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.

Lois Lowry Kicks Off Wisconsin Book Festival Events for 2014

Foundation News–It was standing room only on the third floor of Madison’s Central Library as more than 450 people turned out on a Friday night to hear Newbery-winning author Lois Lowry speak at the first Wisconsin Book Festival event of 2014.

Friends Book Store Grows in New Central Library Location

Foundation News–Previously tucked away in a corner of the second floor, the Friends Book Store has reopened in a prominent location on the first floor of Central Library. Since moving, the book store has expanded hours, recruited more volunteers and even hired its first employee, book store manager Kathi Kemp. She likes the new location because it’s a more inviting space, “just like the rest of the new library.”

2013 Endowment Funds Expand Collections for All Ages

Foundation News–Each year, proceeds from the foundation’s endowment funds ensure a perpetual stream of income to support Madison Public Library in a variety of ways. Here are a few examples of how endowment funds supported your libraries in 2013.

Ellen Esser Bequest Fills Library Shelves With Children’s Books

Foundation News–In 2008, when Ellen Esser left $11,500 to the Madison Public Library Foundation in her will, she had one request: that her donation be used to purchase children’s books. Now that Central Library is open, its vastly expanded 10,000-square-foot children’s area is getting an infusion of new materials.

Ex Libris Volume III: Better With Beer Raises $39,000

Foundation News–Nearly 400 guests tasted their way through 20 of Madison’s favorite breweries and eateries at Ex Libris Volume III: Better with Beer, held on November 1. The foundation’s third annual beer tasting fundraiser took a new twist this year, challenging local restaurateurs to create menu items made with popular craft brews.

Readathon Kicks Off Early Literacy Program at Pinney Library

Foundation News–On January 8, over 200 neighbors celebrated the launch of Pinney Library’s new early literacy initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Funded by a $3,700 grant from the foundation, this free program promotes reading to newborns, infants and toddlers while encouraging parent and child bonding through reading.

Book City: Exploring Madison’s love affair with literature through eight of its main characters

Madison Magazine–Overture Center was packed with people buzzing and talking under the soft, halcyon lights. The audience waited for one man, a slight, bespectacled author whose reading had bombed at a private event at his alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a couple of nights before. But not so in Madison. The audience hung on his every word. Laughed at all the right places. And generously welcomed him as he read excerpts from his private diary.

Construction on library, community center set to start–Construction to transform an old retail space into the new Meadowridge Library on Madison’s west side will start March 5. Scherrer Construction Company will start breaking down walls at the former Ace Hardware space Wednesday, March 5 at 10 a.m., according to a release.

Meadowridge Library expands while engaging community through art

Madison Commons–A building block, an introduction, a prelude. Every great endeavor starts with something. The beginning of an anticipated expansion is bringing together community, sustainability and new perspectives at the Meadowridge branch of the Madison Public Library system.

Victor Castro, sculptor-in-residence at Madison library, builds art, community

The Cap Times–Want to help create a piece of public art while making a statement about sustainability? Victor Castro has a way to do it. Castro, artist-in-residence at the Bubbler, the "makerspace" in the Madison Central Library, is collecting materials for an abstract sculpture to be installed in the lobby of the Meadowridge Branch Library on the southwest side when it is expanded later this year.

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