Friends of the Library

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


Landscape Planning: Charles Steele

Join us for Coffee with Friends as landscape architect, Charles Steele, shares his guiding principles of landscape design and his extensive slide library. As an adherent of Jay Appleton and Frank Lloyd Wright, Steele brings their perspectives on design to residential landscapes. A printed outline and plant list will be available. Sunday, April 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Program Room 2B, Monroe County Public Library. Free and Open to the Public!

Ellettsville Book Sale!

The Big Book Sale at the Ellettsville Branch Library is open to the public Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. Items are $1 or less on Friday and $2 per bag on Saturday. Plenty of free parking at the Ellettsville Branch!

Proceeds are used to support Library needs. Come buy some good books at great prices and help the Library at the same time. Spread the word! Your friends want to know about the great bargains on books they can get.

Dine Out for the Library

Esan Thai Restaurant has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service, and friendly staff. Enjoy lunch or dinner! Esan Thai is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality, fresh ingredients. Dine out at Esan Thai on Thursday, May 18 and Thursday, May 25, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Show your flier when you dine and the Friends will receive 15% of your purchase. Your meal will taste even better knowing you’re contributing to an award-winning library for all in the community. Your dining out has brought in more than $9,500 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. Your act of giving speaks loudly.Please join Audrey and John McCluskey and 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.

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, 10am-6pm
(812)349-3050, ext. 1080

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