The Friends of the Middleton Public Library helps carry out the library’s mission of fostering a love of learning and providing access to resources for all members of the community. They provide an extra level of support not possible through the library’s normal operating budget.

An elected board of voluneers leads the Friends, and various committees—with the support of library staff—carry out the group’s goals and mission. Money raised through membership dues, fundraisers, and other initiatives allow the library to operate at a higher level by offering additional programs, services, and materials.

Examples of what the Friends do for the library and community in 2023 include:

Summer Reading Program

($5,500) The annual summer reading program with funding for the kickoff party, volunteer t-shirts, prize books and prize drawings for readers, and program support throughout the summer for all ages!

StoryWalk ©

($8,000) We partner with the Downtown Middleton Business Association to support early literacy and downtown activity. Stop by the library for a free copy of the book and a map of the route!

Outreach and Engagement

($5,000) We provide new books and activities for specific events, such as National Night Out, etc.

Adult Literacy

($1600) – In partnership with the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District and the Madison Library Council, we support dozens of adult English learners through free classes!.

Readers Advisory

We provide free copies of BookPage! Find your next great read with this great review magazine.

Crafts and do-it-yourself activities...

...mindfulness and yoga, and ‘poetry in the park’ for all ages to support connections, friendships, and healthy living.

Staff Support

We support the library staff recognition program!

Donor and Community Support

We support donor stewardship with tools like Little Green Light, and community services like the Middleton Chamber of Commerce Membership. Fun fact – the Friends of the Library have been members of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce for 37 years!

For the coming year...

...the Friends Board has approved a request for $24,500 that will allow the library to fund its 2023 Summer Reading Program, 4 Storywalk events in partnership with Downtown Middleton Business Association (DMBA), community outreach events throughout the year, along with support of programming for all ages.


Memberships expire at the end of the calendar year.

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