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10 PERCENT OF gifts Go TO ENDOWMENT TO SUSTAIN LIBRARIES

Programming Has Returned
to Our Libraries

“Programming is one of the primary ways libraries bring books to life, and elevate the voices and stories of our community members. We are so excited to have people back in our spaces to once again learn, share and create through our library programming.”

– Krissy Wick, Director of Public Services

At Madison Public Library, programs are back! Our community loves to gather together at the library, where residents can enjoy literacy, culture, arts and other events. Storytimes, author lectures, artist residencies and book clubs have inspired Madisonians to return to the library, and engage in activities with their families and neighbors. Donations to Madison Public Library Foundation provide major support for library events and in many cases have initiated new program ideas in our libraries. The library is celebrating the return of programs, and the foundation invites you to contribute to the annual fund, which in turn powers these activities and community collaborations. Beginning with Giving Tuesday (November 30), the foundation has a matching gift of up to $80,000 from an anonymous donor who wants to encourage giving. Make a gift before the end of the year, and it will double!

Native American Storyteller
Bubbler program at Goodman Community Center

The library’s Native American Storyteller-in-Residence, Andi Cloud from the Ho-Chunk Nation, leads a new program funded by foundation contributions. The storyteller residency includes art workshops, activity kits, outdoor story walks, digital stories and exhibits. Through intercultural understanding and story sharing, the program creates an opportunity to discuss racial justice while promoting healing and connection.

Storytimes are back in action in each of our neighborhood libraries. During the summer, many storytimes used outdoor spaces, but as fall and winter set in, they have returned to our youth spaces. We Read/Nosotros Leemos engages kids in interactive time with books. Libraries also offer Bilingual Storytime, Storytime for 0-2, and Wiggles and Words (movement-driven storytime), responding to the interests and needs of residents.

The foundation also supports artist residencies through private donations. The new Pinney Library was open only four days before COVID-19 shut it down. After reopening in 2021, the Pinney Studio was activated with an artist residency. Maria Amalia Wood invites patrons to create handmade abstract paper and make marks on paper that celebrate personal journeys. She has two teen assistants, Noa and Itzavana, who are using and building their creative and social skills through their residency work. Amalia Wood is working at the Pinney Studio through the winter and creating a new public art piece that will be displayed at the library.

Across the country and in Madison, participation in library programming continues to increase each year. Our residents are looking for ways to learn together, share ideas and build community. Madison Public Library Foundation exists to fund these activities, supporting longtime favorites and new partnerships, too. Your donations to the annual fund are an essential part of this effort. Please make your donation today, and it will double with a matching gift up to $80,000.

We are grateful for your commitment to the library and ask you to continue your contributions this year.

Happy holidays to you,

Sincerely,

Jennifer Jeffress
Executive Director

P.S. Make a meaningful gift and celebrate a friend or loved one with an honorary donation. We will send them a note telling them about your holiday Tribute gift.