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.

Donations Are an Important Part of Book Festival Budget

Foundation News–This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival, a year-round lineup of diverse programming for all ages that encourages reading and engages minds. This annual celebration of all genres of books, and local and nationally acclaimed, bestselling authors draws not only local interest, but also visitors from throughout the state and beyond.

Scooter Software Gift Funds Bubbler Artist-in-Residence

Foundation News–This summer, Guatemalan native Richie Morales played the part of Artist-in-Residence for Madison Public Library’s Bubbler arts- and maker-focused programming, which recently received Madison Public Library Foundation funding thanks to a $12,000 gift from Scooter Software, Inc.

School Spotlight: ‘Wild Rumpus’ Play Experience Encourages Teamwork, Imagination

Wisconsin State Journal–Millie Carter O’Brien rolled around in a plastic barrel while her mother sat on the grass nearby at Haen Family Park. Elsewhere in the park, children were experimenting with special play equipment like big wooden spools, a funnel, tubes and wooden ladders as their parents watched. It was all part of A Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play Experience, which was put on Wednesday by the Madison Public Library in partnership with the Madison Parks Division.

Library’s Wild Rumpus Brings Play-Based Enrichment to Madison Parks

Foundation News–Kids and families are finding opportunities to have fun throughout the city parks this summer, thanks to a new collaborative program by Madison Public Library and Madison Parks that's funded by Madison Public Library Foundation’s Mini-Grants Program.

Foundation’s Mini-Grants Program Funds Smaller Library Projects

Foundation News–Sometimes, Madison Public Library has unexpected needs that pop up throughout the year that don’t require a large amount of funding or planning. Madison Public Library Foundation and the library worked together in the spring months to address these smaller financial requests by developing the Mini-Grants Program, which provides dollars for projects of $2,000 or less.

Build a Better World: Read! Concert & Picnic Aug. 1

Foundation News–Join Madison Public Library for the Summer Reading Club grand finale event!

Giving From IRA Distribution Is Easy

Foundation News–If you love supporting Madison Public Library, but are also looking for a way to reap tax benefits, consider learning about how to transfer your required minimum distribution to a charitable organization of your choice – Madison Public Library Foundation, in this case.

Meet & Greet With OPN Architects for New Pinney Library

Foundation News–On Wednesday, July 19, 5-6 p.m., there will be a Meet & Greet at Pinney Library, located at 204 Cottage Grove Road. The informal event will give community members the chance to meet the design team assisting the construction of the new Pinney Library.

Madison’s Library Takeover

American Libraries–Just a few years ago the Madison Public Library was collection-focused, with high circulation but a low capacity for making connections with its community.

Key financing for Royster Corners, Pinney Library passes Madison City Council

Wisconsin State Journal–The City Council on Tuesday approved key pieces of a deal to move forward on the next $21.1 million phase of the Royster Corners redevelopment on the East Side, including a new home for the Pinney Library.

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