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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Travels with The Creative Link

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703, 266-6300

St. Mary’s Care Center, Verona High School 18 – 21 Year-Old Program and TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater Present Travels with the Creative Link. A one-act play showing the power of human connection through the arts. Join us for this inspiring piece, featuring youth and elders in a powerful, humorous, heartfelt expression of how to forge the bonds of human connection with creativity,humor, warmth and courage. Free and open to the public. This project is funded, in part, by the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board; St.

Folkloric Russia: experiencing Russia through folk music

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI, 53711, 266-6385

Come experience Russian folk culture with the White Birch Ensemble! Hear traditional Russian and Eastern Europe music on authentic Russian folk instruments, learn about Russian history through vivid costumes, stories, and show-and-tell. There is something for everyone! This program will include a performance by the White Birch Ensemble, broken up with stories about the songs, history and culture. Funded by a grant from Beyond the Page, http://www.beyondthepage.info/

Great Beginnings Book Club

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Oregon Area Senior Center

Please bring your library card to check out next month's title. Coffee provided. Copies are available at the library.

Jul 1 -- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Aug 5 -- Still Life- by Louise Penny
Sep 2 -- Strength in what remains by Tracy Kidder
Oct 7 -- Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet by Jamie Ford
Nov 4 -- Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Dec 2 -- Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Go Big Read Book Discussion of Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Rd., Madison, WI, 53711, 288-6160

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. One of his first clients was Walter McMillian, a man on death row for a murder he didn’t commit. Here Stevenson details the legal journey to McMillian’s release as well as those of others he’s helped in his now thirty year career. The book is a call to action, true crime page-turner and critique of the American system of justice—and was chosen as UW-Madison’s 2015 Go Big Read.

Holiday Origami for Adults

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison, WI, 53711, 266-6385

Make holiday themed cards, ornaments, and more. Master origami artist Ruthanne Bessman will be at the Sequoya Library on Friday, December 4, 2015, to help participants learn origami patterns from simple to more complex. Call 608-266-6385 to register.


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