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Dates Set for Spring Library Takeover Program Events

After the first successful Library Takeover event—Access Denied, funded by a Madison Public Library Foundation grant —the program has set dates for the next two events: Share the Word, to take place on May 5, and Namaste, Madison, on May 13.

The Library Takeover program is an opportunity for Madison community members to plan and host an event in one of the libraries to explore relevant issues with the support of foundation funds. Access Denied, the first program event, featured a panel that discussed inaccessibility of Madison nightlife, followed by a dance party. That event welcomed 175 attendees throughout the night, and set a great example for the two upcoming events. A full podcast recording of the event can be found by Tone Madison here.

Community members in charge of creating Share the Word have continued their event planning, and are creating a networking and community-building workshop for local writers and poets. Hosted at Central Library in the third-floor Community Rooms, the event is designed to be a venue for local authors to meet each other, talk about potential collaborations and hear works by a variety of local writers.

Meanwhile, planning has commenced for Namaste, Madison, which will begin as a weeklong poster display and culminate in a day of festivities on May 13 to showcase unique aspects of the Indian-American community and its impact on Madison. Hands-on activities for all ages will include projects such as henna, dancing and yoga. 

Access Denied panelists discuss their experiences with the inaccessibility of Madison nightlife. Photography by Sara Lu

The after-panel dance party drew a large crowd for Access Denied. Photography by Sara Lu

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