THE ART OF BOOKSMore than 100 years ago, this historic building was home to the Madison Public Library. Serving the community from 1900 through 1967, it was a place to learn, to study, to discover, and to dream. ARTIFICIAL FLOWERSArtificial flowers have been around for a long time, with roots as far afield as Italy and China. In the mid-1700s, their popularity bloomed in France, and from there spread to England and America.TELLING TIME BY THE SUNA sundial measures apparent solar time according to the position of the real sun. But our clocks display standard time based on an idealized sun. To tell time by a sundial, you must convert apparent solar time to standard time.TIME MADE VISIBLETower clocks have long been a source of municipal pride. As early as the fourteenth century, Italian cities used communal budgets to build and to maintain clocks. A city’s tower became a proud symbol of orderly government.