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SPRING 2016

IN THIS ISSUE

SUMMER 2018 SPRING 2016

Friends Groups to Host Book Sales, Special Events

Meet New Foundation, Library Staff

The foundation and library’s 2017 annual report is now online! Visit mplfoundation.org.

Book Festival Event June 23

mplfoundation.org

June is Pride Month

EVENTS & HIGHLIGHTS

June is LGBT Pride Month, and Madison Public Library will mark the occasion with inclusive events that provoke thoughtful discussion.

Friends of Madison Public Library Book Sale at Central Library Thursday, July 19, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday, July 20, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (bag sale from noon–3 p.m.; $5/bag)

Lakeview Library Garden Party in the Lakeview Library garden Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.–noon Library staff and the Friends of Lakeview Library co-host this free community event, which includes light refreshments.

Friends of Sequoya Library First Saturday Book Sales in the Friends of Sequoya Shop, Westgate Mall Saturday, July 7, and Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $2 bag sale at 1 p.m. for discounted items in the shop’s back room

Friends of Sequoya Library’s Donuts with Dads program Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, August 25, 10–11 a.m. This morning of fun features stories, songs, crafts and snacks especially for dads and kids, but all are welcome! Reservations are not required.

Guests will also enjoy music, mingling, a raffle and a large silent auction. Tickets go on sale in September at mplfoundation.org, with all proceeds benefiting the foundation.

Seating is limited. For guaranteed seating, consider purchasing a Book Festival membership. Find details at wisconsinbookfestival.org /give.

Richards is the former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Peterson is a writer, digital strategist, and graduate of Madison West High School and UW-Madison.

The daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards highlights life and career experiences that influenced her — including growing up in ultra-conservative Texas, and watching her mother’s transformation from housewife to feminist.

The Wisconsin Book Festival and A Room of One’s Own will welcome women’s rights and social justice leader Cecile Richards and co-author Lauren Peterson for an in-conversation event and book signing in support of their book, Make Trouble.

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards & Lauren Peterson Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. Central Library, Madison Room Events that celebrate LGBT Pride Month include:

Drag Queen Storytime Crafts and face painting at 10 a.m., storytime at 10:30. This program is intended for families with children of all ages, and grownups must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited. June 16, 10 a.m., Pinney Library June 23, 10 a.m., Central Library Book Discussion of I’ll Give You the Sun  by Jandy Nelson June 26, 7 p.m., Pinney Library Hosted by the Pinney Book Group; new attendees always welcome.

The Salad Days Book Club Reads We Are Okay by Nina Lacour June 28, 6:30 p.m., Daisy Café and Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave.

LIONHEART Photo Exhibit June 1-30, during open hours, Pinney Library Local artist Charles Wetzel displays his five-photo portrait series of LGBTQ+ leaders from around the state.

The library’s Pride Month events are partially funded by a grant from Beyond the Page.

Save the Date for Ex Libris Vol. VIII

Beer & Bites returns as the theme for Madison Public Library Foundation’s eighth annual Ex Libris fundraiser! Join us from 7–10 p.m. Friday, November 2, at Central Library, to sample outstanding craft brews and local food.

Executive Director Jennifer J. Collins

Newsletter Editor Amy Mertz

Contributing Writers Tana Elias Carrie Gostomski

MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARIES Alicia Ashman 733 N. High Point Rd. Hawthorne 2707 E. Washington Ave. Lakeview 2845 N. Sherman Ave. Meadowridge 5726 Raymond Rd. Monroe Street 1705 Monroe St. Pinney 204 Cottage Grove Rd. Sequoya 4340 Tokay Blvd. Goodman South 2222 S. Park St. Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St.

