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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Science at the Library

When: 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: 
Fitchburg Public Library - Storytime Room - 5530 Lacy Road Fitchburg, WI 53711

Follow along as we read stories about growing goo and a school-eating science project! Then, kids can roll up their sleeves and make their own science projects using everyday materials. (Kids: bring smock, apron, or "messy" clothes!) Recommended for children ages 5-9 years.

Central Cinema's Bad Cinema presents Cobra

When: 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Where: 
Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703, 266-6300

Lt. Marion Cobretti is a big-city cop who gets the blood-spattered jobs nobody else wants or dares to take on. He's Cobra, a one-man assault force whose laser-mount submachine gun and pearl-handled Colt .45 spit pure, crime-stopping venom. Starring Sylvester Stallone; George P Cosmatos; Menahem Golan; Yoram Globus; Brigitte Nielsen; Reni Santoni; Ric Waite; Silvester Levay.

Rhyming with Spanish

When: 
Friday, December 19, 2014 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Where: 
Fitchburg Public Library - Storytime Room - 5530 Lacy Road Fitchburg, WI 53711

This storytime event will combine English and Spanish to help young readers (and listeners) have fun with rhyming. Includes coloring activity. Recommended for children ages 2-5 years.

Cookie Swap & Decorating

When: 
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 2:30pm
Where: 
Middleton Public Library. Archer Meeting Room. 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562

Bring in a batch of your favorite cookies to exchange.  You'll end up with a delicious assorted box to take home or share with friends.  The library will supply the cookie boxes.  We’ll also have sugar cookies to decorate.   All ages are welcome but children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is required.   Stop by the Main Level Help Desk or call (608)827-7402 to sign up.

Kids Movie

When: 
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: 
Fitchburg Public Library - Storytime Room - 5530 Lacy Road Fitchburg, WI 53711

Join us in the Storytime Room for a movie and free popcorn! We will be watching Planes: Fire and Rescue. When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter. Rated PG, 84 minutes. Sponsored by the Friends of Fitchburg Library.

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