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The ability to read, understand, process, and recall what was just read. Increase the enjoyment and effectiveness of reading by learning how to understand word meanings, draw inferences, identify main ideas, differentiate fact and opinion, recognize writer's purpose/point of view and more.   

August 6, 2021
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Starting from a blank page? Need ideas on formatting? Can’t find the right word?  Whatever your stage of resume writing, we’ve got you covered with templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources to make your resume pop.  

July 23, 2021
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Seventh grader, Cindy Copeland does not fit in with the other kids in her class. Several kids bully her because her clothes are old fashioned and unlike the other kids, she loves school! Cindy’s favorite thing to do is writing, so when her teacher offers to pair her with a local newspaper journalist, she jumps at the chance to become a cub reporter! As Cindy experiences life as a young reporter, she makes new friends and learns that she is in charge of writing her own story!

July 20, 2021
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Learn and practice the rules of grammar from capitalization, plurals, possessives, personal pronouns, and punctuation, to verb tenses and verb/noun agreement. Study grammar rules and learn to compose sentences and paragraphs for better written and spoken communication.

Find online resources for grammar at Perfect English Grammar and English Page.

July 20, 2021
Marilyn Wood

Dear Patrons,

It’s been a long 16 months, and I’m very excited to announce that our safe and incremental approach to service has been a success. As of July 19, all pre-pandemic spaces and services are open and available to you.

Our community has seen several changes since the onset of the pandemic, many of which were addressed in our 2020 strategic plan.

July 16, 2021
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Bixby Alexander Tam (Bat, for short) loves all kinds of animals. When Bat's veterinarian mom brings home an orphaned newborn skunk, his focus and goal is to convince her that a skunk might just be a perfect pet. The only trouble is, she insists that the skunk can only stay with them for one short month, just long enough for the baby skunk to grow up enough to transition to a wildlife rehab center. Can Bat convince her to change her mind?  

July 7, 2021
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Put on your dancing shoes and move to music from near and far! We have lots of good music on CD to listen to. Also, take a look at our offerings on Freegal and Hoopla (use your library card number and pin/password to access them)!

July 7, 2021
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By definition, a nonprofit is formed for the purpose of serving a public or mutual benefit other than the purpose of accumulation of profits for owners or investors. Nonprofits exist to have impact on the community and the folks it serves.   This last year nonprofits have stepped up in a big way  amidst overwhelming demands and deceased funding.

July 1, 2021
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Donte and his brother Trey go to a private middle school where most of their classmates are white. They are biracial; their mother is black and their father is white. Trey is very light-skinned and can pass as white whereas Donte has darker skin and is known as “Black Brother.” Because of Donte’s skin color, he is bullied at his middle school by a white kid named Alan. Alan sets Donte up and gets him in trouble involving the police.

June 28, 2021
A rendered image of the Library's atrium shows small meeting spaces on the left and stairs leading to the main floor. In the background, bookshelves and computer workstations are visible behind a large glass wall. Patrons are scattered through the spaces.

On Sunday, June 27, The Friends of the Monroe County Public Library Foundation pledged to donate $650,000 to the Library to equip a new branch on the south side of Monroe County. 

June 24, 2021
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Learners with little to no exposure to English need to build a foundation of basic vocabulary and listening comprehension skills. These resources provide a structure for sequential skill building for pre-beginner English language learners. Visit VITAL’s Tutor Resources for more tools, tips, and training.

June 24, 2021
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Brood X, the Great Eastern Brood of cicadas, has made the summer of 2021 a very loud and interesting season in Indiana. Dogs and birds alike have loved these natural protein snacks, but there is more to these weird insects than meets the eye (or ear).

June 21, 2021
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When 12 year-old Waka's parents think she needs to brush up on her Japanese, they send her to Japan to live with her Obaasama, her grandmother, who lives in Tokyo. Five long months in a Japanese only school, giving up her summer vacation and her best friends back home in Kansas!

June 10, 2021
Illustration of raised hands with rainbow bracelets holding Pride flags and a sign that says "Love is Love"..

In June we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning Pride! Many Pride events in the United States are held in June to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969. Celebrations often include festivals, performances, rallies, parades, family events, film screenings, and other events. These events honor the history of the LGBTQ+ social movement and celebrate progress made by the community.

May 27, 2021

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a federal program providing increased access to broadband internet and connected devices for qualifying income-eligible households.

May 17, 2021