About the Friends of the Library

Mission Statement

The Monroe County Public Library Foundation (Friends) supports the mission, vision, and values of the Library. The Friends advocates for the Library and supports Library collections, services, programs, and staff development.



Office Manager: Mary Jean Regoli, 812-349-3050 ext. 1080; fol [at] mcpl.info (subject: Friends%20of%20the%20Library%20question%2Fcomment)
Bookstore Operator: Mike Burns, 812-349-3083



President: Emily Bedwell
Vice President: Patsy Rahn
Secretary: Elspeth Hayden
Treasurer: Tom Zoss
Bookstore Committee Chair: John Baumert
Coffee with Friends Committee Chair: Patsy Rahn
Finance Committee Chair: Thomas Zoss
Hospitality Committee Chair: Carol Pierce
Marian Armstrong Exhibit Committee Chair: Deloice Holliday
Membership Committee Chair: Andrew Rhoda
Power of Words Committee Co-Chairs: Lori Dekydtspotter and Andrew Rhoda
Emily Bedwell
Tom Bitters
Harriet Castrataro
Chris Hosler
Mary Popp
Barbara Weinberg


Annual Reports

Published at the end of June, annual reports include a summary of activities, fiscal information, and a list of Friends staff, officers, and board members.

2018 · 2017 · 2016 · 2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2011 · 2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006 · 2005 · 2004


Library Bears

The Library bears were a gift from the Friends, dedicated in 1997. They were purchased to enhance the plaza on Kirkwood Avenue, and to celebrate the Library as the center of the community. The bears are made from local limestone and together weigh 4.5 tons. Sculptor Karl Schiefer saw the bears as a family group and hoped that the community would recognize the unity represented by the bears. The Friends held a naming ceremony on June 1, 2008 in celebration of International Children's Day. The winning names were Sunny (the walking or father bear, named by Francis Sun, age 4), Luna (the mother bear, named by Olivia Pate, age 11), and Snowdrop (the baby, named by Amara Crook, age 9).


Little Free Library

The Friends installed several Little Free Libraries around Bloomington. Through the Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Locate a Little Free Library.