Maker Programs in Schools to Expand

Donations Make $86K in Grants Possible

Readmobile in Production for 2019 Debut

Short Story: Farewell to Librarian Alice Oakey Alice Oakey, former Supervising Librarian at Meadowridge Library, retired in May after 23 years of service with Madison Public Library. Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Iowa and moved to Madison in 1978. My brothers and I worked at a bike shop catering to competitive cycling; that’s where I met my husband. I rowed competitively for 10 years. I did my undergrad at UW-Madison, receiving a B.S. in natural science in 1991, the same year my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Tyler, into the world. What is your history with Madison Public Library? I have worked for the library in some capacity since 1995. I first was a clerk at Sequoya. After I earned my master’s degree in library science at UW-Madison, I got a Library Assistant position in Youth Services. In April 2009, I became Meadowridge’s Supervising Librarian. I then went to Alicia Ashman Library and managed Meadowridge and Alicia Ashman together. When plans started for renovating Meadowridge around 2013, I went back to focus on my home location. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I enjoy bike riding, gardening, drawing, painting and playing the guitar. I love to read and write on my typewriter. I also enjoy traveling, especially to England. Tyler’s love of Shakespeare and English history has had a huge influence on me. My favorite play is Hamlet but I also love Richard II, and the Henrys. I love visiting the British Library and this fall we took my husband to visit it, too! What do you like to read? I read a lot of knitting books and cookbooks, but my favorite book is Silas Marner by George Eliot. Another favorite area is mathematical diagrams and formulae. What are two items on your bucket list? 1. I’m going to see Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe in London this summer. 2. I plan to spend more time with my husband, daughter and Jax, the Westie we adopted from Wisconsin Westie Rescue.

New Library Supervisor at Goodman South Madison

Wong

201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703 608.266.6318 mplfoundation.org info@mplfoundation.org

Newsletter Design Georgia Rucker

Madison, WI 53703

Read Like a Badger T-shirts are available in all nine Madison libraries. The cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children’s sizes.

Summer Reading Program Registration Underway Visit one of the nine Madison Public Library locations or register online to join the annual Summer Reading Program for children. Youth who embark on a brain-building reading adventure over the summer can earn a free book and an invitation to a Rock the Library session, a special Bubbler Jr. making experience just for summer readers. The theme for this year’s program is Read Like a Badger: Libraries Rock! and it runs through August 31. Register online or find out more at madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids. Funding for the 2018 Summer Reading Program is provided in large part by the Topitzes Family Foundation, the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, and Madison Public Library Foundation through its Rock & Read summer fundraiser.

Pinney Library Construction Begins Library, foundation and city officials broke ground on the new Pinney Library this spring. More than 80 people attended the groundbreaking event at the site of the new east side library, located a few blocks east of the current library in the Royster Corners development. OPN Architects of Madison is leading design of the $10.2 million project, guided by library-hosted community input sessions held in late 2017. The modern, open space will include a program room that seats 100, designated spaces for youth, an outdoor space for events and programs, and much more. The foundation still has to raise more than $350,000 for The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library to meet its $1.5 million goal before the facility opens in 2019. To make a donation, visit mplfoundation.org/donate.

Librarian Ching Wong was named Supervisor of Goodman South Madison Library this year. Ching may be new to the south side library, but she has worked at Madison Public Library for 33 years in various positions, starting as a shelving page and then serving as a librarian at Central Library for 20 years. Ching earned her master’s in library science in 1995 from the UW-Madison.

“Goodman South Madison Library staff is energized and motivated to engage and connect with the people, businesses and organizations in the South Madison community,” Ching said. “We want to make a difference and show that libraries can empower and change lives.”

A newsletter from Madison Public Library Foundation

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AT YOUR LIBRARIES

Shanna Wolf


YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK

Annual Fund Donations Allow Foundation to Give $86,000 to Library

Get to Know Our Foundation Staff

Thanks to our donors’ annual fund contributions, Madison Public Library Foundation will give $86,000 in grants to Madison Public Library for the following purposes in 2018.

