Ways to Give

One Book at a Time $10,000

Research has shown that access to books has a dramatic impact on a child’s ability to enter school ready to learn and to maintain learning throughout the summer months (if that child is already in school). Studies have also shown that access to books directly correlates with income levels. Middle income students have access to upwards of 13 titles per child, while their low income peers have 1 title per 300 children. 

While giving children library cards helps to an extent, we also know that many low income families still see significant barriers to using library materials and spaces. While the library is actively trying to eliminate these barriers, a tremendous need for books in the homes of low income children still exists. For this reason, book giveaways have become very important to the Madison Public Library, so that the Library can continue to build future readers and learners, one book at a time. Through the Summer Reading Club, Read Up with the Madison Public Library, Parents As First Teachers, and many other wonderful programs and events that take place throughout the year, Madison Public Library is giving what often amounts to the first book children may have in their homes.

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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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