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Grab a great classic fiction title to read or read again.

October 31, 2018
Tom Zupancic Literacy in Libraries Award

The ILF Tom Zupancic Literacy in Libraries Award recognizes community advocacy for literacy by an individual or organization in cooperation with a library. VITAL received this accolade for promoting the importance of literacy and adult education at the library. Since VITAL’s inception in 1977, our program has helped over 6,500 learners achieve their personal learning goals.

October 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Dana D.

In 1898, a very special dollhouse (complete with a china doll family) arrived from England for a little girl. Annabelle, one of the dolls, has now been an 8-year-old for over 100 years and it’s getting boring. She sees the human girls grow up and new girls come to play with her, but she remains the same.

October 30, 2018
Food for Fines

As November sets in, so begins the season of thankfulness, family, cooking, and eating! Out shopping for food? Consider donating to the Library’s Food for Fines program, November 1–17 at the Main Library. Each food item donated forgives $1 of your late fines!

October 26, 2018

Check out the League of Women Voters newsletter for details on the candidate forum.  You can also view CATS video from the forum.

A forum series presented by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington & Monroe County at the Library allows you to see real live candidates for local public office. Local government often affects our lives more than federal and state government, so the forums are your chance to get involved by hearing what the candidates have to say and asking them questions directly.

October 24, 2018
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Reviewed by Stephanie H. 

I love Ada! Ada and this character-driven historical fiction won many awards, including the Newbery Honor book. She and her younger brother Jamie are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II. Away from the bombings and their abusive mother, they find the rural setting and their new caregiver both frightening and joyful. 

October 23, 2018
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You know that feeling when you realize you're actually pretty lucky when you have people who love you, food to eat, shelter to sleep in, books to read, and beauty to appreciate in nature and art? Yes, that's it. Gratitude. Thankfulness. Look around. You may have more to be thankful for than you realize!

October 19, 2018

November is coming quickly and political advocates are likely knocking at your door. Effective door knocking may be the best grassroots mobilization tool for a campaign, but it’s important to educate yourself on all of the candidates, not just those knocking.

October 4, 2018
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Check out these great reads for ideas on what to read for the next Books on Tap B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Book) discussion. 

In November we will be discussing travelogues and celebrating travel writing.

October 2, 2018

Your Friendly Neighborhood LibrariansIt's the spooky edition of Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarians, a podcast from Monroe County Public Library.

September 28, 2018
Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon By US Embassy Sweden [CC BY 2.0  ( or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is where you can find weekly lessons using current editorial cartoons, from Newspapers in Education and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.

September 27, 2018
Halloween ghosts

Among this ghostly phenomena, there are many spooky opportunities for ghouls of all ages to Read, Learn, Connect, and Create at the Library throughout the month!

September 25, 2018
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Use these resources to help you plan for learning opportunities after high school.

September 17, 2018
Be a Voter!

Are you interested in learning how redistricting shapes the way we as citizens are represented in government? Check out Tame the Gerrymander! It is a local event that will focus on the past and present of redistricting in Indiana, and what citizens can do to bring about change. Mark your calendars.

September 13, 2018