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.

Anonymous Donor Offers $50,000 Matching Gift to Boost Year-End Annual Fund Contributions

Foundation News–An anonymous donor is committing up to a $50,000 match for all donations to Madison Public Library Foundation's annual fund through the end of the year.

StoryCorps Coming in January

Foundation News–Story Corps is coming for a visit to Madison Public Library in January!

Richard Russo to Speak at Lunch for Libraries

Foundation News–Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo will be the featured author at Madison Public Library Foundation’s sixth annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser, presented by BMO Harris Bank, on Tuesday, April 18, at noon at Overture Center for the Arts.

Ex Libris Sets Record for Fundraising at $75,000

Foundation News–Wisconsin craft beers and local brunch fare from 34 of the area’s top restaurants were again a huge hit at Madison Public Library Foundation’s Ex Libris Vol. VI: Beer for Brunch on November 4.

Book Festival Draws Notable Authors

Foundation News–The widely successful 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, presented by Madison Public Library in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, drew nearly 10,000 book lovers to Central Library and other downtown venues during the weekend of October 20–23.

Short Story: Meet Community Partnership Librarian Kelly Grandon

Foundation News–Community Partnership Librarian Kelly Grandon tells us a little bit about herself and the vital role she plays in the public library and Madison community.

Early Voting Exposes Residents to Libraries

Foundation News–Madison Public Library played a vital role in the 2016 general election by assisting the City Clerk’s Office with voter registration and early voting.

Library Friends Groups Active Throughout City

Foundation News–Though the summer months are behind us, that hasn’t stopped Madison Public Library’s Friends groups from staying busy. The past few months have been jam-packed with Friends-sponsored activities for the whole family.

Look to Your Library for Useful Holiday Gifts

Foundation News–What do you get for the avid reader who already has a collection of books? Consider buying a gift from Madison Public Library! All nine libraries will be selling giftable items this holiday season. Proceeds from sales support library programs, collections and services.

Five New Members Join Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation’s Board of Directors has five new members who began serving in October.

Alliant Energy Foundation Funds Youth STEM Kits

Foundation News–An Alliant Energy Foundation gift of nearly $5,000 is helping low-income preschool-aged kids gain valuable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.

Neighborhood Libraries’ Endowments Use $43,968 for Upgrades

Foundation News–All nine Madison Public Library locations have endowment funds that provide support for collections, programs, services and operating costs. Each year, the libraries request to use fund dollars to meet various library needs and wants.

Pinney Library Campaign Funds Grow

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library is making substantial progress, with $1.02 million of its $2.5 million goal raised so far.

Three Teams Selected for Library Takeover

Foundation News–An $18,000 Madison Public Library Foundation grant is allowing the library to hand over the reins to three adult groups that are planning large-scale library events for the whole community to enjoy.

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