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Adult Summer Reading 2021

Adult Summer Reading 2021Why let kids have all the fun? This summer, discover a whale of a tale at your library and participate in an Adult Summer Reading program.Participating branches:Bedford Branch Library's Summer Reading Club for Adults Running June 21 to August 28, 2021 Enter to win a book lover’s gift basket by reading this summer in the Bedford Branch Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program! Each book read is an entry for a prize at the end of the summer.  Pick up an entry slip at the Bedford Branch, or download one here,...

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Updated Mask Guidelines

Updated Mask GuidelinesWhen Visiting Our Branches The Library will not require proof of vaccination when entering our buildings. Masks are required for entry, unless you have a MDHHS exception. Exceptions include: Fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks past your final shot) Those under 2 years old A full list of exceptions is available online at We want all of our visitors to have a positive library experience, and appreciate your patience and cooperation during this time. Please note that should Monroe...

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National Poetry Month Contest Winners

National Poetry Month Contest Winners 2021Congratulations to this year's winners of the Monroe County Library System's National Poetry month poetry contest!Adult Category By Ryan Skidmore The pleasures of my childhood were cheap.A body too young for all the hospital visits it took ensured it.I knew better than to ask for much,but a visit to the library—that was always a chorus of yeses.“Is that Aunt Bet’s bear, Mommy?”“Yes.”The one that gave me the mug?”“Yes”“If I write a book can I have a bear?”“Yes.’ The pleasures of my teenage...

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Library Temporarily Returns to Curbside

Library Temporarily Returns to CurbsideThe Monroe County Library System will temporarily return to touch free curbside only services. The decision was made as a precautionary measure in light of the recent COVID-19 quarantine closing taking place at the Ellis Library & Reference Center. Curbside services will be in effect starting Friday, April 16, 2021 and run until April 28. 2021. The Ellis Library & Reference Center is the only branch that will be closed during that time. The Library will continue to monitor the...

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Ellis Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19

Ellis Temporarily ClosedEllis Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19 The Ellis Library & Reference Center closed Thursday, April 15, 2021, after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. All other branches of the Monroe County Library System remain open to serve patrons at this time. The safety of patrons and staff is the Library's top priority. “We have a comprehensive COVID Response Plan in place and we are implementing it now,” said Library Director Nancy Bellaire. The Monroe County Library System is working closely with the...

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Seed Library

Seed LibrarySeed libraries are now available at participating branches. "Check out" seed packs to plant, then if possible, save your seeds after your harvest and donate them back to next year's collection. Participating Branches: Bedford Branch Library Maybee Branch Library Vivian Branch Library More About the Seed Library: Up to 3 seed packets may be “checked out” at a time Patrons are invited to use this program and are encouraged to save the seeds from the year’s harvest to donate back for future use The Seed Library is free and...

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National Poetry Month Contest 2021

National Poetry Month Contest 2021The Monroe County Library System is celebrating National Poetry month with a poetry contest! Submit an original poem by turning it in at your local branch, or via email to Please make sure you have your name, age, and contact information on the page with the poem.Submissions Accepted April 1, 2021 - April 30, 2021Guidelines: Poems may be rhyming or non-rhyming Poems must be no longer than one typed page Include your name, phone number, age, and email on the entry...

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Share a Rainbow

Share a RainbowMarch is Reading Month March is Reading Month, and to celebrate, we are using the book, Share Your Rainbow by R.J. Palacio, to share hope for the future with artwork. To participate, decorate the rainbow on this coloring sheet, or make a rainbow of your own in some other creative way. Submit your rainbows to the Ida Branch Library, or email

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Lucky Leprechaun Contest

Lucky Leprechaun Contest Lucky Leprechaun Contest We are looking for our Leprechaun’s Pot of Gold! We need your help to find him. To enter, download the contest sheet, then draw and color the leprechaun's face. Return your completed sheet to the Vivian Branch Library between March 1, 2021 - March 13, 2021. If your picture helps us find our sneaky little friend, you might win his Pot of Gold!

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Library Reopens Doors

Library Doors ReopenThe Monroe County Library System is pleased to announce the reopening of library branches to the public, by appointment, on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. “We appreciate the community's support and patience during this rapidly changing situation,” said Nancy Bellaire, Director of the Monroe County Library System. "At this time, we are pleased to once again be able to reopen our branches for patron visits.”Reopening By Appointment or Walk-in Libraries will be open by appointment for patrons to browse open collections...

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