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Happy Hopepunk Holidays
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Celebrate the holiday season with Hopepunk fiction! Hopepunk, as defined by author Alexandra Rowland, is a science fiction subcategory defined as “the opposite of grimdark.” It focuses on characters fighting for societal change, radical kindness, and the good of humanity.

November 17, 2022
Native American Heritage Month
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Fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry that remind of us of the vitality and relevance of North America’s diverse indigenous cultures.

October 27, 2022
MCPL Winter Food Drive

Donations Accepted November 12–20

October 20, 2022
Transcending the Traditional: Transgender and Nonbinary Nonfiction
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For transcending the traditional binary mindset, here is a list of recommended nonfiction written by and/or about transgender or nonbinary people. This list was made as an addition to the Transgender Nonfiction list.

October 12, 2022
Trancending the Traditional: Transgender and Nonbinary Fiction and Authors
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For transcending the traditional binary mindset, here is a list of recommended fiction written by and/or about transgender or nonbinary people. This list was made as an addition to the Transgender Authors and Fiction list.

October 2, 2022
Queer Fear: LGBTQ+ Horror Fiction
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Explore haunted houses, meet the bloodsucking undead, and revisit twisted folktales in these terrifying books featuring LGBTQ+ protagonists. If horror fiction preys on a reader’s fears and anxieties, then queer horror subverts the genre’s conventions and challenges notions of who is considered monstrous.

September 21, 2022
Celebrate Banned Books Week 2022

Books unite us. They reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers. One of our most important goals here at the Library is to provide free and equitable access to information and resources. Among the many implications of that word–access–is the notion of freedom: you are free to read, watch, play, or listen to whatever interests you.

September 18, 2022
Collage of book covers from the list with the text "Hispanic Heritage" and "Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana".
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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by reading these titles written by Hispanic authors. The list covers a wide variety of genres–including memoir, historical romance, and contemporary fiction.

August 15, 2022
Collage of book covers from the list. Text reads "Pop Science Books"
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Ever wanted to know more about the universe, epidemiology, or geometry but couldn't wade through the jargon? Check out these popular science books that cover fascinating topics written for people without a Ph.D in the field!

July 26, 2022
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
A collage of book covers with a map of indiana as the background. Text reads "Indiana History"
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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.

Think Library,   Adults,   Teens,   Kids
April 26, 2022