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304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI 53589

Library Hours : Monday -Thursday 9 to 9 and Friday & Saturday 9 to 5

The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library
An independent, non-profit organization that encourages and supports library activites through programs and fundraising.

2015 Calendar of Events

Friends Bi-Monthly Meeting
June 10th
Regular meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
at the library, in the lower level Carnegie Meeting Room, unless another site is noted.

(List of upcoming meetings)

Proceeds of Friends of the Library fundraisers are used to benefit the Stoughton Public Library.

The Library Staff rely on the money raised by various FOL (Friends of the Library) events to supplement the library budget.
Without these funds the Children’s Summer Library Program would not be able to afford many of the presenters for programs,
purchase supplies and reading incentive prizes. Newer programs such as the Adult Summer Reading Program and the Adult Craft Club
receive their funding from the annual FOL donation. The FOL donation is used to purchase high demand DVDs and books for the Lucky Day collections,
worn out or lost copies of classic books and DVDs are replaced and more magazine subscriptons can be purchased for the collection and much more.

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.

Check out
the recent episode of

"Library Links"

A new WSTO TV show hosted by Library Director, Richard MacDonald. Join Richard as he talks with
various guests from the library world as they shine a spotlight on books, movies and all things library.

(click here)

How can you be the best Friend you can be?

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

 Print Membership Dues Form
(click here to print form)

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 member, you will receive the Friends newsletter, The Sampler, 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 other fundraising events---the Friends raise funds for an annual donation to the Library. That donation lets the Friends sponsor special children’s, young adult and adult programs throughout the year including the children's summer reading program and more. There are several membership dues levels available, ranging from "Friend" for an annual donation of as little as $10.00.

Remember, donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to join, simply complete the Membership form and send it with your check to: The Friends of the Library, Stoughton Public Library, 2364 Jackson St., #186, Stoughton, WI 53589, or drop it off at the library’s circulation desk.


Thanks for being a Friend!
Jeanne Burt, Membership Chair



Congratulations Claudette Higgins!
2014 Friend of the Year!

2014 Friend of the Year, Claudette Higgins is picture above (left) with Nancy Keeney,
FOL President as they inspect the Friend of the Year plaque.

For 2014, we recognize Claudette Higgins for her continued service to the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library. Claudette has served as Secretary for the Friends of the Library Board for several years. Thanks to her attention to detail, organization skills and prompt minutes, the FOL are keep on track when it comes to all of the projects that are in progress. Claudette is very active with the Friends and is always willing to lend a hand in "getting things done" and in fact, she has assisted with all of the fundraising efforts since she joined the Friends. As a side benefit to the Friends, Claudette is also involved with several local organizations and clubs where she is always willing to spread the word about the latest Friends projects. Thank you for all you do!

During the February 11, 2015 Annual Friends meeting, Claudette was honored officially for her dedication and endless support of the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library. She was gifted a lovely plant and refreshments were served before and after the meeting. 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 2015
Annual Donation = $10,500!

During the February 2015 Annual Friends Meeting, the Library was gifted with a check for $10,500.00 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 so much more.

FOL President Nancy Keeney (left) presented Library Director Richard McDonald
with the 2015 annual donation.

The Friends Donate Another $1,500
to the 2nd Floor Renovation Project

Friends President, Nancy Keeney (far right) hands of a check for $1,500 for the 2nd floor Renovation Project. Pictured with Nancy are Dave Mannis ( Fundraising Committee) and Denise Duranczyk (Library Board and Fundraising Committee).

In addition to this most recent donation, the Friends helped kickoff the 2nd floor Fundraising efforts last fall with a donation of $1,000. The Friends also applied for and were awarded a grant which will partially fund the addition of a secruity camera system. The remaining funds for the system will be realized through Friends fundraising efforts in the coming year.


Pie Place 2015

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 2015" in mind when you're planning your Syttende Mai activities.

Friday Night at Division Street Park
at the Canoe Portage starting at 5:30 pm

Saturday at the Library
at the Library opening at 9 am – 1pm
or until the pies are gone

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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The 2015 Spring Book Sale was held at the library
on Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th.

Setting up for a Book Sale

Back row: Jim Keeney and Greg Jacobs
Front Row: Nancy Keeney, Kathy Sweet, Lori Matthews and David Sweet

There is always something for everyone at the book sale. Recent material included :

Loads of popular fiction by favorite authors.

Stephen King

James Bond/Ian Fleming

Westerns, Mysteries, SF/Fantasy & Romance

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

Children's books featuring picture books and readers.

Loads of music CDs and DVDs.

Children's toys, puzzles and games.

2009 World Book Encyclopedias

Special Attractions

At times, we come across items that are more unique than the average book sale material
and so these items 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.

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, usually given to another non-profit organization, see below.
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 welcomes donations of new and used books on behalf of the Friends of the Library for the Friends book sales.

The Library Circulation Desk will accept no more than a box or bag. If you have larger quantities 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 2015 regular meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
at the library, in the lower level Carnegie Meeting Room.

June 10th

August 12th

October 14th

December 9th

Although, you may leave items for the Friends at the Library at the library,
we prefer to have mail directed to our PO Box to streamline mailings, membership renewals, etc.

Friends of the Stoughton Public Library
2364 Jackson St., #186
Stoughton, WI 53589


“The Spring Fling Brunch”

was held Saturday, March 14th

11 am - 1 pm at Christ Lutheran Church on Hwy B., Stoughton

The event included a buffet brunch offering
breakfast casseroles, fruit, etc. coffee/tea and sweets.

Music was provided by The Devonshire Jazz Trio.

Becky Guzman from Dianokos Designs offered a display of jewelry from her shop
and she gave a presentation on the history of beads.

A gift basket auction provided several high bidders with some great bargains that included
a pasta supper for 4, garden decor, letter writing essentials, a Bucky Badger Bucket, a Mary Kay pamper basket and more.


Tickets & name tags for all.

The Devonshire Jazz Trio entertained.



An overview of the event



Becky Guzman (left) talks about the history of beads while her daughter, Alyssa, works on a new creation.

Stoughton High School "Key Club" members donated their time to help as servers and pitched in to help the clean up crew.
"Thanks girls, you did a great job!"


Thank you to everyone who worked so hard and donated gift baskets, food and more!

The Stoughton Public Library is a member of the South Central Library System.
This page was last updated on May 19, 2015