This past summer the Friends of the Madison Public Library helped the library’s Youth Services Department introduce 12 teenagers to the work and rewards of volunteering.

Twenty five young people were recruited through the efforts of Jesse Vieau, the Teen Services Coordinator in the Library’s Youth Services Department. The four mini book sales were one of four volunteer experiences for the teen volunteers. Other efforts included helping staff the events for children who participated in the Summer Reading Program and their families. These very large events included the Make a Splash Concert and Picnic at Olbrich Gardens (640 attendees) and the Library Summer Carnival held at the Overture Center and the Central Library (1100 attendees). Jane Roughen, Director of Youth Services said that these very large events would be difficult with out the assistance of the volunteers. Others volunteered at the Branches doing a variety of tasks.

The twelve Madison teen agers who planned and staffed the mini sales worked with Jesse and with the cooperation of the Friends, to stage the successful series of book sales. The sales were held outdoors at the entrance of the library during the Saturday morning Dane County Farmer’s Market hours. The four sales cleared $817. The young people decided that the money would be donated to the Central Library’s Capital Campaign to purchase items for the renovated Central Library which are relevant to teen agers.

The book sale volunteers were excited about their experience and the outcome. They are interested in continuing the experience in some manner.