Check It Out - December 4, 2015

Check It Out

Friday, December 4, 2015

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Pinney Library Campaign Kickoff

The Madison Public Library Foundation took another step toward its vision of providing outstanding public libraries throughout Madison when it launched the $2.5 million Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library on Giving Tuesday, December 1, with a day-long fund drive and a family friendly Kickoff Party at the Harmony Bar & Grill - where $15,000 was raised.

Throughout the day on Giving Tuesday, the foundation invited the public to make a donation to the Pinney campaign to maximize the $50,000 challenge grant from Lau & Bea Christensen and Madison Gas & Electric Foundation. Donations are matched dollar for dollar, making the grand total for Giving Tuesday $30,000!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support public libraries in our community. Your contributions really do make a difference.

For more information about the new Pinney Library, visit


Media Lab Classes in December

Green screen in Media LabLearn about audio engineering, photography, 3D game design, and more at the Media Lab at Central Library! Here is a list of classes happening in the Media Lab at Central Library in December.

For all Media Lab workshops and open lab times, visit the Media Lab web page.


More Library Events


Library Book Sales

Friends Sales

Support your favorite library and one of many Friends' groups by selecting great deals at one of six upcoming book sales hosted by Libary Friends' groups before the end of the year.

For sale times, specials, and more sales, visit the library's Book Sales page.


Libraries in the News

November 20 - As the city prepares for winter, learn how Madison Public Library is working to reduce homelessness in an article in The Madison Times, Madison Public Library Provides Services, Comfort to Homeless (Nov. 20, 2015)  Author Sarah Zimmermann was an intern in the library's marketing & digital services department.

December 2 - Pinney Library and Madison's east side had one more thing to be thankful for when Madison Public Library Foundation Kicks Off Cpaital Campaign to Build New Library,  reported by Dani Maxwell of WKOW.


Book Reviews

by Lily King
"Lily King's book Euphoria takes place in the 1930s when the science of anthropology was shifting from the study of ancient cultures to the study of living people..."

Read the full MADreads review here.
My Kitchen Year
by Ruth Reichl
"Now that we are at the season when our thoughts turn to celebration and by extension, food, I thought I would write a bit about food and cooking..."
Read the full MADreads review here.
Of Beards and Men
by Christopher Oldstone-Moore
Come meet the author at our special NIGHT LIGHT event, brought to you by the Bubbler and the Wisconsin Book Festival.