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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 events for 2018-2019. Selected projects include:

  • "Love, InshAllah": 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, Sedgewick Smith, Jr. Date: September 21st, 2018.
  • "Nourish You": An event to offer experiential opportunities of self-care to the community. Team members: Venus Washington, Nikki Cook, Jasmine Timmons, Araceli Esparza. Date: September 23rd, 2018.
  • A celebration and amplification of Many Voice, One Community low-power radio. This event will take place at the Goodman South Madison Library. Complete event and team information coming in 2019.
  • A hands-on, Crafternoon event for mothers and women of color. Team members: Britney Sinclair, Megan Diaz, Brandi Grayson, Sherrie Collier. Date: TBA.

Team mentors help teams shape their event idea and assist teams with planning as needed. Mentors for 2018 are: Sarah Akawa, Rachel Werner, Rob Franklin, and Tiffany Ike.

The groups were chosen from 15 applications submitted to the library in October 2017. Winning groups participate in a “programming boot camp” and host events upon completion of the bootcamp workshops.

2017 Library Takeover

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:

Access Denied

Discussing how nightlife spaces can be inaccessible to some populations. And then a dance party.

Share the Word

Gathering together Madison-area poets, writers, spoken word performers, hip hop artists, and storytellers.

Namaste Madison

Celebrating the contributions of Indian-Amerians in the greater Madison area.



This program was made possible in part by generous support from: