Madison Reading Project: Gives away its 250,000th book

MADISON – In a week noted for celebrating thanks and generous giving, Madison Reading Project gave away its 250,000th book to a local agency that changes the lives of underserved children.

Packed inside one of several boxes of books delivered to Reach Dane last week was the 250,000th free book Madison Reading Project has given to local children since incorporating as a nonprofit in 2014.

“We’re very proud of our role connecting the greater Dane County area with free culturally and linguistically diverse books and literacy resources – all in an effort to ignite a love for reading,” said Deirdre Steinmetz, Madison Reading Project’s Program and Operations Director. “Thanks to our generous community, we will continue bringing even more books to organizations and schools as we work together to support kids and educators.”

Reach Dane provides high-quality early childhood supportive services to over 1,000 underserved children ages 0-5 in Dane County through center based and home visitation programs. The partnership with Reach Dane is part of Madison Reading Project’s holiday giving program that will give books to 12,000 kids this holiday season.

A community book drive is currently underway. Book donations and financial contributions are needed. For more information please go to