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National Poetry Month Contest Winners 2022

National Poetry Month Contest Winners 2022Congratulations to this year's winners of the Monroe County Library System's National Poetry month poetry contest!Adult Category The Holes You Left Behind by Wendy Kennedy The holes keep surprising me-Negative spaces still framing lost shapesIn a picture I never abandoned;Layered slashes of color still showing through,Drawing eye from foreground to horizon,Casting cool shadows in theBurning noontime of now. I thought your silence would be emptyBut I keep hearing you in tacit measures...

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Mask Guidelines May 2022

Updated Mask Guidelines - May 2022Posted May 6, 2022 When Visiting Our Branches Mask use will be recommended should Monroe County's COVID-19 Community Level reach High, as determined by the CDC. Click to see Monroe County's current community level.Library Branches are Open Libraries are open for patrons to browse collections and use the computers. Curbside service remains an option for those who prefer a touchless library experience. Keeping the Community Safe Throughout the Monroe County Library System, enhanced safety protocols...

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National Poetry Month Contest 2022

National Poetry Month Contest 2022The 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 jennifer.saul@monroe.lib.mi.us. Please make sure you have your name, age, and contact information on the page with the poem.Submissions Accepted April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022Guidelines: 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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Bedford Carpeting Project

Bedford Carpeting ProjectThe Bedford Branch Library is currently undergoing renovations while new carpet in installed in the building. The branch will be open as much as possibly during the carpeting project, but various areas of the building may be inaccessible to the public at times. Staff may be able to retrieve items for patrons from closed spaces, and computer access will be provided in the lobby as needed. Starting Monday, February 28, 2022 and running Friday, March 4, 2022, the public computer area will be unavailable. The...

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Remembering Bill Reiser

Remembering Bill Reiser  The Monroe County Library System is saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Bill Reiser. Bill passed away on December 18, 2021, at the University of Michigan after experiencing multiple cardiac events. A longstanding giant in the Monroe County Library System, Bill offered leadership and management at the Ellis Library & Reference Center. His dedication to excellence and an eye for detail were reflected in all aspects of his life, as were his humor and showmanship. As a cultural Renaissance man,...

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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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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 CurbsidePosted April 15, 2021 The 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...

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Ellis Temporarily Closed Due to COVID-19

Ellis Temporarily ClosedPosted April 15, 2021 Ellis 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...

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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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