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Last Chance This Year: Meet Your Indiana Lawmakers


At the final Legislative Update for 2018, 9:30–11 a.m. at Bloomington City Council Chambers this Saturday, March 3, State legislators representing Monroe County discuss the state of the Indiana General Assembly and answer your questions. The Legislative Update, presented by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington and Monroe County, is free and open to the public. It will be taped by Cable Access Television Services (CATS) and aired throughout the current legislative session.

Music Review: First Aid Kit

The first time I heard First Aid Kit, composed of doe-eyed Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg, I had stumbled across their melancholic ballad "Ghost Town" on an episode of NPR’s Echoes. From the very first, when I heard them croon, “Maybe I should just turn around and walk away / For no matter how much I want to stay / You know I can’t / It’s just too late”, I was hooked. How could two people so young tap so ably into the defeated resignation that comes with the death of dreams? I explored more of their music, and with the 2014 breakout album Stay Gold, I was hooked on the Söderbergs' angelic harmonies, piercing lyrics, and ability to render even cover songs into something distinctly theirs.

The Election Process: What You Need to Know


You're registered to vote (right?), and eager to make your voice heard. Now what? Knowing what to expect this Primary Election Day (May 8) means you'll get to the polls ready to help decide what happens in your community, state, and nation.

The process of participating in an election isn't difficult, but you do need to be prepared for each step in the process. Along with Be a Voter!, resources like the First Time Voters Guide over at Accredited Schools Online are a good place to start for new—and even longtime—voters.

This Winter: Your State Legislators, Live and In Person


How often are you on the same guest list as an Indiana legislator?

At the Legislative Updates presented by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington & Monroe County, lawmakers representing our community at the State level are invited to meet with the public to share what's up ahead at the Statehouse. You're invited hear what they have to say, ask them questions, and tell them what's on your mind.

Facts Matter: Vote Smart Midwest Tour


Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.

George Bernard Shaw

Don't miss the opportunity to learn about reliable voter information when Richard Kimball, President of Vote Smart, presents Facts Matter at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 20 at the Main Library, at a partnership program by The League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County and the Library.

First-Ever Virtual Reality Camp an Adventure for Tech Fans


When the Library introduced a virtual reality console to its Digital Creativity Center last year, Jeannette Lehr wanted to do more than just demonstrate its entertainment value.

“We didn’t want people to think of VR as something to passively consume, or just some tech novelty,” said Jeannette, who coordinates programming for Level Up at the Main Library. “We wanted them to think creatively and practically about the possibilities of virtual reality, and incorporate it into their own projects and ideas.”

Library Award: Voters Are the Winners


When the Library hosted our Power of Words author event with Congressman John Lewis back in the fall of 2015, we were honored to present an American Civil Rights icon and the co-authors of March, Lewis's National Book Award-winning graphic novel chronicling his life and struggle for justice. Along with our partners the Friends of the Library and Indiana University, we felt Lewis's appearance was a powerful and timely inspiration—not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—for ordinary people wishing to make a difference.

Review: Universal Harvester

This is the second novel from Bloomington-born author John Darnielle, known also for the past twenty-five years as the songwriter in his band the Mountain Goats. While Universal Harvester’s trailer video [YouTube] suggests a horror story, the only slight chills come from the unexpected shifts between third and first person narration. And the eeriness is almost comforting, providing a profound depth and hopefulness to lives that may outwardly appear unremarkable.

Music: Hottest Titles, No Wait Required



Borrowing your favorite music from the Library’s huge CD collection is great, but what happens when something’s checked out—or is a digital-only release? Not to worry: with Freegal and Hoopla, our free online music services, you can still enjoy the current Billboard hits, even if they’re not available in physical form. Stream or download these chart-toppers from the Library today:


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