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Midlothian Public Library Friends of the Library LogoThe Friends of the Midlothian Public Library is a community organization which supports the library in its efforts to provide quality services and programs for the people of Midlothian. Originally formed to assist with the building program

  
in 1987, the current emphasis is on fundraising. Most of the Summer Reading Program activities are is funded by the Friends group. In addition, the Friends provide two to four adult programs a year, support the Reading Clubs, and fund special purchases or projects.

This group remains successful due to the leadership.

Current officers are:

President - Joanna Whitten
Vice-President - 
Secretary - Joyce Holste
Treasurer - Rita Sareny

Friends Meetings:

  • Please contact the library for dates and times of Friends of the Library Meetings.

If you would like to join the Friends Of The Midlothian Library please stop by to fill out a membership form or print a form. 
Membership dues are $5.00 for an individual and $10.00 for Families, Businesses or Groups per year (April - March).

Whether or not you are a member please support the Friends of the Midlothian Library by attending our events.

Friends of the Library Fundraisers

Current fundraisers include: three book sales a year, a continuous book sale, and an annual Holiday Craft sale.

BOOK SALES

Book Sales are held three times a year. Books donated by the general public throughout the year, as well as selected library discards, are put into storage by library staff until the next book sale. Approximately 40 adult volunteer hours are needed to manage the sale.

 On the Thursday before the sale volunteers move and sort donations and otherwise prepare for the sale. Usually 4 to 6 volunteers come from 3:00- 4:00 p.m. to move the donations from storage into the meeting room. At 6:30 p.m. volunteers place materials on the tables, sort by type, put up signs and organize the area. Set up takes from three-quarters of an hour to two hours depending on the number of volunteers.

During the sale, Saturday Volunteers are needed to: verify membership for the members only pre-sale from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., cashier, bag, help carry materials for customers, maintain order, answer questions, keep materials from falling on floor, and clean up.

  

Book Sale Nook

Throughout the year the Book Nook is continuously filled with magazines and books for sale from the stored donations. The Book Nook is located by the north entrance to the meeting room by the drinking fountain.

 

Holiday Craft Sale

The Annual Holiday Craft sale is held on the first Saturday of December. All items sold are donated. We are fortunate to have the crochet class (The Knit Wits), a very generous group of ladies as a major contributor. In addition items are donated by the staff, board members, Friends members and occasionally by our patrons. All donations are greatly appreciated. Donations are generally collected during the month of before the sale. Set up is held on the Friday before the sale. This sale is much less labor intensive. Set up requires three or more to set up tables, display items, price items, and make and post signs. On the day of the sale 20 volunteer hours are sufficient to manage it.