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Posted Aug 9, 2010 Posted by 32 Comments


Norma Kula,  Director of Libraries (305)853-7349 Email: kula-norma@monroecounty-fl.gov
Valerie Moore, Business Manager (305)809-5266 Email: moore-valerie@monroecounty-fl.gov
Anne Layton Rice,  Library Administrator (305)292-3594 Email: rice-anne@monroecounty-fl.gov
Tom Hambright,  Senior Librarian–Florida History (305)809-5260 Email: hambright-tom@monroecounty-fl.gov
Breana Sowers, Senior Librarian–Archivist (305)809-5260 Email: sowers-breana@monroecounty-fl.gov

Key West Library

Main Phone: (305)292-3595
Nancy Howanitz,  Administrator Library Headquarters (305)809-5256 Email: howanitz-nancy@monroecounty-fl.gov
Robin Henderson,  Sr. Librarian Reference  (305)809-5253 Email: henderson-robin@monroecounty-fl.gov
Michael Nelson, Circulation Librarian (305)809-5252 Email: nelson-michael@monroecounty-fl.gov
Patricia Blanco, Sr. Librarian Youth Services (305) 809-5257 Email: blanco-patricia@monroecounty-fl.gov

Big Pine Key Library

Stephen Chambers,  Library Manager (305)872-0992 Email: chambers-stephen@monroecounty-fl.gov

Marathon Library

Cristy Danford,  Library Manager (305)743-5156 Email: danford-cristy@monroecounty-fl.gov

Islamorada Library

Ozzie Dominguez,  Library Manager (305)664-4645 Email: dominguez-osvaldo@monroecounty-fl.gov

Key Largo Library

Paulette Sullivan,  Library Manager (305)451-2396 Email: sullivan-paulette@monroecounty-fl.gov

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  • Judy said:

    Your new web site should be very nice however,I learned while trying to logon this evening that I now need a password. Perhaps you could send one to me or advise on how I can enter a password. I wish I had known about this before I was locked out of the site.
    Also, I initially tried to enter this message into the suggestion box, but it would not accept any of the generated verification codes. Each time that I entered the displayed code (tried about 6 or 7 times) it came back as an error that said “No verification code generated”. Don’t you just hate having to work out all of the new bugs?
    Thanks again.

  • Donato Colucci said:

    Could you please give me the name and e-mail address of your Adult Programming Director.

  • Anne said:

    Apologies for the excessive delay in responding to your comment and questions–it is entirely my fault. But please see this post for Quick Start instructions for logging into our new library catalog: http://www.keyslibraries.org/2010/new-library-catalog-debuts/
    I’ll take a look at our Suggestion Box right now to see what the problem is.
    Again, my apologies. Hope you haven’t given up on us!

  • Anne said:

    We would really love to have an Adult Programming Director, but that position doesn’t exist in our library. Each of the library managers listed above would be able to help with your programming needs.
    Thanks for writing,

  • Chris Watson said:

    Do the Librarys on Big Pine Key and Marathon have facilities for the public to access the WEB and print. For example check in on line for a flight and print boarding card.
    Kind Regards Chris.

  • Anne said:

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for posting! Yes, both Big Pine Key and Marathon libraries offer public web access and printing. Just before coming over, please call the library at one of the numbers above to make sure the network is running and that the printer is cooperating. We have infrequent interruptions in service, but wouldn’t want to disappoint you.
    We look forward to your visit!

  • Fred Pete said:

    The link to the Library Advisory Board says:
    Not Found

    The specified resource/Pages/MonroeCoFL_Library/LAB/board could not be found on this server. (reason: 1081)

    Fred Pete

  • Anne said:

    Thank you, Fred! I’ve updated the link to the county’s new site here: http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/index.aspx?nid=307
    Thanks again for pointing this out.

  • Donald R. Huskey said:

    I understand you are in need of a librarian, but I did not find a place to fill out an application. Could you direct me to the correct place to apply for the position.
    Thank You
    Don Huskey

  • Anne said:

    Thank you for your interest! We don’t have any openings at the moment, but expect some new positions in the Fall. Here’s the link to our county’s job website page: http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/jobs.aspx

    Thanks again!

