Citywide Friends Consider Online Book Sales
The new Madison Public Library support facility on Badger Road will be ready soon, and in it will be space for Friends of Madison Public Library groups to sort and store book donations as they prepare for their fundraising book sales.
A discussion at the recent citywide Friends meeting centered on whether members should research the market value of used books donated for their sales so that more valuable titles could be priced higher or sold online to generate a greater profit. A computer could be available at the new facility to look up the book values.
“The Friends agree that when someone donates books to a library Friends group, they are doing so because they want to support that library, and the Friends feel it is their responsibility to make the most out of each donation,” said Friends President Nadine Pfotenhauer. “The reality is that looking up the value of books and selling them online is time-intensive.”
The Friends concluded that with resources for online evaluation and space to store more valuable books, it may become easier to invest the time and generate more book sale profits, which would go directly to the programs and support that the Friends provide for their respective library.