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A photo of four raised garden beds outside of the Ellettsville Branch.

The Ellettsville Branch was recently awarded a Growing Together mini grant of $1,500 in association with Purdue Extension–Monroe County!


Ellettsville Branch Garden

The garden was created as part of the Branch’s 2019 renovation. The garden was funded in part by a grant from the Smithville Charitable Foundation to install raised garden beds and a bench and provide resources to begin gardening programming.

May 19, 2022
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Dive on in! The water is fine! Celebrate Adult Summer Reading with a list based on this year's theme- Oceans of Possibilities. This list includes fiction books set on or near the water and non-fiction titles exploring everything from the ocean itself to the wide variety of creatures who call it home. Check out a book from this list and hit the beach. 

May 18, 2022
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Mary, born into slavery in 1868, loved watching the birds fly free in the sky while she worked in the fields. She wanted to be free too! But she had to keep working. No time for rest. No time to learn. Even when Mary and her family were freed from slavery she still had to work hard.

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May 16, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620. Try designing  a new, cool-looking tennis shoe at home, then check out these titles to explore more about fashion, design, and biomechanics.


May 11, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620. Check out these titles that supplement your exploration of physics and mechanical engineering.


May 11, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620. For more titles about electricity and circuits, please check our juvenile nonfiction in the J 537s and J 621s, and for more on sculpture and clay modeling, go to the J 730s and the J 731.42s.

May 11, 2022
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Be an engineer! Find books about engineering in the nonfiction section with call number 620 and take a look at these titles related to robotics, and painting. (For more on robotics, please check our juvenile nonfiction at J 629.892, and for more on painting, go the J 750s.)

May 10, 2022
Grier Carson

The Monroe County Public Library Board of Trustees confirmed the appointment of Grier Carson as Director of the Library, effective May 6, replacing Marilyn Wood upon her retirement. 

“I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead this great library at such a unique and transformative time,” Carson said. “I’m also grateful for the chance to learn so much from Marilyn over the past several years.”

May 2, 2022
IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge

Children face a multitude of challenges during their lives: from learning to read, to how to shoot a basketball into a net, or how to make a sandwich. For some children, the challenges may appear to be mastered easily, and it’s tempting to praise a child’s innate talent or intellect. But all children, no matter their skill level, can develop a growth mindset when they understand their abilities can grow with practice and effort. 

May 2, 2022
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Enjoy these children's books that celebrate Oceans of Possibilities, which just happens to be the theme of our 2022 Summer Reading Game!

April 29, 2022
Oceans of Possibilities Youth Art Contest Winners

Winners from left to right include: Ben McClary, Zoa Barker, Emilee Allsop, Mackenzie Wood (top), Remy Niederman (bottom), and Lola Burkson 

In March we asked children to create original artwork using the theme of our summer reading games––Oceans of Possibilities! As usual, you did not disappoint, submitting over 70 pieces of artwork to the contest!

Our staff members were pleased to receive so many creative and imaginative entries.

“It certainly made the decision tough––we ended up choosing six winners!” said Ginny Hosler, a librarian, and the contest’s programmer.

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April 26, 2022
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This first-chapter book stars an adorable tuxedo cat who loves living the outdoor life! It can hang out with its friends (other animals in the neighborhood), has lots of great places to eat, and doesn't have to worry about any pesky humans. All of the cat's animal friends have human pets with the weirdest habits and flaws––one human stays in their room all day and another's group of mini-humans jumps all over it.

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April 21, 2022
Collage of book covers from the list on a background of illustrated plants and flowers.
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Ready for May flowers, sprouting gardens, and budding trees? Try this list of fiction recommendations featuring plant life!

April 19, 2022
Marilyn Wood is pictured holding an award

In her ten years at MCPL, Director Marilyn Wood led Library staff through many changes, accomplishments, and awards, but nothing quite as challenging as a global pandemic.

“The past two years were challenging and scary, but rewarding,” she said. “It was humbling to watch the community in their own personal struggles, as we worked to meet their needs in new ways. Our staff were ultimately very creative and dedicated and I’m really proud of how we pulled through.”

April 19, 2022
Collage of book covers from the list.
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Cryptid-filled summer reading picks from your favorite local bibliophile Mothman!

April 18, 2022