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.

Your Invitation to the Friends Annual Meeting – June 19

All Madison Library Friends, library volunteers, and their friends and families are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Madison Public Library (FMPL) on June 19 at 5:30 pm at the Madison Senior Center at 333 West Mifflin.  Friends and volunteers are invited to the reception and dinner free of charge.  Dinner will be followed by the FMPL annual meeting and volunteer recognition, and a program open to the public .  The presentation this year will be by library staff member Trent Miller talking about the new “makers” programming.  We ask anyone planning to attend to register by June 17 – by regular mail using the attached form – fmpl_annual mtg invite_2013_05, or by e-mail to
The FMPL board welcomes your attendance and looks forward to an evening with old and new acquaintances, good food, and a presentation on one of the new features in our “new” library.

Board Members Needed

This is a great time to be involved as a library Friend in Madison! A new state-of-the-art facility is being created on the site of the old downtown library with the grand opening scheduled for fall 2013. The ten-member Friends Board has provided both direct and indirect support to the planning and fund-raising efforts. As a member of the Board of Directors you may have an opportunity to serve on Friends and Foundation committees, focused on promoting both good library services for the whole community, and on ensuring that the “new” downtown library serves as the flagship for the system for many years to come.

Board members also have opportunity to help coordinate one of the existing activities of the Friends organization (the bookstore, three annual book sales, book sorting, mailings, publicity, newsletter) or develop new projects. Service opportunities include advocacy, fund-raising, and helping with library programs or events such as the Book Club Cafe. Board members serve for one-year terms that are renewable annually in May.

To indicate your interest complete the Friends membership application at and check “Serve on the Board” under the Optional section.

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.

Ex Libris Tickets Still Available

A limited number of tickets for Ex Libris – A Review of Beer and Chocolate – may still be available.  This event by the Madison Public Library Foundation features tastings of locally produced beers and chocolates, a cash bar and Hors D’oeuvres, a silent auction, and opportunity for fun and learning.  Go to for more information.