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.

Meadowridge Library construction kickoff

Channel 3–(Clip begins at 16:00) The walls are coming down at the former Ace Hardware space on Raymond Road in Madison. It'll become part of the Meadowridge Library next door. The Madison Public Library Foundation hosted a construction kickoff today to mark the beginning of the project.

Year-End Gifts Complete Central Campaign, Initiate Endowment

Foundation News–The Madison Public Library Foundation is proud to announce that it has successfully completed its campaign for a new Central Library. Due to competitive pricing and contained construction costs, the project came in under budget and the foundation benefited from the savings with a projected credit from the City of Madison of $285,000.

Friends to Match $10K for Meadowridge Campaign

Foundation News–Scherrer Construction Company, Inc.’s bid for the Meadowridge Library expansion was approved by the Common Council on February 4 with construction scheduled to begin in early March. In addition to city funding, the Madison Public Library Foundation has pledged to raise $100,000 in private donations to cover a portion of capital expenses and seed an endowment fund for the branch. To encourage gifts to the campaign, the Friends of Meadowridge Library group has pledged to match gifts dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

Lois Lowry Kicks Off Wisconsin Book Festival Events for 2014

Foundation News–It was standing room only on the third floor of Madison’s Central Library as more than 450 people turned out on a Friday night to hear Newbery-winning author Lois Lowry speak at the first Wisconsin Book Festival event of 2014.

Friends Book Store Grows in New Central Library Location

Foundation News–Previously tucked away in a corner of the second floor, the Friends Book Store has reopened in a prominent location on the first floor of Central Library. Since moving, the book store has expanded hours, recruited more volunteers and even hired its first employee, book store manager Kathi Kemp. She likes the new location because it’s a more inviting space, “just like the rest of the new library.”

2013 Endowment Funds Expand Collections for All Ages

Foundation News–Each year, proceeds from the foundation’s endowment funds ensure a perpetual stream of income to support Madison Public Library in a variety of ways. Here are a few examples of how endowment funds supported your libraries in 2013.

Ellen Esser Bequest Fills Library Shelves With Children’s Books

Foundation News–In 2008, when Ellen Esser left $11,500 to the Madison Public Library Foundation in her will, she had one request: that her donation be used to purchase children’s books. Now that Central Library is open, its vastly expanded 10,000-square-foot children’s area is getting an infusion of new materials.

Ex Libris Volume III: Better With Beer Raises $39,000

Foundation News–Nearly 400 guests tasted their way through 20 of Madison’s favorite breweries and eateries at Ex Libris Volume III: Better with Beer, held on November 1. The foundation’s third annual beer tasting fundraiser took a new twist this year, challenging local restaurateurs to create menu items made with popular craft brews.

Readathon Kicks Off Early Literacy Program at Pinney Library

Foundation News–On January 8, over 200 neighbors celebrated the launch of Pinney Library’s new early literacy initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Funded by a $3,700 grant from the foundation, this free program promotes reading to newborns, infants and toddlers while encouraging parent and child bonding through reading.

Book City: Exploring Madison’s love affair with literature through eight of its main characters

Madison Magazine–Overture Center was packed with people buzzing and talking under the soft, halcyon lights. The audience waited for one man, a slight, bespectacled author whose reading had bombed at a private event at his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a couple of nights before. But not so in Madison. The audience hung on his every word. Laughed at all the right places. And generously welcomed him as he read excerpts from his private diary.

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