In the News

Weekend-long Opening Celebration Kicks off on September 21

Central Library is ready for a new chapter of public library service in Madison!  Join performers, authors, and your favorite librarians for a community celebration in the sparkling new building. The excitement begins with music and activities on Mifflin Street between the library and Overture Center at 8 AM on Saturday, September 21 followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 AM.

“After 18 months of improvements, we can’t wait to show the public what’s inside,” says Greg Mickells. “The transformation is truly incredible.”

The doors officially swing open 10 AM where library goers can partake in a variety of ongoing, drop-in activities on all floors including character appearances, interactive art and science programming, and public tours highlighting the art, technology, architectural and green features of the new building.

Yid Vicious, Big Payback, Off the Porch and other musical guests will perform in and outside the building. Those who work up an appetite dancing can grab a bite to eat at one of the food carts parked out front.

Saturday evening rounds out with an Book Festival Preview event featuring New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes. Join Jojo for a Meet and Greet with Tea and Treats provided by Dobra Tea before she reads from her new novel, The Girl You Left Behind

Get a full schedule of events and your free tickets to see Jojo Moyes at

Library Website