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.

Summer Heats Up Wisconsin Book Festival Lineup

Foundation News–The Wisconsin Book Festival has three summer author events on the schedule that are sure to draw big crowds.

Summer Clubs Motivate Kids to Keep Reading

Foundation News–When children don’t read over the summer, they lose some of the hard-earned skills they acquired during the school year. The average student will lose up to one month, with disadvantaged students losing closer to two months

2016 Annual Report Available

Foundation News–Visit the foundation website to view Madison Public Library and Madison Public Library Foundation’s joint annual report, which highlights news and notable moments from 2016.

Foundation Earns Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates nonprofits’ financial health, accountability and transparency to educate potential donors and help them gain confidence with their contributions.

Foundation-Funded Library Takeover Events a Success

Foundation News–Two May events funded by a Madison Public Library Foundation grant as part of the Library Takeover initiative raised awareness of local writers, as well as the Indian-American community in Madison.

American Transmission Co. Partners With Kitchen Program

Foundation News–American Transmission Co. signed on as a corporate partner of the Meadowridge Library kitchen program, committing a $5,000 gift to Madison Public Library Foundation that will be used to help a neighborhood experiencing homelessness, unemployment and food insecurity.

Celebrate Summer Reading at Rock & Read June 18

Foundation News–It is once again time for Madison Public Library Foundation’s fourth annual Rock & Read fundraiser, which will take place Sunday, June 18, from 3–6 p.m. in the Capital Brewery Bier Garten.

Financial Planning Workshop and Breakfast June 20

Foundation News–Four esteemed financial advisors will host a talk and Q&A over a complimentary breakfast Tuesday June 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Central Library to share their insights into planning your financial future and helping you incorporate charitable giving.

New Late-Night Fundraiser: Afterword

Foundation News–Madison Public Library Foundation is adding a new fundraiser to its lineup this year with Afterword, the first-ever Ex Libris late-night afterparty.

New Theme for Seventh Ex Libris: Beer & Bites

Foundation News–Save the date for Madison Public Library Foundation’s seventh annual Ex Libris fundraiser!

Short Story: Meet Ashman Shelving Page Michelle Gustafson

Foundation News–Shelving Page Michelle Gustafson shares a little about herself.

Friends Groups Busy Hosting Fundraisers

Foundation News–The Friends of Madison Public Library held its annual Book Club Café event on May 10 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This year’s featured author was renowned animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell, who talked about her recent book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog. All proceeds will benefit the libraries.

Movie fans making good use of Madison Public Library’s extensive collection

Wisconsin State Journal–With few brick and mortar movie rental businesses still operating around Madison, the public library remains a viable alternative for people who enjoy browsing aisles of films.

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