Friends of the Library

 MCPL at night.

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

Friends 50th BirthdayFriends 50th Birthday Bash!

Celebrate 50 years of the Friends of the Library! Join us on Sunday, October 25 for a day of birthday fun featuring music, dancing, crafts, food trucks, and free birthday cupcakes! Bring your friends and family and make an afternoon of celebrating the Friends. The fun begins at noon at the Main Library and at 1 p.m. at the Ellettsville Branch.

Stop by the Main Library for a festive afternoon downtown. Beginning at noon there will be a gathering of food trucks at 6th and Lincoln, as well as free cupcakes and goodies at the Library. Then stick around for these great activities:

Swing Your Partner Birthday Party
Join Tamara Loewenthal and friends for some lively music and dancing in celebration of the Friends. Join us to dance or just listen. For all ages. Drop in from 2:30–4 p.m. in Meeting Room 1B.

Friends Birthday Fun!
Make a birthday card for the Friends of the Library and play classic party games like pin the tail on the Library Bears and beanbag toss. For all ages. Drop in from 1–5 p.m. in the Children's Program Room.

Birthday Bash at the Branch
You can also join us at the Ellettsville Branch for free cupcakes and music by local musician Fred Meyer on the hurdy-gurdy and other traditional instruments. Celebrate as you make a birthday card and other crafts. For all ages. Drop in. The music begins at 2 p.m.


Join us for Coffee with Friends on Sunday, November 8 at 3 pm. Audrey McCluskey will share her book A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow. McCluskey presents a powerful story of courage and perseverance as she draws from the letters and writings of four African American activist women and from remembrances of their students to reveal the pivotal significance of this sisterhood’s legacy for later generations and for the institution of education itself.

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.

It's the Friends of the Library's 50th Birthday! 2015 is a year of celebration—reflecting on the past and planning for the future to keep Monroe County Public Library an outstanding community asset for years to come. Your gift to the Friends makes possible The Friends 50th Birthday!all of the wonderful programming available at the Library for everyone in the community to enjoy. Everyone's invited to the party. Please join us in making this a memorable year for the Friends of the Library! Does the Library have 500 friends? We hope so. Become a Friend of the Library today. Let's be best friends forever.

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–TH, 10am-5pm
(812)349-3050, ext. 1080
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