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Reproductive Rights
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With the repeal of Roe v. Wade these titles look at the case itself, as well as the numerous issues and events surrounding it. You might also be interested in this list of Reproductive Rights Resources put together by our librarians.

June 29, 2022
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When speaking about the people of Indiana, a co-worker once said, "Everything south of Martinsville is Kentucky." To this day I wonder if others think the same, noting how topography shapes a culture or experience. Do scenic hills and valleys produce a cuisine or taste in music or do we get that from family and neighbors? What must it be like to grow up along the Dunes? How different are we from the north and south but always interesting to be Hoosiers!

June 14, 2022
Text says "MCPL Digital" on a peach colored background with illustrations of an open yearbook and an owl with a graduation cap. MCPL Digital is a growing repository of high-resolution digital photograph collections of Monroe County Yearbooks and other local historical records. Our mission is to bring digital versions of the community's historical records to a broader audience!   Library Director, Grier Carson, says the digitization program has been in full force since early 2020. The first items to be digit

MCPL Digital is a growing repository of high-resolution digital photograph collections of Monroe County Yearbooks and other local historical records. Our mission is to bring digital versions of the community's historical records to a broader audience!

Library Director, Grier Carson, says the digitization program has been in full force since early 2020. The first items to be digitized were the Library’s collection of area school yearbooks.

June 2, 2022
A collage of book titles from the list with the title "Oceans of Possibilities", illustrations of a person reading and a lighthouse emerging from the book.
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Dive on in! The water is fine! Celebrate Adult Summer Reading with a list based on this year's theme- Oceans of Possibilities. This list includes fiction books set on or near the water and non-fiction titles exploring everything from the ocean itself to the wide variety of creatures who call it home. Check out a book from this list and hit the beach. 

May 18, 2022
Grier Carson

The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees confirmed the appointment of Grier Carson as Director of the Library, effective May 6, replacing Marilyn Wood upon her retirement. 

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead this great library at such a unique and transformative time,” Carson said. “I’m also grateful for the chance to learn so much from Marilyn over the past several years.”

May 2, 2022
Oceans of Possibilities Youth Art Contest Winners

Winners from left to right include: Ben McClary, Zoa Barker, Emilee Allsop, Mackenzie Wood (top), Remy Niederman (bottom), and Lola Burkson 

In March we asked children to create original artwork using the theme of our summer reading games––Oceans of Possibilities! As usual, you did not disappoint, submitting over 70 pieces of artwork to the contest!

Our staff members were pleased to receive so many creative and imaginative entries.

“It certainly made the decision tough––we ended up choosing six winners!” said Ginny Hosler, a librarian, and the contest’s programmer.

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April 26, 2022
Collage of book covers from the list on a background of illustrated plants and flowers.
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Ready for May flowers, sprouting gardens, and budding trees? Try this list of fiction recommendations featuring plant life!

April 19, 2022
Level Up

There are now more ways to get creative in Level Up, our digital creativity space! 3D printing and memory preservation have joined our existing services, which include video and audio recording, Adobe Creative Cloud-equipped workstations, and more!

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April 15, 2022
National Volunteer Week with photos of two volunteers.

This week, we’re celebrating the volunteers that support the Library’s mission, lending their time and talent to make a difference in our community! Dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers are essential to the success of the Library!

 

April 15, 2022
Learn more about the event in this video.

You’re invited to bring in an item for repair free of charge at our third Fix-It Fair, Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 11 AM–4 PM at the Downtown Library!

In partnership with the City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development and the Library, local professionals will provide repairs and be available to coach attendees interested in learning how to make their own fixes.

Bring in your broken:

April 12, 2022
Poetry Month

Every April, the world celebrates poetry! The month is a reminder that poets play an integral role in our culture and that poetry matters. To celebrate, we have a lot of opportunities to read, listen, connect, and create with poetry in a variety of ways.

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March 31, 2022
Life on Earth Beyond Humans
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Take a look at these titles to learn more about the unique and interesting variety of life on Earth.

March 11, 2022
2021 Accomplishments

2021 was a big year for us! While we continued to increase access to our services through virtual options, we also resumed all of the in-person services and events you love. Here are some of the accomplishments that made our 2021 great!

Events and Services

11,706 people participated in 984 Library-sponsored in-person and virtual events. Summer reading continued virtually, with its participants nearly doubling the initial goal of reading one-million minutes!

February 17, 2022
Nichelle Whitney Wash

We are excited to welcome the newest member of the Board of Trustees, Nichelle Whitney Wash to the MCPL community! Appointed by the County Council, Nichelle will serve on the Board for a four-year term. We sat down for a Q&A with Nichelle and here’s what we discovered. 

 

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February 15, 2022

Struggling to pay for internet service? The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal benefit program designed to help you afford the broadband access you need for work, school, healthcare, and more.

Visit acpbenefit.org to check if you qualify, apply, and find a provider near you.

If your household is eligible, you can receive:

February 10, 2022