Madison Community Events

Upcoming Madison Community Events Include:


This is a reminder that idea submissions for Library Takeover 2018 are due by Tuesday, October 31! Please share, and let me know if there are any questions that come up. Thank you for supporting community-led programming!

Have an idea for an event that you’ve always wanted to host? Madison Public Library wants you to TAKE OVER the library! You pitch your idea, we’ll commit $2000 + time + space + experts to help you make it happen. Team members are paid a $300 stipend in addition to the event budget.

  • What: Library Takeover, a six-week event planning bootcamp that results in three large-scale events
  • Who: Three teams of 3-4 adults in Madison, not officially affiliated with a non-profit or institution
  • When: Bootcamp sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 pm January 30-March 6. Childcare and dinner provided. Events will be scheduled by each team and held by September 2018.
  • Where: Bootcamp sessions and events will be held at the Central Library downtown.
  • Why: To encourage the community to TAKE OVER the library! We hope that by providing space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, we’ll not only have fun, exciting, events, but we’ll also be setting the stage for library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.
  • How: Library Takeover is based on an original idea from Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre in the UK.

See more information and apply online at:​ Paper applications are also available at any Madison Public Library location.


Flyer – Madison Community Meeting

The city’s third, and final, round of Community Meetings are next week.  They’ll be focusing on prioritization — the most important step for a community-wide initiative.

 The Basics

  • October 23 at the Village on Park Atrium (2300 S Park St)
  • October 24 at Lussier Community Education Center (55 S Gammon Rd)
  • October 25 at Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St)

All meetings are from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (open house from 6:00 – 6:30; group activities from 6:30 – 8:00). Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Spanish and Hmong interpreters will be at each meeting.

The Activities

Join your fellow community members to participate in interactive activities focusing on the big question: What’s MOST important?

 Strategies and Actions

Specifically, small groups will collaboratively determine which Strategies are the most important related to a particular topic, and suggest Actions that can be done to accomplish those important Strategies. There will be three rounds, so there’s plenty of time to discuss multiple topics!

Where should we prioritize growth?

Madison is a very popular place.  We are expected to add 40,000 housing units between now and 2040. Meeting participants will discuss where these housing units should go through an interactive mapping activity. The activity includes reviewing multiple informative maps, and placing stickers on a base map showing where you believe growth should occur. This will also include a group discussion to share why you chose to put your dots where you did.

Episode #3 – Imagine Madison Mini-Documentary

Episode #3 of our interview mini-documentary has been posted. Check it out to see what your neighbors want for Madison’s future. If you missed Episode #2, you can view ithere. Last, but certainly not least, the Imagine Madison Promotional Video won a 2017 Best of the Midwest Festival Award of Excellence at the Wisconsin Community Media Conference.  Way to go, Madison City Channel!


Madison residents have many exciting and innovative ideas about how our city will be sustainably powered in the future – and there’s still time to weigh in on how Madison can achieve 100% renewable energy and net zero carbon emissions.

Now through November 17, 2017, Madison 100% renewable Energy Study is collecting public comment online at

Online comments will be combined with ideas generated by attendees at the initiative’s kick-off meeting held on September 27. About 100 people attended that meeting at Madison Central Library and gave suggestions about ways to reduce energy, discussed technologies for renewable energy, such as solar thermal, wind, biomass, and considered transportation options and community partnerships. A recording of the meeting and presentation slides are available on the Study’s webpage under “Presentations”.
Madison 100% Renewable Energy Study will analyze public feedback and present possible strategies for additional public review and comment in the coming months. Stay tuned for further information and opportunities to participate.



Madison is creating the city’s first ever plan to identify, celebrate, and preserve the places that represent our collective history.

Please join us:

Thursday November 2, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive.

Wednesday November 29, 2017 Details forthcoming.

The plan is important because these places:

Ensure that everyone’s story is told and passed on to future generations
Connect people to the community
Inform what is significant to who and why

Two community meetings are being held to help us identify the places we value and that reflect the diversity of cultures that together tell Madison’s story.  You can help by 1) attending one (or both) meetings with a friend or relative, and 2) sharing this email widely through any email, social media, or other connections that you may have in the community.

For more information including details about the November 29 meeting, please visit our website at: .   We hope to see you on November 2 and/or on November 29.


MSCR Daytrips Fall 2017

SOFA Expo – Chicago
Saturday, November 4, 8:30am-7:30pm

Experience some of the world’s most celebrated art at the 24th annual SOFA CHICAGO (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design), the city’s longest-running and most popular contemporary art fair displaying the very best in ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, studio jewelry, metal and innovative design plus a selection of painting, photography and works on paper. Artist talks, panel discussions and special exhibits are included with admission. Located at Navy Pier Festival Hall. Fee includes motor coach transportation and admissions. Lunch is on your own. Bus departs from LaFollette High School. $64 Ages 18+ Course 15741

Michigan Avenue Shopping- Chicago
Saturday, December 2, 7:30am-8:30pm

Do you want to shop on Michigan Avenue, see the sights in Chicago or explore the big city? A comfortable, double decker motor coach bus takes the worry of driving, traffic and parking out of the equation. Enjoy a day in the big city during the holidays. Approximate travel time is 3 hours depending on traffic and weather. We drop off as close as possible to Michigan and E. Chicago Avenues. Bus loads at 7:15am on Pflaum Rd. in front of LaFollette High School. Register by 10/1 and save $5. Youth ages 8+ may register with a participating adult. $44 Ages 18+ Course 16066

For more information, contact 608-204-3000.
Register at

Past Events: 

MOVIES IN THE PARK (August + September 2017)

Catch a movie in one of Madison’s park this summer.  Attached flyer with dates, times, and locations.  Questions? Contact Tracey Hartley, Madison Parks, thartley@cityofmadison.com608-267-1162 


September 27, 2017
6 – 8 pm
Central Library, Conference Room 302, 201 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703

Renewable Energy Program Flyer

Come to the kick-off meeting to share your ideas about how the City of Madison is going to achieve this ambitious goal.

Questions or Feedback? Please contact Jeanne Hoffman, jhoffman@cityofmadison.com608-266-4091