Conor Moran, Book Festival Director

Tracy Phillippi, Foundation Manager

Karrah Staats, Development Officer

Family: My wife, Molly, and I live on the east side, where we own the store Table Wine. Our daughter, Larkin, is an avid reader and will begin first grade in the fall.

Hometown: Wautoma, Wisconsin. I grew up on our 600-acre family onion farm.

Hometown: Middleton, Wisconsin.

There are two new faces in the Madison Public Library Foundation office this year, and Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran officially shifted from a consulting role onto the foundation staff. Here’s a quick Q&A with each of them.

High-Use and New Media Collection, $30,000: Patrons will notice enhancements and updates to collections in high-use media areas. Dollars also will support testing new media formats and replacing popular materials at all nine libraries.   Professional Development for New and Hourly Staff, $25,000: Approximately 27 staff members will be able to represent the library at national and local conferences. The funds will also pay for the newest member of the Maintenance Department to attend an HVAC class at Madison College to help keep facilities running smoothly, and support hourly staff to attend two hours of training throughout the year. Library and Madison Metropolitan School District staff gathered at the library in early 2017 to learn more about the Maker Movement and various Bubbler activities.

Schmidt Futures Gift to Fund Bubbler Programs in Seven Madison Schools

Taking the Wonders of Learning Home, $11,000: This exhibit, to be located in the Rotunda Gallery in Overture Center for the Arts, is a way to draw attention to The Wonders of Learning collaborative exhibit at Central Library. It’s also an opportunity to engage community in conversation about best practices with young children. Technology Updates, $10,000: The library will increase wireless access points, and improve laptop availability and function at all nine locations; and update AV systems at Alicia Ashman, Goodman South and Sequoya libraries.

Madison Public Library and its partners at Madison Metropolitan School District have selected seven schools to benefit from the Bubbler’s maker-based education as part of the Making Spaces program, with funding from a $200,000 Schmidt Futures grant.

Director’s Discretionary Funds $5,000: These dollars are reserved for use by the library director when smaller, worthy projects and opportunities arise. Staff Day, $5,000: This annual inservice day allows library staff to share ideas and best practices, celebrate successes, and learn from each other and from community speakers.

In 2016, the Bubbler at Madison Public Library launched a project funded by Google, Maker Ed and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh aimed at developing a national strategy to integrate maker programming into schools. Partnering with MMSD, the library picked six schools for the first phase: Franklin, Sandburg and Huegel elementary schools; Toki and Whitehorse middle schools; and Capital High School. Each school launched its own fundraising campaign for their local making projects. Grant funds from Schmidt Futures will expand the program over the next two years.

The program will operate solely on private support for four years, with a goal of inclusion in Dane County and City of Madison budgets in the following years. The idea for The Readmobile came about after the Dane County Bookmobile piloted regular visits to the southeast side Owl Creek neighborhood in 2016, and saw astounding results. However, the Bookmobile can only haul bins of materials; it’s not a vehicle that patrons can enter and use like The Readmobile will be. The Readmobile will offer collections, exterior programming space and free Wi-Fi. It will visit five locations: • Allied Drive

• Reindahl Park

You Can Help! Visit mplfoundation.org/donate and enter “Readmobile” in the designation field to support the project.

• Vera Court/ Kennedy Heights Librarians will circulate books, provide library cards, fulfill holds and host early childhood activities aboard The Readmobile. The vehicle is in fabrication thanks to a lead $263,000 gift from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation; additional support from The Evjue Foundation Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, and the Rennebohm Foundation; and donations from Dick Goldberg & John Reindl. Dane County Library Service contributed a cash gift toward the vehicle’s construction and will fund 25 percent of the personnel costs.

• the student population makeup, with the library’s dedication to equity

• the desire to work with their community, including partnerships with Madison School Community Recreation, parents and other makers

Madison Public Library will collaborate with Dane County Library Service to bring a new, fully staffed Readmobile filled with library collections to five under-resourced neighborhoods weekly.

