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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Social Justice Book Club

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Archer Meeting Rooms (lower level),Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton WI

Join us for a discussion of "March: book 1" (graphic novel) by John Lewis.  An autobiographical account of the Civil Rights movement, this is a powerful story by a key historical figure. For teens in grades 6-12.

Madison Travel Circle: Exploring New York City on a Budget

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hawthorne Library, 2707 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI, 53704, 246-4548

Every autumn for the past decade, Bob Shaw has been spending a week in New York City. Join us as Bob presents a look at some of his favorite places in the city, which include Wave Hill in the Bronx, Coney Island in Brooklyn, ethnic restaurants in Queens, and the High Line in Manhattan.

Madison Opera Preview - Sweeney Todd

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:30pm
Fitchburg Public Library: 2nd Floor Meeting Room (5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg)

Join Madison Opera staff for this free entertaining and informative multimedia preview about their upcoming performances of Sweeney Todd!

Scavenger Hunt 2.0

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Fitchburg Public Library - Children's Library - 5530 Lacy Road Fitchburg, WI 53711

It's a race to the finish as kids work individually or in teams to find the location of ten mystery items in the Children's Library! Winner(s) will be rewarded. Recommended for children ages 8-11 years.

Bead It!

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Fitchburg Public Library - Storytime Room - 5530 Lacy Road Fitchburg, WI 53711

Learn to make a variety of crafts using beads, pipe cleaners, and more! Suggested for ages 3 to 6.

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