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Upcoming Book Sales


friends super spring book saleNext Book Sale: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018 during library hours. The sale will be held in the library's warehouse. Use the north parking lot and enter towards the rear of the building. There is a $10 fee to bring in a scanner to any book sales, including preview sales for Friends members.


Friends Need Sorting Help

The Friends always need people to help sort for upcoming book sales. If interested, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Friends at or call 815-385-0036, the main library number.

Upcoming Friends Meetings

For 2017:  September 14 & November 16. For 2018: March 15, all at 7 p.m. at the library. Visitors are always welcome to attend.

Please note that the Friends no longer accept donations of LP records, VHS, cassettes, encyclopedias, textbooks, ripped, stained, mildewed books or Reader's Digest Condensed books. Bring donated items to the Checkout Desk for a receipt. Volunteers are also needed to help sort books before the sale. For more information or to help with the book sales/sorting, contact the Friends at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Bill Edminster, Assistant Library Director and Friends liaison, at 815-385-0036.

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About the Friends

The Friends of the McHenry Public Library is a non-profit organization whose members are interested in promoting the value of the library, enriching its resources and promoting its services. The Friends provide support for the library through volunteer service, fund-raising and program promotion.

The Friends board and members generally meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of certain months in the library's Meeting Room. All potential members are welcome to attend. Volunteer opportunities include: book sales, book sorting, special speakers, children's programs, membership, newsletter/publicity, and special events.

Anyone interested in serving on a Friends committee or volunteering for a Friends project should leave a message for us at the library's Checkout Desk or call Bill Edminster at 815-385-0036. You can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

Officers: Judy Moore, President; Ethel Huberty, Vice President; Barb Knospe, Secretary; Georgann Caputo, Treasurer.


The Friends host fund-raising events each year such as used and ongoing book sales, and they help sponsor the annual Summer Reading Program as well as children's book discussion groups and movie programs. Their ongoing used book sale area is near the library's Checkout Desk.

Membership Benefits

In addition to the satisfaction of nurturing the library, Friends members enjoy the chance to contribute to the growth and well-being of our community and it's an opportunity to have fun and socialize with others who value the library's contributions to our lives.


How to Join the Friends

Click here to download and print a membership form, or pick one up at the library's Checkout Desk and return it with your dues payment. Your renewable membership is good for one calendar year as indicated on the membership card.


Funds raised by the Friends help the library to thrive by purchasing items not covered in the library's regular budget, and by sponsoring programs and special celebrations. Recent gifts include:

        • New public services desks
        • Digital monitors for lobby announcements
        • Annual movie license
        • Inventory security system
        • Summer reading incentives
        • Sponsorship of children's book discussion groups

The Friends have accomplished a great deal since the group was formed many years ago. Please consider joining the Friends in their efforts.