The Manhattan Public Library has various opportunities for you to support your library. Click on the areas below to see how you can help.
The library will post volunteer opportunities on our Job Openings page when openings are available. We also recruit volunteers for special projects when needed.
- Friends of the Library
Be a Friend…Join the Manhattan Library Association (MLA), the Friends of the Library.
MLA raises funds through memberships, the annual spring used book sale, and Rosie’s Corner, located on the first floor of the library, which sells used books year round. Members get to participate in a special preview day at the spring book sale with first choice of books!
To become a Friend of the Library, print and complete this membership form then mail it along with your check to:
The Manhattan Library Association
629 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
You may also bring your form and check to the library’s Information Desk. MLA is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your membership may qualify as a charitable tax deduction.
MLA was founded in 1900 when community members decided to buil the first public library in Manhattan, the Carnegie Library located at 5th and Poyntz. Since thsoe 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:
- Summer Reading activities, prizes, programs, and supplies. In 2013, participation in Summer Reading surpassed 3,000 readers, who together, logged more than 1 million minutes!
- During November’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week, 450 copies of the book Dog’s Colorful Day were given away to encourage early childhood literacy.
- Donating $2,500 to the Building for Young Minds campaign.
- Organizing and supporting the annual Talk About Literature in Kansas book discussion program. Currently in it’s 13th year, the program brings a series of Kansas scholars to the library each spring to lead book talks. A new theme is chosen every year and multiple copies of each book are made available to patrons for checkout before the discussions.
- Advocacy for the library with a successful membership drive and the development of an attractive and informative membership brochure. There are 260 MLA members.
- The fun and successful annual book sale which has become a signature event that people look forward to each spring. Last year’s theme was “Celebrating Dr. Suess’ Birthday.”
- Distributing Book Page, a monthly publication of book reviews and library information.
- Support of event programming for kids, teens, and adults.
- Funding for new books and materials.
- Donate Used Books
The Manhattan Library Association accepts donations of gently used books and audiovisual materials to be sold at Rosie’s Corner, the Friends used book store on the first floor of the library, or at the annual spring book sale.
Items accepted include books, DVDs and Blu-Rays, music CDs, Video Games, and audio books. Items must be in good condition.
The library does not accept the following items:
- Reader’s Digest condensed books
- Computer Books
- Tax books from previous tax seasons
- Books in bad condition, including moldy, soiled, damp, mildewed, or odorous items.
Bring donations of books and materials to the Information Desk, located on the first floor of the library.
There is no limit to the number of items you may donate. However, for large deliveries of more than 4 or 5 boxes of books, it is best if donors make prior arrangements by contacting the Information Desk Staff at (785) 776 – 4741 Extension 173. If possible, we ask that you deliver the books during weekday business hours.
- Library Foundation
The Manhattan Library Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, established to support continued growth for the library. The foundation works to extend services and benefits to the community, beyond that which tax resources support.
The foundation’s support has benefited the library in the following ways:
- Contributions for the property purchase used for the 1998 library expansion
- Funding for the acquisition of the Kent Bloomer sculpture in the library atrium
- Ongoing support for the purchase of computers, furnishings, and books
- Complete funding for the library’s audio/visual collection
To donate to the foundation, please complete the donor form and follow the instructions to mail it to us.
For more information, contact:
Linda Knupp, Director
Manhattan Public Library
629 Poyntz Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 776 – 4741
- Rosie's Corner Used Book Store
Rosie’s Corner is a used book store located on the first floor of the library. It is open year round during all hours of library operation. The Manhattan Library Association manages the book shop and provides support to the library through the sale of donated and gently read books. There is a wide variety of materials including fiction, non-fiction, adult, teen, and children’s books and other materials. Visit often to shop for the best selections!
- Donate Money
The Manhattan Public Library benefits greatly from donations and there are several different options which support the library.
Donors like to contribute to:
- The Manhattan Library Association, which funds materials and programs throughout the year.
- The Manhattan Library Foundation, which administers gifts, bequests, and endowments to extend library services.
- Donate Online to our General Endowment
- Memorials and gift books, please contact us if you wish to make a donation.
- The library’s annual book sale and Rosie’s Corner by contributing gently used books.