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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.

2014 Calendar of Events

Friends Board Meeting
December 10, 6:15 p.m., Carnegie Room

Although 2014 is nearly over, we are already planning for 2015
Stay tuned for more!

January is Membership Month

Check out
the recent episode of "Library Links"

A new WSTO TV show hosted by Library Director, Richard MacDonald
In this episode, Richard interviews Nancy Keeney, Friends President, to learn about the Friends
and their upcoming events including the Fall Fundraiser.

(click here)

The Friends of Stoughton Public Library
"Friends Fall Fundraiser 2014"

The major prize raffle for the "Fall Fundraiser" offered

A grand prize of $500.00 cash
Winner: Thom Thomassen of Madison

A getaway to the Naeset Roe Inn
Winner: Doris Helmke of Stoughton

A golf outing for 4 at the Stoughton Country Club
Winner: Mary Nordland of Cottage Grove

A Mission Oak style sofa table handcrafted by Merlin Luschen
Winner: Don and Rhoda Mix of Stoughton


4 tickets to the Opera House
Winner: Peggy Kiss of Stoughton

The major prize raffle tickets were $5.00 or 6 for $20.00.
Winners did not need to attend the event.

Thank you to these local businesses for their support!

Sponsors donating $250.00 or more.

D.W. Nelson Inc.

Cress Funeral and Cremation Service

Prize Donors for the Major Raffle

Friends of the Library

Naeset Roe Inn

Stoughton Country Club

Merlin Luschen

Stoughton Opera House


Prize Donors for the Table Raffle

H & R Block

Asleson's True Value

The Flower Factory Inc.

Sugar & Spice Eatery & Deli

Fosdal Home Bakery

Radio Shack of Stoughton

Cinema Cafe

Sues Hairstyling


Smith Photography


Stoughton Veterinary Service

Pizza Pit

Prize Impressions


Papa Murphy's

US Cellular of Stoughton

Stoughton Hospital

BlackHawk Community Credit Union

McFarland State Bank

Edward Jones

Nancy Keeney

Sarah Bukrey

Greg Jacobs


Artisan Woods Gallery of Mt. Horeb

Cash Donations

H & R Block
/Thomas Fendrick

R & S Insurance Agency, Inc.

The “A Tribute to Elvis” featuring Tony Rocker”event started at 4:30 pm when the doors opened for a social hour
with coffee or a complimentary drink and time to purchase raffle tickets for two raffles.

The small item raffle was available to event attendees and featured local donations and tickets were sold for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

Dinner was a buffet of baked chicken, beef tips in gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, salad, bread & butter and dessert bars.

At the conclusion of the musical program, the raffle winners were drawn and announced.

Event and raffle tickets were available for purchase at the Library or Viking Lanes


Proceeds will be used to support The Stoughton Public Library.

The Library Staff rely on the money raised by various friends events to supplement the library budget.
Without these funds the Children’s Summer Library Program would not be able to afford some of the presenters for programs,
purchase supplies and reading incentive prizes, craft project supplies, purchase high demand DVDs and books for the Lucky Day collections,
replace worn out or lost copies of classic books and DVDs, add titles to the magazine collection and so much more.

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 means to raise money for the Library,while celebrating 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.

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 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...

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 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 2014" 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*

Saturday at the Library
in the lower level Carnegie Meeting Room
from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm*

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

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
The 2014 Fall Book Sale is the month!
was held September 17-20

The Spring 2015 Book Sale will be held at the end of April.

Our book sales 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.

One of our Book Sale set up crews

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 including :

Loads of popular fiction by favorite authors.

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

Children's books featuring picture books and readers.

Lots of music CDs and DVDs.

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. 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.
at the library, in the lower level Carnegie Meeting Room.

December 10th

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



Thank You for Your Support!

The Friends of the Library
Coffee Break Festival

Mini Book Sale & Raffle
Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Hope you had a chance to stop by the Coffee Break Festival at Mandt Park
and visit the Art & Craft Fair to shop the Friends Book Sale.

There were lots of great bargains including paperbacks to refresh your summer reading supply.

In conjunction with the Coffee Break Festival, The Friends once again held a raffle with beautiful items
many being handcrafted by local residents.

Prizes & Winners

Two Framed flowers watercolor paintings by Carolyn Carroll (raffled separately)
Winner of the painting with green border ~ Peg Sharpe
Winner of the painting with yellow border ~ Bev DeGroot

Two throw pillows donated by Jeanne Burt (raffled as a set)
Winner ~ Doris Tyler

A hand-crafted “mini masterpiece” pendant necklace by Kathryn Vaughn
Winner ~ Lynn Jacobson

An Angels table runner handmade by Nancy & Ann Keeney
Winner ~ Kay Davis

A hand knitted “ponchini” scarf by Karin Campbell
Winner ~ DeAnna Finley

The raffle drawing took place at 3 pm on August 16th, 2014 at the Library.

Prize winners were called following the drawing and
should pick up their prizes at the library by Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

Prizes not picked up will be used as part of the Fall Fundraiser in October.

The proceeds from this event will help the Friends the library purchase materials,
hire performers for programs and fund the summer reading programs.


The Stoughton Public Library is a member of the South Central Library System.
This page was last updated on December 10, 2014