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.

There’s wireless, coffee and — oh yes, books — at the new Central Library

Wisconsin State Journal–After it opens to the public on Saturday, visitors to the new Central Library, located at 201 W. Mifflin St., will be able to borrow an iPad or sign up for a class in audio engineering. They can lounge with a coffee bought at the library’s cafe, or dine on food brought in from a Downtown restaurant.

Public flocks to Central Library opening

The Cap Times–From the lower level to the roof — and from infant to adult — Madison's Central Library was packed and buzzing with activity on Saturday.

A ‘new, hip place’: Renovated Central Library makes a splashy debut

The Cap Times–Madison’s hottest ticket on Thursday night was the library. Eager to explore the three floors of the renovated Central Library, a long line of people, many dressed for a night out on the town, snaked down the side of the building.

Local History Comes Alive in Special Room at the New Central Library

Foundation News–As the library looks forward to exciting new programs, events and partnerships, a special space in Central Library is reserved for preserving the past – both of Madison Public Library and the City of Madison.

Weekend-long Opening Celebration Kicks off on September 21

Foundation News–Central Library is ready for a new chapter of public library service in Madison! Join performers, authors, and your favorite librarians for a community celebration in the sparkling new building.

NEA Grant & Stacked help Madisonians “Meet their Makers”

Foundation News–As part of its Our Town grant program, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the City of Madison $25,000 to support “Bubbler” programming, Madison Public Library’s maker programming based out of The Bubbler room in Central Library.

Central roof goes from grey to green

Foundation News–On May 13, a flatbed full of green sedum plants was delivered to the Central Library construction site. These plants will cover the library’s roof, absorbing rainwater and helping insulate the building. It will also provide library-goers a lush overlook as they sip coffee or enjoy a book in the sun on the third floor outdoor patio.

Author, Musican Ben Sidran to Speak at Lunch for Libraries, June 11

Foundation News–A man of many talents, Ben Sidran is an internationally-known musician, award-winning show host, and acclaimed author with a PhD in philosophy and musicology.

Early Donors give $50K to Book Fest

Foundation News–Since January, the Madison Public Library Foundation has secured over half of the $100,000 it pledged to raise for the 2013 Book Festival, in large part thanks to a $25,000 gift from presenting sponsor Madison Community Foundation.

2013 Wisconsin Book Festival – Oct 17-20

Foundation News–The Wisconsin Book Festival is settling well into its new home with a fresh direction, centralized venues, and an enthusiastic event coordinator, Conor Moran.

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