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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

Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian was selected as the winner of the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) 2019 Outstanding Library Staff Award for her work on increasing Library access for domestic violence survivors. 

September 30, 2019
Happy Halloween

It’s October––time to get ready for Halloween and all things fall with book recommendations and events for all ages!

September 24, 2019
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The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a new digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same eBook through public libraries. The program, a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and Rakuten OverDrive, gives public libraries the opportunity to bring readers together to discover a new eBook and celebrate the very best in reading.

September 24, 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
Yoga at the Library

In early 2017, after the Baby Space at the Main Library opened, the Library partnered with IU Health Women and Children’s Services on a series of programs for new parents. IU Health had offered similar programs in other locations but was eager to move into the Library’s welcoming, accessible space. The Library was, and continues to be, excited to offer programs led by knowledgeable registered nurses that address the mental and physical health of parent and baby.

August 27, 2019
Fix-It Fair Video

fix-it-fair_square_08-18.jpgThe Library, in partnership with the City of Bloomington Department of Economic and Sustainable Development, invites community members age 18 and up to bring in an item for repair free of charge at the second annual Fix-It Fair, Saturday, September 21 from 11 AM–4 PM at the Main Library!

August 21, 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
Zines for Teens

Zines are for everyone! And that means everyone: adults, teens, and even kids! Included in that are zines written for teens, as well as zines written by teens.

August 20, 2019
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Enjoy these great reads to go along with learning to use the potty.

August 14, 2019
Consent Zines

Good consent is very important. Consent is a mutual verbal, physical, and emotional agreement that happens without manipulation, threats, or head games. As Project Respect states, “Everyone has the right to sexuality without violence and as part of that, positive sexuality begins with enthusiastic consent. This means being as excited and into someone else’s enjoyment as we are excited and into our own enjoyment.

July 25, 2019

Around 30 years ago, Librarians began to purchase a small supply of reading glasses for use in the Library. Staff realized that many of the customers who borrowed glasses could not afford to buy pairs for themselves. As demand grew, the Library looked for a way to allow customers to keep their glasses. The Library found an affordable solution, purchasing discounted pairs through the eyeglass recycling program at the Lions Club. 

July 24, 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