Madison Reading Project | Delivering Literacy to Underserved Youth in our Community

Photo: Jim McNulty

The Madison Reading Project is a literacy based nonprofit providing books and programs for vulnerable children in the greater Dane County area. They collect new and gently used books to give to vulnerable children and families along with partnering with many nonprofits and social workers.

Their Mission

  • The mission of Madison Reading Project is to deliver high quality literacy learning reinforcement programs to underserved children, engaging them in differentiated literacy activities designed to create not only a love of learning, but build and reinforce age-appropriate skills needed to develop the young reader. They provide all of the books and programming at no charge.


  • In 2019 alone, MRP provided over 44,000 books to over 22,000 underserved children in the greater Madison area. In addition, they have provided over 175 literacy programming events this year! Founded in 2014, they have given out more than 100,000 books!

Get Involved

    • Volunteer: Groups and individuals can coordinate a time to volunteer to sort, stamp and deliver books from our book center. They also provide some opportunities to assist MRP staff at programming events in the community.
    • Donate Books: Donate books from your home, or host a book drive at your work.  They take your new or gently used children’s books and find a child who will love to read it and have for their home library.
    • Financial Contributions: They take your financial contributions and tap into their network of discount booksellers to purchase the most needed, engaging and popular new books for the Big Red Reading Bus! We also have wishlists on Amazon and two local booksellers where you can pick the books that you would like to have available on the Bus.
    • More information about getting involved at MRP can be found on their website.

Read(y) to Wear

Read(y) to Wear is the major fundraising event for MRP, and helps fund programming and staff for the entire year. Local corporations, students, and artists form teams who create a paper runway look. The teams walk the catwalk at the Madison Concourse Hotel in front of their cheering fans and compete to win the title of Madison Reading Project’s 2020 Read(y) to Wear Design Team and the Best Use of Paper. The night’s main event is the catwalk, but there will be tons of fun before the models walk including a cash bar, appetizers, a raffle that includes the chance to win a $2000 jewelry experience at William Thomas Jewelers, a wine pull, music, and a craft table where you can make your own paper accessories. Tickets to this amazing event are now on sale and can be purchased here

February 8, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club

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