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Banned Books of 2020 Video

Books unite us. They reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers.

One of our most important goals here at the Library is to provide free and equitable access to information and resources. Among the many implications of that word––access––is the notion of freedom: you are free to read, watch, play, or listen to whatever interests you.

September 24, 2021

We’ve updated the materials return drops in the parking lot entryway of the Downtown Library. Watch the video to see how they work!  Here's the process:

September 20, 2021
Preparing for the High School Equivalency Test

What is a High School Equivalency Credential?

In the United States, adults who leave high school before graduation have another way to secure a high school equivalency credential. Through testing, you can demonstrate you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate.

September 17, 2021
Text says "Pumpkin Spice Library Card Sticker Available Now" with images of a fall themed MCPL card and a pumpkin spice keychain card.

What’s sweeter than a pumpkin spice latte? Free stuff!

Want to win a fun gift set from the Friends of the Library Bookstore? Stop by the Downtown Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile and get one of our pumpkin spice library card stickers! Then, post a pic of you and your sticker on social media, tag us @mcplindiana and use the hashtag #MCPumpkinLibrary to be entered to win!

September 10, 2021
Tails and Tales Community Reading Goal 1 Million Minutes



This summer we challenged you to read one-million minutes during Tails and Tales, our animal-themed summer reading games. Even better, the Friends of the Library Foundation pledged to donate $1,000 to the Monroe County Humane Association if that goal was achieved! Not only did you smash the goal in early July, but you kept on reading for a total of 1,894,485 minutes!

August 26, 2021
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Materials to familiarize the reader with human society including the civics, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, and government.

August 19, 2021
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Interviewing for a job can be stressful and intimidating. These helpful guides will teach you what to expect and how to stand out from the crowd, so you can go into your interview with confidence, impress employers, and land the job!

August 18, 2021
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Books unite us. They reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers. Celebrate Banned Books Week with this staff picks list of some of the most frequently challenged and banned books.

August 10, 2021
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Starting from a blank page? Need ideas on formatting? Can’t find the right word?  Whatever your stage of resume writing, we’ve got you covered with templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources to make your resume pop.  

July 23, 2021
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Learn and practice the rules of grammar from capitalization, plurals, possessives, personal pronouns, and punctuation, to verb tenses and verb/noun agreement. Study grammar rules and learn to compose sentences and paragraphs for better written and spoken communication.

Find online resources for grammar at Perfect English Grammar and English Page.

July 20, 2021
Marilyn Wood

Dear Patrons,

It’s been a long 16 months, and I’m very excited to announce that our safe and incremental approach to service has been a success. As of July 19, all pre-pandemic spaces and services are open and available to you.

Our community has seen several changes since the onset of the pandemic, many of which were addressed in our 2020 strategic plan.

July 16, 2021
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By definition, a nonprofit is formed for the purpose of serving a public or mutual benefit other than the purpose of accumulation of profits for owners or investors. Nonprofits exist to have impact on the community and the folks it serves.   This last year nonprofits have stepped up in a big way  amidst overwhelming demands and deceased funding.

July 1, 2021
A rendered image of the Library's atrium shows small meeting spaces on the left and stairs leading to the main floor. In the background, bookshelves and computer workstations are visible behind a large glass wall. Patrons are scattered through the spaces.

On Sunday, June 27, The Friends of the Monroe County Public Library Foundation pledged to donate $650,000 to the Library to equip a new branch on the south side of Monroe County. 

June 24, 2021
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Learners with little to no exposure to English need to build a foundation of basic vocabulary and listening comprehension skills. These resources provide a structure for sequential skill building for pre-beginner English language learners. Visit VITAL’s Tutor Resources for more tools, tips, and training.

June 24, 2021
Illustration of raised hands with rainbow bracelets holding Pride flags and a sign that says "Love is Love"..

In June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Pride! Many Pride events in the United States are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969. Celebrations often include festivals, performances, rallies, parades, family events, film screenings, and other events. These events honor the history of the LGBTQ+ social movement and celebrate progress made by the community.

May 27, 2021