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.

What’s That Wednesday: Savory Quiche from Chocolaterian’s Central Library Café

Madison Magazine–A delicious review of a very un-book-like offering at Central Library.

Thanksgiving Pies for Meadowridge

Foundation News–Make your Thanksgiving a little bit easier while supporting Meadowridge Library. As part of their annual pie sale, about 20 volunteers with the Friends of Meadowridge Library will have cooked up more than 100 pies. That may sound like a lot, but they go fast. Stop by Meadowridge on Tuesday, November 26 after 10 am to get yours for just $10 each.

Laura Schmiedicke Wins 2013 Proctor Scholarship

Foundation News–On October 26, the Madison Public Library Foundation awarded Laura Schmiedicke the 2013 Proctor Scholarship. Laura’s family, friends, library staff and the family of Elizabeth Proctor gathered for their annual reception at the Lakeview Branch to celebrate Laura and remember Betsy, a library employee from 1967 until her retirement in 1998.

Pre-opening Events Foreword and Stacked Raise $134,000 for Central

Foundation News–Before Central Library opened to the public, the library foundation hosted two fundraising events, offering ticket-buyers a preview of the building while supporting the campaign.

Chris Rickert: ‘Upcycling’ the Meadowood neighborhood part of a golden opportunity

Wisconsin State Journal–Chris Rickert discusses the upcoming improvements to the Meadowood neighborhood, including the revamp of the Meadowridge Library.

Community’s voice to be heard in Meadowridge design and art piece

Foundation News–Architects presented final plans for the expansion of Meadowridge Library to the community on October 10. The design incorporates public feedback gathered from three previous meetings and features shared spaces with the adjoining Meadowood Neighborhood Center. Highlights include a community kitchen, a fireplace, and solar tubing to bring natural light from the outside.

Meet Media Lab Coordinator Nate Clark

Foundation News–You might not guess that Nate Clark, credited film and video game animator and recently hired media lab coordinator, holds a law degree. He only got into animation in his mid-20s after realizing that he wanted to “do something he actually enjoyed.” After abandoning the lawyerly life in Dayton, Ohio, Nate began taking classes at Madison Media Institute (MMI) and soon fell in love with the city and a particular Madisonian who later became his wife.

Plans for reconstruction, expansion of Meadowridge Library revealed

The Cap Times–The project will combine the library with the Meadowood Neighborhood Center and make use of space formerly occupied by Ace Hardware.

Central Library reveals sculpture meant to spark questions

WISC-TV–A giant question mark sculpture in the new Madison Central Library was unveiled to grand pomp and circumstance on Thursday night.

New library aims to help adults learn job skills

WKOW–Madison's new Central Library aims to help adults retool job skills and help people become more attractive to potential employers. because some people have given up looking for work.

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