Events and Publications

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend these public events:


September 24, 2018

University Club, 803 State Street (Library Mall)

Doors open at 5PM, music begins at 6PM

This early evening event with food and cash bar is free and open to the public.

Die Tanzgeiger is a traditional Austrian dance band with Upper Midwestern connections, including performances drawn from such UW Library holdings and co-productions as the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, the Wisconsin Folksong Collection, and Local Centers/Global Sounds.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, Mills Music Library and Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies.

  • CAROLINE FRASER, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of PRAIRIE FIRES: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

September 27, 2018

Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street (Library Mall)

5:30 PM – Welcome

6:00 PM – Presentation

7:00 PM – Dessert and Book Signing

Caroline Fraser, editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series, will reveal the grown-up story behind the influential author of childhood stories of American pioneer life, Laura Ingalls Wilder, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial reports to set the record straight.

The community is invited!  This event is free and open to the public.

The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries 2018 Schewe lecture, presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival


October 10-13, 2018

Memorial Library, Room 116

Thousands of books, great bargains, and always open to the public.

Come early for the best selection; come later for the best prices!

Find hours and other details here:

  • Let’s Hear It For Book Arts!

November 8, 2018

Memorial Library, Room 126

5:00 P.M.

The project coordinator, iSchool graduate student Sarah Lange, has spent a year gathering and preserving the memories and reflections of students and faculty who contributed to the rich history of book arts between the 1970s and the present. Expect a lively presentation enhanced by voices of some interviewees, a handful of unique artists’ books on display, and plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Presenters: Sarah Lange; Troy Reeves, Head, UW-Madison Oral History Program; and Lyn Korenic, Director, Kohler Art Library.

This is a collaborative project between the Kohler Art Library and the UW-Madison Oral History Program.

For additional information about the Friends of the UW–Madison Libraries, contact:

Friends of the UW-Madison Libraries
330H Memorial Library
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 265-2505
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