual Community Read event. This class is for adults and teens ages 14 and up. Supplies will be provided, but registration is required. We are limited to 12 participants. To register please call 256-461-0046, or e-mail Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about Totes With Quotes
Kick off Summer Reading at Madison Public Library. This year, we've expanded the fun!
On Saturday, June 7th @ 8am at the Madison Public Library, don't miss the chance to participate in fun runs & relay races, get your questions answered at a parenting health fair, touch big trucks, eat some birthday cake, learn about animals, AND sign up for Summer Reading! The fun will happen 8am-11am. Don't miss it!.