Friends of the Library

 MCPL at night.

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

Dine and Donate at Lennie'sDine Out for the Library

Enjoy a night out in a friendly, cozy environment with great food by Chef Fred Manion and artisan ales by Bloomington Brewing Company. Visit every Tuesday in June! June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 4-9 pm. Show your flier available at library kiosks or print from our website and Lennie's will donate 20% of your purchase to the Library. 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 $7,300 for the Library! Thank you for enjoying all that great food.

 Coffee with Friends
Writers’ Groups in Bloomington
Please join us for Coffee with Friends on Sunday, June 5, 2-3 pm, Meeting Room 1B, featuring several local writing groups. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Joanne Passet, an academic history writer who is also writing a young adult novel with an historical background. All are welcome whether you are a novice author, published author, active in a current writing group, or want to reflect and write about your own life. Learn more about the local resources available to support you in developing your writing. Drop in for this Friends of the Library program!

McCarty family loves the Library!

Campaign for Excellence



Your gift to the Campaign for Excellence enriches lives and strengthens our community by providing equitable access to information and opportunities to read, learn, discover, and create. 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:

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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