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Try a nonfiction title to learn about the wondrous creatures we share our planet with, or read a fictional story focused on animals for thought-provoking fun. You can also join our "Tails and Tales" 2021 summer reading program and you might win a prize!

May 6, 2021

Did you know the Main Library offers unique items for check out like mobile hotspots, energy monitors, book club kits, seeds, toys, and outdoor adventure backpacks? They’re part of our Library of Things!

A Library of Things is a collection of items for loan that expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials, meeting the needs of our diverse and growing community.

April 29, 2021
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In Honor of National Photography Month, here are some curated picks to help you either learn more about photography, or go out and start taking photos yourself!

April 20, 2021
Barb Fisher

Barbara “Barb” Fisher, a dear friend of the VITAL program, passed away on April 1, 2021. Barb’s love of reading led her to VITAL in 2008, when she participated in training to teach English as a New Language to Bloomington newcomers. Over the next 12 years, Barb was a regular fixture at VITAL. As a one-on-one tutor, she volunteered with nine different English language learners, helping them improve their language skills and confidence while adjusting to life in the US.

April 19, 2021
National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank the volunteers who lend their time, talent, and voices to make a difference in our community! We are fortunate to have so many volunteers who are passionate about the Library’s mission and generously share their skills in a variety of long-term and short-term commitments.

April 16, 2021
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With the passage of the American Rescue Plan individuals can enroll or change their current Federal Health Insurance Marketplace plan now through August 15, 2021. Individuals are qualifying for substantial savings in a new plan or on the same plan with lower monthly premiums.

April 14, 2021
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When children experience trauma, we encourage them to seek out the helpers in their lives. The people who work at Susie’s Place are among the helpers in our community providing support for children who have been harmed.

April 7, 2021
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Even if you aren’t able to travel right now you can sit back and let one of these titles take you on a journey.

March 31, 2021
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This list is to better understand those facing homelessness, or to provide resources to help those in need.

March 11, 2021
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Some books to inspire your office at home--your bedroom, sofa, or kitchen. Whatever creative space you are using to Zoom or room-share, these coffee table books and practical guides can improve your space for optimal productivity and comforting style at your fingertips, showing you how to try something new or indulge in therapeutic color, modern design, and traditional art styles. 

February 11, 2021
Sylvia Beaver, Bloomington High School North student and Library intern

Sylvia Beaver, Bloomington High School North student and Library intern

“Despite the challenges presented to all of us in 2020 and beyond, we were excited to find a way to partner again with Bloomington High School North’s internship program. While our opportunities for internships during the pandemic were greatly limited, we created a safe pathway for an internship to take place during this extraordinary time. Our values and goals support experiential learning, with a focus on lifelong learning, inclusiveness, and developing essential life skills.

February 8, 2021
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Celebrate Black History Month with this selection of books written by black authors. We have included a range of titles and genres to properly showcase the diversity of black writers today.

February 1, 2021

The internet is everywhere, allowing you to work, play, and complete daily life tasks wherever there is WiFi. This is especially helpful in the age of physical distancing and mask-wearing.

For those with WiFi access, barriers may still exist. Some community members experience frustration with email and online forms, and concerns about internet safety, leaving them feeling increasingly isolated from social connections and workforce opportunities.

January 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Bill Koester, Materials Handler.

The Stand by Stephen King is available as an eBook through CloudLibrary and Overdrive.

Civil Discourse

January 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Craig J. Clark, Senior Materials Handler

Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed directed by Shola Lynch is available to stream on Kanopy.


January 14, 2021