Friends of the Library

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The Manhattan Library Association, The Friends of the Library (MLA), is a non-profit, community membership organization, dedicated to the support of Manhattan Public Library.

MLA has a long and distinguished history of actively supporting the library in the community.  The group formed in 1900 when community members decided to build the original Carnegie Library, located at 5th and Poyntz Avenue.  Since those early days, MLA has continued a generous tradition of helping the library in a variety of ways.

Recent projects and programs funded by MLA include the following:

  • Books, prizes and programs for the library’s summer reading program, which served over 2900 participants in 2011
  • Sponsorship and coordination of the ever-popular “Talk about Literature in Kansas” book discussion series, now in its 11th year
  • Distribution of Book Page, a monthly publication of book reviews and library information
  • Support for children’s, teens’ and adult programs
  • Funding for new books and materials
  • Coordination and management of the library’s annual book sale and the year-round operation of Rosie’s Corner, a used book sale area in the library.  All proceeds of both efforts benefit the library

Please complete the membership form and become a Friend of the Library.  Your tax-deductible gift allows you the opportunity to be a part of the strong community support that enhances the library’s popular service efforts.

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