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.

Central roof goes from grey to green

Foundation News–On May 13, a flatbed full of green sedum plants was delivered to the Central Library construction site. These plants will cover the library’s roof, absorbing rainwater and helping insulate the building. It will also provide library-goers a lush overlook as they sip coffee or enjoy a book in the sun on the third floor outdoor patio.

Author, Musican Ben Sidran to Speak at Lunch for Libraries, June 11

Foundation News–A man of many talents, Ben Sidran is an internationally-known musician, award-winning show host, and acclaimed author with a PhD in philosophy and musicology.

Early Donors give $50K to Book Fest

Foundation News–Since January, the Madison Public Library Foundation has secured over half of the $100,000 it pledged to raise for the 2013 Book Festival, in large part thanks to a $25,000 gift from presenting sponsor Madison Community Foundation.

2013 Wisconsin Book Festival – Oct 17-20

Foundation News–The Wisconsin Book Festival is settling well into its new home with a fresh direction, centralized venues, and an enthusiastic event coordinator, Conor Moran.

Food for the Mind and the Body Whole Foods Gives “Seeds to Read”

What’s a “Bubbler?”: Your way to learn, share, and create

Foundation News–No doubt most Wisconsinites have been on the receiving end of that question a time or two. Now Madison Public Library has redefined the term again as the name for its “makers” program that will debut along with the new Central Library in September. The Bubbler will feature creators from all realms to share their knowledge – from artistic techniques to culinary expertise to self-publishing advice.

Library Supervisor Mary Burton Retires

Foundation News–After 13 years with Madison Public Library, Mary Burton, Supervising Librarian of Monroe Street and Pinney Libraries, retired in January.

Foundation to Raise $100K for Wisconsin Book Festival

Foundation News–The Madison Public Library Foundation will raise $100,000 to partner with the Madison Public Library in hosting the 2013 Wisconsin Book Festival. The previous host, The Wisconsin Humanities Council, has already pledged $20,000 in support over the next two years. The remainder of the $100,000 will come from individuals, businesses and foundations.

Foundation grants $15K for existing collections and new technology

Foundation News–In December, the foundation approved Library Director Mickells’ additional grant requests totaling $15,000 for digital and collection-based projects to catalogue historic data, expand librarians’ computer assistance knowledge, promote reading to toddlers and improve the teen collection.

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