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.

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.”

Find New Books at Friends Book Sales This Fall

Foundation News–Help Madison Public Library’s Friends groups and start collecting good books to curl up with as the weather turns cooler by shopping at the Friends book sales this fall and winter. All proceeds go back to the libraries.

Brunch, Beer Reunite for Ex Libris Vol. VI

Foundation News–Join Madison Public Library Foundation in celebrating fall with Wisconsin’s best microbreweries and the area’s finest culinary artisans at Ex Libris Vol. VI: Beer for Brunch, a fundraiser to support Madison’s nine public libraries, from 7–10 p.m. Friday, November 4, at Central Library.

5 Ways You Can Support the Wisconsin Book Festival

Foundation News–Here are five easy ways to support the Book Festival this fall and year-round.

Media Lab Coordinator Job the Perfect Fit for Clark

Foundation News–A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to sit in on several of Nate’s classes in the Weston Family Media Lab at Central Library and absorbed everything I could. A few things quickly became clear: Nate is good at what he does, and what he does is get people excited about animation and design.

Three Fundraisers to Benefit New Pinney Library

Foundation News–The $2.5 million Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library is gaining momentum, with a successful fundraiser in July and two to come this fall.

Pop! Challenge Grant Fuels Kids Code Madison

Foundation News–A $5,000 Madison Public Library Foundation Pop! Challenge grant is allowing upper elementary and middle school students on Madison’s east side to learn how to build and edit computer code.

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