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,
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.