Foundation-Funded Library Takeover Events a Success
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.
Library Takeover encouraged the community to “take over” the library by providing space, time and resources for community members to host their own events, helping to set the stage for future library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.
About 80 members of the Madison writing community came together at Central Library on Friday, May 5, for Share the Word. The event allowed local poets, writers, hip-hop artists, storytellers and spoken word performers to share ideas, showcase their works and spawn innovative collaborations.
“I was delighted to find that when I looked through the survey cards after the event, the most common response to the question, ‘What else would you like the library to offer?’ was ‘More nights like this!’ ” said Community Engagement Librarian Kylee Stoor.
The second project celebrated the Madison Indian-American community’s heritage and contributions to the city with Namaste Madison, an all-day event on Saturday, May 13, at Central Library.
Visitors enjoyed children’s activities, panel discussions, STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) demonstrations, a poster exhibit, and Indian cooking demonstrations and sampling.