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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.

Collaboration Key in Designing New Southwest Side Community Resources

Wisconsin State Journal–Residents on Madison’s Southwest Side will celebrate new educational and employment opportunities Wednesday, when the second of two neighborhood centers in the area officially opens its doors. Two open houses are planned for Wednesday: One to show off the newly constructed Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center; the other to showcase the recent relocation and expansion of the Meadowridge Library and the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, and the construction of a new community kitchen linking the two.

Bo Ryan Helps Promote Rock & Read Fundraiser in Middleton

WKOW Ch. 27–Bo Ryan is a man in high demand since leading his Badgers on back to back trips to the Final Four. Ryan loosely estimated he's signed 10,000 autographs for charities since Wisconsin's latest trip to the Final Four in April. Sunday, Ryan made a stop at the Capital Brewery in Middleton to help promote the second annual Rock & Read Fundraiser to benefit Madison Public Library's summer reading clubs.

The Day Ahead: Let Dad Read & Make Music on Father’s Day–The second annual “Rock and Read” Father’s Day Family Fundraiser is set for Sunday, June 21, at Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave. in Middleton.

Meeting Ruth Reichl

Madison Magazine–If you are passionate about food, chances are Ruth Reichl is on your bookshelf. There is so much to tell you about my experience speaking with Reichl on the phone this week and meeting her in person at the Madison Public Library Foundation’s Meet the Make-Hers fundraising event followed by a Book Talk Tuesday night. I was charmed, along with the rest of a large audience, by her stories spanning forty-something years of fearless and imaginative food journalism.

‘Eating is a learned behavior’: Ruth Reichl talks food criticism, ‘kids food’ and what we throw away

The Capital Times–In Ruth Reichl's vision of our national culinary future, restaurants will get a little quieter, and a few more of them could be Scandinavian. Food, hopefully, will become more sustainable, as we address both hunger and the astonishing amount of food waste in this country. And kids, like they used to, will eat what their parents do. "For all of human history until about 10 years ago, children ate what their parents ate," Reichl said, addressing an attentive Wisconsin Book Festival crowd on the third floor of the Central Library on Tuesday evening. "Eating is a learned behavior."

Photos: ‘Meet the Make-Hers’ spotlights women leaders in Madison’s culinary scene

The Capital Times–The "Meet the Make-Hers" cocktail party event at the Madison Public Library featured some of the best known local women in the culinary arts and a talk by food writer Ruth Reichl.

Evjue Foundation Awards $1.45 Million to UW, Area Nonprofits

The Capital Times–The Capital Times’ charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation, announced Wednesday that its directors have approved more than $1.4 million in grants to 86 area nonprofits plus funding for 27 programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Among the grants is one for $10,000 for Madison Public Library Foundation to help underwrite the library’s sponsorship of Madison’s annual Wisconsin Book Festival.

Ruth Reichl Dishes on American Cooking Literacy and Embracing Pleasure

The Capital Times–On June 2, Reichl is set to participate in a series of key fundraising events for the Wisconsin Book Festival. “Lunch for Libraries” has added an overflow room, where donors can watch her talk live on closed circuit broadcast. Later that day, “Meet the Make-Hers” is a cocktail reception featuring local women in the culinary field. Then at 7:30 p.m., Reichl will read from “Delicious!” in a free event in Central Library’s community room.

From Food to Fiction and Back Again: Ruth Reichl on Imagination, Reality and Yelp

Isthmus–Reichl spoke via phone with Isthmus in advance of her appearance at the Lunch for Libraries and the Meet the Make-Hers cocktail party fundraisers on June 2. Later that day, she will read from her novel at 7:30 p.m. at the Central Library as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival’s event series.

Ruth Reichl Wants You to Cook Your Own Dinner

Wisconsin State Journal–Reichl will speak at a $100-per-plate Madison Public Library Foundation fundraiser on Tuesday. She will also appear at a free public program that night. Proceeds from “Lunch for Libraries: Relish With Ruth” will support the Wisconsin Book Festival.

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