Thursday, 27 October 2016

Library Takeover at Madison Public Library: An Introduction

by Laura Damon-Moore

Over the next several months we’ll be sharing a program from the Community Engagement team at Madison Public Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Inspired by an original idea from Apples & Snakes and Half-Moon Theatre (you can read all about that program on the LAIP!), Library Takeover at Madison Public Library is designed to be a platform for community members (in this case, adults rather than teens) to dream up, plan, and host their own events using library resources.


Library Takeover logo design by Marc Gannon for Madison Public Library.

Library Takeover Description:

Library Takeover is designed to encourage the community to TAKEOVER the library by providing space, time, and resources for community members to host their own events, helping to set the stage for future library programming that involves and reflects all of Madison.

How it’s working at MPL:

  • Teams of 3-5 adults in the Madison community submitted event or program ideas during a 5-week period, August-September 2016.
  • A team of library staff and external event planning experts narrowed the pool of applicants (we ended up with 39!) to the final three (read about the final three teams and their ideas here).
  • Once accepted to the program, the teams participate in a 6-week event planning bootcamp with local event planning experts; they have access to an expert mentor who is assigned to guide their team through the process; they can utilize library spaces and marketing resources to host and publicize their event; they have $2,500 to make their event happen; and at the end of it all, they receive a $300 stipend for their time.
  • We’ll be blogging and documenting the process as we go, and sharing updates here too. Check out the Library Takeover page for more details.

Questions? Feel free to send me a note and I’ll respond as quickly as possible! Email: with a subject of Library Takeover Q.

from Library as Incubator Project

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