By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Beginning Wednesday evening, Aug. 24 and continuing every Wednesday evening after that, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., a brand-new support group for women will begin meeting in the conference room of the Madison Public Library, at 378 NW College Loop.
The group is being organized and hosted by Candida Rogers, and is free and open to all women who wish to attend and talk about the kinds of pressures and stresses they face in their lives as women. Rogers is using her own personal experience to organize this group to help other women, and said the group will address a wide range of topics, from abuse and domestic violence, to stress management, weight loss, marriage, parenting, child care and work-related issues.
The very first meeting on the 24th is a “get-to-know-you” meeting, where women can register with whatever name they would like to use during the group sessions; Rogers will ask that everyone write down goals they would like to reach, but need encouragement for, so she can plan the next meeting to address those issues. After seeing how that meeting goes, she will plan for the third meeting, and from there, the fourth meeting, and so on. Some meetings might even have a guest speaker addressing whatever topics of concern the group has.
The meetings are intended to offer encouragement and support, and anything said in the meetings is private and confidential.
For more information about the support group, email Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions to the library, call the attending librarian at 973-6814.
Public libraries: home to hundreds of books, movies and computers. They are safe havens from the outside world, allowing readers to find a quiet and comfortable place to enjoy a good book. Anyone with a library card can check out a book, research for a homework assignment or even check out a movie.
The Lee Library is now extending their welcome to children and toddlers. Every Monday Linda Hesketh is teaching a program to young children. The program envelops children into a new world, a world of reading, entertainment
Mary Dye (right) and Josia Greathouse (left) are the ladies who keep the Lee Library running. They are in charge of checkouts and returns, organizing the shelves and calling customers.
and fun. The programs are from 9-9:30 a.m. 9:30-10 a.m. 12 -12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in the fun at Lee Library.
At the Lee Library, book lovers can check out some of their favorite books. Avid readers can also donate some of their old books to the library. New or used books are accepted, but they must be in good condition.
Students from Lee Elementary School come to the library several times a month to read books and watch programs. The fifth graders come over every other Friday and can check out books and research for projects.
Around Christmas, the Lee Library put up a Christmas tree in the lobby. The students from LES got to decorate the tree. They made popcorn strings, paper chains and hand colored ornaments. Josia Greathouse shared, “The only thing we put on the tree was lights. After the kids got done decorating it, it didn’t need anything else. It looked beautiful.”
Lee Library is trying to begin several new programs as well. Mary Dye, manager at Lee Library explained, “One of the programs is going to focus on helping and encouraging children to read more challenging books, instead of only reading the lower level books.”