There’s been a lot of excitement and activity at Madison Public Library’s southwest side location in the last year, beginning with the library’s relocation last fall to a new space a few doors down from its former location in the Meadowood Shopping Center, and the Meadowood Neighborhood Center’s recent move into the reconstructed former library space. But the three-phase construction is now complete, and the library and center are preparing to celebrate their new facilities with a public Open House on Wednesday, June 24, from 5-8 p.m.
Speaking at the event will be Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and District 20 Ald. Matthew Phair.
The celebration includes the debut of the library and center’s collaborative programming space that features a community kitchen, a unique asset for a library. Supervising Librarian Alice Oakey said the library plans to work with the neighborhood center to better serve the many financially challenged residents living nearby. Efforts will include an afterschool snack program, guest speakers on educational topics, teen programs, and laptops and tablets so library visitors can complete job applications and improve their job skills. Madison Public Library Foundation secured grants and provided funding to support many of these initiatives.
If you haven’t visited Meadowridge since it opened in September, stop by to see how the design makes use of natural light, as well as its Quiet Reading Room, meeting rooms, fireplace and new technology for all ages.