• Park Edge/ Park Ridge (near Elver Park)

The schools were chosen with the library’s strategic lens in mind. Applications were judged on: 

• the diversity of their school’s teams — not just librarians, but classroom teachers, administrators and instructional coaches — which will allow Making Spaces to thrive in a whole-school capacity

New Readmobile to Visit Underserved Neighborhoods

• Leopold Elementary School

The participating schools will be Falk, Glendale, Hawthorne, Lake View, Muir and Schenk elementary schools; and O’Keeffe Middle School. The program will expand to an additional five schools in 2019–20.

• the shared values of making as a way to promote literacy and engagement with all students

Education: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2007. I then went to Washington, D.C., to become a lawyer and ended up working at an amazing bookstore instead.

“This partnership and the skills that our students will acquire speak directly to our district’s vision for all students — that they will not only graduate, but graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career, and community,” said TJ McCray, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services for Madison Metropolitan School District. Learn more at madisonbubbler.org/bubblermakingspaces.

Staff Day is a rare opportunity for all library employees to gather together and discuss their work experiences.

What do you love the most about the Wisconsin Book Festival? If you’ve been to a Book Festival event, odds are you’ve heard me talk about the uniqueness of book events as a cultural experience. Far and away, my favorite part of the Wisconsin Book Festival is the sight of people at every event interacting with an author or topic they deeply care about. No matter the subject or the time of year, when the crowd gathers and the author starts speaking, the air in the room changes and another connection is made. Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I’m a slow reader. Favorite book: Favorites are often hard, but the book I’ve reread the most times since college and find myself recommending the most often is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It’s not so much a whodunnit as a whydunnit in a wonderfully fascinating way. Favorite checkout item at the library: My daughter is in elementary school, so we’re doing our best to get our fair share of the children’s collection at Central. 

Family: I’ve got a hubby named James and two mischievous boys, Henry (3) and Simon (1). Oh, and a lovable mutt named Oliver. Education: Bachelor’s in mass communications, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; master’s in food and agricultural policy, York University, Toronto, Ontario What do you love the most about Madison Public Library? I love how Madison Public Library is a safe and inclusive place for our citizens to grow and engage with the world around them. The library also offers great (FREE!) programs for my children, our all-time favorite being Drag Queen Storytime last summer. Hobbies: Travel, yoga, eating cheese, gardening and hiking with my family Tell us something most people don’t know about you. I am a Certified Cicerone (think sommelier of beer), and teach beer courses at Madison College. I’m also a backyard maple syrup producer. Favorite book: My all-time favorite book series is The Lord of the Rings. I look forward to sharing this magical world with my boys one day. Recent checkout item at the library:  I checked out Titan by Ron Chernow. It’s a 700-page book that got me through a 12-hour flight to Vietnam.

Family: Husband, Paul Education: B.S. in community and nonprofit leadership with a certificate in global health from UW-Madison What do you love the most about Madison Public Library? I just really love to read! My mom was getting her master’s degree as a reading teacher when I was 4 years old, so as early as I can remember, I always had a book in my hand, and now, I usually have one in my purse. I like a wide variety of books and am usually reading multiple different books at a time. As such, I’m so grateful to have the library as a place where I can find an endless number of books about whatever I’m feeling that day. Hobbies: I enjoy running, traveling (we are avid road trippers!) and spending time with my nearby family, especially my two nieces. While I wouldn’t call myself an artist, I also always love having a creative outlet. I find great joy in graphic design, floral design, and interior/event decorating and planning. Favorite book: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Favorite checkout item at the library: Autobiographies! I really enjoy reading about people’s lives and the steps they took to accomplish what they did in life. I think there is something so unique and interesting about one’s own perspective and self-awareness.

Even Out Your Giving: Become a Sustainer

Funds support the purchase, design and outfitting of the Readmobile vehicle; new staff to support the outreach; collections and programming; and vehicle maintenance, gas and insurance costs.

