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

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Sun Prairie Public 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.

BOOM! presents American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (documentary film)

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717, 824-1780

Directed by Grace Lee, Documentary / USA / 2014 / 85  min. Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Dia Nights: Africa

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
Middleton Public Library. Archer Meeting Room. 7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562.

Dia Nights: Africa!

Monday, April 20, 6-7pm

Family Event

Lower Level Archer Rooms (lobby stairs)

Celebrate diversity! Travel the world through stories and food as we celebrate our multicultural world.   In April, we will enjoy African drumming and dancing with WADOMA (West African Dancing of Madison)!   Sign up is required.


OPL Puppet Show

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Oregon Public Library, 256 Brook St. Oregon, WI

Enjoy a puppet play, stories, songs, movement activities and a craft.

Jazz in Exile

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Deerfield Public Library

Madison filmmaker Chuck France presents Jazz in Exile, his documentary on the exodus of African American jazz musicians to Europe.  The film features jazz musicians Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston, Richard Davis, and others with interviews and performance footage, and has not been screened in Madison for over two decades.  A short Q & A session will follow the film.

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