How to Love Your Library

Friends of the Library

Do you love your Library? There are many ways to show it! Here are just a few...

  1. Consider donating. The Friends of the Library make all Library programming, including summer reading, possible! Gifts to The Friends contribute 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 people throughout the community.
  2. Shop at or donate materials to the Friends of the Library Bookstore. They always need books––old or new, unread or well-loved. Cassette tapes, artwork, VHS movies, DVDs, music CDs, and vinyl records are also gladly accepted.
  3. Get involved! Long-term and short-term volunteer opportunities are available to those who want to contribute their time or talent. There are opportunities to become a literacy tutor, help out The Friends, and more! Getting involved isn't just volunteering though. Try attending one of the Library's unique programs or participating in summer reading.
  4. Follow MCPL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BuzzFeed, SoundCloud, and YouTube. Did you know that liking and sharing posts helps increase engagement? That means that more people will be able to share your Library love! 
  5. Participate in the VITAL Quiz Bowl. This fun, fast-paced trivia competition is your chance to show off your smarts while raising money and awareness for the Library's adult literacy program, Volunteers in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL).
  6. Do you work for an area organization? Consider partnering with the Library on an event or hosting copies of our seasonal program guide.
  7. If you're a writer or have contacts with the media, suggest a story about the many ways libraries serve their communities. You can also write a letter to the editor of your newspaper in support of the Library.
  8. Tell a friend! Never underestimate the power of word of mouth. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to learn about Library happenings (and share them with a friend).
  9. Celebrate what makes your Library unique. Is it the zine collection? Level Up's musical instruments? Community Access Television Services? How about the everyday patron?
  10. Embrace the digital age. Did you know you can access the Library from the comfort of your own digital device anywhere in the world? MCPL's eLibrary includes eBooksmusicaudiobooks, popular and classic movies and TVmagazines and newspaperslearning opportunitiesDIYcurated academic and research materialslocal and family historycommunity resources, and more.