The new tax law is changing the way our donors want to give. Rather than make a single, larger donation at the end of the year, some of our donors are shifting to a giving plan that allows them to contribute smaller amounts on a consistent basis throughout the year.

The total project cost for The Readmobile is $582,265. The foundation needs to raise another $172,430 before the vehicle makes its debut in 2019. To make a donation toward the readmobile, visit mplfoundation.org/ donate, select “Other” under Designation, and enter “Readmobile” in field that appears.

Madison Public Library Foundation’s Sustainer program is a convenient, fix-it-and-forget-it solution for year-round giving. You can choose to give a certain amount monthly, with donations withdrawn from a designated bank account or charged to your credit card.

To deepen your commitment and support Madison Public Library’s collections, programs, services and facilities, visit mplfoundation.org/ McCarthy donate or call 608.266.6318.

“I like being a Sustainer because an automatic monthly transfer from my personal account to the foundation is the easiest way to manage my annual contribution.” — Barb McCarthy


AT YOUR LIBRARIES

Short Story: Farewell to Librarian Alice Oakey Alice Oakey, former Supervising Librarian at Meadowridge Library, retired in May after 23 years of service with Madison Public Library. Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Iowa and moved to Madison in 1978. My brothers and I worked at a bike shop catering to competitive cycling; that’s where I met my husband. I rowed competitively for 10 years. I did my undergrad at UW-Madison, receiving a B.S. in natural science in 1991, the same year my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Tyler, into the world.

Read Like a Badger T-shirts are available in all nine Madison libraries. The cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children’s sizes.

Summer Reading Program Registration Underway

What is your history with Madison Public Library? I have worked for the library in some capacity since 1995. I first was a clerk at Sequoya. After I earned my master’s degree in library science at UW-Madison, I got a Library Assistant position in Youth Services. In April 2009, I became Meadowridge’s Supervising Librarian. I then went to Alicia Ashman Library and managed Meadowridge and Alicia Ashman together. When plans started for renovating Meadowridge around 2013, I went back to focus on my home location.

Visit one of the nine Madison Public Library locations or register online to join the annual Summer Reading Program for children. Youth who embark on a brain-building reading adventure over the summer can earn a free book and an invitation to a Rock the Library session, a special Bubbler Jr. making experience just for summer readers. The theme for this year’s program is Read Like a Badger: Libraries Rock! and it runs through August 31. Register online or find out more at madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I enjoy bike riding, gardening, drawing, painting and playing the guitar. I love to read and write on my typewriter. I also enjoy traveling, especially to England. Tyler’s love of Shakespeare and English history has had a huge influence on me. My favorite play is Hamlet but I also love Richard II, and the Henrys. I love visiting the British Library and this fall we took my husband to visit it, too!

Funding for the 2018 Summer Reading Program is provided in large part by the Topitzes Family Foundation, the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, and Madison Public Library Foundation through its Rock & Read summer fundraiser.

Pinney Library Construction Begins

What do you like to read? I read a lot of knitting books and cookbooks, but my favorite book is Silas Marner by George Eliot. Another favorite area is mathematical diagrams and formulae.

Library, foundation and city officials broke ground on the new Pinney Library this spring. More than 80 people attended the groundbreaking event at the site of the new east side library, located a few blocks east of the current library in the Royster Corners development.

What are two items on your bucket list? 1. I’m going to see Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe in London this summer. 2. I plan to spend more time with my husband, daughter and Jax, the Westie we adopted from Wisconsin Westie Rescue.

OPN Architects of Madison is leading design of the $10.2 million project, guided by library-hosted community input sessions held in late 2017. The modern, open space will include a program room that seats 100, designated spaces for youth, an outdoor space for events and programs, and much more.

