About the Friends of the Library

Mission Statement

The Friends of Monroe County Public Library 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 Manager: Mike Burns, (812) 349-3083


President: Diane Gregory
Vice President (and Chair of Coffee with Friends Committee): Patricia Steele
Secretary: Emily Bedwell
Treasurer: Ina Jung
Chair of Membership Committee: Tom Bitters
Chair of Marian Armstrong Exhibit Committee: Deloice Holliday
Chair of Power of Words Committee: Marilyn Irwin
Chair of Bookstore Committee: Ann McEndarfer
Chair of Hospitality Committee: Carol Pierce
Chair of Finance Committee: Thomas Zoss
Lori Dekydtspotter
Margaret Harter
Elspeth Hayden
Chris Hosler
Patrick Murray
Benjamin Ollen
Mary Popp
Patsy Rahn
Andrew Rhoda
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.