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.

Overflow Tickets Available for Food Critic Ruth Reichl’s June 2 Appearance

Wisconsin State Journal–Tickets went fast for restaurant critic and food editor Ruth Reichl's June 2 engagement at the Central Library. Organizers of the $100-per-plate "Lunch for Libraries: Relish With Ruth," a Madison Public Library Foundation fundraiser, are selling additional tickets for the luncheon in an overflow room where guests will watch Reichl speak on a closed-circuit broadcast.

Branch Spotlight: Meadowridge Library

Foundation News–Meadowridge Library and the Meadowood Neighborhood Center will celebrate their new facilities with a public Open House on Wednesday, June 24, from 5-8 p.m. Speaking at the event will be Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and District 20 Ald. Matthew Phair.

Tickets on Sale for Cocktail Party With Reichl, Local Women Artisans

Foundation News–Female chefs, food entrepreneurs, bakers, chocolatiers, brewmasters and mixologists will come together to showcase more than a dozen women’s contributions to the local food scene at Meet the Make-Hers, a cocktail party featuring James Beard Award winner and food writer Ruth Reichl. Madison Public Library & Madison Public Library Foundation will host the fundraiser on Tuesday, June 2, from 5:30-7 p.m.

2015 Foundation Grants Address Achievement Gap

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation recently granted $56,000 to Madison Public Library for its summer reading program for school-age children, a new story time for African-American families, expanded materials for Spanish speakers and seven other projects.

This Week Is the Last to Submit Your Best Idea for the Pop! Challenge

Foundation News–Bubbling with ideas for a better library? Madison Public Library Foundation kicked off the Pop! Challenge in April to mark National Library Week, which this year had the theme of “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.” The foundation is collecting dream ideas to make Madison Public Library even better, and the winning concepts will receive up to $20,000 in foundation funding.

Foundation Donors Treated to Breakfast Reception

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation honored donors who contribute $250 or more each year, as well as those who have made planned gifts to the foundation, at its Annual Donor Reception in April.

Join Friends Group to Maximize Library Support

Foundation News–Are you a member of your favorite Madison Public Library’s Friends group? Although it would seem like most Madison Public Library Foundation supporters would also be Friends members, we find that many times, they are not because they may not fully understand the difference between the two organizations and how they work together.

Bo Ryan to Return as Special Guest for Rock & Read Fundraiser

Foundation News–Special guest Bo Ryan, who coached his Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team to the NCAA championship game this year, will again attend Madison Public Library Foundation’s Rock & Read fundraiser on Sunday, June 21, to share his passion for reading.

June Packed With Wisconsin Book Festival Events

Foundation News–Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran is busy lining up dozens of events for the fall festival weekend on October 22-25, but to keep you satisfied throughout the summer, there are five events on the books for June in addition to the Ruth Reichl Book Talk & Signing. All but one are free to attend.

Pop! Challenge Highlighted on NBC 15

NBC 15–NBC 15 interviewed Madison Public Library Foundation Assistant Francesca Rodriquez on April 24 to help viewers learn about the foundation's Pop! Challenge. The project encourages Madisonians to submit their ideas for an even better library.

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