New Library Supervisor at Goodman South Madison

The foundation still has to raise more than $350,000 for The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library to meet its $1.5 million goal before the facility opens in 2019. To make a donation, visit mplfoundation.org/donate. Shanna Wolf

Librarian Ching Wong was named Supervisor of Goodman South Madison Library this year. Ching may be new to the south side library, but she has worked at Madison Public Library for 33 years in various positions, starting as a shelving page and then serving as a librarian at Central Library for 20 years. Ching earned her master’s in library science in 1995 from the UW-Madison.

Get to Know Our Foundation Staff There are two new faces in the Madison Public Library Foundation office this year, and Wisconsin Book Festival Director Conor Moran officially shifted from a consulting role onto the foundation staff. Here’s a quick Q&A with each of them. Conor Moran, Book Festival Director

Tracy Phillippi, Foundation Manager

Karrah Staats, Development Officer

Family: My wife, Molly, and I live on the east side, where we own the store Table Wine. Our daughter, Larkin, is an avid reader and will begin first grade in the fall.

Hometown: Wautoma, Wisconsin. I grew up on our 600-acre family onion farm.

Hometown: Middleton, Wisconsin.

Education: I graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2007. I then went to Washington, D.C., to become a lawyer and ended up working at an amazing bookstore instead. What do you love the most about the Wisconsin Book Festival? If you’ve been to a Book Festival event, odds are you’ve heard me talk about the uniqueness of book events as a cultural experience. Far and away, my favorite part of the Wisconsin Book Festival is the sight of people at every event interacting with an author or topic they deeply care about. No matter the subject or the time of year, when the crowd gathers and the author starts speaking, the air in the room changes and another connection is made. Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I’m a slow reader. Favorite book: Favorites are often hard, but the book I’ve reread the most times since college and find myself recommending the most often is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. It’s not so much a whodunnit as a whydunnit in a wonderfully fascinating way. Favorite checkout item at the library: My daughter is in elementary school, so we’re doing our best to get our fair share of the children’s collection at Central. 

Family: I’ve got a hubby named James and two mischievous boys, Henry (3) and Simon (1). Oh, and a lovable mutt named Oliver. Education: Bachelor’s in mass communications, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; master’s in food and agricultural policy, York University, Toronto, Ontario What do you love the most about Madison Public Library? I love how Madison Public Library is a safe and inclusive place for our citizens to grow and engage with the world around them. The library also offers great (FREE!) programs for my children, our all-time favorite being Drag Queen Storytime last summer. Hobbies: Travel, yoga, eating cheese, gardening and hiking with my family Tell us something most people don’t know about you. I am a Certified Cicerone (think sommelier of beer), and teach beer courses at Madison College. I’m also a backyard maple syrup producer. Favorite book: My all-time favorite book series is The Lord of the Rings. I look forward to sharing this magical world with my boys one day. Recent checkout item at the library:  I checked out Titan by Ron Chernow. It’s a 700-page book that got me through a 12-hour flight to Vietnam.

Family: Husband, Paul Education: B.S. in community and nonprofit leadership with a certificate in global health from UW-Madison What do you love the most about Madison Public Library? I just really love to read! My mom was getting her master’s degree as a reading teacher when I was 4 years old, so as early as I can remember, I always had a book in my hand, and now, I usually have one in my purse. I like a wide variety of books and am usually reading multiple different books at a time. As such, I’m so grateful to have the library as a place where I can find an endless number of books about whatever I’m feeling that day. Hobbies: I enjoy running, traveling (we are avid road trippers!) and spending time with my nearby family, especially my two nieces. While I wouldn’t call myself an artist, I also always love having a creative outlet. I find great joy in graphic design, floral design, and interior/event decorating and planning. Favorite book: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg Favorite checkout item at the library: Autobiographies! I really enjoy reading about people’s lives and the steps they took to accomplish what they did in life. I think there is something so unique and interesting about one’s own perspective and self-awareness.

Even Out Your Giving: Become a Sustainer

Wong

“Goodman South Madison Library staff is energized and motivated to engage and connect with the people, businesses and organizations in the South Madison community,” Ching said. “We want to make a difference and show that libraries can empower and change lives.”

