Madison Area Resources

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Arts and Entertainment

see also Wisconsin and National Arts Sites


The web site for the Capital Times entertainment weekly.


Formerly known as the Elvehjem Museum of Art


A calendar of events located in the Madison area.


Isthmus Daily Page website with online articles taken from the weekly paper.


The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, independent organization that exists to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art.


Local bands & club listings, with links to other music sites.


A virtual community providing recommendations for notable music performances in the Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago markets, show reviews and photography.


Lists of parks, bike baths, and places to go in the Madison area.


The largest producer-only farmers' market in the country.  All items are produced locally by the vendor behind the table. See also the Dane County Farmers' Market.


Helpful local site that lists upcoming shows and auditions, links to area theater groups, ticket promotions, news and classifieds.


The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education.


Online articles from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning architecutral landmark in the heard of Madison's thriving cultural arts district.


Sponsored by Wisconsin's Cultural Coalition, this site serves as "a point of entry to Wisconsin's vibrant history, humanities and arts communities, complete with comprehensive listings of events."


Event listings in Wisconsin


The Wisconsin Arts Board Homepage provides listings of arts service organizations, galleries, museums, and art and craft fairs throughout the state.


Official Site of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism


The Wisconsin Union features more than 1,000 events a year brought to you by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, the Union's student volunteer programming board.

 

Booksellers

see also Wisconsin and National Book & Literature Sites

Local Independent Book Stores (see also Barnes & Noble & Half-Price Books)


20th Century Books on South Park


Formerly called Booked for Murder, Mystery To Me curates a broad selection of mystery books and also has books for non-mystery readers focusing on NYT best-sellers, Indie Next Picks, and books from small presses.


A Room of One's Own offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, greeting cards, and t-shirts. They have strong children's and young adult, women's studies, and LGBT fiction and nonfiction sections. In 2012, they joined forces with Avol's Bookstore and now buy and sell used books as well.


The University Book Store proudly supplies the academic community with textbooks, supplies and tools for the mind.  The University Book Store is a private organization that accepts no aid or funding from the University or state of Wisconsin.

 

Business

see also Business page

To locate local business home pages, try a search engine or AtoZdatabases. To locate contact information for local businesses that may not have a home page, or to locate business by category, use your local telephone directory or an online equivalent.


From the City of Madison Office of Business Resources. Includes key demographics and links to more.


The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is more than 1,400 businesses who support each other and work together as a strong voice for enlightened economic growth in the region.


Neighborhood associations, plans, businesses, profiles, and maps.


Find services, suppliers, and information about local business and demographics.


"Assist[s] businesses in developing and thriving in Madison;" the Office of Business Resources (OBR) is the central point of contact for business assistance in the City of Madison. OBR services are geared to serve new start-up operations, corporate re-loc


Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Advisory Council Online Resource.


Business school information from the UW-Madison campus, as well as other selected links.


Information about resources, classes, and the free Small Business Access Line.

 

Children and Families

see also Education, Events, and the Library's Kids page


DANEnet is dedicated to helping Dane County non-profits find and use quality information technology that efficiently serves their mission.


Public Health- Madison & Dane County


Information about programs, upcoming events, and other fun sites for kids.


Madison with Kids is dedicated to keeping local families, child care providers and visitors in the loop with the most thorough, up-to-date listing of events and activities to do around town with kids since 2008. Madison with Kids aims to celebrate time as a family, and encourages parents to provide a variety of opportunities for their kids to experience community life by playing, learning, socializing, staying active and getting familiar with life in and around Madison, WI....


Explains the requirements for obtaining a license, and where and when to apply.


Preschool Life is an online resource and print publication for parents and caregivers of preschoolers. Maintained by Kelly Rush, the site (and corresponding print mini-magazine) offers local parenting tips and news in the categories of "activities and happenings", "home life", "school life", and "just 4 fun". Madison with Kids is a related site.


Information about programs and services of Dane County Department of Human Services.

 

Education

see also Wisconsin and National Education Sites

Colleges, Universities, and K-12 Schools in Madison


The downtown Madison Public Library has an extensive collection of Madison area high school yearbooks. If a school listed below has a weblink that says "in LINKcat", that means that yearbook is listed in the LINKcat catalog. Clicking on the link takes you into the catalog, where you can see which years are available at the library. Copies are available to view in person at the Central library, please check at the Reference Desk. To request that a particular photo from a certain year...


Formerly Madicon Area Technical College (MATC).


Information about GED/HSED test taking, free preparation classes, and more.


Omega School, Inc. has been helping adults obtain their GED/HSED for 40 years, in a one-on-one tutoring fashion. Classes are free.


For a list of other school districts, private schools, and colleges, see City of Madison's Education Links.

Preschool and Child Care


Though their web site doesn't list day care and preschool referrals, there is a number you can call to find a 4-C Member provider in your area.


