Library Takeover

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What is Library Takeover?

Library Takeover is a program created to encourage the community to TAKE OVER the library! We hope that by providing space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, we'll not only have fun, exciting, events, but we'll also be setting the stage for future library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.


Find out answers to your questions about the Library Takeover program on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

2018 Takeovers Announced!

Madison Public Library is pleased to announce a second round of Library Takeover community-driven library events for 2018. Selected projects include:

  • ​A hands-on, Crafternoon event for mothers and women of color. Team members: Britney Sinclair, Megan Raquel, Araceli Lopez Esparza, Shawna Lutzow.
  • An evening event of storytelling from the Muslim community in Madison around the theme of love. Team members: Maria Ahmad, Syed Umar Warsi, Mouna Algahaithi, Asmahan Sandokji.
  • An event to offer experiential opportunities of self-care to the community. Team members: Venus Washington, Nikki Cook, Jasmine Timmons, Araceli Esparza. Partners and collaborators: Angela Rose Black, Britney Sinclair.
  • A celebration and amplification of Many Voice, One Community low-power radio. This event will take place at the Goodman South Madison Library. Team members [tentative]: Richard Jones, Jr., Susan Ramspacher, Marcus Porter, Mari Hansen.

The groups were chosen from 15 applications submitted to the library in October. Winning groups will participate in a “programming boot camp” in the winter of 2018 and host community events in the spring and summer of 2018.

Library Takeover 2017

Three teams were selected out of 39 applications, and the teams attended a six-week event planning bootcamp with local experts to help them plan their events, which were held in the winter and spring of 2017. The program was made possible by generous support from the Madison Public Library Foundation and was based on an original Library Takeover program developed in the UK by Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre.

Library staff presented about Library Takeover at the Annual American Library Association Conference in Chicago in June 2017. Read a blog post about their presentation here.

Learn more about the events organized through Library Takeover 2017:

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The program is made possible by generous support from the Madison Public Library Foundation.


Contact Laura Damon-Moore at 608-266-6350 or for more information about Library Takeover.