About the Friends

The Friends of the Library volunteer group has for decades been vital to the library. If not for the hard work of our Friends, we would not be here today. The Friends fundraising and advocacy allowed us to put up a new library building in 2002, have given us much-needed furniture and equipment, funded fantastic programs for the public, and brought new faces through our doors. Please, consider joining!

Current Officers:
President: Phillip Braithwaite
Vice President: Kyra Kubehl
Treasurer: Maureen Hafner-Lazers
Secretary: Ellen James

Join the Friends or just volunteer!  Help us continue to help our library.


The Friends of the Marshall Library provide financial assistance to the library and offer yearly scholarships to graduating high school students. The Friends have purchased furniture, bookends, supplies and paid for event performers and speakers.  We also sponsor the Village wide Garage Sale Day by purchasing newspaper ads and distributing printed sale map flyers.
The Friends hold annual fundraisers, including: Annual Book Sale, Dog Wash, Craft and Bake Sale. We hope you will consider volunteering for one of our events. 

Membership dues: $5—single person;   $10—family;   $30—business member. 
 

If you would like to join us, the 2022 meetings are held at the library on the second Thursday of every other month at 6:00 pm September 8, November 10, 2022.  *May 12th is the annual meeting.

The Friends hold multiple major fundraising events every year. Volunteers are very welcome at:

Book Sale @ the library - (Usually, The second week in May.) In 2022, Thursday, May 12, is a special Friends "members only" preview sale from 3-6pm.  Friday, May 13, the book sale is open to the public 8am-1pm. Saturday, May 14, the book sale is open to the public 8am-3pm. Volunteers are needed to haul in and set up thousands of books in the weeks before the book sale. If you'd like to help, please call Leaota Braithwaite at 608-655-3700.


The Village Wide Garage Sale Day is (usually) held on the same Saturday as our Book Sale.  In 2022, the Marshall Village Wide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, May 14. The Friends sponsor the Garage Sale Day by coordinating the sale map listings and fees, and placing ads on social media and in the local newspaper.  More information is found on the library Home page. If you'd like to list your sale on the official map, fill out this form, and return to the library with $5 donation by April 30th.


Dog Wash  -  Saturday July 9th, 2022. 9am-Noon. Volunteers are needed for dog bathing and drying, cashier, picture taking, and the bandana booth.

Bake and Craft Sale - 2022 DATE TO BE DETERMINED. Usually the second Saturday in December in the library community room. 8am-2pm. Volunteers are needed to donate baked goods, price donations, act as cashier, and clean up. 

The Friends have also done Gala events (such as wine tastings), Trivia, indoor mini golf, and volunteer appreciation banquets. If you want to help, let us know!