If you were not able to stop in the library for “Bookless” (Saturday morning, January 28) you missed a great, unique, one-time-only, event. It was great fun for the nearly 2000 people who attended – and our Friends of the Madison Public Library volunteers, Rosemary Johnson, Carla Delorio, and Norm and Darlene Olson, were kept very busy at the Welcome table. Jasper N. from Madison was the lucky winner of the drawing for a packet of art supplies donated by one of our members.
Maybe the most “fun” art piece was the dragon in the basement, but what was done to our Friends book store was also very interesting – with the shelves gone and glass on two sides it was quite transformed into a “Lepidoptrium”. Parts of the library never before open to the public, including the basement stacks, back offices, and hidden stairways, were filled with art in a variety of forms.
“Bookless” was a one-day art show that included 100 artists showing their works, or constructing new exhibits making use of found materials or the structure of the “old” library at 201 West Mifflin. The event was coordinated by Library and Foundation staff members to raise funds for the remodeling and furnishing of the new library – scheduled to reopen in 2013 – and to give the community one more chance to see the old library before reconstruction begins. The morning from 10-2 was a free “Family Free for All”. The evening was billed as “Party in the Stacks”, and included food and beverages for sale, and music, in addition to the art on display.