The Beyond the Page campaign is a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County – forever.

The Beyond the Page Campaign received a $350,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This collaboration is the first of its kind in the nation. The challenge grant requires that for every $1 from the NEH, $3 in community dollars must be raised.

Upcoming Events
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3rd Annual - Dane County Public Libraries Trivia Night

Third Annual Trivia Night

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Doors open 5:30 p.m. Game starts 7 p.m.

Teen Movie

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Fitchburg Public Library - 2nd Floor Meeting Room - 5530 Lacy Rd. Fitchburg, WI 53711

Come enjoy free popcorn and a movie! Watch Captain America struggle to embrace his role in the modern world and battle a new threat. Rated PG-13, 136 minutes. Permission slip required for anyone under 17.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 4:00pm
Middleton Public Library's Lower Level Archer Rooms, 7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton WI

Do we live in an Orwellian society?  Join us for a discussion of 1984 and Animal Farm and take a look at modern-day censorship.  What books (if any) do you think should be banned and why?  Ask at the Help Desk to check out a Kindle downloaded with these and other book discussion titles.  In honor of Banned Books Week.

Take It Off the Shelf! Banned Books Monologues

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703, 266-6300

Celebrate Banned Books Week (September 21-27) at the Central Library with the kickoff event of an eight performance run of Forward Theatre’s Take It Off the Shelf! 

This event will feature Forward Theatre actors performing monologues reflecting on banned books throughout the ages from various points of view.  The first performance will occur at the Central Library on September 24 at 7 pm. 

Adult Book Discussion: I am Malala

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:45am
Belleville Public Library

The Adult Book Discussion group meets on the 4th Thursday evening of every month.  No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to bring a beverage.  Be sure to arrive before the library closes at 7pm.

Dollar a Day, Boys!

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 3:00pm
Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie

Author, songwriter and filmmaker, Bill Jamerson takes a fun, nostalgic look at the Civilian Conservation Corps, the 1930's Federal Works Program that gave employment to 3.5 million men.  A must-see mix of stories, songs and short video.

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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.

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.

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.