Friends of the Library



Friends of the Library Book Sale

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Yellow "For Sale" Sign

FOL is accepting gently-used books for the upcoming Book Sale


Please be aware that if books smell of smoke, mildew, or any other strong odor, we are unable to sell the books and cannot accept them.


Board meetings

Friends of the Library usually holds board meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library Board of Directors friends_ logo

  • Shirley Glade, President
  • Sharon Pittman, Secretary
  • Susan Trowbridge, Treasurer
  • Shirley Rogers, Director
  • Bud Tully, Director
  • Bob Jones, Director
  • Kevin Walter, Director


Purpose of Friends

The purpose of Friends of the North Manchester Public Library is to:

  • maintain an association of persons interested in libraries;
  • focus public attention on the library;
  • stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services;
  • encourage gifts, endowments and memorials for the library;
  • provide direct financial assistance for buying special items which would  benefit the library, but cannot be funded from the normal operating budget;
  • support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the community;
  • sponsor programs designed to enrich the cultural life of the community; and
  • support the freedom to read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights.


Memberships and Benefits

Friends of the Library rely on members to assist in fund raising activities, such as the book sales and the golf tournament,  that benefit the library in many ways, including funding the summer reading programs for children, teens, and  adults and other projects that are beyond the means of the library’s regular budget. By joining Friends, you contribute to this effort. Your participation can be as big or as little as you choose, both monetarily and physically.

All memberships are tax deductible. All members receive the library newsletter and an extra checkout day for video & DVD materials. Members at the Silver level or above may attend a special pre-sale on the evening before the December Book Sale.

The following levels of membership are available:

  • Active $15.00
  • Silver $25.00
  • Gold $50.00
  • Benefactor $100.00
  • Bless Your Heart $500.00


Become a Friend

To join Friends of the Library, please send the following information along with your membership dues to:

Susan Trowbridge, Treasurer
405 N. Market Street
North Manchester, IN 46962


Name: ___________________________

Spouse: __________________________

Address: _________________________

Phone: ___________________________

(Or contact a member of the library staff.)


Remembering North Manchester, Indiana,
in the 1930’s and 1940’s

Compiled by R. Ned Brooks and Donald L. Jefferson


Third printing and revised edition
with a new integrated index
of businesses and individuals

Available for purchase from
Friends of the Library

$20.00/copy, plus $2.77 for shipping

Reserve your copy now — send your name, the number of copies you want, and your address (if you want it shipped) to


Items for Sale

How can you get stylish gear and support NMPL at the same time? Come check out our Friends of the Library display, featuring library-themed clothing, drinkware, totes, and more. These items make perfect gifts, and can be viewed in the display case across from the Adult Services desk.  All proceeds benefit NMPL, so treat your friends, family, or yourself with one of these items today!

Items include:


Library T-shirts, sizes S-L-XL-XX:  $14.00

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NMPL Coffee Mug:  $8.00

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NMPL Water Bottle:  $15.00

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Color Library Canvas Tote:  $12.00

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Library Stationary (10 notecards with envelopes):  $4.00

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Favorites of Friends Cookbook:  $4.50

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Remembering North Manchester, Indiana in the 1930’s and 1940’s by R. Ned Brooks:  $20.00

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Buckeye Cookery & Practical Housekeeping selected by L.Z. Bunker, MD:  $1.00

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Let’s Take a Holiday Stroll of North Manchester by L.Z. Bunker, MD:  $1.00

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Celebration and Remembrance:  L.Z. Bunker, MD:  $5.00

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