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Library Doors Reopen

Library Doors ReopenThe Monroe County Library System is pleased to announce the re-opening of library branches to the public, by appointment, on Monday, September 14, 2020. “After safely providing curbside service for three months, we are moving on to the next phase of our re-opening plan,” said Nancy Bellaire, Director of the Monroe County Library System.Re-Opening By Appointment Libraries will be open by appointment for patrons to browse open collections and use the computers Appointments will be available in one hour increments....

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Working to Achieve Social Equality

The library community at-large and the Monroe County Library System specifically, has always stood for the free exchange of ideas and dialogue of important issues. MCLS continually strives to achieve our mission to enrich the quality of life for all residents by providing free access to informational, educational, and recreational resources. During the June 2020 Board of Trustees meeting MCLS joined with libraries around the nation to sign the Urban Library Council's statement on Racial and Social Equality.  To date, approximately...

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Curbside Service

The Monroe County Library System is pleased to announce the beginning of touch free curbside services. Governor Whitmer’s recent Executive Orders 2020-110 and 2020-97 will allow most branches of the Monroe County Library System to begin offering curbside service as of Monday, June 8, 2020. “We are eager to provide curbside service to our patrons and move to the next phase of re-opening,” said Nancy Bellaire, Director of the Monroe County Library System. "We appreciate the support and patience of our community during this time."...

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Reading List: Books on Racial Equality

The Monroe County Library System continues to promote diversity, tolerance, and acceptance in our collection, programming, and staff interactions.  Libraries serve as a haven for all people to learn, explore, and grow in the knowledge that they are safe and respected.  The following reading lists address activism, equality, and standing against racism.   Click for Print Titles Click for Digital Titles   During the June 2020 meeting, the MCLS Board of Trustees joined with libraries around the nation to sign the...

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Director's Message: May 26, 2020

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has changed all of our lives. At the Monroe County Library System, we have been working throughout the closure of our physical branches to expand our online services to better serve our community. We have increased patron access to eBooks, streaming video content, virtual story times, and book talks to maintain our connections to you. Our Community Librarians, Youth Services staff and other staff members have been preparing to serve our patrons in new ways once we are allowed to reopen,...

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National Poetry Month Contest Winners 2020

Poetry Contest Winners The Monroe County Library System is pleased to present the 2020 National Poetry Month Poetry Contest award winners!  Congratulations to the award winning poets and thank you to everyone who participated.  We look forward to seeing you next year!   First Place Out of Time By Shane Emery   The future will feel like coming home.   You will arrive at the foot of the driveway with your bags in your hands.   You will wear a tired smile and glow in the porchlight.   The snow will...

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Special Meeting – Monroe County Library System Retiree Health Care Trustees

The Monroe County Library System Retiree Health Care Trustees will be holding a special meeting.  The public can participate using the information below.   OMA COVID-19 Meeting   Monroe Library RHC – Special Board Meeting Monday, April 27, 2020 at 2:00PM   Conference Call Number: 1-877-777-0154     Participant Code: 5228071#

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COVID-19 Time Capsule

Coming soon fiction set to be released in June 2021, including titles from your favorite authors such as Iris Johansen, J.R. Ward, Stephanie Evanovich, and more.

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COVID-19 Library Closing and FAQ

All Library Branches closing due to COVID-19 In light of additional news and recommendations regarding social distancing for the COVID-19 virus, the Monroe County Library System will be closed as of today, Sunday, March 15, 2020.   Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding.     Frequently Asked Questions: What should I do with the items I already have checked out? Will I have a fine if they're late? Please hang on to any checked out items until we reopen. You will not be charged a late fine. Can I...

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Help for Parents and Students during School Closures

The mission of the Monroe County Library System is to enrich the quality of life for all residents by providing free access to informational, educational, and recreational resources. Educational Resources for Students During the recent school closures brought on by COVID-19, the Library is actively striving to support parents and students in search of educational resources. The following collection of reliable Library resources have been refined especially for children, middle and high school students, college students, adults...

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The Ellis Library & Reference Center is currently closed for quarantine purposes. It will reopen on April 28, 2021. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time.

All other branches will temporarily return to curbside only services until April 28, 2021.

To inquire about Senior Delivery services, please call 734-241-5770 and ask for Library in Motion.