2018 Library Takeovers Announced

Library Takeover

Madison Public Library is pleased to announce a second round of Library Takeover community-driven library events for 2018. Selected projects include:

  • A hands-on, Crafternoon event for mothers and women of color. Team members: Britney Sinclair, Megan Raquel, Araceli Lopez Esparza, Shawna Lutzow.
  • 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, Asmahan Sandokji.
  • An event to offer experiential opportunities of self-care to the community. Team members: Venus Washington, Nikki Cook, Jasmine Timmons, Araceli Esparza. Partners and collaborators: Angela Rose Black, Britney Sinclair.
  • A celebration and amplification of Many Voice, One Community low-power radio. This event will take place at the Goodman South Madison Library. Team members [tentative]: Richard Jones, Jr., Susan Ramspacher, Marcus Porter, Carla Williams.

The groups were chosen from 15 applications submitted to the library in October. Winning groups will participate in a “programming boot camp” in the winter of 2018 and host community events in the spring and summer of 2018.

The Library Takeover project encourages the community “take over” Madison Public Library by providing space, time, resources, and library event planning expertise for community members to learn to host their own events.

“Madison Public Library is committed to offering programs and creating partnerships with the many communities that call Madison home. By opening our program planning process up in this way and amplifying ideas that are already out there, we set the stage for library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison,” says Laura Damon-Moore, Community Engagement Librarian at Madison Public Library.

Winning ideas from the first Library Takeover project included Access Denied, focused on creating safe and accessible nightlife spaces; Share the Word, intended to foster collaborations within the Madison writing community; and Namaste Madison, a day-long celebration of the Indian-American community in the Madison area.

Funding for the initial Library Takeover project was provided by a grant from the Madison Public Library Foundation; funds for this year’s program come from the library’s program budget with support from Madison Public Library Foundation.

Learn more about each of the winning groups and the history of the Library Takeover project at madisonpubliclibrary.org/engagement/library-takeover.