Friends of the Library

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

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Enjoy an evening out at Alchemy, where you'll find the freshest homemade pasta, great small plates to share, and a wonderful selection of classic cocktails, wine, and beer! Alchemy will donate 15% of what you spend when you bring your flyer and dine any time after 4 p.m. on July 10, 17, and 24. Show your flyer available at library kiosks or print from our website. Experience a classy environment free of electronic devices in the renovated Princess Theater. Please note that Alchemy only welcomes diners who are 21+. Your dining out has brought in more than $15,000 for the Library! Thank you for enjoying all that great food.

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For the entire month of July, when you pick up the reusable Giving Bag featuring the Giving Tag at the Fresh Thyme store located at 3600 W 3rd St, the Friends of the Library will receive the $1 default donation. If you're a Fresh Thyme shopper and have been thinking about buying a bag, July is the month to do so! Help support Monroe County Public Library and purchase the Fresh Thyme Giving Bag today. Visit Fresh Thyme for details.

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Did you miss Adrian Matejka's talk at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting? Thanks to Community Access TV Service, you can still take in his engaging and thoughtful talk as he read poetry and reflected on the importance of libraries in his life and for everyone. "Libraries, like poetry, are for the people." He noted how apt it was that our meeting was held on Juneteenth, a day that celebrates freedom, as libraries equal knowledge and opportunity and egalitarianism. View more on CATS!

Matejka's is Indiana's Poet Laureate. His most recent book, Map to the Stars (2017), "navigates the tensions between race, geography, and poverty in America during the Reagan Era...In Matejka’s poems, hope is the link between the convoluted realities of being poor and the inspiring possibilities of transcendence and escape—whether it comes from Star Trek, the dream of being one of the first black astronauts, or Sun Ra’s cosmic jazz." Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists.


You can make an extraordinary difference in our community. Your gift to the Campaign for Excellence contributes to a thrivingfriends_jeanne-and-jim-madison_2017c.jpg, dynamic Monroe County. 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. Your act of giving speaks loudly. Please join Jim and Jeanne Madison and donate today! Your contribution:
  • Supports award-winning Library programs for all ages
  • Builds the Library's collection—from books, movies, and music to mobile wi-fi hotspots and digital creativity tools
  • Prepares children for success in school through early literacy initiatives, the Summer Reading Program, and access to new technologies
  • Provides an eAccess library card to every student in Monroe County, enabling access to top-quality Library content in the classroom
  • Your Library works hard every day to provide equitable access to information and technology for everyone in the community. Your donation makes it possible.

Learn more about this year's Campaign for Excellence!

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, 10am-6pm
(812)349-3050, ext. 1080

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