Infant, preschool, and after-school programs accredited by the City of Madison's Child Care Unit, as well as referrals for low-income families and other child care information for city of Madison residents.


Madison with Kids is dedicated to keeping local families, child care providers and visitors in the loop with the most thorough, up-to-date listing of events and activities to do around town with kids since 2008. Madison with Kids aims to celebrate time as a family, and encourages parents to provide a variety of opportunities for their kids to experience community life by playing, learning, socializing, staying active and getting familiar with life in and around Madison, WI....


Preschool Life is an online resource and print publication for parents and caregivers of preschoolers. Maintained by Kelly Rush, the site (and corresponding print mini-magazine) offers local parenting tips and news in the categories of "activities and happenings", "home life", "school life", and "just 4 fun". Madison with Kids is a related site.


Receive child care referrals via email from this City-accredited agency.

 

Employment

see also Wisconsin and National Employment Sites


Find a career with the City of Madison


Local classifieds and forums - community moderated, and largely free


The Dane County Job Center is a central location for people looking for work and businesses that need help finding qualified applicants.


Employment opportunities in Dane County


Look for jobs, fill out applications, write resumes, and more.  Great starting site.


Job descriptions and requirements at Madison Public Library


Search job openings in the Madison area


The Department of Human Resources serves the District and the community by establishing, developing, recognizing and maintaining a quality work force for the education of our students.


Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal jobs section


Online articles from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Links to classified (state) and unclassified (academic) positions available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For student jobs, see the UW Student Job Center.

 

Government and Politics

see also Wisconsin and National Government Sites and Politics Sites


The Affirmative Action Commission consist of eleven (11) members appointed by the Mayor.


Information about where to vote in the City of Madison, absentee voting procedures and forms, and poll location hours.


The Council adopts the City budget and passes laws, polices and regulations that govern the City.


Find a career with the City of Madison


Access to legislation, agenda and minutes online. Search, share via social networks, or sign up for alerts.


Find out where to vote with a current address


Find your city, county, and state officials in one step if you live in the City of Madison.


The CPD's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Recommending policy to the Mayor, Common Council and Department of Civil Rights in all areas that affect people with disabilities and their families; studying and making recommendations to all City departments, committees and commissions on proposals to provide better access to facilities and services for people with disabilities and their families; and soliciting comments and suggestions from citizens and organized groups...


The Board establishes county ordinances, levies taxes, passes laws concerning law enforcement and appropriated money for services.


The Dane County Directory provides information about the different governmental units that affect the residents of Dane County.


Collection of popular services, websites, and agencies in Dane County


Employment opportunities in Dane County


(Who owns what property in the county)


A website for voting information in Dane County


Studies existence, character, causes & extent of denial of equal opportunity


The League of Women Voters works to safeguard the rights of voters


Job descriptions and requirements at Madison Public Library


The City of Madison's Department of Civil Rights strive to improve the quality of life for all people.


This website is designed for Wisconsin voters, both registered and non-registered.  MyVote provides Wisconsin voters with registration, sample ballot, municipal clerk and polling place information. In addition, there is a section for military and permanent overseas voters to request an absentee ballot and access their absentee ballot online. The new online absentee ballot request and online absentee ballot access features work with the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) and...


The Democratic Party of Dane County is part of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.


Progressive Dane is a progressive political party in Dane County, Wisconsin


Official website of the Republican Party of Dane County


Use a complete home address to find your legislator


Wisconsin Vote is a service of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and is updated during election season. Content for the website comes from WPT and WPR broadcasts as well as other state and national news and information sources.

 

Health and Medicine

see also Wisconsin and National Government Sites and Politics Sites


A local not-for-profit organization providing affordable and comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care services.


A guide to advance care planning issues, such as power of attorney, living wills, and organ and tissue donations.


"This guide was created to provide information covering all areas related to aging, caregivering as well as disabilities. There are pertinent articles relevant to our nine sections. 20,000 copies were printed for 2014-2015 and distributed at over 150 Dane County locations. We provide restocking throughout the following year." - website


The Madison and Dane County Public Health department promotes wellness, prevents disease and helps ensure a healthy environment.

 

History

Madison and Library History

Wisconsin and National History Sites

 

Housing/Real Estate

see also National Home Sites


Features a searchable database of apartments in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Janesville/Beloit metropolitan areas.


Search the assessed value of any commercial or residential property in the City of Madison.


Who owns what property in the county (includes cities)


Mad City Homes provides flatt fee MLS and FSBO advertising for home sellers in South Central WI.


Madison's FSBO forum


Madison, WI real estate overview from Trulia


Search for homes throughout southern Wisconsin


Find information for tenants and landlords regarding rental rights and responsibilities; state and local rental laws; mediation services; and general housing issues. Housing counseling and information for landlords and tenants in the Madison area. See also the full text of Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities, City of Madison Ordinance 32.06(2)

 

Law

see also Wisconsin and National Law Sites


Information on legal proceedings and programs, judges, the courthouse, fines and more.


