Book Sale Report – Summer 2011 Sales by Teen Volunteers

Building upon the success from last year, the Friends of the Madison Public Library once again helped the library’s Youth Services Department introduce local teenagers to the work and rewards of volunteering.
Madison teenagers worked with the Teen Services Librarian, Jesse Vieau, and his library school intern, Erin Montross-Erdmann, to stage a successful series of Saturday morning book sales held outdoors at the entrance of the Central Library in July and August.
With the book sales taking place during the Dane County Farmers’ Market hours, teens discussed and executed an array of marketing tactics that were able to attract many people who would otherwise not be in book-buying mode. Many shoppers felt obligated to let teens know how great of a marketing job they had done – some claimed it was the teens carrying book sale signs around the downtown area, while others said that if not for the sidewalk chalk advertisement down State Street they would not have known to stop by Mifflin St.
10 Local teenagers offered a combined total of 70 volunteer hours while raising $781.00! When combined with totals from last year, 22 Madison teens ran eight book sales that raised $1598 for the Central Library’s Capital Campaign. The teen volunteers have asked that their donations be earmarked for purchases relevant to teenagers in the renovated Central Library.

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