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The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library



Are you being the best Friend you can be?

Be a Friend of the Stoughton Public Library
and show you value the library!

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The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library is a non-profit educational organization devoted to promoting and improving library services, materials, and facilities for the Stoughton community; stimulating gifts and bequests to the library; providing volunteer support to strengthen the library’s programs; and encouraging the broadest possible use of its facilities, materials and services. Please help support your library by becoming a member now. Membership is vital to the health of any organization, and whichever level of participation you choose (dues paying only, selective project involvement, and/or active participation as a board or committee member), you’re guaranteed to meet new people and create new bonds with people you might already know. As a Friend, you will receive a quarterly newsletter, The Sampler, informing you about new books and services offered at the library and notifying you of library and Friends events and programs. Through membership dues and annual events---including Used Book Sales, the Syttende Mai Pie Place, and the Annual Friends’ Holiday Luncheon---the Friends raise funds for an annual donation to the Library. In addition, the Friends sponsor special children’s, young adult and adult programs throughout the year. There are several membership dues levels available, ranging from "Friend" for an annual donation of as little as $10.00. Of course all dues/donations will be accepted and are appreciated. Remember donations are tax deductible. If you would like to join, simply complete the Membership Dues Form and send it with your check to: The Friends of the Library, Stoughton Public Library, 304 South Fourth Street, Stoughton, WI 53589, or drop it off at the library’s circulation desk.

Thanks for being a Friend!
Jeanne Burt, Membership Chair



Congratulations Nancy Keeney!
2013 Friend of the Year!

For the 2013 year, we spotlight Nancy Keeney for her continued service to the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library. Nancy has served the library by wearing many hats which include serving as President of the Library Board and as a remodeling committee member during the remodel of the Mezzanine and Children's Room. More recently, Nancy joined the Friends of the Library to continue being active within the library community. She has done a terrific job as FOL Treasurer for several years and now has accepted the position of being the 2014 Friends of the Library President. Go, Nancy, Go!

At the February 12th Annual Friends meeting, Nancy was honored officially for her dedication and endless support of the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library. A plaque honoring all of the "Friend of the Year" recipients is on display at the Library, just outside the lower level Carnegie Room.

*Friend of the Year is an honor given to a Friends member who has shown dedication
and helped to promote the Friends and the Library throughout the previous year.


The Friends 2014 Annual Donation = $12,000!

During the February 2014 Annual Friends Meeting, the Library was gifted with a check for $12,000.00 to assist with library programming
such as Music on the Mezz and the Summer Reading Program, purchasing replacement materials, LUCKY DAY books and DVDS and more.

FOL Treasurer Nancy Keeney presented Library Director Richard McDonald with the 2014 annual donation.

Hope you were there...
We had a ball!

This was the perfect event to share with your book group, co-workers, mothers & sisters, neighbors or good friends.

Early arrivals enjoyed a mimosa,

taking a tour of the jewelry tables...

and then the show began!
Check out the photos in the Stoughton Courier Hub.

The Friends had a Fling!

The Friends successfully hosted our first "Spring Fling".
This new event was held at Banushi's Bar & Grill, 800 Nygaard St, Stoughton on Saturday, April 5th from 1:30 - 4:00 pm.

For our spring event this year, we are focused on a fashion show featuring selections from Maurice's, Chico's and Atilier's on Main.
We enlisted the help of library staff, along with friends and family to serve as runway models.

Attendees enjoyed the hors d'oeuvres buffet and
each guest was offered a complimentary mimosa or a non-alcoholic beverage.
Coffee was served and a cash bar was available.
Fabulous lemon and raspberry cakes were served for dessert.

The special, fashion related raffle will featured a Michael Kors ladies rose gold watch and a Coach bag.
Raffle tickets were sold during the event.

Door prizes included gift certificates and donations from local merchants.
Along with coupons and special discounts from some of the clothing merchants providing fashion show garments.

Tickets were sold at the library.
As space was limited, we suggested getting your tickets early.

What's this about jewelry and accessories?

Early in the spring, the Friends began to collect jewelry, purses, scarves, etc. to be offered for sale at the "Spring Fling" event.
We received lots of terrific earrings, bracelets, some watches and a few rings along with scarves and bags in the donations.
Think boutique meets yard sale and throw in a bit of scavaging through your mother's jewelry box or your girlfriend's closet.
Some items were still sporting their retail stickers and tags, so bargains were had.
Be assured, everything was be priced to sell, while the Friends met our fundraising responsibilities.

