Friends of the Library

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

Dine and Donate at UptownDine Out for the Library

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Uptown Cafe on Tuesday, September 13, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Uptown is a Bloomington classic. Experience bold flavors, hearty portions, a diverse Cajun Creole themed menu, craft beers, fine wines, and Bloomington personality. 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 $8,300 for the Library! Thank you for enjoying all that great food.

Coffee with Friends: Literacy is VITALCoffee with Friends

The Friends of the Library invite you to break the silence on adult literacy. Join us for a presentation and discussion with participants from VITAL - Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners at Monroe County Public Library, Sunday, August 28, 2-3 pm. Learn more about the challenges and successes of adult learners in Monroe County, and how tutors can make a difference. VITAL assists learners working on basic literacy as well as those learning English as a new language.

Get information about upcoming volunteer orientations and tutor training sessions. Take a tour of the VITAL office and resource rooms. All are welcome! Free and open to the public, Program Room 2B, Monroe County Public Library.

Bookstore Clearance Sale

Mark your calendars to pick up wonderful books at super bargain prices at the Friends Bookstore Clearance Sale, Friday, September 9 through Monday, September 12 with a special preview sale for Friends members only on Thursday, September 8 from 5:30–7 p.m. Join now or join at the door for early access to thousands of books priced 50 cents to $1. Get reminders by joining the event on Facebook and share with your friends!

Campaign for ExcellenceYour 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:McCarty family loves the Library!

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

FOL at mcpl.info

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