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.

Foundation Grant Allows Library to Train Aspiring Craft Entrepreneurs for Etsy Sales

Foundation News–In 2014 Etsy, a leading online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods, partnered with 10 pilot organizations across the U.S. and UK to host a four-week Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship course that helps artists, crafters and designers learn to sell their products online. In April, Madison Public Library Foundation gave a grant to Madison Public Library so it could join the second group of organizations hosting Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship courses.

Brunch Moves to Dinner Hour for Ex Libris Vol. V Fundraiser

Foundation News–We’re breaking all the rules for our fifth Ex Libris fall fundraiser. Want breakfast for dinner? No problem. Love the taste of beer with your omelet or French toast? That’s perfectly acceptable.

Go Big Read Selection for 2015: Just Mercy

Foundation News–This year’s pick for Go Big Read, UW-Madison’s campus and community read, is The New York Times nonfiction bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The author is a public interest lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that provides legal representation to minorities who have been denied fair treatment in the justice system.

Wisconsin Book Festival Schedule Announced

Foundation News–Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival, in partnership with Madison Public Library Foundation, is delighted to announce a few of the highlighted events for the 2015 fall festival celebration. From October 22–25, the festival will host four days packed with books & authors at Central Library and surrounding venues.

Fall Book Sales Benefit Libraries

Foundation News–Each Madison Public Library has a Friends group that provides much-needed volunteer support to its respective library, as well as funds for programs, services & collections. Book sales are one way Friends groups help their local library.

Friends in High Places: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Friends of Sequoya Library

Nakoma Neighbors/Best Version Media–Where do bibliophiles go after retirement? For many in our neighborhood and around Madison, they join the Friends of Sequoya Library. Since moving to Nakoma four years ago, my family and I have been regular users of the Sequoya Library, but it wasn’t until Ann Michalski invited me to attend a Friends of Sequoya Library meeting and learn more about the group that I realized how unique and interesting our library is, with much of the credit going to the volunteers that make up the Friends of Sequoya Library.

3 Winning Pop! Challenge Ideas to Receive $20,000 in Funding

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation announced on Aug. 4 how it will spend $20,000 to enact three winning ideas in its Pop! Challenge, a foundation-run contest that solicited ideas from the public to fund in the libraries.

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