Get to Know Barbara Madrid of Friends of the Library's Book Place

The Soroptimists' SOUNDING BOARD TV program turned the camera inward to interview club member Barbara Madrid about the Friends of the Library.

Barbara Madrid, an impressive retiree working with the Friends of the Marin County Free Library, manages Novato’s shop called .  She is also a club member of Soroptimist International of Novato. The Soroptimist SOUNDING BOARD program on decided to turn the camera inward to interview one of its own club members — Madrid — about the Friends of the Library, which is on a path driven to raise funds for the local public library.

The Book Place is at 1608 Grant Ave. and is open daily. Books are gladly received as donations, which are then resold at low prices to the public.  Many hard working volunteers help staff the store keeping it open seven days a week. Volunteer opportunities are available which include sorting new inventory, shelving books, and storefront selling.  Even just three volunteer hours a month are a wonderful gift to the libraries.  Email mcflFriends@pacbell.net for details about volunteering.

You can also join the Friends of the Library, which provides you with a newsletter, advanced notice of sales, and information about volunteer opportunities.  Check out MarinLibraryFriends.marin.org as it shares upcoming sales, key issues facing the library, store hours, and volunteer contacts.

Watch our weekly SOUNDING BOARD shows, or watch this particular program embedded below.

The “Sounding Board” programs on NPAT are produced by club members of Soroptimist International of Novato. This blog is a preview of a program that is yet to be shown, and will be shown on a Wednesday evening at 7 or 7:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday morning at 9 and 9:30 a.m. NPAT is our local Channel 26. NPAT's full programming can be viewed at www.npat.org/.

Remember that the statements, opinions, and views expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Soroptimist International of Novato nor that of Novato Public Access Television.  

For more information about Soroptimist International of Novato, check out www.soropnovato.org.  

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Sylvia Barry July 15, 2012 at 04:21 PM
As I get to know my club members better, I am impressed by what they all do. Both Barbara (the interviewee) and Fredda (the Interviewer and our Sounding Board co-chair) are unpretentious; but they see a need and not only do they fill the need, they make tremendous improvements in the process, all through their volunteer work. And Carole (our past president) is doing the same, before her retirement this year, and more so now that she has retired.
Jennifer Goldfinger July 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I have been volunteering at the Book Place for nearly a year now. Barbara Madrid does an incredible job of running the store using volunteers exclusively. The Book Place is a wonderful community resource, very cheap books and the proceeds go to our library. Join us by volunteering, donating books or buying books.
Sylvia Barry July 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Here is something I wrote a while back about the Book Place - the Little Book Store that Can ... http://novato.patch.com/blog_posts/the-book-place-the-little-book-store-that-can
Patricia Hess July 15, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I've been volunteering at the Friends book store for 14 years now--before it was called The Book Place. Our store is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers, and is a terrific place to browse for something great to read.
Carole Bennett July 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I got so excited about the volunteer opportunities, that I failed to emphasize what a wonderful place the Book Place is! Thanks, Jennifer and Sylvia, for adding your thoughts.
Carole Bennett July 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Patricia, you must have been online at the very same moment! You are a tireless long time volunteer with the Book Place! I just received the informative newsletter in the mail this week, all edited by you! Good job!
Carole Bennett July 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thank you, Sylvia, for reminding us of that great article you wrote some time ago. I hope everyone reads it, as it truly tells the details of Book Place. What a gold mine!
M. Calwald July 16, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you Barbara Madrid for all of your service to our community.
Imee Birkett July 17, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Thanks to all the volunteers at the Book Place.


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