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 Mitchard and many more. Also included in the collection are books by Madison Civics Club members Joanne Cantor and Joan Peterson.
For the next year the book collection will travel in an exhibit to Madison Public Library branches. In September 2011, the display will be at the Goodman South Madison Branch. Once their travels are finished, the books will be integrated into the greater Madison Public Library collection. A bookplate will identify each book as a Madison Civics Club donation.
Madison Public Library Director Barbara Dimick said, "We congratulate Madison Civics Club members on their 100-year anniversary and thank them for their generous donation of books to Madison Public Library. We look forward to continuing to work together to enrich minds in our community."
"A core goal of the five women who founded the Madison Civics Club in 1912 was to provide a forum in which community members could learn about the world from many perspectives," explained Madison Civics Club co-chair Kristi Williams. "What better way to honor these women and those who came after them than to donate this collection of thought-provoking books."
Madison Civics Club co-chair added, "This book donation also recognizes our long and valued partnership with Madison Public Library. The library's involvement in developing reading lists, distributing information, and creating the anniversary book display is invaluable to our outreach efforts. I also thank Madison Civics Club committee member Patsy Evans for her unflagging commitment to making the book collection a reality."
Speakers for the Madison Civics Club's centennial series of luncheon meetings at Monona Terrace are US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Public Broadcasting Service's Gwen Ifill, former University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin, and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren (invited).
Visit the Madison Civics Club for more information.
Recent articles on the Madison Civics Club:
- The Madison Civics Club Celebrates its Centennial by Cailley Hammel. Madison Magazine. June 2011.
- Civic Duty Drives Century-Old Club. Wisconsin State Journal. August 14, 2011.
- Plain Talk: 100 Years of Women Breaking Barriers by Dave Zweifel. The Cap Times. August 10, 2011.