Central Library Grand Opening Weekend September 21-22, 2013

We’re getting ready for a new chapter of public library service in Madison! Join us at our Central Library Grand Opening Weekend, September 21 & 22, at our sparkling new library on the corner of Fairchild and Mifflin Streets in downtown Madison.

Grand Opening Weekend, September 21 - 22, 2013

    Saturday, September 21

    8-9 am   
    Farmer’s Market promotion; music and activities outside Central Library (Mifflin Street will be blocked off for the day on the block between the library and Overture Center for the Arts)
    9 am   Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Soglin, Library Director Greg Mickells, Foundation Executive Director Jenni Collins, and Library Board President Tripp Widder 
    9:30 am   doors open to public; regular library service begins
    11 am-2 pm   lunch carts outside the library 
    2-3 pm   hard hat tour for children and families
    2-5 pm   family friendly short film showings in third floor meeting room
    6-7 pm   reception for Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind
    7-9 pm   author Jojo Moyes speaks at Wisconsin Book Festival preview event.  Requires registration due to high demand; register online or call to RSVP. 

    10 am-5 pm will offer a variety of ongoing, drop-in activities on all floors of the library, including but not limited to: 

    children’s character appearances in children’s room (10 am – noon)
    Bubbler drop in creative activities in partnership with Sector67, ArtWorking, and Silver Buckle Press
    musical performances by local musicians Yid Vicious, Big Payback, Off the Porch, and others
    photo booth with Jim Escalante
    drop in science programming from the Wisconsin Science Festival organizers
    drop in arts programming from Libraries as Incubator Project
    hourly public tours including some specific tours highlighting art, technology, architectural or green features

    Grand opening weekend will also continue with drop in programming and scheduled events for all ages on Sunday, September 22, 1-5 pm including a presentation on the history of Madison Public Library by historian Ann Waidelich, an art tour with Gallery Director Trent Miller, hands-on science activities in partnership with Madison Environmental Group and maker activities in partnership with Mad City Makers, music by the John Christensen Trio and Megan Moran’s +1, a hard hat tour for children and families at 2 pm, and a tea event with Dobra Tea.

Other Special Events


Community Support Day at Whole Foods

Shop at Whole Foods on Wednesday, August 28th, when 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to the Madison Public Library Foundation in support of the new Central Library. Stop by “Burgers and Bluegrass” for a cookout with a library twist. We’re kicking off the evening with story time from 4-5 p.m. Grab a bite to eat and stay for a drop-in paper flower making workshop from 6 – 8 pm. Stop in the Café between 5 – 6:30 and try your hand at animation on one of the library’s Creation Stations.

Foreword: A Grand Opening Gala

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 6:30 pm
Explore the countless new features, reorganized spaces and intriguing artistic and architectural elements of Central Library. Sip specially-created craft cocktails, enjoy a gourmet meal featuring local fare from talented chefs, and dance to live music on multiple floors. SOLD OUT! Visit mynewlibrary.org for waiting list information.

Educator Open House

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 6-8 pm
Educators are invited to drop in and check out the new library in a special evening where youth services staff invite area educators to sample an array of kid-friendly activities from animation creation stations to button making. Meet and greet other educators or just kick back for a stroll through all four levels of the new library. Learn how to schedule a tour or field trip for your students or explore other collaborative options.  


Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 8 pm–1 am
We sent the old Central Library out with a bang, now it's time to celebrate again!  We're filling the new Central Library with art, music, and local fare for one night only. Grab a drink and check out the art displayed around the new library and be prepared to meet your "Makers." The Bubbler is bringing in community partners to set up all hands-on activities throughout the building. Don't miss the Paka Paka Lightshow dance party on the brand new 3rd floor! We'll have live music and DJs on every floor. Visit mynewlibrary.org for more information or to buy tickets online.

Jojo Moyes, author of the forthcoming novel, The Girl You Left Behind

Saturday, September 21, 6 pm reception, 7 pm author reading, 8 pm signing
Author Jojo Moyes reads from her new novel, The Girl You Left Behind (Penguin, 2013). The Girl You Left Behind is a spellbinding love story of two women separated by a century but united in their determination to fight for what they love most.  Jojo Moyes is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl You Left Behind, Honeymoon in Paris, Me Before You, and The Last Letter from Your Lover. Event requires registration due to high demand; register online or call 266-4953 to RSVP.  A pre-event reception begins at 6 pm with light refreshments. Book signing to follow; books will be available for purchase at the event through partnership with A Room of One’s Own Bookstore. A Wisconsin Book Festival event.

Join the fun - volunteer to help with our Grand Opening events!

Funding for the Central Library's Grand Opening Weekend event and pre-opening events provided by a grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation