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This October the Library is celebrating Dyslexia Awareness Month! Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects the way an individual processes language. It is characterized by unexpected difficulty with reading in relation to an individual's intelligence. Common characteristics of dyslexia include difficulty reading, difficulty with accurate and fluent word recognition, a deficit in the phonological components of language, difficulties with sequencing, and poor spelling. 

September 28, 2020
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If you’ve ever wondered how our leaders are chosen, this list will help guide you through the voting process and introduce you to key aspects of how our government works. Even the youngest learners can take a peek into civic engagement!

September 28, 2020
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Fiction and non-fiction titles for children on the topic of Homelessness.

September 27, 2020

A new Little Free Library has been installed in Will Detmer Park! 

According to children’s librarian, Ginny Hosler, “a Little Free Library is a free-standing book sharing box. Each Little Free Library has a steward, the person who sponsored and built the library, and each one is super unique to the neighborhood it lives in.” Find more information on the nonprofit organization behind the movement at

September 25, 2020

Last fall, Volunteer in Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) said goodbye to Robert (Bob) Edward Klausmeier, a long-time VITAL tutor and advocate, who passed away at the age of 93. Over the course of 23 years, Bob worked with at least 30 learners, providing one-on-one tutoring to help adults achieve their personal literacy goals.

September 18, 2020

One of the earliest international zine cultures was born out of science fiction fandom. Starting in the 1930s, science fiction fans began to publish what they called fanzines. These were usually collections of fan content and a community dialog. Many sci-fi writers got their start writing for and publishing fan zines. These zines usually consisted of content like reviews, trip reports, and letters to the editors.

September 16, 2020
Mask Drive Station

The Library is now home to a community mask station provided by Bloomington Mask Drive! Located in the vestibule of the Main Library, the self-serve station is stocked with free masks for adults and children and can be accessed during Library hours.

September 16, 2020
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A list of contemporary Latinx authors to add to your to be read (TBR) pile. This list includes fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as titles in multiple formats, including digital.

September 16, 2020
Grier Carson, Associate Director

The Library is excited to announce Grier Carson as its new Associate Director!

September 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Paul D., Senior Information Assistant

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia is also available as an ebook through Hoopla.

September 4, 2020
VITAL Services Online

The global pandemic has closed classroom doors around the world, but adult literacy and language services remain essential during this time of health crisis and uncertainty. According to Proliteracy, over 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level.

September 3, 2020

YA Books for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by reading books by contemporary Latinx authors! Use this flowchart to help you decide which book you should pick up next.

September 3, 2020
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Everyone needs books that can act as mirrors, allowing them to see themselves, or windows, allowing them to see the world through someone else’s point of view. Whether these books featuring characters with autism are mirrors or windows for you, they are sure to deepen your understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder!

September 2, 2020
Fantasy Escape Room

Do you enjoy puzzles and fantasy games? Test out the library's fantasy escape room! With themes reminiscent of a Dungeon and Dragons game, you can attempt to escape the Wizard Tower. You don't have to complete all of the puzzles to finish the game, but completing different puzzles means different endings. 

September 1, 2020