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Madison Mural Alley

Better Together

Madison Mural Alley is officially open for visitors! All are welcome to pop behind Hawthorne Library to see Madison's first collection of large-scale outdoor murals created by multiple artists and teen groups. 

Murals are located behind Madison East Shopping Center and Hawthorne Library at 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704.

Similar to other "mural alley" locations around the world, the space was selected not for its central location, but more as a hidden surprise destination for the community. 

Madison Mural Alley was created by 5 artists and artist teams in collaboration with local Madison teens. The project originated from the Darbo-Worthington Neighborhood Planning process, where City of Madison planners asked Madison East Shopping Center owners, Greg Rice and John Brigham, if they'd be open to hosting a community art and placemaking exercise to welcome community input for options. Their agreement, resulted in a design charrette with members of the neighborhood at Hawthorne Library in August 2016.

The project was organized by The Bubbler at Madison Public Library with funding from the Madison Arts Commission. 

Special thanks to the site property owners EMI Enterprise Management, Gingrich Construction for the scaffolding, and countless volunteers and community members who helped make this a reality. 

August 14, 2018

Stories from Madison Reunion: Bert Rosengarten

Bert Rosengarten

In June, Madison Public Library and University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives collaborated to gather stories from attendees of the Madison Reunion. The event invited alumni from the 1960s to come and share their memories, stories, and reflections of their time on campus. Bert Rosengarten took some time to share his recollections of the cultural atmosphere in Madison from 1966 to 1970 and his part in the blues music scene.

July 31, 2018

Summer Book Sales

Book sale

Expand your collections at home - and support your local library! Mark your calendars for these upcoming book sales, featuring hundreds of items from books to movies and beyond.

July 12, 2018

Live Well @ Your Library

Live well

Wellness is not just about physical health; it’s also about having a healthy mind and relationships.

Madison Public Library can help you stay informed through our free resources and help you reach your wellness goals through our workshops by the community, for the community.

July 10, 2018

Cook Something Up at Meadowridge

cooking

Did you know Meadowridge Library offers cooking classes for children, adults, and families? Join other community members in the kitchen as you learn techniques and recipes from local chefs.

Registration required. Look closely at each event's details for information about how to register.

July 10, 2018

Stories from Madison Reunion: Joan Lowery

Joan Lowerey CIO

Earlier this summer, Madison Public Library and University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives collaborated to gather stories from attendees of the Madison Reunion. This event invited alumni from the 1960s to come and share their memories, stories, and reflections of their time on campus. One of those alums, Joan Lowery, took the opportunity to share her memories of “empowerment and urgency,” reflecting on today’s social atmosphere. 

July 5, 2018

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