Designed to help people understand the legal process of obtaining a divorce through procedural explanations, resources for starting legal research, and contact information for organizations that can provide more assistance with family court matters. More information about family court services is available at Dane County Family Court Services.


This booklet is to help people involved in a Juvenile Court process, and is for information purposes only.


From the University of Wisconsin Law Library


The State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry in partnership with Family Watchdog, with information about FDA Drug and Product recalls as well.


Check the City of Madison's Online City Hall. Type in your keywords. Look through the results for passed ordinances. To read the text, click on the word "ordinance" and read the attachments. Key word searching of the City's webpage will take you to other, non-final versions of this ordinance. The...


Talk to a legal assistant who's experienced in analyzing potential legal problems.


Information on representing yourself in court and resources to help find a lawyer.


Find information for tenants and landlords regarding rental rights and responsibilities; state and local rental laws; mediation services; and general housing issues. Housing counseling and information for landlords and tenants in the Madison area. See also the full text of Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities, City of Madison Ordinance 32.06(2)


University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School homepage


"Obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Some states have the ability to display this website in Spanish. Please click on the state where you wish to search. "VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of...


Find court cases for all counties except Milwaukee.


Civil, Criminal, Probate, Small Claims, Divorce, and more. Many of these forms are used in the City of Madison and Dane County.


Provides a wealth of legal information, from advice on general topics like debt or immigration to information and forms specific to the state of Wisconsin. Also offers legal research guides and an ...

 

Libraries


DCLS is the primary public ilbrary service for many residents of Dane County.


Provides a wealth of legal information, from advice on general topics like debt or immigration to information and forms specific to the state of Wisconsin. Also offers legal research guides and an ...

 

News and Media

National Media Sites

Newspapers


The Badger Herald is an independent daily campus newspaper.


A bi-weekly, multicultural newspaper covering the Madison community. Web site | Archived copies at the Central Library (May 3, 2006 to present)


Complete UW Madison coverage.


Isthmus is an alternative weekly newspaper in Madison.


A weekly newspaper covering the Madison African American community Web site | Archived copies at the Central Library (May 20, 1994)


Online articles from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


The Onion is an American news satire organization.


Access full text of Wisconsin Newspapers from 2005 through the present, with a 60 day delay on adding new issues. Includes both text and a PDF scan of the articles.

 

Radio Stations

 

Television Stations

 

Science and Nature

see also National Science and Nature Sites

Environment see also National Sites


The Aldo Leopold Nature Center is an independent not-for-profit charitable organization.


The Arboretum conserves and restores Arboretum lands, davances restoration ecology, and fosters land ethic.


Link to local green organizations and businesses or join their email listserv to discuss green issues with other concerned individuals.

 

Recycling


Information for Dane County residents (including Madison) about recycling batteries, paint, computers, hazardous materials, and other special materials.


Information for Madison residents on recycling common materials such as glass, newspaper, aluminum, cardboard, office paper, phone books, and leaves/yard waste.

 

Seniors

see also Wisconsin and National Senior Sites


The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County serves individuals who are age 60 and over and/or their family members by providing information and assistance in accessing services that will help older adults stay in their own homes and communities.


A nonprofit, multi-care organization assisting older and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity and maintain health and well being. Includes area services like Meals on Wheels.


"This guide was created to provide information covering all areas related to aging, caregivering as well as disabilities. There are pertinent articles relevant to our nine sections. 20,000 copies were printed for 2014-2015 and distributed at over 150 Dane County locations. We provide restocking throughout the following year." - website


Madison Senior Center involves older adults in their community and the Senior Center, as leaders, teachers and learners; provides a balance, diverse and coordinated program; and promotes the Senior Center as a model for the aging and aged.

 

Social Services


Find out if you are eligible to receive help through Wisconsin's health and nutrition programs.


Go to United Way 2-1-1 I&R Database
Click on "Click Here" then use Keyword search for Soup Kitchens or Food Pantries.


Call 1-877-366-3635 to get screened for FoodShare benefits and set-up a free, confidential appointment to apply.  More information at: http://www.secondharvestmadison.org/FindHelp.aspx


Public Health- Madison & Dane County


United Way of Dane County aims to unite and focus the community to create measurable results in changing peoples lives and strengthening our community.

 

Speaker Bureaus


Search by keyword or expert name to over 1700 faculty and staff at UW-Madison.

 

Sports

see also Wisconsin and National Sports Sites


The Badger State Games is a Wisconsin festival of Olympic-style competition. The Badger State Games provide a forum for training and competition among Wisconsin's Olympic hopefuls and recreational athletes.

 

Weather


Current and extended forecasts for Madison, Wisconsin, and other major U.S. cities.