Pie Place 2014

Syttende Mai happens every year, so don't put your cookbooks and pie recipes away.
Practice makes perfect. We're sure your family and friends will appreciate your efforts.

Volunteers are always needed to bake pies, sell pies and help clean up after the pies are eaten. Keep "Pie Place 2012" in mind when you're planning your Syttende Mai activities.

Friday Night at Division Street Park
(at the canoe portage)
from 5:30 - 7:30 pm*

All Day Saturday at the Library
in the lower level Carnegie Meeting Room
from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm*

*End times are estimated as it is not possible to know when the pies will sell out.

If you are interested in helping,
please contact Jeanne Burt 873-4050

As always, the Friends greatly appreciate your time and talents!

Pie Place supporters always have a good time!

Do you want apple, or cherry, or rhubarb or pumpkin or...?


The pie was sold by the piece, but the fun was a bonus!

Pie Place diners enjoy reminiscing as they discuss the
Linnerud Photography display in the Carnegie Room.

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Friends of the Stoughton Public Library
April 23 - 26, 2014

Friends Preview Sale
6 – 7 pm
Friends of the Library Members Only.
Memberships available at the door.

9 am – 8 pm

9 am – 4 pm

9 am - 2 pm

This book sale will be a Stoughton Food Pantry Contribution Site.
Help us collect non-perishable food items for the Stoughton Food Pantry.
Make a donation and put your name in for a door prize.

Bring food items and we will arrange for delivery to the food pantry.
Please do not bring expired items or anything
needing to be
refrigerated or frozen.

Additional funding provided by
The East Dane County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

A sneak peek at the book sale as volunteers put the finishing touches
on the set up at the 2013 Spring Sale.

There is always something for everyone at the book sale including :

Loads of popular fiction by favorite authors.

Non-Fiction topics including:
Gardening, biographies, history, crafts & quilting, sailing,
stamp collecting, recipe or cookbooks and more.

Several large format books on history and art.

Children's books featuring picture books and readers.
Many children's music CDs

Lots of music CDs and DVDs.

Special Attractions

Sometimes we come across items that are more unique than the average book sale material and so they will be priced to reflect their current value.
Rather than take the time to sell these items online, we will happily sell them to our loyal book sale shoppers at a price
that will make you happy and a reasonable profit for the library. Please take note of this excellent condition oversized civil war book.

Check out the current price on Amazon

Our book sales are always packed with many "once read" books donated by the community, but there are always wonderful ex-library books available. Below are a few examples of the nice, gently used, retired library books available in this book sale.

For the train lover

Autos, boats & buildings

Gardening, plants & agriculture

Books for the wine connoisseur

and many more topics to interest everyone!

Book Sale FAQ
A perk of being a Friends of the Library member includes special discounts, coupons and access to the book sale before it is open to the general public.
To allow fair and equal access to materials at the book sale, electronic devices such as scanners will not be allowed during the Friends Night. Shoppers will also be asked not to stock pile books, but to set aside only the materials they intend to purchase.
The Book Sale Committee strives to organize two books sales each year, generally in April or May and September.
The Book Sales are held at the library in the Carnegie Meeting Room on the lower level of the library. Scheduling of the book sale is dependent upon the availability of the meeting room.
Each sale starts over with "new" books and sale items providing repeat customers with new selections at each sale. Materials left at the end of the sale are cleared out allowing for a turnover of sale items.
Although a Bag Sale traditionally ends the book sale on Saturday, a Bag Sale will not always be held at the conclusion of the sale.
Materials remaining at the end of the book sale may be donated to a local non-profit group. Past recipients include: Stoughton's Small Animal Advocates, Martin Luther Christian Day Care, Stoughton Area Teachers, Dane County Jail, Oakhill Corrections Facility, Stoughton St. Vincent De Paul, Madison Senior Center, Stoughton Senior Center, Skaalen Club House, Thompson Correctional Facility and others.

