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Pinney Library Updates - January 30, 2018

New Pinney Library

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 8:40am

A New Pinney Library

New Pinney Library

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the monthly New Pinney Library email newsletter! 

We will be using this new monthly email to update Pinney Library neighbors and friends on the progress of our new east-side library.  You are receiving this email because you've signed up for Pinney news online or at one of our community input events.

Members of the public are invited to join OPN Architects, library managers and staff, and city engineering staff as preliminary plans for the new Pinney Library are unveiled in a formal presentation on Wednesday, January 31, 6:30-8:00pm at the Pinney Library on 204 Cottage Grove Road.  We hope to see you there!

Not able to make it?  We'll post photos and information online shortly after the presentation, or you can get a preview from the Wisconsin State Journal City sharing plans for new Pinney Library (1/29/2018)


Message from Pinney Library Manager, Sarah Lawton

The last six months have seen great progress toward the design of our new library. In June 2017, the City of Madison hired OPN Architects to design the new 20,000 square foot library to be located at the Royster Corners site, near the corner of Dempsey Street and Cottage Grove Road. Using the foundational work presented in Communities Inspiring Libraries: A 2016 Strategic Plan for Eastside Growth as a starting point, library staff and OPN Architects have worked alongside community stakeholders to articulate the goals and vision for the new library. We hosted three interactive public meetings and have been gathering ideas in the form of comment cards, emails, and informal conversations. It’s been wonderful to share in the general enthusiasm and love for Pinney as a neighborhood library. We have analyzed collection data, library workflows, community needs, neighborhood indicators, and demographic data to come up with a preliminary floor plan. We’re excited to go over these plans at the next public meeting on January 31, from 6:30-8 pm, at the current Pinney Library. This will be a chance to see how the library is taking shape and to help ensure that we are reflecting our diverse community with a library design that balances functionality with the “feel” of a inspiring and inclusive community space.

Our planning is focused on creating spaces that foster interaction and build community. We want to encourage caregivers to explore the PlayLab early literacy space with the children in their lives. We want to stimulate conversation between neighbors as they browse new books and to provide a comfortable space to learn, share and create. In addition, we hope to provide a place of refuge for calm contemplation and we have spent a lot of time looking at how to “zone” the new library to create areas that provide sanctuary. We are also excited to build on our existing partnerships with agencies and organizations that provide crucial services and to make sure that the space is well-designed for civic functions like voting, getting assistance with taxes, and searching for housing or employment.  

We have heard that our neighborhood values a sense of warmth and belonging, and it’s our mission to make sure that this comes through in the design. We are excited to begin the next phase, where we focus on furnishings, collections, art and the finishes for the space. We appreciate your patience as we move closer to a final design for our long-awaited new Pinney Library, and hope that you’ll continue to offer feedback and support. You can reach me at, or stop in and talk with the Pinney Library staff. 

Image courtesy of OPN Architects, showing study room detail. 


Youth Services LibrariansUpcoming Events at the Pinney Library

There are many events happening at Pinney each week.  Here are a few of the highlights on February's calendar:

Friends of Pinney Library Book and Bake Sale
Support the Library and add to your personal book collection.  Book sale hours: Thursday, Feb 8, noon-7pm (Friends members only; join at the door!), Friday, Feb 9, 9am-8:30pm, Saturday, Feb 10, 9am-4:30pm, Sunday, Feb 11, 1pm-4pm, $5 A BAG SALE.
Bake Sale Hours: Thursday, Feb 8 noon-6, Friday, Feb 9 10-6, Saturday, Feb 10 10-2.

Films at Pinney
First Friday Flicks: BATTLE OF THE SEXES - Friday, February 2, 6:30pm
Saturday Family Matinee: DESPICABLE ME 3 - Saturday, February 3, 2:30pm
Film Movement Screening: THE TEACHER - Wednesday, February 14, 6:30pm
Nominee Nights: DUNKIRK - Friday, February 16, 6:30pm
Nominee Nights: LOVING VINCENT - Wednesday, February 21, 6:30pm
Nominee Nights: VICTORIA AND ABDUL - Friday, February 23, 6:30pm
Nominee Nights: THE FLORIDA PROJECT - Wednesday, February 28, 6:30pm

Books, Reading and Writing
Madison Writing Assistance - Wednesdays, February 7-28 , 4pm
Chapters Teen Writing Club - Thursdays, February 8-22, 6pm
Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin - Saturday, February 24, 2pm
Pinney Book Group discusses Learning to Stay by Erin Celello - Tuesday, February 27, 7pm

Early Learning
Lego Club - Monday, February 5, 3pm
Toddler Time - Tuesdays, February 6-27, 9:15am and 10:15 am
Preschool Storytime - Wednesdays, February 7-28 , 9:30am
Cuentos y Canciones para la Familia - Saturday, February 24, 10:30am


More Information about Pinney Library

Learn more about the new Pinney Library and the Madison Public Library Foundation's Pinney library fundraising efforts, or becoming a Pinney Library Friend.