Friends of the Library
The Madison County Library has an active chapter of Friends of the Library (FOL). The group works to fundraise and support the library. Anyone interested in participating with the Friends should fill out a simple form available at the circulation desk. The current president, Heidi Sage, will be in touch.
The Friends of the Library is a loosely organized group of volunteers who meet at most once per month and only when we have a project to plan or evaluate. We meet in the library on a weekday morning from 9:00 – 10:00, wrapping up before the library opens.
We maintain the Used Book Room upstairs at the library all year around with members taking turns stocking and organizing the room one week each month. Books are received as donations and taken in through the library office during most, but not all weeks of the year. Before boxing up your books, feel free to call the library, to make certain your donation can be accepted.
In March we present a Chili Dinner with entertainment. Our first dinner in 2010 featured Bob Haught as Will Rogers and was titled ‘Will Rogers Follies’. Since then we have heard a variety of musical groups, comic routines and the Forensic students from Madison High School. We have earned enough to fund the Children’s Summer Reading Program each year.
In the summer we work during the Concerts on the Lawn series, hosted by Plow and Hearth and organized by Nancy Knighting. We sell 50/50 raffle tickets, dividing the cash collected between the library and the lucky holder of the winning ticket. On a few occasions the winner has returned their share of the winnings to the library, which is much appreciated.
In the fall we assist Chris Jacoby and the Library Board in preparing for the largest fund raiser, the Annual Progressive Auction.