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When the wind howls and the snow piles up try whipping up a new comfort food recipe. This list has everything from traditional comfort food recipes to vegan comfort food to healthy comfort food. Once your food is ready curl up under your blankets, crack open your library book, and enjoy a warm cozy dish.

November 22, 2019
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Learning a new language can be difficult, especially for beginners! These resources help teachers plan lessons that inspire skills and confidence for English language learners. Visit VITAL’s Tutor Resources for more tools, tips, and training.

November 8, 2019
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Learning to pronounce English words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning English. The best way to learn is by listening and practice! Gain confidence in your speaking skills from ordering a cup of coffee to making a presentation. Check out the popular “Many Things for ESL Students” and other online resources at VITAL’s Learning eLibrary.

November 5, 2019
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Growing your own food can be a very satisfying endeavor.  These books will help you with everything from planting seeds to harvesting your produce.

November 4, 2019
Seed Library

According to the National Gardening Association, 35% of households in the US grow food either at home or in a community garden, up 200% in the last ten years. In keeping with the trend, the Library recently applied for and received two generous gardening grants.

October 24, 2019
It could be your lucky day!

Skip the waitlist for new, in-demand titles through the Libby app from OverDrive! Libby now offers select eBook and audiobook titles on a first-come, first-served basis. Browse the app’s “Lucky Day” section for available books. The selection will change as titles are returned and new books are added, so check back often!

October 21, 2019
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See the world through someone else's eyes with one of these memoirs or biographies. Experience America as an immigrant, encounter the beginning of an art movement or discover the life of a young boy in an American internment camp during World War II.

October 17, 2019

Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian was selected as the winner of the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) 2019 Outstanding Library Staff Award for her work on increasing Library access for domestic violence survivors. 

September 30, 2019
Happy Halloween

It’s October––time to get ready for Halloween and all things fall with book recommendations and events for all ages!

September 24, 2019
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The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a new digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same eBook through public libraries. The program, a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and Rakuten OverDrive, gives public libraries the opportunity to bring readers together to discover a new eBook and celebrate the very best in reading.

September 24, 2019
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Get ready for Halloween and all things fall with one of these scary stories. This list contains all kinds of horror- ghosts, monsters, murderers and even psychological horror. Turn down the lights, pull up the covers and get your scare on with a horror book.

September 17, 2019
Yoga at the Library

In early 2017, after the Baby Space at the Main Library opened, the Library partnered with IU Health Women and Children’s Services on a series of programs for new parents. IU Health had offered similar programs in other locations but was eager to move into the Library’s welcoming, accessible space. The Library was, and continues to be, excited to offer programs led by knowledgeable registered nurses that address the mental and physical health of parent and baby.

August 27, 2019
Fix-It Fair Video

fix-it-fair_square_08-18.jpgThe Library, in partnership with the City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, invites community members age 18 and up to bring in an item for repair free of charge at the second annual Fix-It Fair, Sa

August 21, 2019
DIY
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Join the DIY movement! There's a wide range of fun yet practical do-it-yourself projects to choose from. Learn something new or enhance your DIY skills in an area you are familiar with. With do-it-yourself projects you can save money, help the environment and boost your creativity.

August 21, 2019

Around 30 years ago, Librarians began to purchase a small supply of reading glasses for use in the Library. Staff realized that many of the customers who borrowed glasses could not afford to buy pairs for themselves. As demand grew, the Library looked for a way to allow customers to keep their glasses. The Library found an affordable solution, purchasing discounted pairs through the eyeglass recycling program at the Lions Club. 

July 24, 2019