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Growing your own food can be a very satisfying endeavor.  These books will help you with everything from planting seeds to harvesting your produce.

November 4, 2019
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Join the DIY movement! There's a wide range of fun yet practical do-it-yourself projects to choose from. Learn something new or enhance your DIY skills in an area you are familiar with. With do-it-yourself projects you can save money, help the environment and boost your creativity.

August 21, 2019
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. Learn more about ASD with these and other resources.

March 27, 2019
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Check out some of the rad new games in our video game collection, including some deep dives that you might have missed!

March 14, 2019
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Every four years, amazing athletes come together from all over the world to compete for Olympic medals for their countries. The Winter Games, beginning February 9 this year, include everything from the beauty of ice skating to the sheer danger of skeleton races. Host cities have to pull off everything from building the facilities for each competition to coming up with a representative mascot for the Games.

February 8, 2018
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 When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.


As this new year begins, the Library can help you adjust your “action steps” to make your resolutions a reality.

January 3, 2018
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The holidays add joy—and sometimes stress—to life. The Library helps you find the cheer this season with the perfect respite: books and videos that raise your spirits and lift your heart.

December 14, 2017
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Some quilts are purely functional; others are works of art and a form of expression. Learn more about this popular art and craft form with these Library items.

November 10, 2017
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The 2017 Bloomington Open Studios Tour gives the public the chance to witness the artistic process firsthand. October 21 and October 22, enter the world of visual artists by watching them work in their studios as they create a diverse body of art. Add understanding and context to your Open Studios experience with these items in the Library's collection. 

Compiled by Jane R.

October 18, 2017

National Dog Day on August 26 celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and purebreds, and the Library has plenty to offer dog lovers.

August 25, 2017

You don’t need much to practice yoga–just a mat, maybe a strap and a couple of yoga blocks, and some yoga books and DVDs from the Library to guide you.

Here’s a sampling in celebration of International Yoga Day June 21. Namaste!

June 21, 2017

Pets are a wonderful thing to have, but there’s more to it than slapping down a bowl of food and expecting them to be lovable. Pets have needs too, and learning how to care for your pet in a manner that benefits you both is half the fun.

June 12, 2017

Libraries support all different kinds of literacy, including financial literacy, the crucial ability to make informed decisions about your money. You can find a wide range of practical resources at the Library to help you become more literate in personal finance. Take a look at these selected titles.

April 23, 2017

Bloomington's B-Line Trail and bicycle-only traffic lanes make a trip to the Library fun and easy on two wheels. Our shelves—real and virtual—are full of practical and inspiring information on cycling. Try these titles:

April 3, 2017

June is Adopt a Cat month! Check out one of these non-fiction books about how cats can make a difference in our lives and how we can make a difference in theirs.

May 11, 2016