If your non-profit group is interested, contact the Technical Services Supervisor, 873-6281.
The Stoughton Public Library accepts donations of new and used books on behalf of the Friends of the Library for the Friends book sales. Donations may be brought to the Circulation Desk in small quantities, but no more than a box or bag. If you have larger quanities to donate, we ask that you please call the library and discuss your donation with the Technical Services Supervisor, 873-6281.

Large donations will only be accepted by appointment or we may not be able to accept them due to storage and book sale staffing limitations.
 Most materials can be donated with the following exceptions:
  • All materials should be clean and free of dirt, smoke, mold and mildew.
  • Materials should not be yellowed and there should be no damage.
  • No Reader's Digest condensed books
  • No text books
  • No encyclopedias
  • No VHS videotapes
It may seem obvious that the materials donated should be in good condition, but the term "good" differs greatly from person to person. If donated items do not meet the criteria of the book sale, the items will not be accepted.
As library staff assist in some of the initial sorting, it is important that the guidelines noted above are followed or stricter rules may need to be set in place.
An acknowledgement of your donation can be obtained when you drop off your materials. However, the Library/Friends will not place a value on your donation for tax purposes.

Thank you for your support of the Friends Book Sale!


Friends' Officers

Nancy Keeney, President

Lily Melch, Vice-President

Jeanne Burt, Treasurer

Claudette Higgins, Secretary

Friends Meetings

The 2014 regular meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

June 11th

August 13th

October 8th

December 10th


The Stoughton Public Library is a member of the South Central Library System.
This page was last updated on April 16, 2014

Thank You for Your Support!

The Friends of the Library
Coffee Break Festival
Mini Book Sale & Raffle

The raffle prizes were all created by local artists and included:

A framed watercolor of a poppy (artist Carolyn Carroll)
Winner ~ Harriet Hanson

A heart-shaped keepsake box carved from a single piece of wood
(donated by Artisan Woods Gallery, Mt Horeb)
Winner ~ Tricia Suess

A hand crocheted market bag (artist Sarah Bukrey)
Winner ~ Kristen Rhyner

A hand-crafted heart-shaped pendant (artist Kathryn Vaughn)
Winner ~ Christy Tupper

An 11 inch Rosemaled plate (artist Mary Bennett)
Winner ~ Inez Toepfer

The drawing took place on August 17th, 2013
at the end of the event.

Prize winners haven been called and can pick up their prizes at the library the week of Monday, August 19th.

The proceeds of this event will help the Friends support the library with the purchase of materials
and fund the summer reading programs.

The Friends of Stoughton Public Library
"Friends Fall Fundraiser"
Formerly The Autumn Gala

was held on
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Stoughton Public Library
304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI

We enjoyed a fall afternoon featuring

Book Readings & Signings
by local authors

Sarah Monette (2:00 pm)
Kelly Harms (2:30 pm)

Sarah and Kelly will talk about their recent book releases and meet
with event attendees for autographs and questions.

Music by “The Devonshire Jazz”
with light refreshments for all.

2 Raffle dra
wings were held featuring

The Grand Raffle

1st prize: $500.00 cash
Winner: Ruth Fortney

2nd prize: $250.00 in Stoughton Chamber of Commerce gift certificates
Winner: Mary Fons

3rd prize: Dinner & a show for four (4) at Big Sky Restaurant & Stoughton Opera House (value $250.00)
Winner: Steve Fortney

4th prize: Golf for four (4) at the Stoughton Country Club (value $210.00)
Winner: Beverly DeGroot

5th prize: Dresser top mirror hand crafted by Merlin Luschen (value $200.00)
Winner: Alice Long

6th prize: Framed oil painting "Summer at the Union Terrace" by Steven Kozar (value $175.00)
Winner: Lynn Diebel

Tickets were $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00
and were available at the library Circulation Desk or at the event.

Winners didn't need to be present to win !

The 2nd raffle or "Business Donors Raffle" included donations from local merchants and the American Girl Molly doll that was displayed at the library.

Tickets were $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
The winner of the Molly doll did not need to be present to win.

Each attendee will received a special door prize.

All proceeds will be used to support The Stoughton Public Library.

Formerly known as the “Autumn Gala”, this event has been revamped to add a few new twists to the program
while keeping the most important reason for the event, a celebration of the library.

The Friends of Stoughton Public Library are a non-profit, educational organization devoted to promoting and
improving your public library services, materials and facilites of the Stoughton community.