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.

Are You Ready for the Wisconsin Book Festival?

Foundation News–The Wisconsin Book Festival is just two weeks away! The festival, which runs Oct. 16-19, will feature more than 60 free events at Central Library as well as throughout the downtown and campus areas. This year’s events include a children’s series, numerous author appearances, a supper club sampling event, a beermaking event, and so much more.

Ex Libris Tickets Sell Out in Record Time

Foundation News–Our annual Ex Libris fundraiser proved its popularity when tickets sold out just a few weeks after they went on sale. Approximately 550 people will fill Central Library on November 7 to sample a variety of craft beers and culinary creations from more than two dozen of the area’s finest breweries and kitchens.

New Meadowridge Library Opens

Foundation News–The new Meadowridge Library on the city’s southwest side opened its doors to the community on September 15. Meadowridge capital campaign donors got the first look at the new library on September 12 with a special reception.

Campbell Chosen to Receive Elizabeth Moon Proctor Scholarship

Foundation News–Thomas Campbell is the 2014 recipient of the Elizabeth Moon Proctor Scholarship, given annually to a Madison Public Library staff member interested in pursuing library and information science studies. Campbell, a longtime Madison Public Library employee, is a program assistant and enrolled in the library studies graduate school program at UW-Milwaukee.

All 9 Libraries to Host Go Big Read Discussions, Events

Foundation News–This year’s Go Big Read selection, chosen by UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, is I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. It was written by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb.

Wisconsin Book Festival Oct. 16-19, Features More than 60 Events

Foundation News–The Wisconsin Book Festival will take place October 16-19, offering more than 60 events held at locations around downtown Madison and the UW-Madison campus.

Central Library Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Foundation News–Madison Public Library's Central Library has achieved LEED Gold Certification for its sustainable building design.

Literati & Libations: Rock & Read Photo Gallery

In Business–The Madison Public Library Foundation and the Madison Public Library raised $3,400 for Dane County libraries at the Rock & Read fundraiser at Capital Brewery on June 15. The family-friendly Father's Day event included live local music, an art activity, food, beer, and a visit from Bo Ryan.

Rock & Read Raises $3,400 for Dane County Libraries

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation & Madison Public Library held the first Rock & Read fundraiser on June 15 at Capital Brewery. Local musicians performed at the family-friendly Father’s Day event, which also included prizes, a screenprinting activity, a visit by Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan, ice cream donated by Schoep’s and pizza courtesy of The Roman Candle.

GOING SOMEWHERE Ride & Read July 19

Foundation News –The Wisconsin Book Festival, in partnership with the Wisconsin Bike Federation, will present a guided bike ride and reading by Brian Benson for his new bicycle memoir, GOING SOMEWHERE, on Saturday, July 19.

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