Next Book Sale During Maxwell Street Days in July!

The next “big” book sale at the Central Library will be Friday and Saturday, July 15 & 16, in conjunction with Maxwell Street Days.


Mark your Calendars – Next Book Sale is April 28-30!

Thank You to all who volunteered and patronized the February book sale.  We are still getting in the final numbers and will share them with you, but it looks like your hard work and generosity has raised at least $1500 for the Madison Public Library!  Please give yourselves a big pat on the back!

We are already planning for the next sale — April 28-30 — please mark your calendars!  We will need volunteers for set up on Wednesday late afternoon and evening (April 27), clerks during the sale, and help with clean up on Sunday, May 1.

Your hard work, donations and patronage is what makes the Friends’ support of the Library possible.  Thank you and don’t forget, in between sales you can support the library through shopping — and volunteering — at the Friends Book Store on the first floor of the Central Library.  See our side bar here for volunteering and check out our Facebook page for store hours:

The Board of the Friends of the Madison Public Library


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.

Book Manager for Library Friends

Do you love books, believe in libraries, have a few days a year to donate to a great cause? The Friends have a volunteer opportunity for you, or you and a spouse or friend, to support the library and community by helping to manage the flow of books for book sales and the used book store that will reopen in the new downtown library in the fall of 2013. Revenue from sales and the store will allow the Friends to make a significant annual grant to the library to enhance the collection and programs throughout the city. The work includes:
• Learning the book flow process, which involves sorting and storing donated materials to be sold by the Friends to raise money for Madison libraries
• Interviewing, training, and scheduling other volunteers to work on book sorting
• Supporting the book sale coordinator by organizing materials for the sales
• Helping with stocking in the new book store

A love of books, delight in helping the community, ability to work with others, and experience in coordinating programs or projects would be the ideal background for the book manager. But having the time and willingness to learn the process, work with the board to establish policies for volunteers once the new library opens, and to spend an occasional hour or two meeting and training other volunteers, would be the major qualifications needed. The Manager will have to be able to get to the library to train book sorting volunteers as needed, set up the volunteer work schedule, and keep the Friends board of directors informed regarding needs or issues.

Support and on-the-job training will be provided.
This volunteer opportunity would be suitable for an interested individual, or two people who would like to work as a team. Contact Ann Falconer at 241-2571 or for more information.

Goodman South Madison Friends Booksale – June 1-2

The Friends of the Goodman South Madison Library Book, AV and Bake Sale is coming up soon! The sale will be on Friday, June 1  from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.and Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a bag sale from 1-2 p.m.  This year, we have some really high-quality donations in new or good-as-new shape for bargain prices, so don’t miss out! Plus, we will have our usual assortment of delicious delectables.  You won’t want to miss this!  Call 266-6395 for more information.

Close-Down Booksale a Great Success

Thanks to the work of many book sorters, Book Store clerks, and other dedicated Friends volunteers, the “last” booksale at the old library raised almost $11,500 – or nearly five times more than any single book sale event in recent Friends history. The sale was held to clear out the entire remaining stock of materials donated to the Friends in anticipation of the library being closed for remodeling. But what made the sale especially interesting and financially successful was the inclusion of the entire Central library collection of videos and books on tape as well as many old and rare materials that had not been routinely displayed due to lack of space on the main floors. With sales taking place in several locations in addition to the regular sale in the second floor lecture rooms, a larger-than-usual group of volunteers was needed – and did a wonderful job – despite the challenges. Special thanks are also due to Carol Froistad and all the library staff members that worked behind the scenes in the days and weeks before the sale to help with set up and organization.