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.

Look to Your Library for Useful Holiday Gifts

Foundation News–What do you get for the avid reader who already has a collection of books? Consider buying a gift from Madison Public Library! All nine libraries will be selling giftable items this holiday season. Proceeds from sales support library programs, collections and services.

Five New Members Join Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation’s Board of Directors has five new members who began serving in October.

Alliant Energy Foundation Funds Youth STEM Kits

Foundation News–An Alliant Energy Foundation gift of nearly $5,000 is helping low-income preschool-aged kids gain valuable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Neighborhood Libraries’ Endowments Use $43,968 for Upgrades

Foundation News–All nine Madison Public Library locations have endowment funds that provide support for collections, programs, services and operating costs. Each year, the libraries request to use fund dollars to meet various library needs and wants.

Pinney Library Campaign Funds Grow

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library is making substantial progress, with $1.02 million of its $2.5 million goal raised so far.

Two-Dozen Wisconsin Writers to Speak at Festival

Foundation News–While the Wisconsin Book Festival features nationally and internationally recognized authors each year, it also serves as a “home” festival of sorts to Wisconsin authors.

Wisconsin Book Festival Authors in the Running for National Book Awards

Foundation News–Did you know that two of Wisconsin Book Festival’s own authors are finalists for National Book Awards? New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson is a finalist in the fiction category with her book Another Brooklyn. For his book Nothing Ever Dies, Pulitzer Price-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a finalist in the nonfiction category.

Year-Round Book Fest Reaches Pinnacle

Wisconsin State Journal–Under the Madison Public Library Foundation’s leadership, the Wisconsin Book Festival has morphed from a once-a-year frenzy for literature lovers into a year-round event series culminating in a four-day celebration in the fall. That celebration begins this week with more than 70 events in Downtown Madison.

Classics for a Cause: Authors of ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ host benefit for Pinney Library

Isthmus–In We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, local authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner explain the role music played in the lives of American soldiers serving in a strange and foreign land. On Sept. 30, they’ll share those stories through the actual words and voices of veterans who survived the war, as well as live performances of the songs that got them through it.

Donor Profile: Miriam Simmons & James Cain

Foundation News–Libraries play a leading role in the lives of Miriam Simmons and James Cain, so it’s only natural that they’ve become Loyal Friends contributors to Madison Public Library Foundation, giving for more than 10 consecutive years. And the message that resonated the most in a recent interview with the couple in their east side home came from Cain, but was certainly suggested by Simmons as well: “Having a library card is an amazing privilege.”

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