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.

Upcoming Events
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Mehndi for teens

When: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton WI

Learn the history of henna design, tecniques for making the paste, and create your own body art!  Signed permission slips required, limit 35.  Indian snacks served.

Origami: The Art and History

When: 
Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am
Where: 
Belleville Public Library, 130 S. Vine Street, Belleville WI 53508

World-renowned artist Ruthanne Bessman will share the history of origami and teach attendees how to fold several different animals and designs that can be used as stationary, gifts, and decorations. A variety of papers will be used with an emphasis on reusing everyday materials.

Artful Escapes Paint Night: Van Gogh's Sunflowers

When: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: 
Fitchburg Public Library Meeting Room 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg

A night of fun and creativity as the artists of Artful Escapes help you create your very own masterpiece! Attendees will learn about Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and then create a painting of your very own, modeled after Van Gogh's Sunflowers series. All supplies provided, and the event is free of charge. No experience needed! This program requires registration, and the list (and waiting list) are full.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from Beyond the Page.

Books & Brownies

When: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library Archer Rooms, 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI

Join us for a discussion of "Eleanor and Park"!  Kindles with our downloaded discussion titles are available at the Help Desk.

There is no such thing as public opinion: Math and elections - A lecture by Jordan Ellenberg

When: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library - Archer Room 7425 Hubbard Ave Middleton, WI 53562

UW mathematics professor and author of the bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking visits the library for the first lecture in our "Scholar'd for Life" series.  Professor Ellenberg will be presenting a lecture entitled "There is No Such Thing as Public Opinion: Math and Elections," an especially appropriate topic heading into this presidential election year!

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