Library-Based Music & Memory Program
 Launches to Support Patrons and Caregivers Living with Dementia

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 9:44am

Eight of nine Madison Public Library locations will now offer the Music & Memory program, providing personalized music playlists to help promote cognitive function and improve the lives of those living with dementia.

Music & Memory is an international nonprofit focused on using personalized music to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other cognitive disorders by enabling them to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories. In 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) became the first in the country to offer the Music & Memory program to all nursing facilities in the state. 

Madison Public Library is now helping to expand on that initiative to ensure more people in the community are able to participate. Library patrons can check out an iPod from eight of the nine participating libraries in the City of Madison. Each will be pre-loaded with music carefully selected for that particular individual by librarians who have received appropriate certification training.

Participating library locations include:

Alicia Ashman Library
Central Library
Goodman South Madison Library
Hawthorne Library
Lakeview Library
Meadowridge Library
Pinney Library
Sequoya Library

The public is invited to celebrate the launch of the library’s Music & Memory program at Central Library on Thursday, February 15 from 6:30-8:00pm, featuring a special free screening of the award-winning documentary Alive Inside.

For more information about the Music & Memory program, visit

About Madison Public Library
Madison Public Library’s tradition of promoting education, literacy and community involvement has enriched the City of Madison for more than 140 years. Nine locations throughout the City of Madison are open six days per week and welcome over 2.2 million visits each year. For more information, visit, Madison Public Library on Facebook, @madisonlibrary on Twitter, and @madisonpubliclibrary on Instagram.

About Music & Memory
MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. By providing access and education, and by creating a network of MUSIC & MEMORY℠ Certified organizations, we aim to make this form of personalized therapeutic music a standard of care throughout the health care industry. For more information, visit

About the Department of Health Services (DHS)
The Department of Health Services (DHS) is one of the largest and most diverse state Departments in Wisconsin, with an annual budget of roughly $11.5 billion and more than 6,100 employees. DHS is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin, making sure everyone can live their best life. For more information, visit

Library-based Music & Memory is made possible through grant 90DS2020 from the federal Administration for Community Living and the efforts of your local library staff.