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.

Construction on library, community center set to start–Construction to transform an old retail space into the new Meadowridge Library on Madison’s west side will start March 5. Scherrer Construction Company will start breaking down walls at the former Ace Hardware space Wednesday, March 5 at 10 a.m., according to a release.

Meadowridge Library expands while engaging community through art

Madison Commons–A building block, an introduction, a prelude. Every great endeavor starts with something. The beginning of an anticipated expansion is bringing together community, sustainability and new perspectives at the Meadowridge branch of the Madison Public Library system.

Victor Castro, sculptor-in-residence at Madison library, builds art, community

The Cap Times–Want to help create a piece of public art while making a statement about sustainability? Victor Castro has a way to do it. Castro, artist-in-residence at the Bubbler, the "makerspace" in the Madison Central Library, is collecting materials for an abstract sculpture to be installed in the lobby of the Meadowridge Branch Library on the southwest side when it is expanded later this year.

Victor Castro raids recycling bins to create ‘social sculpture’ in Madison

Isthmus –Victor Castro is proud to create art with "leftovers." Castro, who is known for his public art projects in Mexico and Peru, received a $10,000 grant from the Madison Arts Commission last year to create a site-specific mural at the new Meadowridge Library. The low-relief sculpture will be composed of Tetra Paks, containers made of paperboard, plastic and aluminum that are used to hold things like soy milk and soup.

Mama Madison: Introducing Thankful Thursdays–It doesn't matter whether I'm stalking pointy-toed boots at a high-end boutique during Maxwell Street Days, haggling for spices at an open-air market or purchasing a mannequin with my son at a department store closeout sale. Anyone who knows me can testify to the fact that I am an engaged and masterful shopper.

Dollar-for-Dollar Match to Complete Central Library Campaign

Foundation Newsletter–The Madison Public Library Foundation board has designated a dollar-for-dollar match up to $250,000 on all gifts to Central Library made between now and December 31.

Madison Public Library’s first Book Festival showcases literary talent

Foundation News–A love of the printed word is thriving at Madison Public Library - and spoken word, too. The four-day Wisconsin Book Festival held October 17 – 20 included scholars, novelists, poets and documentarians from all across the country. Topics varied from the historic and political to the artistic and gastronomical.

Central Library Celebrates its Grand Reopening!

Foundation News–The new Central Library opened with great fanfare on September 21, to a crowd of over 250 onlookers outside the library entrance at Mifflin and Fairchild Streets.

Chocolaterian Café Brings Sweets, Fun to Central Library

Foundation News–Chocolaterian Café has come to stay in Central Library, bringing sweets, of course, but also soups, sandwiches, and other savory items. Thanks to a policy change last year, library patrons can take these snacks and drinks outside of the first floor café area and anywhere in the library.

Weekly Top 5: Winter Art Fair, Dinosaur Train LIVE!, Hunger Games party, holiday dance

77 Square–One week before the Big Screen release of "Catching Fire," families are encouraged to enjoy a movie night on Friday at the Pinney Branch Public Library.

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