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.

Foundation Funds Fuel Launch of Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program in Madison

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation recently granted Madison Public Library $2,300 to launch the Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program, an international initiative that provides free small-business training to creative people in underserved communities to help supplement their income and sell their product to new markets.

Foundation Grant Gives Boost to Central Library’s Media Lab

–The foundation recently gave $3,000 to Madison Public Library to reward its Central Library Media Lab volunteers in hopes of improving retention and providing a more consistent experience for lab visitors. The Media Lab, part of The Bubbler, offers instruction on animation, filmmaking and editing, audio engineering and recording, game design and more.

Badgers’ Bo Ryan to Return for Second Annual Rock & Read Fundraiser June 21

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation will present the second annual Rock & Read fundraiser on Sunday, June 21, at the Capital Brewery Bier Garten in Middleton. Special guest Bo Ryan, who coached the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team to the NCAA championship game earlier this month, will again attend this Father’s Day event to share his passion for reading.

Free Book Festival Event on May 8 to Highlight Craft Beer Week

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation funds support the year-round Wisconsin Book Festival, and coming up on Friday, May 8, is an event with the perfect mix of education and fun. Celebrate Madison Craft Beer Week with Randy Mosher, best-selling author of Beer for All Seasons, as he leads guests on a delicious tour of beer-tasting opportunities through the year.

Foundation Taps Public for Ideas on How to Spend $20,000 in Funds

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation is giving community members the power over how it spends a chunk of its fundraising dollars with today’s kickoff of the Pop! Challenge. Ideas must be submitted at by May 17. The public will then vote on the top proposals, and the winning concepts will be implemented with up to $20,000 in foundation funds.

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