Friends Spring Booksale – April 24-26

The next sale is just a week away.  The sale starts with a special prevMAD booksale (1)iew for members of the Friends of the Madison Public Library (FMPL) from 4-6 on Friday the 24th (everyone welcome to join at the door for only $5), continues from 9-5 on Saturday, and runs Sunday from 1-5, with a bag sale – everything you can fit into a standard grocery bag, for just $5 from 3-5.

Special items this sale are some beautiful art, film, and music books – great for coffee table display.  Also available is a large supply of Wisconsin plat books, old and new, from many counties – an excellent resource for genealogical research, local history buffs, or anyone interested in the history of land ownership.

Revenue from FMPL book sales goes back to the library for books, materials, programs and services to benefit the entire community.  Come, shop, enhance your own collection and help the library at the same time.

Book Store Manager for Library Friends

Do you have Retail experience to share for a good cause?  Do you have a flexible schedule?  Can you work effectively with volunteers in a collaborative environment?  If this sounds like you, the Friends of the Madison Public Library is looking for you!
The Friends Book Store Manager is a self-starter who can:
  •   manage the day-to-day operations of our Book Store and its volunteer staff
  •  effectively communicate with the Friends Board, Library staff and fellow volunteers
  •  post information and photos to social media sites
This is a great volunteer opportunity for you to serve your community.  Please note this position may involve moving books and other merchandize and some evenings and weekends as necessary.  To learn more and apply, please contact Carol Chapman at


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?