The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library
promote the Library by stimulating a greater use and appreciation of the literary, educational, and cultural advantages the library offers throughout the community. Friends are people who know that a community with a first rate library is a better place to live. Friends bring together involved, caring people who are willing to work for excellent libraries. Friends work by focusing public attention on library needs and services, supporting educational and cultural programs, encouraging volunteer opportunities within the library, providing supplementary financial support, and accepting gifts and donations.
Gifts for every Bibliophile
Check out the Friends Store as part of your holiday shopping! Donations include many books that seem truly brand new. Others bear the interesting comments of previous readers - always fun to jump into someone else's thinking.Make sure the book lovers in your life are equipped to keep the pages turning, whether on the road or cozied up at home.
It's win-win as your purchase dollars support the ongoing good work of the library staff as they plan activities and opportunities for patrons of all ages.
A membership in the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library is also the perfect holiday gift for a friend or family member. Priced from $15 (individual) to $200 (lifetime membership), all annual memberships (gifts, new memberships, and renewals), which typically expire April 30, will be extended to April 30, 2020.
Check out our expanded list of Library Programs on the EVENTS PAGE for both kids and adults Sponsored by the Friends of the Monrovia Public Library
The Friends History
Organized in 1957 with either 56 or 57 members (the records differ). However don't you like the synergy of numbers. The organization incorporated in 1960. For a number of year, it was the only charity organization (501C 3) in town, accepting the Anderson House Museum as a Bicentennial project. The home still stands as the only home in Monrovia built in the earliest years and lived in by a single family.
Members recruited labor and materials to bring the house back to a respectable and quite lovely state opening the house to visitors. Later, as group of members formed the Monrovia Historical Society which still owns and shares the Anderson House with the public.
Most visible through through biannual sales and the Friends Store at the MPL which opened in conjunction with the opening of the new library in 1997. Friends' volunteers are busy staffing the store, sorting donations, helping out at Library events, and routing appropriate donations to schools and other charity organizations within the community.
Kids love the library bear! They run into the Youth Services area and walk around spotting the details in the variety of people, creatures, and natural beauty found on Samson.
The favorite? Of course, it's the squashed rat on his left foot.
Local artist Lynn Fearman's work celebrates the imagination and wonder of children reading.
321 S. Myrtle Avenue
Monrovia, California 91016
Monrovia, California 91016