Special Collections

Art of the Picture Book - Sequoya Branch
About The Art of the Picture Book Collection The Sequoya Branch Library houses Madison's largest and most heavily used picture book collection. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Sequoya has expanded their selection. Adding depth and breadth to an already widely-used collection, Sequoya focuses on adding Caldecott and other award-winning picture books, ensuring that library patrons have access to the finest books for children. In addition, Madison Community...
Audiobooks - Monroe Street
About the Audiobooks Collection Good news for readers "on the go"! Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, the Monroe Street Branch expanding its collection of audiobooks. New audiobooks are available on Playaway pre-loaded MP3 players, including fiction, non-fiction, and foreign language materials. Browse the Don't Miss List for a selection of digital audio players. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact Mary Burton, Branch Supervisor, at 224-7100 or...
Madison Civics Club
In August, 2011, the Madison Civics Club donated a collection of almost 150 books - all by Wisconsin women authors - to the Madison Public Library. [see the full list] A diversity of fiction, poetry, history, biography and memoir, travel, recipe, children's and other books make up the collection. Wisconsin authors whose work is included in the collection are Lorrie Moore, Lorine Niedecker, Terese Allen, Jennifer Chiaverini, Lois Ehlert, Margaret George, Erika Janik, Jane Hamilton, Jacquelyn...
Comics and Anime - Alicia Ashman Branch
About the Comics and Anime Collection The Alicia Ashman Branch recognizes the growing demand and respect for graphic novels and anime. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, we are able to offer a collection of the newest and most important, influential and interesting comics and graphic novels, as well as programming and events including film screenings, drawing classes and more. Browse the Don't Miss Lists for recent selections of anime and graphic novels for...
seeds
Want an excuse to do some at-home gardening? Thanks to a 2014 $5,000 grant provided by the John A. Johnson Fund and an anonymous donor through the Madison Community Foundation, five Dane County libraries are starting a self-sustaining seed exchange program. Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return...
Education, Employment and Housing - Goodman South Madison
About the SuccessU: Education, Employment and Housing Collection The Goodman South Madison Branch understands the importance of providing easy access to resources and information about education, employment, and housing. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Goodman South Madison has extended its collection of these materials, and offers classes and events promoting success in education, employment and more. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact...
Film & Film History - Lakeview
About the Film & Film History Collection The Lakeview Library recognizes the demand for popular and cutting edge films. Thanks to a generous grant from the Madison Community Foundation, Lakeview has expanded its collection of films and books on film theory and history, offers new programming and events, including film screenings and discussions and more. How can I contribute to this program? Please contact Marc Gartler, Branch Supervisor, at 246-4548 or mgartler@cityofmadison.com to...
Large print books are available at all library locations. A list of new large print books is published each spring and fall and is available at all libaries and online. To find large print books using LINKcat, choose an author or subject in which you are interested. Limit to "large print" using the limit options on the top right of the screen.
The Local Materials area of the Central Library contains materials about Madison, Dane County & Wisconsin history -- past and present. These materials include books, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings, maps, government documents, newspaper and periodical indexes. For more information about local history, see our recommended internet sites on Madison and Dane County history, our Research Guide to Local History, or information about...
“This is a generous and significant contribution to our libraries and we are grateful to the Madison Community Foundation for their ongoing support of Dane County libraries. The grants will allow us to offer in-depth specialty collections on topics of interest to Madison residents, and will provide much-needed funds to help combat shrinking book budgets and rising prices." - Carla DiIorio, Collection Development Coordinator, Madison Public Library About the Madison Community...