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Beyond the Page is a permanent endowment held by the Madison Community Foundation that annually funds humanities programming in Dane County libraries – forever.

Celebrate the Humanities with Dane County Libraries in 2017. 

Choose from a variety of humanities topics!

  • African American Writers in Wisconsin: Voices Past and Present
  • Bard on Broadway
  • Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
  • From Page to Stage with Forward Theater Company
  • Get to Know Our Neighbors: Wisconsin Tribal Nations and Communities
  • The Horse-Human Connection
  • Punishing the Poor: Criminalizing Poverty
  • Reel Reflecting: International Cinema & Conversation
  • Stories in Motion
  • The Stories of Fiddler on the Roof

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Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker's Yardbird- The Life and Music of Charlie Parker

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Fitchburg Library

Join us for this informative and entertaining event featuring UW-Madison's Professor of Saxophone Les Thimmig. Professor Thimmig will discuss the importance of Charlie Parker and the history of bebop jazz, interspersed with short musical performances.

This program is part of Madison Opera's Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker's Yardbird (performances will be 2/10 & 2/12).

View all programs in this series.

Learning to Stay Play Club

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
DeForest Library

Play Club extends a successful Forward Theater Co. program into the library world.  Through Play Club, participants receive a copy of FTC's current play to read, after which participants engage in discussion, which includes watching live scene work of the play by actors working with a director.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with one another and the performers to reach a greater understanding of the play, its issues and struggles, and how a piece is brought from a written work to life.

Ballet Saturday

Saturday, March 4, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am
Chorus Public House 154 W. Main St., Stoughton

Enjoy a piece from the upcoming Alice in Wonderland ballet, performed by Dance Wisconsin. Learn about costuming, choreography and how the sets are design to tell the Alice in Wonderland story. Following the presentation, dancers will teach children the "butterfly" dance from the ballet. 

9:30 - 10am
Social time with light refreshments, art projects and library book display

10 - 11am
Alice in Wonderland Presentation

Social time with light refreshments, art projects and library book display

Punishing the Poor: Criminalizing Poverty, A Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Impacts of Incarceration on Individuals, Families, and Communities

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
Pinney Public Library

A Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Impacts of Incarceration on Individuals, Families, and Communities will feature a panel format of graduate scholars and Center Staff from the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology to discuss the impact of incarceration, and the historic phenomenon of mass incarceration, on individuals, families, and communities.


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