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Friends Groups Busy Hosting Fundraisers

The Friends of Madison Public Library held its annual Book Club Café event on May 10 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This year’s featured author was renowned animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell, who talked about her recent book, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog. All proceeds will benefit the libraries.

In other Friends group news, the Friends of the Lakeview Library, the Friends of the Pinney Library and the Friends of the Sequoya Library groups are hosting book sales over the summer to benefit each neighborhood library.


June 16, 6–7:45 p.m. (pre-sale for Friends members only; membership applications are available at the sale)

June 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (bag sale 2–4 p.m.)


June 8, noon–8:30 p.m. (pre-sale for Friends members; membership applications are available at the sale)

Friday, June 9, 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (bag sale, $5 per bag)


All sales held at 442 Westgate Mall, next to TJMaxx

June 3, July 1, July 15, August 5

All sales are on Saturdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (bag sale at 2 p.m.)

All of the Friends groups, particularly the Sequoya Friends, are seeking volunteers to help leading up to and at the book sales. Please visit or contact your favorite library to learn more.

Patricia McConnell (left) and Monroe Street Library League President Carol “Orange” Schroeder at Book Club Café.

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