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Upcoming Book Sales


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Spring Used Book Sale -- Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2019 during library hours. Where: in the library's warehouse -- use Entrance B on northwest side of building. 

Volunteers are always needed to help sort books before the sales. 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.


Upcoming Friends Meetings

The Friends meet periodically. Check the library's Events Calendar for exact dates/times. Visitors are always welcome to attend.


Book Donation Guidelines

Bring small donations to the Checkout Desk. Large donations (more than 2 boxes) are only accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For large donations, please call ahead (815-385-0036) and ask to speak to our Building Manager to set a time to bring your items to our warehouse Entrance B. If you'd like a receipt for your donation for tax purposes, please ask a staff member. 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. 


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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 February, May, September and November 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.