Despite COVID-19, Madison Reading Project keeps local kids reading with 35,000 free books 

Partnering with local schools and community social workers, Madison Reading Project delivered a record-setting 35,000 free books to homebound children as part of its 2020 Summer Reading Program.

With schools abruptly shut down this spring, and many libraries closed and/or open with very limited hours, Madison Reading Project has filled the need to keep area children, birth to age 12, supplied with new books.

The Summer Reading Program gave caregivers, educators, and families access to age/grade level appropriate books. More than 12,000 local children received books through partnerships with community organizations such as Reach Dane, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, Madison School & Community Recreation’s Art Cart, and elementary schools for family pick-up. Madison Reading Project sanitizes and delivers the bags of books to the organizations. The books often accompany a selection of home hygiene supplies and packages of food supplied by other nonprofits.

Madison Reading Project is able to purchase books thanks to the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and foundations across south central Wisconsin.

In the coming days, Madison Reading Project will launch a new campaign to raise funds to purchase 10,000 books for teachers throughout the greater Dane County area. New and gently used children’s books are always accepted, as well, by appointments available online. Learn more at