Friends of the Library

 MCPL at night.

The only way to have a friend is to be one. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dancing in DreamtimeCoffee with Friends

Join us for Coffee with Friends, Sunday, November 13 from 2-3 p.m. in Program Room 2B. Scott Russell Sanders shares information about his work including readings from his new book, Dancing in Dreamtime. In a series of science fiction short stories, Sanders creates a world devastated by climate change, war, and loss of vital resources. Indiana University Press states, "Never before has Sanders's writing been so relevant and never before have the lessons in these stories been so important."

Dine Out for the Library

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Bucceto's on Tuesday, November 15, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Take a night off from cooking and enjoy some Pizza and Pasta with Personality while you support the Library. Show your flier when you dine and the Friends will receive 20% of your purchase. Your meal will taste even better knowing you’re contributing to an award-winning library for all in the community. Show your flier available at library kiosks or print from our website. Your dining out has brought in more than $8,800 for the Library! Thank you for enjoying all that great food.

 Campaign for ExcellenceYou can make an extraordinary difference in our community. Your gift to the Campaign for Excellence contributes to a thriving, dynamic Monroe County. Your generosity will help the Library improve literacy, continue to innovate, spread the joy and power of reading, and reach out to people throughout the community. Please donate today! Your contribution:Audrey and John McCluskey

  • Supports award-winning Library programs for all ages

  • Builds the Library's collection—from books, movies, and music to mobile wi-fi hotspots and digital creativity tools
  • Prepares children for success in school through early literacy initiatives, the Summer Reading Program, and access to new technologies

  • Provides an eAccess library card to every student in Monroe County, enabling access to top-quality Library content in the classroom

  • Will have a greater impact thanks to a matching grant from the Carol R. Nicholas Trust!
  • Your Library works hard every day to provide equitable access to information and technology for everyone in the community. Your donation makes it possible.

The Friends 50th Birthday!

Friends 50th Birthday

We had a blast at our Birthday Bash, celebrating 50 years of the Friends of the Library. It's been wonderful this year connecting with the many people who have a passion for our community's public library. As we reflect on the past, we also must plan for the future to keep Monroe County Public Library an outstanding community asset for years to come. Your gift to the Friends makes possible all of the wonderful programming available at the Library for everyone in the community to enjoy. Tax support makes our Library good. It's the generosity of wonderful, caring people like you who value the importance of a strong public library as a community resource for everyone to enjoy who make our Library great! It's never too late to be a Friend to your library. Please join us. Become a Friend of the Library today! Let's be best friends forever. 

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The Power of Words: MARCH

The Power of Words

Changing Our World—One Author at a Time

The Friends of the Library and Monroe County Public Library were honored to present The Power of Words featuring the authors of March: civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and local artist Nate Powell at the IU Auditorium.

Congressman Lewis and his co-creators inspired all as they discussed their groundbreaking graphic novel series, March, an engaging and award-winning first-hand account of Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights.

Both March books are New York Times Bestsellers and are available for check out at Monroe County Public Library or for purchase at the Friends of the Library Bookstore.

Our format for The Power of Words involved four parts: Read, Discuss, Meet, Act. Continue your journey with this year's Power of Words and ACT. Lewis, Aydin, and Powell stressed the importance of being engaged and voting. Make your voice heard! The Library is proud to partner with the League of Women Voters as your go-to place for information on voting and elections. Use our tools to exercise your rights and fulfill your duties as a citizen of a democracy.

Mission Statement

The Friends of Monroe County Public Library support the mission, vision, and values of the Library. The Friends advocate for Monroe County Public Library and support Library collections, services, programs, and staff development.

Friends of the Library Office

303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

Office Hours: M–F, 9:30am-5pm
(812)349-3050, ext. 1080

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