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Learning a new language can be difficult, especially for beginners! These resources help teachers plan lessons that inspire skills and confidence for English language learners. Visit VITAL’s Tutor Resources for more tools, tips, and training.

November 8, 2019
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Learning to pronounce English words correctly can be one of the hardest parts of learning English. The best way to learn is by listening and practice! Gain confidence in your speaking skills from ordering a cup of coffee to making a presentation. Check out the popular “Many Things for ESL Students” and other online resources at VITAL’s Learning eLibrary.

November 5, 2019
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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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See the world through someone else's eyes with one of these memoirs or biographies. Experience America as an immigrant, encounter the beginning of an art movement or discover the life of a young boy in an American internment camp during World War II.

October 17, 2019
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Memoirs by definition are non-fiction, but this list also includes "fictionalized memoirs" to use as examples for kids who are interested in writing their own memoirs. Even the fictionalized titles on this list are mostly based on true experiences in the life of the author or someone the author knows. Choose one of these and open a window into the author's world!

October 7, 2019
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Get ready for Halloween and all things fall with one of these scary stories. This list contains all kinds of horror- ghosts, monsters, murderers and even psychological horror. Turn down the lights, pull up the covers and get your scare on with a horror book.

September 17, 2019

In celebration of the Monroe County Public Library's 2020 bicentennial, the staff has put together a list of their favorite books in their own words.

September 17, 2019
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Crack open one of these magical tomes to enjoy some spooky adventures starring witches!

September 4, 2019
DIY
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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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Enjoy these great reads to go along with learning to use the potty.

August 14, 2019
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Short stories are brief fiction with usually only a few characters or scenes.  Even with sparse settings and concise narrative, short stories attempt to tell a complete story of the characters and subject. 

Here are a few short story collections by well known and not-so-well-known authors.  Collections of short stories can be found in every genre, and with this much variety everyone is sure to find something to enjoy.  Short story collections on audio are perfect for road trips.

July 18, 2019
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All of these titles are books that were the basis of a television or streaming series. Clicking on the title or image should display various formats the Library has the story in (whether it's the original book, audio, downloadable, or DVD). Links to the U.S. network or platform for each series are listed (in parenthesis). Consume or compare stories in whichever format you wish!

July 10, 2019
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Did you know the Library has a zine collection?

June 16, 2019
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Read stories of displaced people fleeing their homeland to find safety and a better way of life. This list includes both true and fictionalized experiences from across the globe.

May 22, 2019
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Celebrate PRIDE month with these great fiction and nonfiction book picks.

May 14, 2019