Madison Public Library’s We Read program, which celebrates the joy of reading, featured a wide assortment of fun library events and activities throughout the summer.

In June, each of the nine libraries, along with the Dream Bus, hosted We Read bookmaking programs. The library provided supplies for patrons to customize a blank book by writing their own story, drawing their favorite characters or making a list of their favorite reads.

Throughout the summer, kids and families were given multiple opportunities to share about what they chose to read. Whether it was reading a traditional book, a comic book or graphic novel, an eBook or audiobook, movie subtitles, video games or social media, the library helped readers celebrate and talk about their reading with other community members.

In August, We Read programs centered on storytelling and story sharing. Each library offered workshops and self-directed activities, including stop-motion animation, informal comic making, spoken word poetry and more. The library also gave away We Read stickers, color-changing pencils, temporary tattoos and the popular We Read tote bags for patrons to fill with library materials of their choosing. 

“An awesome way to spend time is to bring your children to the library and let them find something they are truly excited to read,” said Youth Services Manager Tammy Ocampo, who coordinates the We Read program. “If they don’t already enjoy reading, ask a librarian for ideas!”

We Read is funded by Madison Public Library Foundation, Ascendium Education Group, Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, Dick Goldberg and Lisa Munro, and Jane Doughty and David Wood.