April 10 - 16 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” To kick off the celebration, State Superintendent Tony Evers visited the central branch of the Madison Public Library to see how libraries are evolving to serve their unique communities.
Madison Public Library staff highlighted their work helping kids become college and career ready with their Read Up program, a partnership between The United Way, Madison Metropolitan School District, and The Madison Public Library. Their arts incubator, The Bubbler, connects with the community as a hub for the local art scene as well as working with the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center to engage at-risk youth in “maker” activities.
State Superintendent Evers noted that this transformation of the library as a community center is not specific to Madison, but something he sees happening in library all across Wisconsin. This National Library Week, take the time to listen and learn from your community to see what types of partnerships you can form to transform the lives of the people using your library.
Ben Miller, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning