In the News

Just as countless inspiring works fill the shelves of our libraries, there are many stories to tell about the ways the foundation supports the libraries’ facilities, services and programs. Read or view recent news coverage below. For media inquiries, visit our For the Press page.

Book Festival Draws Notable Authors

Foundation News–The widely successful 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, drew nearly 10,000 book lovers to Central Library and other downtown venues during the weekend of October 20–23.

Short Story: Meet Community Partnership Librarian Kelly Grandon

Foundation News–Community Partnership Librarian Kelly Grandon tells us a little bit about herself and the vital role she plays in the public library and Madison community.

Early Voting Exposes Residents to Libraries

Foundation News–Madison Public Library played a vital role in the 2016 general election by assisting the City Clerk’s Office with voter registration and early voting.

Library Friends Groups Active Throughout City

Foundation News–Though the summer months are behind us, that hasn’t stopped Madison Public Library’s Friends groups from staying busy. The past few months have been jam-packed with Friends-sponsored activities for the whole family.

Look to Your Library for Useful Holiday Gifts

Foundation News–What do you get for the avid reader who already has a collection of books? Consider buying a gift from Madison Public Library! All nine libraries will be selling giftable items this holiday season. Proceeds from sales support library programs, collections and services.

Five New Members Join Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation’s Board of Directors has five new members who began serving in October.

Alliant Energy Foundation Funds Youth STEM Kits

Foundation News–An Alliant Energy Foundation gift of nearly $5,000 is helping low-income preschool-aged kids gain valuable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Neighborhood Libraries’ Endowments Use $43,968 for Upgrades

Foundation News–All nine Madison Public Library locations have endowment funds that provide support for collections, programs, services and operating costs. Each year, the libraries request to use fund dollars to meet various library needs and wants.

Pinney Library Campaign Funds Grow

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library is making substantial progress, with $1.02 million of its $2.5 million goal raised so far.

Two-Dozen Wisconsin Writers to Speak at Festival

Foundation News–While the Wisconsin Book Festival features nationally and internationally recognized authors each year, it also serves as a “home” festival of sorts to Wisconsin authors.

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