Hi, Friends!

It’s August, which means its time to pack up and move (if you’re a student, or you’re renting, or you’re adventurous, that is) and, often, that means you’re looking for a place to donate your things: kitchen supplies, clothing, and books.

The Friends bookstore can’t help you with your kitchen supplies and clothing (though, that could be fun), but we’d love to take extra books off of your hands. We keep the Bookstore stocked with all kinds of books – everything from contemporary fiction, to biographies, to children’s literature, to young adult novels, to travel books, and everything in between. So! If you’re moving, and you’re thinking of donating some books, consider the Friends. We’ll accept almost anything in good, readable condition – except textbooks. Those, unfortunately, we cannot accept.

If you have questions about possible donations, please feel free to reach out to us via email. Otherwise, feel free to drop books off at the Friends Bookstore (located on the first floor of the Madison Public Library), during open hours.

And remember: donating old books means you’re really just freeing up space for new books, so. Who’s the real winner here?

Weekend Success


Big, big thanks to all patrons, volunteers, and Friends who made this weekend’s book sale a huge success. Thanks to your help, we are continually able to raise money that is funneled back into the Madison Public Library and its outstanding library-related programs.

Another book sale perk? All unsold items from this weekend’s sale have been donated to St. Vinny’s and, come Monday, our fabulous Friends Bookstore at the Central Library, will be filled with all-new stock. New books, new CDs, new DVDs, all pulled from our storage warehouse. Be sure to stop by and see what we’ve got!

And don’t forget: other Friends groups have book sales coming up, too. Be sure to check them out!

Friends of Lakeview Sale:
– Friday, September 19 – 6:00 – 7:45 pm
– Saturday, September 20 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friends of Sequoya Sale @ Westgate Mall:
– Saturday, August 2 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
– Saturday, August 16 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
– Saturday, September 6 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friends of Pinney Sale:
– Saturday, August 16 – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Next FMPL Book Sale – March 6-9

Mark your calendars for the next FMPL book sale – the first inside the “new” Central Library, and the first in many years to have Sunday hours.  The sale opens Thursday, March 6, from 12-5 for Friends members only (but new members are welcome to join at the door)!  Regular sale hours will be 9-5 on March 7 and 8, and 1-5 on Sunday.  The last two hours, from 3-5 Sunday will be a bag sale, $5 per bag.  The sale will take place in the study rooms on the first floor near the main entrance.   Contact Kathi Kemp, 608-295-6425 or for more information or to volunteer.

Board Meeting Minutes–July 24

FMPL Board Meeting Mins-7-24

FMPL Board Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2013 – 5:40 pm

Madison Public Library

In attendance:  Janice Zmrazek, Carol Chapman, Kathi Kemp, Dennis Thompson, Tanya Salman, Anne Marie Jarmuz, Carol Froistad

Special guest:  Greg Mickels, Director

1)      information presented by Greg M regarding new library friendshop

Requirements of library staff

1)      that shop be properly maintained; sufficient product and kept clean

2)      that shop have consistent hours; regular staff;  display/consistent

-Library board concerns – not for profit shop – question of having paid staff vs. amount of money brought in

-question re a request for tour guides from membership of Friends to help when Central library reopens; contact at MPL, Tana Elias

-Discussion re hiring Manager for Materials/volunteers

-Question re sufficient funds to hire staff

Jenny –Foundation will be a possible source for providing means of hiring staff person for 20 hours /week; Foundation will handle payroll, etc.

Discussion re book sales– hiring-Manager for sales & coordinating volunteers;

Further discussion re recruiting volunteers for staffing shop; growing Friends group; partnering with other volunteer groups for staffing (retired persons as volunteers)

-Discussion re Foundation/help with hiring person for position of  Book Sale/Book Store manager– need to post – need job description; duties

Issues – re new hire – hourly employee; no benefits; unsupervised; question re number of hours to work per week

-Question re when shop to open – hope to have it open ASAP-no later than Thanksgiving; will need time to interview/hire new manager; Book Fair Oct 17-19, ’13 would be target time to have shop up & running

Motion made to explore the possibility of hiring for the position of Book Store/Book Sale Manager by Ann Falconer; second by Carol Chapman; motion passed

Members will begin exploration of working with Jenni, at Foundation; will work on job description; and timeline; time is of the essence

Janice will contact Jenni

Ann Falconer will work on job description

Carol Chapman – will check on how paid staff handled at other library friend’s organization

Discussion re 8 seats available at table at Library gala (9/21) sponsored by Friends Board; 4 seats will go to Board members, by lottery; -Janice Z. will have one seat of the 4 as Chair of Board; 4 other seats will be offered to membership of Friends; will be sent postcard and will indicate 1 or 2 spots needed (husb/wife, etc) and from response 4 people will be chosen to attend the gala from membership

Motion made by Kathi Kemp to adjourn; seconded- Carol Chapman

Meeting adjourned 7:05 pm

Next meeting 8/7/13, 6 pm, MPL, downtown

Your Invitation to the Friends Annual Meeting – June 19

All Madison Library Friends, library volunteers, and their friends and families are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Madison Public Library (FMPL) on June 19 at 5:30 pm at the Madison Senior Center at 333 West Mifflin.  Friends and volunteers are invited to the reception and dinner free of charge.  Dinner will be followed by the FMPL annual meeting and volunteer recognition, and a program open to the public .  The presentation this year will be by library staff member Trent Miller talking about the new “makers” programming.  We ask anyone planning to attend to register by June 17 – by regular mail using the attached form – fmpl_annual mtg invite_2013_05, or by e-mail to
The FMPL board welcomes your attendance and looks forward to an evening with old and new acquaintances, good food, and a presentation on one of the new features in our “new” library.