Friends of the Library

 MCPL at night.

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

It's the FrieFriends 50th Birthdaynds of the Library's 50th Birthday! 2015 will be a year of celebration—reflecting on the past and planning for the future of the Friends of Monroe County Public Library. We need your help to celebrate in style! Please review the list of 50th birthday activities and indicate where you would like to join in. You may return completed forms to any Library checkout desk in an envelope marked Friends of the Library. Or scan and email to fol at Everyone's invited to the party. Please join us in making this a memorable year for the Friends of the Library!

Keep your Library strong - Give today! 
Campaign for Excellence

Your gift to the Friends' 2014 Campaign for Excellence will allow Monroe County Public Library to reach new audiences with early liSteve and Sandy Moberlyteracy outreach programs, and will extend opportunities to everyone in our community to read, learn, discover, and create. Your gift will enable the Library to introduce digital creativity tools to children and families, support Math Homework Help, expand the collections, and invest in digital conDonateNowtent to support school assignments. Campaign chairs, Steve and Sandy Moberly love being involved with Monroe County Public Library and hope you will join them in supporting the Library as it grows and adapts to the changing needs of our community. Your contribution directly supports all Library programming, from the popular Children's Summer Reading program to VITAL, which provides basic literacy tutoring for adults. Your generosity will make a difference! Thank you for all you do to support Monroe County Public Library.

Friends Receive 2014 Indiana Authors Award grant

2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award National Author Winner Michael Shelden has selected the Monroe County Public Library as the recipient of a $2,500 grant. The Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, and the grants recognize the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation. Shelden has designated that the funds be used to build the Friends of the Library's Collections Endowment, as a permanent investment yielding an annual gift for purchase of content for the Library.

"I'm delighted to give back something to an institution that has given so much to me,” said Shelden. “The director and staff of the Library have been great supporters of my work and of Indiana authors in general. I treasure my long association with this public gem in my community."

The Friends of the Library have welcomed Shelden several times to the Library as he has shared the stories and photos behind his books. His talks about his books, Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years and Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill drew large crowds and were informative, fascinating, and thoroughly entertaining. Shelden is currently working on a book about Herman Melville and Moby Dick. Learn more about Shelden in this NUVO interview with him upon receiving the Indiana Authors Award. 

Bookstore Now Open on Sundays!

The Friends of the Library Bookstore will now be open on Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. Take advantage of free parking downtown on Sundays to pick up wonderful books, music, and movies at amazingly low prices. The Bookstore is now located directly off the atrium on the first floor of the Main Library with an expanded selection. Proceeds from the Bookstore help the Friends of the Library fund all of the special programs at the Library. Spread the word!

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-4pm
(812)349-3050, ext. 1080
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