From April 7 to April 13, National Library Week will be celebrated at Madison Public Library and throughout the city. This year’s theme nationally is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and events over the course of the week will highlight ways to get involved -- both for library regulars or as first time patrons.
Madison Public Library’s activities include:
Week-long Scavenger Hunt
Starting Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 14, visitors can complete nine “scavenger hunt” challenges at any of the nine Madison Public Library locations - or use this as an opportunity to visit them all.
Examples of challenges are:
- Pose with your library card - bonus if this is your first one
- Find what makes your library unique and special to YOU
The full list of challenges will be made available on Friday, April 5 at madisonpubliclibrary.org/scavenger-hunt
Participants are encouraged to share photos or videos as they perform each challenge and tag Madison Public Library using the social handles and hashtag, detailed below.
Tag Madison Public Library in photos and posts demonstrating completion of all 9 challenges for the chance to receive a prize Madison Public Library canvas bag at your favorite Madison library. Submissions must be in by 5pm on Sunday, April, 14, 2019. Please make sure your posts are set to “public” and tag accordingly.
National Library Workers Day
National Library Workers Day is April 9, a day for library staff, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Madison Public Library will share past stories of impact and encourage others to share their own using #nlwd19.
You can read many of these stories at: madisonpubliclibrary.org/impact
Bookmobile Day - Dream Bus Grand Opening
April 10 is National Bookmobile Day! Discover Madison’s new mobile library - the Dream Bus.
Our 2019 Dream Bus will have an official Grand Opening at Kennedy Heights Community Center on Wednesday, April 10 from 3:30-5:00pm. Remarks and a ribbon cutting at 3:45pm. Festivities include tours, snacks, and giveaways. #BookmobileDay2019
The Dream Bus is a partnership between Dane County Library Service and Madison Public Library. It is funded by presenting support from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation and continued support from the Madison Public Library Foundation and the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation, with additional support provided by Alliant Energy Foundation, Anonymous, Evjue Foundation, Inc., Dick Goldberg, Friends of Fitchburg Library, John Reindl, Madison Community Foundation, Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, and Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation.
Library Giving Day
Public libraries all over the U.S. are marking the first Library Giving Day on Wednesday, April 10, as a day to share your love of public libraries and library staff! To celebrate, Madison Public Library Foundation is asking those who are devoted to their libraries to make a gift to Madison Public Library Foundation's annual fund. The first $1,000 in Library Giving Day gifts will be matched, thanks to an anonymous donor.
Learn more at mplfoundation.org/events/view/library-giving-day
Share YOUR Library Story
Throughout the week, share with us why you love your library. It may be because of a fantastic event, a free media service, a community gathering tool, or something else entirely! Post your story with the hashtags #MyLibraryMyStory and #MadisonPublicLibrary to get involved with the national campaign to share your personal library stories.
About National Library Week
National Library Week was first celebrated in 1958 by the National Book Committee. The committee was established as a partnership between American Library Association and American Book Publishers. The goals were simple and ambitious; to encourage people to read in their leisure time, to improve health, to develop a strong and happy family. Today, along with appreciation of library services, these are the same goals that National Library Week aims to provide.