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Help Us Introduce the Library to More Madison Residents

A message from Executive Director Jenni Collins

Oscar, here at our Pinney Library, just got his first library card. His mom brought him in to look for Mo Willem's latest book, Nannette's Baguette. Pinney didn't have it in, but the librarians put it on hold for them. Mom got the email that the book had arrived. Mom realized Oscar could probably get a library card of his own, so she read him the "fine print" about being responsible and following rules before asking for Oscar’s signature on the form. The librarian made a pretty big deal out of it, which was super cool. Oscar posed for our librarian because he is so proud. 

Oscar may not be paying taxes yet, but our libraries are a benefit of childhood in Madison: nine libraries, each there to serve the kids, adults and businesses around the city — kids just like Oscar. That is what Madison Public Library Foundation is all about: Building Better Libraries Every Day. We add charitable funds to our city tax dollars to make sure our libraries are outstanding. We hope you will make a gift and support our Madison libraries today.

Building Better Libraries Every Day means that we take the library outside of our walls too. The foundation supports Parents as First Teachers, a partnership with Madison & Dane County Public Health. This project takes books out of the library to get them into the hands of our littlest Madisonians — infants to 2-year-olds. Public Health nurses are trained in early literacy techniques by librarians, and each nurse gets a literacy tool kit with a children’s book to keep, a library card application, and an overview of all the wonderful, free resources available at the libraries. For many, this is the first children’s book they will have in their home. Building a home library is a proven way to help kids develop a strong vocabulary and be successful in school.

Library cards are important to all kinds of Madison residents. One of our librarians, Mary, shared this story:

"Last night, I led a tour for a Madison College intermediate ESL class. I loved their curiosity and excitement as they learned about all the wonderful, free resources available to them at the library. All of the students who didn't yet have a library card signed up for one, and each student found an item to check out and bring home to practice their English skills.  For many students, this was their first time in a public library, which is often the case on these tours with Madison College."

Funds given to Madison Public Library Foundation help connect residents with their library cards! We know it is critical to our community to have access to all these library resources: books, movies, computers and educational programs. We think you believe in the value of our libraries too, and we hope you will commit your support with a gift to the foundation this year. Your contribution supports lifelong learning for everyone in Madison.

Please join us in Building Better Libraries Every Day. We invite you to help create the best libraries for all of our residents — many of whom just love their library cards.


Jennifer J. Collins

P.S. Would you consider becoming a monthly donor? Sign up to be a Sustainer, and we can deduct a donation from your credit card, debit card or bank account each month. It’s easy, and you can help the library every month! Contact Dayna Long at 608.266.6318 to become a Sustainer. 




If you have a donor-advised fund through Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable, you can make a gift directly to Madison Public Library Foundation through DAF Direct.

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