It is membership renewal time for the Friends of the Madison Public Library. Renewal notices were sent at the end of January and are due April 1 – the start of the Friends membership year. Continued membership in the Friends is particularly important this year, as plans are well underway to have a “new” library by 2013. Your membership will help in an important way, by helping to ensure a strong grassroots base of support for library services in the community and provide a significant source of volunteers to help with the many large and small activities and events that will be part of the Foundation fundraising efforts. Individual and family dues remain low to ensure that membership will be affordable to persons of every age and income level. However, additional contributions, that will help to build and furnish the new library, are also most welcome.