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.

Foundation Announces $10,000 Matching Gift for New Pinney Library

Foundation News–Jill Ball, a Madison east sider and longtime library supporter, has challenged Madison Public Library Foundation donors to stand behind the new Pinney Library project on Giving Tuesday by committing to a matching gift of up to $10,000.

Giving Later Profile: Dick Goldberg

Foundation News–Longtime Madison resident Dick Goldberg understands the vital role that public libraries play within the local community. As a social worker and real estate developer by trade, he saw first-hand how physical spaces like libraries can have a part in strengthening bonds among people.

Wisconsin Book Festival Gifts to Be Matched Up to $5,000 Through Nov. 5

Foundation News–From now through November 5, Dr. Nancy Pandhi and Dr. Alex Young will generously match every dollar donated up to $5,000!

Foundation Grant Supports All Staff Day 2017

Foundation News–All Staff Day took place Thursday, September 14, at Central Library. The event, made possible in part by a grant from Madison Public Library Foundation, is an annual tradition allowing Madison public library staff to come together to share ideas and practices, celebrate successes and learn from one another.

Ex Libris and Afterword Tickets on Sale Now

Foundation News–Tickets are on sale now at for Madison Public Library Foundation’s annual fall fundraiser, Ex Libris Vol. VII: Beer & Bites, and a new late-night event that will follow it, Afterword.

Giving Tuesday to Benefit New Pinney Library

Foundation News–Join Madison Public Library Foundation at the Harmony Bar & Grill, 2201 Atwood Ave., from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, for the third annual Giving Tuesday happy hour event to benefit the new Pinney Library.

Award-Winning Authors Fill 15th Book Festival Lineup

Foundation News–This year, the Wisconsin Book Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary, with the four-day annual celebration November 2–5. The community will enjoy a wide range of author events at Madison Public Library and surrounding venues.

Four New Staff Members Join Madison Public Library

Foundation News–There are quite a few new faces at Madison Public Library in the last couple months, particularly at Central Library. Madison Public Library Foundation Communications Intern Cassie Hurwitz interviewed each of them to demonstrate why they were drawn to the library and what they do in their new roles.

Six Friends Groups Holding Book Sales During the Fall

Foundation News–Many of Madison Public Library’s Friends groups are holding book sales this fall to benefit the libraries. Items typically available include fiction and nonfiction titles, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and more. All funds raised at the sales support projects at the respective library or go into that library’s endowment fund.

$15K Foundation Grant Supports Equity in Collections

Foundation News–Equity is a critical focus of Madison Public Library, and Madison Public Library Foundation is backing this effort in 2017 with a $15,000 grant to support the library’s equity initiative.

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