Friends of the Library

Mission

The Friends of the Oconomowoc Public Library is a non-profit group created to assist the library in its efforts to meet community needs by developing (and encouraging participation in) library programs and activities which contribute to the educational and cultural life of this community; to promote public awareness of the library by providing information to the public about library services, facilities, and needs; to assist in raising funds for special library needs; and to advance a close understanding and cooperation between library users, Trustees, and Librarians. 

Bylaws

Please call (262) 569-2193 with questions regarding the Friends.

 

Annual Membership

Individual: $5.00
Family: $10.00
Senior: $3.00

 

Volunteer

Friends’ volunteers assist with the bi-annual book sales, library hospitality, special events, and fundraising. 

Upcoming Events

  • No Events

Book Sale Donations

book-donationsThe Friends' of the Library book sales would not be possible without donations! 
Donations are accepted during normal library hours.

 

We gladly accept . . .

  • clean and well cared for books
  • playable audiobooks
  • playable CDs or DVDS

We do not accept (and cannot sell at the book sale) . . .

  • Magazines
  • Damaged or soiled books or books that have an odor - if you wouldn't buy it, please don't donate it.
  • VHS tapes
  • CDs or DVDs without cases and/or covers
  • Out-of-date textbooks or educational materials
  • Out-of-date encyclopedias

If you would like a tax receipt, please complete a form at the library listing the items you are donating. The library cannot assess the value of the donation. Please contact us at 262-569-2193 with questions.

Friends' FAQs

What are the benefits of being a Friend of OPL?

Early admission to book sales and library support.

How are proceeds of book sales utilized?

Prizes for summer reading program, children and adult; books for special programs, books on CDs and many more uses.

Do you need people to donate books for the book sale?

Yes! Just bring books and AV materials in boxes to OPL.

Do you need volunteers and why?

Yes, to sort books, set-up for the sale and to staff the sale during sale hours.

Why do people get so into the book sale?

People like to sort the books to get a preview and like to discover hidden treasures.

What would happen to our cities, towns if we had no libraries?

No place for people to have access to in-depth information, free reading and viewing materials, no support for school liaison, no one stressing the importance of reading & education.

What is the price range for the books?

50 cents for children's books and $1.00 for adult books.

What types of books are at the sale?

A wide range of subject matter ranging from fiction to sports, biography to children’s books.

Is it possible to find books at the sale that could be considered rare?

It is possible, but we do try to identify those during sorting and hold them for OPL’s benefit.

About how many books will be available for people to consider buying?

Approximately 5,000.

Book Bags

Sturdy, environmentally friendly book bags are available through the Friends of the Library for $1.00 at the Library Circulation Desk.

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