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.

Ex Libris and Afterword Tickets on Sale Now

Foundation News–Tickets are on sale now at for Madison Public Library Foundation’s annual fall fundraiser, Ex Libris Vol. VII: Beer & Bites, and a new late-night event that will follow it, Afterword.

Giving Tuesday to Benefit New Pinney Library

Foundation News–Join Madison Public Library Foundation at the Harmony Bar & Grill, 2201 Atwood Ave., from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, for the third annual Giving Tuesday happy hour event to benefit the new Pinney Library.

Award-Winning Authors Fill 15th Book Festival Lineup

Foundation News–This year, the Wisconsin Book Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary, with the four-day annual celebration November 2–5. The community will enjoy a wide range of author events at Madison Public Library and surrounding venues.

Four New Staff Members Join Madison Public Library

Foundation News–There are quite a few new faces at Madison Public Library in the last couple months, particularly at Central Library. Madison Public Library Foundation Communications Intern Cassie Hurwitz interviewed each of them to demonstrate why they were drawn to the library and what they do in their new roles.

Six Friends Groups Holding Book Sales During the Fall

Foundation News–Many of Madison Public Library’s Friends groups are holding book sales this fall to benefit the libraries. Items typically available include fiction and nonfiction titles, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and more. All funds raised at the sales support projects at the respective library or go into that library’s endowment fund.

$15K Foundation Grant Supports Equity in Collections

Foundation News–Equity is a critical focus of Madison Public Library, and Madison Public Library Foundation is backing this effort in 2017 with a $15,000 grant to support the library’s equity initiative.

Donations Are an Important Part of Book Festival Budget

Foundation News–This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Wisconsin Book Festival, a year-round lineup of diverse programming for all ages that encourages reading and engages minds. This annual celebration of all genres of books, and local and nationally acclaimed, bestselling authors draws not only local interest, but also visitors from throughout the state and beyond.

Scooter Software Gift Funds Bubbler Artist-in-Residence

Foundation News–This summer, Guatemalan native Richie Morales played the part of Artist-in-Residence for Madison Public Library’s Bubbler arts- and maker-focused programming, which recently received Madison Public Library Foundation funding thanks to a $12,000 gift from Scooter Software, Inc.

School Spotlight: ‘Wild Rumpus’ Play Experience Encourages Teamwork, Imagination

Wisconsin State Journal–Millie Carter O’Brien rolled around in a plastic barrel while her mother sat on the grass nearby at Haen Family Park. Elsewhere in the park, children were experimenting with special play equipment like big wooden spools, a funnel, tubes and wooden ladders as their parents watched. It was all part of A Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play Experience, which was put on Wednesday by the Madison Public Library in partnership with the Madison Parks Division.

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