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.

Madisonians Engage Marginalized Community With Access Denied Nightlife Accessibility Event

Foundation News–With the goal of combating inaccessible nightlife in Madison, Access Denied — funded by a Library Takeover grant from Madison Public Library Foundation — is taking on the issue with a panel of local experts and a dance party Friday, February 10, at Madison Public Library’s Central Library.

ESL Students Tour Library, Find Resources for Language Learning

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Community Engagement Librarian Mary Fahndrich welcomed an intermediate ESL (English as a Second Language) class from Madison College to Central Library for a tour last week, introducing them to library resources to aid them in learning English.

Evjue Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Library for 2017 Maker Corps Programming

Foundation News–Youth throughout the city of Madison and all who visit Madison Public Library's nine locations will gain access to Maker Ed's Maker Corps programming in 2017 thanks to a $10,000 grant from The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.

$15,000 Anonymous Gift to Foundation Funds Laptops for Sequoya Library Programming

Foundation News–An anonymous donor gave Madison Public Library Foundation a $15,000 gift late in 2016 to support the purchase of laptops that will be used for Sequoya Library programs.

Foundation Earns Charity Navigator’s Four-Star Rating for Transparency, Financial Health

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation recently received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates nonprofits' financial health, accountability and transparency to educate potential donors and help them gain confidence with their contributions.

Anonymous Donor Offers $50,000 Matching Gift to Boost Year-End Annual Fund Contributions

Foundation News–An anonymous donor is committing up to a $50,000 match for all donations to Madison Public Library Foundation's annual fund through the end of the year.

StoryCorps Coming in January

Foundation News–Story Corps is coming for a visit to Madison Public Library in January!

Richard Russo to Speak at Lunch for Libraries

Foundation News–Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo will be the featured author at Madison Public Library Foundation’s sixth annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser, presented by BMO Harris Bank, on Tuesday, April 18, at noon at Overture Center for the Arts.

Ex Libris Sets Record for Fundraising at $75,000

Foundation News–Wisconsin craft beers and local brunch fare from 34 of the area’s top restaurants were again a huge hit at Madison Public Library Foundation’s Ex Libris Vol. VI: Beer for Brunch on November 4.

Book Festival Draws Notable Authors

Foundation News–The widely successful 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, drew nearly 10,000 book lovers to Central Library and other downtown venues during the weekend of October 20–23.

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