Friends of the Black Earth Library

Many public libraries were established through the efforts of community members who understood the value of libraries to their communities, and also understood that libraries needed community support to survive.  The Friends of the Library exists to help support the library, financially and through volunteer efforts, beyond the library's tax-supported operations. (FALSA, Friends of Libraries U.S.A.).


The Friends hosted Trivia Night at the Black Earth Children's Museum in October, 2017, jointly with the Friends of the Mazomanie Free Library.  This event raised about $2,000, which was split between the two libraries.  The two libraries also host Mark Moran, antiques appraiser each year, usually in January.  The Friends of the Black Earth Library also host an annual book and bake sale during the weekend of Field Days in August.  They also hold a pie auction at the Concerts in the Park, usually in July.

Sponsored by the Friends

Here are just a few of the wonderful programs and items the Friends have helped pay for:

  • Playaway digital audio books
  • Annual antiques appraisal event with Mark Moran
  • Summer Library Program performers
  • Annaul Public Performance Movie License
  • Funds for Matt Laznicka mural in children's area


President - Pat Mommaerts

Vice President - Gary Olsen

Secretary - Mary Boettcher

Treasurer - Lisa Lutz

Become a Member today!

You can print out a brochure with a form here.