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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The Essential P.T. Barnum

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 6:30am to 8:00am
Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, 2107 Julius Street, Cross Plains, WI 53528

The Essential PT Barnum  

Wisconsin Film Festival Pop Up: MARGUERITE

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:00pm
Middleton Public Library 7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-5564

Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience. (Czech Republic, Belgium, France|2015|129mins)

Writing Workshop for Teens

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Middleton Public Library, Lower Level Archer Rooms (lobby stairs)

Did you know November is National Novel Writing Month? Join writer Jamie Swenson to work on creative world-building, get tips on overcoming some common writing issues, and try some fun writing activities. Bring some of your writing to share! Please register on our online Events Calendar or at the Help Desk: 608-827-7402

Muffins and Mysteries

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Middleton Public Library, Lower Level Archer Rooms

Join us to learn about great new books and discuss your favorites!  In November, we will discuss Wink, Poppy, Midnight. Three narrators tell their version of a story, but who is telling the truth?  A slightly creepy, psychologically challenging mystery…

Books & Brownies: Passenger

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Middleton Public Library, Lower Level Archer Rooms

Join us to learn about great new books and discuss your favorites!  In December, we will discuss Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, about a girl who is a violin prodigy, but she has another talent she is unaware of until a tragedy throws her back to a ship in 1776 England.  Threatened by a powerful family, Etta must learn how to use her time travel skills quickly or face consequences to her family. Ask at the Help Desk to check out a Kindle downloaded with our discussion titles!

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