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Featured news, events, and stories from Madison Public Library

Get Married in the Library

Group photo of wedding party at Central Library

Make the library a part of your special day.

Madison's Central Library is located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin; a prime location within walking distance to bars, restaurants, and hotels. With our professional event staff, we ensure your event runs smoothly, from setting up the space to coordinating with caterers.

Our events team is booking 2020 weddings.

Get it touch to schedule a tour with our staff!

June 14, 2019

Summer Storytimes

Librarian Tracy reads to a child during storytime

Storytimes help build excitement for reading and grow those early literacy skills! All nine of our library locations host storytimes, making it easy for you to find events that best fit the kiddos in your life.

June 13, 2019

Thurber Park Artist Residency

Old shed at Thurber Park for use as artist space during residency

Calling all artists! The Madison Arts Commission and The Bubbler at Madison Public Library are launching a new, 11-month artist residency program based out of a dedicated art studio at Thurber Park. Art makers of all backgrounds and mediums creating durable, timeless art, suitable for outdoor public settings are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 24, 2019 by midnight CST. Apply online at: 

June 7, 2019

Celebrate Pride Month

Pride Month

Madison Public Library will celebrate LGBT Pride Month in June with thoughtful discussion, inclusive events, and expanded sessions of last year’s popular Drag Queen Storytime.

Madison Public Library provides free and equitable access to cultural and educational experiences. The library celebrates ideas, promotes creativity, connects people, and enriches lives, with an emphasis on promoting literacy and equity in library collections, services, and programs.

Find a complete event schedule and more at:

June 3, 2019

Drag Queen Storytimes

Two people dressed as Wizard of Oz characters read to children during Drag Queen Storytime

Bring your fabulous self and celebrate diversity, differences, and imagination through fun age-appropriate stories, songs, and activities with local drag performers.

This program is intended for families with children, and grownups must be accompanied by a child.

May 28, 2019

Co-Ops 101: Starting Your Own Business

A guest speaker presents a powerpoint in front of a room of adult learners

Thinking of starting a business? Interested in a business model that uplifts your community?

Worker cooperatives create meaningful change for communities affected by inequality.
Worker co-ops are designed to improve low-wage jobs and build wealth in communities.
Worker co-ops help build skills, earning potential, household income, and assets.

Head over to Goodman South Madison Library ready to learn more! 

Light refreshments available and interpretation into Spanish will be provided.

May 21, 2019


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