In the News

Just as countless inspiring works fill the shelves of our libraries, there are many stories to tell about the ways the foundation supports the libraries’ facilities, services and programs. Read or view recent news coverage below. For media inquiries, visit our For the Press page.

Former Madison Public Library Librarian Williams Leaves $200,000+ Gift to Endowment

Foundation News–Longtime Madison Public Library staff member Barbara Williams, who upon retirement became a dedicated Central Library volunteer, left a gift in excess of $200,000 to Madison Public Library Foundation following her death last year.

Madison Public Library Teen Librarian McIntyre Awarded Bechtel Fellowship

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Youth Services Teen Librarian Beth McIntyre has been awarded the Association for Library Service to Children's prestigious Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship.

Endowment Funds AccuCut Machine Purchase for Hawthorne Library

Foundation News–Hawthorne Library used part of its endowment funds in 2018 to purchase an AccuCut machine, along with various die cuts. Having this technology allows the library to easily create literacy materials and extension activities for storytimes, art workshops, book displays and outreach visits, said Youth Services Librarian Tracy Moore.

Generational Photo Exhibit Opens Friday

Madison Magazine–At a photo shoot last fall, Madison artist Jennifer Bastian became captivated by a single woman surrounded by a gaggle of neighborhood children. Although a few parents lended a hand, Bastian had only a few minutes to capture the energy of the kids, ranging in age from 4 to 10. The moment was captured and included in Bastian’s “Who Matters? Volume 2: Intergenerational Photo and Story Project,” a collaboration between Madison Public Library and Madison Senior Center. Both locations (including the central library on Mifflin Street) will host the month-long photo exhibit starting Feb. 1.

The Wonder of Learning Exhibit to Open at Central Library Jan. 25

Foundation News–An international traveling exhibit designed for educators, parents and others interested in early childhood education and literacy is opening later this month in the Central Library children’s area.

Foundation Dollars Support Staff Training & Enrichment

Foundation News–One of the highlights of the year for staff is the library’s Staff Day

GoChip Devices Allow Patrons to Watch TV Shows, Movies via Wi-Fi

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation regularly invests in new technology for Madison Public Library each year.

Short Story: Meet Pinney Library Page David Spies

Short Story–Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Marion, Wis. I attended UW-Madison, where I studied environmental studies and music, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in tuba performance.

Children’s Author Brett Delights Big Audience

Events & Highlights–Beloved children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett drew a standing room-only crowd to Central Library on December 1 for a free Wisconsin Book Festival event.

Library Takeover Events Successful

Events & Highlights–One of the 2018 Library Takeover teams hosted the Love, InshAllah event on September 21 at Central Library

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