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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Journey of Jazz

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Marshall Community Library

Trace the stylistic journey of jazz from its origins to the present day in a musical performance by the Hanah Jon Taylor Quintet, interwoven with a dramatic presentation of the music's history by master jazz musician and educator Hanah Jon Taylor. 

Hanah Jon Taylor is a preeminent saxophonist and flutist and has been a leading catalyst, organizer and arts educator throughout his 30-year career. Taylor currently serves as lead instructor for "Live Soundz on Saturday," a jazz education program partnership between the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and the Goodman Community Center.

Book Talk with Adrienne Michel Sager

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:15pm
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717, 824-1780

Author Adrienne Michel Sager will read from and discuss her book "Paris: Extraordinary Moments" http://www.paris-extraordinarymoments.com/. Call 824-1780 to register.

Toddler & Preschool Art Party

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 10:00am
Middleton Public Library. Archer Meeting Room. 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562.

Toddler & Preschool Art

Tuesday, May 26, 10-10:45am

Archer Meeting Rooms (lower level)

Ages 2-5

Get ready to get messy while exploring different art mediums!  Sign-up is not required.


Memoir Writers' Story Night

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:45pm
Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI, 53711, 266-6385

Participants in memoir writing workshops at Sequoya Library will read stories from their lives. The event is free and open to the public. People interested in writing their own reminiscences are encouraged to attend. Refreshments and conversation will follow the readings. “The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person,” said Andy Rooney. “There was never yet as uninteresting life. Inside the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy,” said Mark Twain. Come find out if you agree.

LakeFront Cinema presents UW Student Filmmaker Showcase

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703, 266-6300

The LakeFrontRow Cinema series turns its eye toward young artists in presenting the latest and greatest from UW-Madison’s student filmmakers. From independent projects to expanded production exercises, experimental to narrative to documentary, this showcase spans a variety of genres and artistic styles. The immense talent of Wisconsin’s undergraduate and graduate film students is on full display in this collection of short films.

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