Welcome to www.beyondthepage.info

The Beyond the Page campaign is a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County – forever.

The Beyond the Page Campaign received a $350,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This collaboration is the first of its kind in the nation. The challenge grant requires that for every $1 from the NEH, $3 in community dollars must be raised.

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Toddler Art

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:00am
Fitchburg Public Library - Storytime Room - 5530 Lacy Rd. Fitchburg, WI 53711

Explore and play with fun art materials! Art activities will help your little ones master fine-motor skills and help them learn about cause and effect as they make changes in materials (and a lot of mess!). Smocks or "messy clothes" recommended. For children 3 and under. No registration required.

Book Discussion: Lost in Shangri-La

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:00am
2nd Floor Conference Room Fitchburg Public Library 5530 Lacy Road

Please join us for a discussion of "Lost in Shangri-La" by Mitchell Zuckoff. Copies are available at the Reference Desk.

Brown Bag Book Club

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Sue Ames Room in the Oregon Public Library, 256 Brook Street, Oregon, WI

January 15, 2014 The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCAll Smith

February 19, 2914 Before I Go to Sleep by Steven J. Watson

March 19, 2014 At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

April 16, 2014 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

May 21, 2014 Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kinsolver

June 18, 2014 A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth L. Ozeki

Sharpie Poetry

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Meadowridge Library, 5740 Raymond Rd., Madison, WI, 53711, 288-6160

Join us for a hands-on creative event: All you need in order to write poetry is a newspaper and a marker. We will use markers to take words away, and let poems emerge from the words we leave behind

Film Screening: Unlikely Friends

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room Fitchburg Public Library 5530 Lacy Road

Part of the Madison Opera's Extending the Stage program, this documentary tells the stories of crime victims who, through forgiveness, unexpectedly become friends with their perpetrators. Following the free screening, a discussion will be led by Rev. Phil Haslanger, Memorial United Church of Christ.

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