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Music & Memory

Music & Memory CIO

Did you know eight of nine Madison Public Library locations now offer the Music & Memory program? Music & Memory provides personalized music playlists to help promote cognitive function and improve the lives of those living with dementia.

September 19, 2018

Love, InshAllah

Love, InshaAllah

Muslim voices are often unheard, and Muslim love stories are even more distant; but doesn't everyone love? 

Join us for book discussions on Love, InshAllah; The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women at several library locations. Copies of the book are available in the library on a first-come, first-served basis.

September 17, 2018

Real Life Library

Real Life Library

Inspired by the Human Library Project, Real Life Library is a unique storytelling and listening event designed to provide the opportunity for community members to listen to and learn from other people’s stories.

Volunteers will act as live “books” that attendees can “read,” taking in each person’s 20-minute real, personal stories. 

Each of the “books” will be recorded and used to build a digital repository of stories and experiences that can be shared, taught, and passed on from generation to generation. Every Real Life Library event ultimately creates a digital volume of books, or human perspectives that can help educate others on social issues and humanize history.

September 10, 2018

Shelter from the Storm


Throughout these last few weeks, several rescues have happened due to the flooding waters. 

Here's one story that might not make the headlines - but makes those of us at Madison Public Library very proud.

August 28, 2018

Wisconsin Book Festival

2018 Wisconsin Book Festival

The Wisconsin Book Festival released its 2018 festival schedule on August 21. The four-day festival will take place October 11-14, 2018, in and around Madison Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The festival will feature more than 60 events over four days with plenty of opportunities to meet authors, discover new books or favorite writers, and have books signed. See the full festival lineup at wisconsinbookfestival.org

August 23, 2018

Go Big Read

Book Club Kit

Each year Madison Public Library partners with UW-Madison to extend the perennially popular Go Big Read program into the broader community with book discussion groups and programs at our libraries.

The 2018-2019 Go Big Read selection is The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, a portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes written by two-time Pulitzer-Prize finalist and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan.

August 23, 2018


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