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

Workshop: Learn More About Donor-Advised Funds

Interested in smarter charitable giving or initiating a planned giving strategy? Learn more about the power of a donor-advised fund by attending Madison Public Library Foundation's upcoming information and Q&A session.

Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Join us for our third Giving Tuesday celebration at the Harmony Bar and Grill from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28.

Cocktail Hour With Gail Simmons

Join Madison Public Library Foundation in celebrating the Wisconsin Book Festival's 15th anniversary with this special preview event featuring Top Chef judge and author Gail Simmons.

Afterword: Ex Libris Late Night

Thank you to all guests who came or stayed to extend the Ex Libris fun at our first ever post-party, Afterword: Ex Libris Late Night. With the participation of generous tasting partners and sponsors, all profits from this late night celebration benefited the Madison Public Library.

Ex Libris Volume VII: Beer & Bites

Thank you to our guests, tasting partners and sponsors who joined us at Central Library on October 13 for a night of unique brews and local eats at our seventh annual Ex Libris fall fundraiser. Photos from the event are now online on the Madison Public Library Flickr page.

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.

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