• At Lakeview Library, endowment funds supported space improvements to accommodate a new Teen Librarian. The library purchased deeper shelving units, which allowed staff to reorganize materials for storage and improve the space for her work.
• Twelve book club kits were procured with endowment funds in the last year. Madison Public Library offers 355 titles. These kits, each with multiple books, invite friends to gather to discuss their latest literary reads. Kits purchased recently include The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Digging to America by Anne Tyler, and Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. More than 700 kits have been checked out so far this year — an average of about 16 per week.
• At Sequoya Library, endowment distributions bought six new lounge chairs and 258 children’s books, including graphic novels, board books and picture books.
Foundation donors directly fund many other library programs each year, including the new Virtual Learning Project at Meadowridge Library. The library purchased PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Bundles along with other compatible equipment for teens and children to use in afterschool programming. The goal is to work with young people to move them from “consumer” to “producer” of virtual reality game development.
I hope you are inspired by the many ways donor dollars make a big difference at Madison Public Library. Gifts to the foundation make it possible to try new ideas and help us make Madison Public Library an award-winning library.
We ask for your support in making new programs and ideas happen at Madison Public Library. Now is the perfect time to give with a dollar-to-dollar match going on through December 31.
Thank you for supporting Madison Public Library Foundation. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
P.S.: Would you consider donating to the library each month? Become a Sustainer today, and set up your giving through a credit card or bank account. Indicate your monthly amount on the attached form or call the office at 608.266.6318 if you need assistance.