The new tax law is changing the way our donors want to give. Rather than make a single, larger donation at the end of the year, some of our donors are shifting to a giving plan that allows them to contribute smaller amounts on a consistent basis throughout the year. Madison Public Library Foundation’s Sustainer program is a convenient, fix-it-and-forget-it solution for year-round giving. You can choose to give a certain amount monthly, with donations withdrawn from a designated bank account or charged to your credit card.

To deepen your commitment and support Madison Public Library’s collections, programs, services and facilities, visit mplfoundation.org/ McCarthy donate or call 608.266.6318.

“I like being a Sustainer because an automatic monthly transfer from my personal account to the foundation is the easiest way to manage my annual contribution.” — Barb McCarthy


Visit one of the nine Madison Public Library locations or register online to join the annual Summer Reading Program for children. Youth who embark on a brain-building reading adventure over the summer can earn a free book and an invitation to a Rock the Library session, a special Bubbler Jr. making experience just for summer readers. The theme for this year’s program is Read Like a Badger: Libraries Rock! and it runs through August 31. Register online or find out more at madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work? I enjoy bike riding, gardening, drawing, painting and playing the guitar. I love to read and write on my typewriter. I also enjoy traveling, especially to England. Tyler’s love of Shakespeare and English history has had a huge influence on me. My favorite play is Hamlet but I also love Richard II, and the Henrys. I love visiting the British Library and this fall we took my husband to visit it, too!

Funding for the 2018 Summer Reading Program is provided in large part by the Topitzes Family Foundation, the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation, and Madison Public Library Foundation through its Rock & Read summer fundraiser.

Pinney Library Construction Begins

What do you like to read? I read a lot of knitting books and cookbooks, but my favorite book is Silas Marner by George Eliot. Another favorite area is mathematical diagrams and formulae.

Library, foundation and city officials broke ground on the new Pinney Library this spring. More than 80 people attended the groundbreaking event at the site of the new east side library, located a few blocks east of the current library in the Royster Corners development.

What are two items on your bucket list? 1. I’m going to see Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe in London this summer. 2. I plan to spend more time with my husband, daughter and Jax, the Westie we adopted from Wisconsin Westie Rescue.

OPN Architects of Madison is leading design of the $10.2 million project, guided by library-hosted community input sessions held in late 2017. The modern, open space will include a program room that seats 100, designated spaces for youth, an outdoor space for events and programs, and much more.

New Library Supervisor at Goodman South Madison

The foundation still has to raise more than $350,000 for The Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library to meet its $1.5 million goal before the facility opens in 2019. To make a donation, visit mplfoundation.org/donate. Shanna Wolf

Librarian Ching Wong was named Supervisor of Goodman South Madison Library this year. Ching may be new to the south side library, but she has worked at Madison Public Library for 33 years in various positions, starting as a shelving page and then serving as a librarian at Central Library for 20 years. Ching earned her master’s in library science in 1995 from the UW-Madison.

Events that celebrate LGBT Pride Month include: Drag Queen Storytime Crafts and face painting at 10 a.m., storytime at 10:30. This program is intended for families with children of all ages, and grownups must be accompanied by a child. Space is limited. June 16, 10 a.m., Pinney Library June 23, 10 a.m., Central Library Book Discussion of I’ll Give You the Sun  by Jandy Nelson June 26, 7 p.m., Pinney Library Hosted by the Pinney Book Group; new attendees always welcome. The Salad Days Book Club Reads  We Are Okay by Nina Lacour June 28, 6:30 p.m., Daisy Café and Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave. LIONHEART Photo Exhibit June 1-30, during open hours, Pinney Library Local artist Charles Wetzel displays his five-photo portrait series of LGBTQ+ leaders from around the state. The library’s Pride Month events are partially funded by a grant from Beyond the Page.

