Welcome to www.beyondthepage.info

Beyond the Page is a joint project of the Dane County Library Service and all municipal public libraries in Dane County.  Supported by a permanent endowment held by the Madison Community Foundation, the project annually funds humanities programming in libraries throughout the county. – forever.

The Beyond the Page Campaign began in 2012 with a $350,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The libraries, supported by the Madison Community Foundation went on to raise the required match.  By 2014, almost $1.1 million had been raised and the challenge grant received.   While fundraising continues and your donations are welcome, the endowment currently yields approximately $40,000 annually and funds a variety of programs.   The details of all Beyond the Page programs – and more – can be found on the Beyond the Page calendar.  All library programs are free and open to the public, although some may require pre-registration.

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Ballad of Narayama (feature film)

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717, 824-1780

Drama / Japan / Japanese with English subtitles / 1958 / 98 min. Filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen, The Ballad of Narayama is a stylish and vividly formal work from Japan’s cinematic golden age, directed by the dynamic Keisuke Kinoshita. Screening permission courtesy of Criterion. Call 824-1780 to reserve your spot.

Book Discussion of I am Malala -- Go Big Read 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Pinney Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, WI, 53716, 224-7100

I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. Chosen as UW-Madison’s 2014 Go Big Read selection. Shot in the head on her way home from her Pakistan school, Malala was targeted by the Taliban because she publicly advocated for girls’ education and attended school herself. In her book, Malala blends the politics and the personal into a story not just of what happened to her, but also the difficulties-- both politically and otherwise-- in Pakistan today. Books will be available at this location about one month before the discussion.

Teen Books for Adults Book Club

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Oregon Public Library, 256 Brook St, Oregon WI

Talk with other adults about the teen books you love to read.

First Monday, First Person: A Memoir Writers' Monthly Salon

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S. Park St., Madison, WI, 53713, 266-6395

Share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people. Sign up on arrival to read on a first-come, first-served basis, and receive group feedback. Listeners welcome as well as readers. No advanced registration required. Free. Facilitator is Sarah White, who has taught memoir writing in Dane County and online since 2004. She is a professional freelance writer, personal historian and writing coach. This workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Friends of the Goodman South Madison Library.


Bedtime Math

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Middleton Public Library. Storytime Room. 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562.

We all enjoy stories at bedtime but what about math?  Through books and games, we'll explore simple mathematical concepts to inspire sweet dreams!  Recommended for kids 3-8 years old, but older and younger children are welcome too.  Stop by the Main Level Help Desk or call (608)827-7402 to sign up.

Dane County Library Service

Through a variety of channels, the Dane County Library Service assures all Dane County residents free access to all public library services. www.dcls.info

Madison Community Foundation

Since 1942, Madison Community Foundation encourages, facilitates, and manages philanthropy, with more than 900 individual donor funds, and over $133 million in assets. More than $2 million is designated exclusively for local library endowments. www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S. Government. It is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities. www.neh.gov