Start practicing your S.P.E.L.L.I.N.G.

Not to miss, our first spelling bee, "For the Spell of It". Try your wit and luck to win the Queen Bee prize or join as a spectator.  Have fun while raising funds for Madison Reading Project.


In addition to the regular spelling words, there will be some "wine spelling" throughout the competition. The top 4 spellers will receive an exciting prize. 


  • Trader Joe's- Madison,WI gift basket

  • William Thomas Jewelers jewelry 

  • Paoli Schoolhouse Shops & Café gift card

  • 2 bottles of wine from Fisher King Winery

 To be an eligible contestant you must complete the registration form and purchase your contestant ticket within seven (7) days of registering. 

Emcee: Dylan Robichaud (NBC15)

Spelling Bee Pronouncer: Jane Burns (Annual Scandihoovian Spelling Bee Organizer, longtime journalist at Wisconsin State Journal The Capital Times and contributor for Isthmus)

Judges: Mayor Gurdip Brar (City of Middleton), John Smalley (Wisconsin State Journal Editor) and Gretchen Treu (A Room of One's Own Bookstore)


  • 6 pm - 7 pm: Enjoy wine and appetizers / tour our Big Red Reading Bus

  • 7 pm - 9 pm: Competition

  • 9 pm  -10 pm: Wrap-up 

Ticket Price (includes any glass of wine and appetizers):

  • Attendee - $30

  • Contestants - $15

Proceeds raised from the event will go directly back into our literacy programs and enable us to purchase new books for the children in our partnering programs.


Unable to attend but have books you'd like to donate? Swing on by and drop them off. Please refer to our donations guidelines prior to bringing any donations.

Don't forget to join the Facebook event to connect with other attendees:

Madison Reading Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

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