To provide new curbside service, the library purchased personal protective gear for staff, and our foundation worked with Kwik Trip to receive donated bags to hold materials. Library leadership is planning now so that when the time comes, it’s ready for a safe reopening of its nine locations. Staff are also helping many folks out of work who need help obtaining unemployment benefits, health insurance and other social services with computer appointments at select libraries. Our foundation is raising unrestricted funds so the library can provide daily services that meet residents’ needs amid a $30 million city budget shortfall and hiring freeze.
The foundation is altering its fundraising events: Lunch for Libraries, which supports the Wisconsin Book Festival and library services; and Ex Libris, which provides unrestricted library support. Lunch for Libraries was a virtual fundraiser on June 18, with author and journalist Mark Bittman presenting How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered. Guests enjoyed lunch at home while watching the live conversation online and receiving a copy of the book in the mail. Plans for a new version of Ex Libris, which will celebrate its 10th year, are also in the works.
We hope you and your family are safe and healthy. The library and foundation are here for you now, and will be here for you in the future.
It’s an extraordinary time, so thank you for considering a gift to Madison Public Library Foundation.
P.S.: By making a monthly donation, you can provide critical ongoing support for our libraries. Sign up to become a Sustainer online or by calling 608.266.6318.