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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.

The Ides of March

julius-caesar.jpgToday is the Ides of March, a rather infamous day whose place in culture can be traced back to William Shakespeare. In his play Julius Caesar, the soothsayer character tells Caesar, “Beware the Ides of March!” before his assassination—and the phrase has captured the popular imagination ever since. For more on this day and its unpleasant reputation, check out this article in Credo Reference.

Lunar New Year

year-of-the-dog-lunar-new-year-celebration_social-media_01-18.jpgHappy New Year! Lunar New Year is an important holiday in China—and February 16 is the first day of the Year of the Dog. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the sun’s cycle, the lunar calendar tracks the cycles of the moon, meaning the Chinese New Year falls on a different Western date each year. This time of festivities, rest, and family goes back thousands of years.