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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Teen Movie Night & Ice Cream Social

When: 
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton WI, Archer Rooms

We will have a selection of new, popular movies--you vote for the one we watch!  Ice cream & toppings available to eat while you are watching the movie!

Sportacular Flying Disc!

When: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton WI, Archer Rooms

Learn how to play every flying disc game that exists!  Led by Brad Wendt, participants will learn techniques, game rules, and try small competitions!  Please register on our online Events Calendar or by calling the Help Desk: 608-827-7402.

LibCon: celebration of fandoms

When: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton WI, Archer Rooms

Cosplay and geek out with us at the Middleton Library!  Meet Marvel/DC illustrator Mark Stegbauer, draw manga with Sugoi Arts Drawing School, and don't miss our manga swap with a freebies table!  Trivia, LARPing, karaoke... One of our biggest teen events of the year!

Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio DJs at Mazo Fun Dayz & Car Show

When: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: 
Mazomanie Free Library, 102 Brodhead St., Mazomanie, WI 53560

Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio DJs have the humble tag line, “collecting and sharing car show information.” These two gentlemen, Capt’n Bob and Arlo, are really much more. They have a weekly radio show at WHRR (1340AM) on Saturdays out of Milwaukee which shares much more than car show information. They collect historical information on Wisconsin car clubs and anything related to car collecting and culture.

Song Writing 101

When: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton WI, Archer Rooms

Learn song-writing from rock star Beth Kille!  Please register in advance, for teens entering grades 7-12.  Free!  Limit 20.

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