Events, Exhibits, and Publications

All Friends events and exhibits are open to the public, though registration or a small fee may be required.

2016 Friends Semiannual Book Sale

Wednesday, October 19 — Saturday, October 22
Room 116, Memorial Library

The largest used book sale in Wisconsin returns this fall! The sale will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Library in room 116. For more information about the Book Sale, how to donate, or become a volunteer visit the Friends Semiannual Book Sale page.

Wednesday, October 19, Preview Sale:  4:00-8:00 p.m. ($5 entry)

Thursday and Friday, October 20 – October 21, Regular Sale: 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (no entry fee)

Saturday, October 22, Bag Sale: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ($4 per bag). Bring your own grocery bag or purchase one for $1. From 1:05-2:00 p.m. all remaining books & items are free.

Wisconsin Book Festival

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Join the Friends at the Wisconsin Book Festival! During this fall’s Festival we will be sponsoring four events that will be presented as part of the Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin. For more information, and full description of Friends event, visit:  Wisconsin Book Festival 

FLUX: Water in Art and Science

With Sarah Fitzsimons and Steve Carpenterfluxtalk2-1024x663

Friday, October 21, 3:30 p.m.
Kohler Art Library, Room 160, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building

Join us on Oct. 21 for, Flux: Water in Art and Science. This talk will explore how water—acting simultaneously as a biological, ecological, social, political and aesthetic phenomenon—informs and inspires pursuits in the humanities and hard sciences. The work of Sarah FitzSimons, a professor in the Art Department, evokes the natural world while being installed in and upon it. Steve Carpenter, director for the Center for Limnology, is a world-renowned water scholar who has devoted his career to research around freshwater, adaptive ecosystem management and social-ecological system resilience.

Sponsored by the Friends of the UW Madison Libraries and co-hosted by the Kohler Art Library and the Wisconsin Water Library at UW-Madison.

Our Funny University

With writer Andrew Bergman, and interviewed by Peter Greenberg

Friday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street

Join us as Peter Greenberg, 1972, widely known as The Travel Detective, leads a lively discussion with writer Andrew Bergman, 1966 MA, 1970 PhD, as we explore the roots of college humor at UW-Madison. The American Film Institute nominated five of Bergman’s films as among the greatest comedies of all time;  Blazing Saddles, The In-Laws, Fletch, Soapdish and The Freshman.  Peter Greenberg, is a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer, and CBS News travel editor.

Friends of the Libraries are invited to RSVP for a special post-talk reception with Peter and Andrew.  RSVP by email to or online at, 

Sponsored by UW-Madison Parent Program; UW-Madison Libraries, UW-History Department, and Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

Lecture, Presented by Assistant Professor Joshua Calhoun, UW-Madison Department of English.

Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.shakes logo
Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Avenue

Join the Friends at the Chazen Museum of Art for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a rare opportunity to see a Shakespeare First Folio.  Joshua Calhoun, UW assistant professor of English and Friends Board Member, will give the opening reception lecture, “Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet.” The exhibit will be open November 3 – December 11, 2016 in the Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been selected as the host site for the state of Wisconsin for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in association with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.


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