Peggy Nolan is a regular at Madison Public Library’s Monroe Street location. She frequently goes to the library to check out books for leisure. An avid reader, Peggy takes advantage of reserving books before they even hit the shelves.

“I’m not sure everybody knows how easy it is to put books on hold,” she said. “Even before it’s in the library, you can put it on hold as soon as it’s out.”

Peggy said the library is her go-to resource for book club material. The library offers more than 320 Book Club Kits for users to check out. Each kit has at least eight books, along with discussion questions and author information, all packaged up in a canvas bag.

The library provides activities for families and children as well. Peggy recalls taking her children to story hour in their neighborhood when they were young.

“I have taken my kids to programs here, which was nice,” she said.

Even though the Monroe Street location is small, it can cater to knowledgeable and self-sufficient users, said Library Assistant Jill Maidenberg.

“Teachers will come in and get big stacks of books for their class,” she said.

Books are in high demand for a variety of people and uses. From Peggy’s book club to local classrooms, Madison Public Library’s Monroe Street Library does its best to provide the materials necessary for its community to thrive.