October Events

The library is alive and well! Click on our events link to view all the programs being offered during October.

The old coffee shoppe has been converted into a community classroom, and several free computer classes are being taught this month. Call the library to register for any of the classes.

The children’s area has two new touch screen computers with special software for children toddler level to age 12.

On October 29, the Library Foundation will once again be hosting the “Books of Madison County.” This fundraiser is one of the biggest events at the library all year. This year’s event has grown to a larger level with afternoon sessions and a special session with guest speaker, Ricky Bragg, in addition to the cocktail dinner and meeting with Madison County authors. Tickets are available for the different portions of this event. Call the library at 425-8600 for more information, or just come by either library location to purchase your ticket.


It’s a new day for the library!

Beginning today, the library’s operating hours will be increased. You may visit the main library located at 433 East Lafayette St during the following hours: Monday-Thursday from 9 am until 8 pm, Friday-Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. Our branch library, which is located in the northern part of Madison County, will be open from 9 am until 6 pm Tuesday-Saturday.

The north branch will be relocated to 6-8 Stonebridge in the Towne Centre Shopping Center at the end of July. Library North will be closed from July 30-August 5 and will reopen August 6 at the new location. The new facility will offer two additional public access computers, a program room, a larger seating area, and a larger, improved children’s area. We are so excited!

We are also excited about the remodeling of the main library. Please bear with us if we make a little noise as we are moving things around. Main will be closed for a few days at some point in the process; we just don’t know those dates yet. The changes being made are necessary in order to provide the citizens of Jackson and Madison County with the level of library service they deserve. We think you will love the changes!

As we are making all these changes, please take this time to enjoy our online offerings. We have recently subscribed to four new online databases for your pleasure. You will find links on our website to the following:

Chilton’s Auto Repair Manual

When it comes to auto repair, “do-it-yourselfers”, students and automotive enthusiasts have trusted Chilton repair manuals for years. Now, Gale puts these authoritative manuals into motion with more extensive resources for your library users in a simple-to-use, online resource that’s available 24/7 wherever there’s an available internet connection.

Unlike the printed editions, the content available on ChiltonLibrary is updated on a monthly basis, ensuring the most advanced and up-to-date information available.

From 0 to 70 years in the click of a mouse

ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward.

ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

Users of ChiltonLibrary will benefit from the following:

  • Parts finder: Direct integration with eBay Motors helps users locate hard-to-find parts
  • Models: Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models from 1940 onward. No other source contains more years, makes and models
  • Convenience: Provides 24/7 access anywhere with an internet connection
  • Simplicity: Detailed, step-by-step instructions reduce the need to use multiple sources of repair information designed for the “do-it-yourselfer” (DIYer)
  • In-depth information: Contains diagnostic trouble codes, descriptions, probable causes, step-by-step routines, specifications, and troubleshooting guide to ensure that even advanced DIYers have all the information they need to complete the repair
  • Multimedia Content: Exclusive videos and animated graphics help to explain system operations providing added clarity and comprehension
  • Photographs: Includes close-up photographs and illustrations, providing strong visual support
  • Diagrams: Vacuum and wiring diagrams help explain complex system operation during troubleshooting
  • Updating: Unlike printed books, the information on ChiltonLibrary.com is updated on a monthly basis, ensuring the most current and up-to-date information available

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles

The antiques and collectibles market is one of the fastest growing market segments in the U.S., with an estimated 30% of the population collecting something. And that figure is expected to increase in the coming years. To support this rapidly growing trend, Gale offers Price It! Antiques & Collectible, powered by WorthPoint Corporation (formerly GoAntiques.com.)

With more than 60 million images, 127 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

The most comprehensive antique and collectible pricing tool in the world.
This simple-to-use online resource is a ‘value maximizer’ that delivers more than 41 million actual prices paid for treasures that your patrons collect, buy and trade.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles helps patrons ascertain an item’s current realistic market value by aggregating data from WorthPoint’s own Worthopedia™ database, as well as established and reliable sources like eBay, TIAS.com and dozens of brick-and-mortar auction houses. Now your patrons will always have the latest information on the collectibles they seek, without costly appraisals. And Price It! Antiques & Collectibles can be used from wherever and whenever patrons have remote access to your library’s holdings.


Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

Universal Class

Universal Class™ is an online educational service providing a diverse offering of intellectually stimulating courses for people interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Lifelong learning not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability.

Through our partnership with Recorded Books, you can now offer your patrons over 500 online continuing education courses! Over 60,000 patrons around the world use (and love!) Universal Class daily through their local libraries. Help your patrons improve existing skills while learning new ones in this continually changing job market.

It’s National Library Week!

We are excited to be celebrating National Library Week this week with all libraries across America. Your library can help you and your family discover a new and exciting world through our collections, digital resources and more. Whether you come for job searching, help with sources for homework, adult education classes, or to find the best books for reading, your library is a great place to spend quality time and connect with loved ones and friends.

Special activities and events scheduled for this week are as follows:

  • The library will waive fines for all overdue materials returned during this week.
  • Zoe Pride will begin teaching computer classes at the library twice weekly beginning April 16.
  • We welcome our new Library North manager, Karen White. Karen comes to us from Obion County. She previously worked with Obion County Public Library and Paul Meeks Library at UT Martin.
  • We will be giving away two gift cards to two lucky winners at the end of the week: $25 to Books-A-Million and $25 to Amazon.com. You may register each time you visit the library during National Library Week.