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.

$45,000 in Grants to Support Teens, Technology & Job Training

Foundation News–Thanks to Annual Fund contributions, foundation grants totaling $45,100 will allow Madison Public Library to facilitate programs and technology for the benefit of library users of all ages.

320 Mystery Fans Attend Lunch for Libraries, Biggest Book Club Ever

Foundation News–Due in large part to the popularity of its featured author, award-winning mystery novelist Nevada Barr, the third annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser sold out in record time.

Foundation Announces Book Fest Benefactors Program

Foundation News–To encourage private support for the Wisconsin Book Festival and recognize individual donors who make it possible, the foundation has created a Book Fest Benefactors program.

$30K Grant Spurs Community Phase of Meadowridge Campaign

Foundation News–A matching grant from the Madison Community Foundation intended to spur donations to the Meadowridge Library campaign will establish an endowment fund for the branch. For every $2 donated to Meadowridge Library during the community phase of this campaign, Madison Community Foundation will give $1, matching up to $30,000.

Summer Reading Club Registration Begins June 2

Foundation News–The library offers Summer Reading Clubs for all ages. They begin June 2 and end in August. Throughout the summer, participants can register at their local library or by signing up online at

Friends of Pinney Host Author Erika Janik at Annual Meeting

Foundation News–Attendees of the Friends of Pinney annual meeting on April 27 were treated to a presentation by local author and historian Erika Janik, featuring her new book, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine.

Central Library Wins National Public Works Project Award

Foundation News–The Central Library rebuild was recently named one of the American Public Works Association national “Project of the Year Award” winners. This prestigious honor recognizes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects.

Meadowridge Library construction kickoff event broadcast

WIDE-LP 99.1 FM–Meadowridge Library construction kickoff event featuring speakers from the Madison Public Library, Madison Public Library Foundation, the Meadowood Neighborhood Center and the city.

Madison Central Library remodeling named top public works project in Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Journal–Madison's $30 million transformation of its central library has been named a 2014 Project of the Year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Public Works Association, and also is in the running for a top prize from the national organization.

An old hardware store will re-open as a library

WKOW–A building that was once a hardware store, will soon be a brand new library. Work began Wednesday morning at the former Ace Hardware on Raymond Road. The Madison Public Library Foundation held a construction kickoff.

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