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Just Four Days Until We Vote

Elections 2018It's hard to believe our Be a Voter! Election Day counter has ticked down to only four, but it's true: next Tuesday, May 8, the winners in each party are chosen in our Primary election, and will go on to face off in November's midterm General Election. Lots of public offices—from US Senator and US House Representative, to state-level reps, to (depending on exactly where you live) more local positions like County Prosecutor and City Council member—are up for grabs.

Honor Black Women's History All Year Long

Black Women's History Month may be winding down, but honoring the voices and achievements of black women in our community and our world doesn't end when April's over. As always, the Library is your go-to place for great books and movies on important topics like black women's history. For your fiction and nonfiction reading pleasure, we've compiled a list of recent titles by or about strong black women who have changed the world.

Less Than a Month Until Primary Election Day—Are You Prepared?

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It's hard to believe it'll be early May soon, which means the May 8 Primary Election is just around the corner. That day, Monroe County voters decide, among other things, who faces off in the November General Election as candidates for US Senator and US Representative, as well as for offices like Judge, Sheriff, and Commissioner at the County level—and even Township-level offices.

Where Did the Library Lead You?: National Library Week 2018

National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018

April 8–14 is National Library Week, the 60th annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re creative and engaging community centers where people read, learn, connect and create every day.

Rhymers, Lyricists & Troubadours: Submit Your Poetry This Month

As part of National Poetry Month, local writers of verse are needed to help the Library promote the appreciation of this timeless art form in our community—and find new audiences for their own work. Throughout April, the Library is accepting submissions of original poetry (see guidelines below); selected poems will be loaded into a poem-dispensing machine for printing and enjoyment by visitors to the Main Library this summer.

How to submit:

First Bloomington Community Farmers' Market of 2018


It's been spring for a few weeks now, but the roller-coaster temperatures, heavy rains, and snow (!) we've seen lately haven't left much room for the sunshine and blooms we usually enjoy this time of year. That won't stop one of our community's favorite traditions from marking the beginning of springtime in Monroe County.

It's Official: We're Dementia Friendly


Ask anybody: between our vision of an inclusive, engaged community and the value we place on respect and service, the Library's the friendliest place in town. Just recently, in fact, we got the attention of Dementia Friendly Indiana, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with dementia, for the work we do to welcome and support this audience.

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.


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