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.