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$10K Alicia Ashman Estate Gift Bolsters Book Collections

The Alicia Ashman Library received a $10,000 donation from the estate of Alicia Ashman, the woman whose name the west side branch honors.
Ashman, a longtime progressive activist and former president of the Madison Public Library Board, died in September 2016 at age 93. Elected alderwoman of the 10th Ward in 1968, Ashman became the second woman to serve on Madison’s City Council. From 1968–1977, she served five terms as alderwoman, becoming a champion of public policy, and a strong advocate for the environment and gender equality.
Ashman’s legacy and desire to impact the city of Madison live on through generous gifts like this $10,000 contribution, which was designated by Ashman’s family. It will help to fund book collections — including book club kits, “Too Good to Miss” titles and adult books at Alicia Ashman Library over the next several years.
“We are so grateful to the family of Alicia Ashman for this gift,” said Pam Wittig, the librarian in charge of running the book club groups at Alicia Ashman Library. “Having funds to help purchase multiple copies of books for book club use is such a wonderful gift. The ability to read and discuss a wider variety of books makes our book clubs more dynamic and enjoyable.”
The “Too Good to Miss” collection includes popular titles, as well as those that librarians feel deserve special attention. Making these titles readily available supports the library’s goal of equity because some library users don’t have access to a computer and have a harder time reserving the most popular items.

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