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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.

2018-2019 Takeovers

Madison Public Library wrapped up a second round of Library Takeover community-driven events in 2018-2019. Selected projects included:

  • "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 on May 11, 2019.
  • A hands-on, Crafternoon event for mothers and women of color. Team members: Britney Sinclair, Megan Diaz, Brandi Grayson, Sherrie Collier. CANCELED

Team mentors helped teams shape their event idea and assisted teams with planning as needed. Mentors for 2018 were: 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 participated in a “programming boot camp” and hosted events upon completion of those bootcamp workshops.

Love, InshAllah

A night of storytelling that showcased the diversity of the Muslim community.

Nourish You

A self-care retreat for women who don’t always feel included in wellness conversations.

Many Voices, One Community

A celebration and amplification of Many Voices, One Community Radio WWMV-LP 95.5 FM.

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:

Namaste Madison

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

Share the Word

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

Access Denied

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



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