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Library Takeover Frequently Asked Questions

The date for the next round of Library Takeover applications has not been set. Please contact Laura Damon-Moore at if you would like to be notified when applications are open.

  1. Who can participate?
    Any group of 3-4 people who have an idea and are willing to attend six sessions to learn about event planning is welcome to apply. However, the entire team can’t be associated with an existing institution like a school or a non-profit organization.
  2. I’m an individual that wants to do this program. Can I sign up solo?
    Individual signup is NOT available for this program. If you can find two people to join you, you can sign up as a team.
  3. What kind of event can I plan?
    Anything that’s free and open to the public will be considered. We encourage you to think outside the box! All we ask is that the event be held at Central Library in downtown Madison by September 2018. 
  4. Is there funding available for the events?
    Yes. Each team will have $2000 to spend on their event. How you use the money is flexible but there may be some restrictions on how the money can be spent. Don’t worry too much about budget details at this point--if your idea is accepted, we’ll work with you to figure out how to make it happen.
  5. Do I need to have event planning experience?
    Not at all! We will help you plan your event from idea to clean-up. At the six part bootcamp, you’ll hear from experts about how to plan an event, from budgeting to marketing to day-of logistics. Each team will also be assigned a mentor to guide them through the process.
  6. How will I be compensated for my time working on the Library Takeover program?
    Participants will receive a $300 stipend and a certificate of completion from Madison Public Library. We will also provide training on how to include this experience on your resume and how to explain the experience in job interviews.
  7. Can I bring my child with me to the sessions?
    Childcare and dinner will be provided for any children over the age of 3. 
  8. Where and when will the planning sessions be held?
    The six part bootcamp will be held at the Central Library at 201 West Mifflin Street, Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, January 30-March 6. Dinner is provided for Library Takeover participants and their children. Depending on when your event is going to take place, we may ask that you schedule a few more informal meetings with your group to check in before the event.
  9. Are you providing transportation to the bootcamp sessions?
    Participants will be provided with bus passes or will be reimbursed for parking if they park in the Overture Center ramp (west of the Central Library on Mifflin Street). 
  10. Do I need to attend all of the workshops?
    At least two people from each team need to attend each bootcamp session so that the event planning process can more forward. In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants need to attend at least 5 of the 6 workshops.
  11. How are you choosing the events for Library Takeover?
    We are looking for events and ideas from community members who do not typically have access to resources for big community events, namely, people that are not connected to a non-profit organization or formal institution, people of color, people that are LGBTQ. We’re looking for a variety of events, too.
  12. I have a hard time getting my ideas down on paper. How can I get some assistance filling out the application?
    Library staff at any Madison Public Library location can help fill out the application. You can also submit your idea by phone by calling Central Library at 608-266-6350. Or send a Facebook message to the Madison Public Library Facebook page and we’ll connect with you that way.