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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Shakespeare Nerd-Off

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Middleton Public Library's Archer Rooms, 7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton WI

All the world’s a stage, and here’s your chance to act!  Belt out your best insults in our insult contest, test your Shakespearian trivia skills, and try different parts in short readings of different Shakespearian plays!

Prehistoric Explorers

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison, WI, 53711, 288-6160

Come for the storytime and stay for the hands-on fossils and prehistoric crafts! Sponsored by the American Girl Fund for Children and the UW Geology Museum.


For more information, see http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/meadowridge

!Listos Para el Kinder! Get Ready for Kindergarten (Spanish language)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S. Park St., Madison, WI, 53713, 266-6395

Ayúdale a su hijo/a entrar al kindergarten con los conocimientos básicos que necesita para tener éxito. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades divertidas. Este programa es para niños que entrarán al Kindergarten en Septiembre 2015. Es gratis y está diseñado especialmente para familias que el español es su primer idioma. Help your child enter kindergarten by reinforcing the basic skills needed to succeed. This program is for children who will enter kindergarten in September 2015. It is free and designed especially for families who speak Spanish as their first language.


Comic Sparks

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717, 824-1780

A new graphic novel book club with exciting hands-on projects that pack some POW! BANG! and ZAP!


For more information, see http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/alicia-ashman

Cut Paper Art with Michael Velliquette

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI, 53711, 266-6385

Make amazing art while learning cut paper art techniques. A Bubbler Jr. Program. Ages 5 & up. Call 266-6385 to register. The Bubbler program is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


For more information, see http://www.madisonbubbler.org/

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