Sorting the books donated by individuals and weeded from the library’s collection is one of the primary responsibilities of the Friends of the Madison Public Library. This effort is the critical first component of the other major Friends activities, the Book Store and book sales. Between April and December of 2010 the book store took in nearly $11,000 – compared to $7,000 in the same time period in 2009. This increase is certainly due to more volunteers, which allows the store to be open more hours – including weekdays, evenings, and weekends. The dedication of our volunteers and coordinator Mary Ann Allexi is largely responsible for the increased revenue. Recent improvements include placement of colored stickers on most of the books to allow for tracking of how long materials stay on the shelves before being sold, and carts of new materials being available more often, to ensure fresh stock for casual browsing and repeat visits by regular customers. The Friends Book Store is located on the second floor of the downtown library – stop by for the best book book bargains in town.