All Annual Fund Gifts Will Be Doubled Through Dec. 31!
A message from Executive Director Jenni Collins
Libraries are Bringing People Together
Your Madison libraries are doing more for our communities today than ever before. Libraries are helping people vote, offering high-tech clubs for kids, and providing books and audiobooks to senior living residences; your neighborhood libraries are working hard to enrich each of our lives.
Your gift to Madison Public Library Foundation makes all these important achievements possible, and it helps us bring the community together around thoughts, ideas and actions. When you make a contribution, the library can provide more educational programs, deepen its vast collections, and reach further into the community with special services. Will you make a gift to the library this year? You have been a supportive partner of your library in the past, and we hope you will come together with other donors and contribute to your library and its many services this year.
Kids Coding Together
Introducing computer coding is a great way to engage kids in programming, and invite enthusiasm in technology and other STEM careers. Hawthorne Library hosted Kids Code Madison for upper elementary and middle school students this fall. In this volunteer-led club, youth can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations using software tools like Scratch and Code Studio.
New and experienced kid programmers attend, and their parents also join them. Foundation funding helped to purchase laptops for Kids Code so multiple kids can work simultaneously in our Community Room. New coders are given direction with tutorials and help from volunteers, and experienced programmers work on ongoing projects, start something new, help a friend, or practice the “sushi” (bite-sized) skill of the day. Nearly 150 children have participated at Hawthorne Library so far and now have some serious coding under their belt.
Serving Seniors Together
Expanding library services into the community is also an essential part of what our library staff does each day. Madison Public Library even has a dedicated Community Engagement Librarian for Home Services and Social Services. The library serves older adults who reside at retirement homes, assisted living facilities and adult day centers with mini-libraries and personalized bags of books for avid readers. We work with the activities coordinator, volunteer coordinator, or library staff at each facility to ensure that we are finding the best books, and adjust our profile according to supply and demand.
This fall, Madison libraries were exceptionally busy serving absentee voters. In the past, libraries provided voter registration, but this year, absentee ballots were cast at all nine libraries. In Madison, 77.5% of voters cast their ballots in this presidential election. Making voting accessible for our community is a critical function.
Election volunteer Linda Pils wrote a guest column that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal titled “Thank librarians for early voting,” in which she describes the librarians working all day at two jobs.
As we prepare to close 2016, we have our generous donors to thank for their support of these programs and many more. With your year-end gift to the library, the foundation can fund new collections, stronger activities and facility improvements, all of which help your Madison libraries bring people together.
Please lend your support to the library today so we can offer more help to another year of great library services.
We wish you a very happy holiday season, with much joy in the year ahead.
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.