The Wisconsin Book Festival and A Room of One’s Own will welcome women’s rights and social justice leader Cecile Richards and co-author Lauren Peterson for an in-conversation event and book signing in support of their book, Make Trouble. The daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards highlights life and career experiences that influenced her — including growing up in ultra-conservative Texas, and watching her mother’s transformation from housewife to feminist. Richards is the former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Peterson is a writer, digital strategist, and graduate of Madison West High School and UW-Madison. Seating is limited. For guaranteed seating, consider purchasing a Book Festival membership. Find details at wisconsinbookfestival.org /give.

“Goodman South Madison Library staff is energized and motivated to engage and connect with the people, businesses and organizations in the South Madison community,” Ching said. “We want to make a difference and show that libraries can empower and change lives.”

Meet New Foundation, Library Staff

Readmobile in Production for 2019 Debut

Donations Make $86K in Grants Possible

Maker Programs in Schools to Expand

Friends of Madison Public Library Book Sale at Central Library Thursday, July 19, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday, July 20, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (bag sale from noon–3 p.m.; $5/bag) Lakeview Library Garden Party in the Lakeview Library garden Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.–noon Library staff and the Friends of Lakeview Library co-host this free community event, which includes light refreshments. Friends of Sequoya Library First Saturday Book Sales in the Friends of Sequoya Shop, Westgate Mall Saturday, July 7, and Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $2 bag sale at 1 p.m. for discounted items in the shop’s back room Friends of Sequoya Library’s Donuts with Dads program Saturday, July 28, and Saturday, August 25, 10–11 a.m. This morning of fun features stories, songs, crafts and snacks especially for dads and kids, but all are welcome! Reservations are not required.

Save the Date for Ex Libris Vol. VIII Beer & Bites returns as the theme for Madison Public Library Foundation’s eighth annual Ex Libris fundraiser! Join us from 7–10 p.m. Friday, November 2, at Central Library, to sample outstanding craft brews and local food.

Executive Director Jennifer J. Collins

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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead by Cecile Richards & Lauren Peterson Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. Central Library, Madison Room

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Guests will also enjoy music, mingling, a raffle and a large silent auction. Tickets go on sale in September at mplfoundation.org, with all proceeds benefiting the foundation.

MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARIES Alicia Ashman 733 N. High Point Rd. Hawthorne 2707 E. Washington Ave. Lakeview 2845 N. Sherman Ave. Meadowridge 5726 Raymond Rd. Monroe Street 1705 Monroe St. Pinney 204 Cottage Grove Rd. Sequoya 4340 Tokay Blvd. Goodman South 2222 S. Park St. Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St.

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What is your history with Madison Public Library? I have worked for the library in some capacity since 1995. I first was a clerk at Sequoya. After I earned my master’s degree in library science at UW-Madison, I got a Library Assistant position in Youth Services. In April 2009, I became Meadowridge’s Supervising Librarian. I then went to Alicia Ashman Library and managed Meadowridge and Alicia Ashman together. When plans started for renovating Meadowridge around 2013, I went back to focus on my home location.

June is LGBT Pride Month, and Madison Public Library will mark the occasion with inclusive events that provoke thoughtful discussion.

Friends Groups to Host Book Sales, Special Events

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Summer Reading Program Registration Underway

Book Festival Event June 23

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Read Like a Badger T-shirts are available in all nine Madison libraries. The cost is $18 for adults and $10 for children’s sizes.

June is Pride Month

The foundation and library’s 2017 annual report is now online! Visit mplfoundation.org.

Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Iowa and moved to Madison in 1978. My brothers and I worked at a bike shop catering to competitive cycling; that’s where I met my husband. I rowed competitively for 10 years. I did my undergrad at UW-Madison, receiving a B.S. in natural science in 1991, the same year my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Tyler, into the world.

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Alice Oakey, former Supervising Librarian at Meadowridge Library, retired in May after 23 years of service with Madison Public Library.

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