The foundation prides itself on presenting annual and one-time events that provide a distinct Madison feel, with careful attention paid to reaching people of different ages and interests. Attending one of our fundraising events demonstrates your commitment to sustaining our libraries not only for the present, but for generations to come. For Madison Public Library events, click here

Past Events

Coordinating Your Charitable Goals—Recommendations From Your Trusted Advisors

Join Madison Public Library Foundation and four financial advisors to learn about fitting charitable contributions into your retirement strategy.

Rock & Read 2017: A Family-Friendly Fundraiser

A family-oriented fundraiser to benefit Madison Public Library's Summer Reading Programs.

Lunch for Libraries with Richard Russo

Madison Public Library Foundation's annual Lunch for Libraries fundraiser is an opportunity for community members who are committed to our libraries to come together to celebrate, support and invest in the future of our libraries.

Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Support Your Local Library This Giving Tuesday

Ex Libris Volume VI: Beer for Brunch

Thank you to our guests, tasting partners and sponsors who joined us at Central Library for an evening of unique local food, craft beer and live music at our sixth annual Ex Libris fall fundraiser on November 4. Photos of this year's event are now online on the Madison Public Library Flickr page.

“It’s More Than Your Will” Planning Workshop

Join us on Tuesday, October 25, for a workshop at Oakwood Village – University Woods' Center for Arts & Education. Legal and financial experts will be present to help with planning for your family and charitable gifts. RSVP to

Benefit Concert for Pinney Library

Join us on September 30 for a benefit concert at the Barrymore Theatre featuring the historic soundtrack of the Vietnam War through readings and music.

Harry Potter Day at The Duck Pond

Harry Potter Day at The Duck Pond to benefit a new Pinney Library

Rock & Read: A Father’s Day Family Fundraiser

Madison Public Library Foundation's third annual Rock & Read: A Father's Day Family Fundraiser, held on Sunday, June 19 in the Capital Brewery Bier Garden, raised over $10,000 to support Madison Public Library's Summer Reading Clubs.

Book Club Café 2016

Book Club Café brings together book lovers to celebrate reading and Madison's public libraries. This year's even will feature Erin Celello, author of "Learning to Stay" and "Miracle Beach."

Lunch for Libraries with Paula McLain

Join us Thursday, March 17, for Lunch For Libraries With Paula McLain at Overture Center for the Arts. This fundraiser's proceeds will support the Wisconsin Book Festival.

Ex Libris Volume V: Beer for Brunch

Madison Public Library Foundation's sold-out Ex Libris Volume V: Beer for Brunch, which was held on Friday, November 13, at Central Library, raised more than $62,000 for the foundation to support our city's fine libraries.

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