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.

Lots of Holiday Gift Options for Library Lovers

Foundation News–Looking for a meaningful gift for your favorite library lover? Our libraries will be selling a variety of items, including mugs, T-shirts and logo-bearing items, this holiday season. All proceeds will go toward Madison Public Library’s programs, collections and services.

Bubbler Programming Gains Momentum With Arts Grant

Foundation News–Madison Public Library’s popular makerspace program that facilitates learning and sharing art, design and technology skills is taking off, in part thanks to a $456,627 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will fund UW-Madison research of The Bubbler’s programming throughout 2015. Leaders from both UW-Madison and the library will collaboratively redesign the programs to support learning.

Ex Libris Raises Record Amount for Libraries

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation hosted the most successful Ex Libris ever on November 7, welcoming 550 guests into Central Library to dine on 14 local chefs’ kitchen creations and sip microbrews from 14 Wisconsin craft beermakers.

Book Festival Events Deliver Great Conversations

Foundation News–Attendance was at an all-time high for the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival, which featured more than 60 events throughout the weekend of October 16-19 at Central Library and other venues throughout downtown Madison.

Friends of Meadowridge to Hold Pie Sale November 25

Foundation News–Sweeten your Thanksgiving table and support Meadowridge Library by purchasing a homemade pie at the upcoming Friends of Meadowridge Library’s annual Pie Sale. Friends members bake approximately 100 pies for this popular event, which begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, and ends when the pies are all sold.

In Business Sustainability Award Goes to Central Library

Foundation News–In Business named Madison Public Library’s Central Library the winner of one of the magazine’s 2014 Sustainability Awards. The library took honors in the Eco-Efficiency Initiative of the Year category.

Branch Spotlight: What’s Happening at Lakeview & Hawthorne

Foundation News–Jane Jorgenson, the new supervising librarian at the Hawthorne and Lakeview libraries, gave us an update on what’s happening at these two libraries on the east and north sides of the city.

Foundation Issues Proctor Scholarship to Campbell

Foundation News–Thomas Campbell, a longtime Madison Public Library staff member, received the 2014 Elizabeth Moon Proctor Scholarship at a special reception on Oct. 4. He is a Technical Services program assistant attending UW-Milwaukee for a master's degree in library studies.

Sustainer Gifts Provide Consistent, Reliable Income to Foundation

Foundation News–Sustainers are donors who recognize that the foundation needs a steady, reliable stream of income to take Madison Public Library from good to great. These individuals agree to have a set donation amount withdrawn from their bank account or charged to a credit card each month.

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