  • Sheena Patel said:

    This might sound like a crazy request, but I grew up in the keys and every weekend my dad would take us to the Islamorada library. Mine and my sisters favorite book was a book of Russian fairy tales. We read it so much I even remember where on the shelf it was back when I was a kid. Anyways, I’m trying to find that book. Back in the 80’s it was falling apart so I’m not sure if you still have it. If I remember correctly, it had a picture of a bird on the front (watercolor peacock I think) and it was so tall it had to be placed sideways on the shelf. Is there any way you could maybe send me a picture of “The Firebird and other Russian fairy tales” by Boris Zvorykin. Do you know, if that’s not the book I’m looking for, if the card catalog from back then would still exist or if there was any other way to find the book? Did you keep a record of who checked out which books?

  • Anne said:

    Hi–what a fun question! Thank you for sharing this great memory.
    Do any of these covers look like your favorite book?: http://www.librarything.com/work/278924/covers
    We have a copy of this 1978 book at the Key Largo library. The summary reads: “Retells four Russian folk tales: The Firebird, Vassilissa the Fair, Maria Morevna, and The Snow Maiden.”
    No, we haven’t kept card catalog or check-out records from the 1980s. But, I’ll ask the Islamorada librarians if they’re familiar with the book.

  • Sheena Patel said:

    You know, i think that might be it! That would be fabulous if the know the book i’m talking about! Thanks!

  • Fred Pete said:

    When is the next meeting of the Library Advisory Board? The most recent agenda on your website is for the 10/25/11 meeting in Islamorada and someone named Anne Layton Rice signed this agenda saying the next meeting will be 10/25/11 in Islamorda. Also the LAB webpage under meetings shows only the 10/25/11 meeting will be at 10:30 AM, but when is the next meeting?

  • Anne said:

    Hi Fred,
    Thank you for your question. The next meeting is scheduled for December 20th in Key Largo starting at 10:30a.m. The 2012 schedule should be approved and posted on the page soon.
    Thanks again,

  • Mark Anthony said:

    On the library home page the highlighted link nearest the top of the page is missing the period. The link below it is correct and will work. You may want to correct this. Thank You, Mark

  • Linda said:

    While living in the Keys I purchased a book with line art renderings
    of basic types of Key West houses. I have since lost the book and
    would like to replace it but I don’t have the title. I purchased
    it at Waldon’s on Roosevelt Ave. Would you have any knowledge of the

    Thanks for your response to this request.


  • Anne said:

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you for your email and question. Is this the book?: http://amzn.com/1886993009

    If not, please email me at anner@keyslibraries.org and we can do more sleuthing.
    Best wishes,

  • Juanita Tobin said:

    National Learning Disabilities Awareness Week

    Ms. Juanita Tobin

    Dear Library –
    These books are great for National Learning Disabilities Awareness Week, during the month of October each year. My step granddaughter has Dyslexia, and I feel this series is very important to offer to parents, educators, and of course, children.
    If you have these books, please let the local elementary schools, tutors, pediatricians, and counseling centers in your community know about this book series. So many children need a resource to help them understand that each of us has a “learning style”, and there is help and hope for those who might struggle.
    It is my goal, in honor of my step granddaughter, to bring this series to the attention of every library in the United States. Below is the list of titles and the “ISBN” identifiers if needed. I also noticed ebook versions of this book series at my local library.

    If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi?
    ISBN-13: 978-1603364485
    Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets
    ISBN-13: 978-1603364690
    Last To Finish, A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class
    ISBN-13: 978-1603364560
    Stacey Coolidge’s Fancy Smancy Cursive Handwriting
    ISBN-13: 978-1603364621

  • John Foster said:

    I’m writing a fictional book and I would like to know where in Key West a shrimp boat would land fresh shrimp today. I’m somewhat familiar with Key West, and visited the old shrimp docks back in the 70’s, but am curious where that activity, if it still occurs, would be located. Thank you very much.

  • Nan said:

    Hi John,
    It depends on the era — currently, shrimp boats work out of Stock Island. Until the 1980s, they would have docked at the Key West Bight, in the area now known as the Historic Seaport. If you have more questions, you can contact Historian Tom Hambright at 305-292-3595 or email him at hambright-tom@monroecounty-fl.gov. If you want images, you can take a look at our online image archive, at bit.ly/keyspix.

  • John Foster said:

    Thank you so much. That information is most helpful. And I will follow up with Mr. Humbright. Thanks again, John Foster

  • 7 habits of highly effective people by stephen r. covey said:

    Thanks a ton for sharing your fantastic webpage.

  • Chris Khayat said:

    Just wondering if Keys libraries have given any thought to offering Hoopla, a program which allows patrons to borrow movies, TV shows and music digitally and watch/listen to this media on their mobile devices and/or computers. My local library offers it,and the website shows it is available at many library systems throughout North America. However, it is not yet available in Monroe County libraries. I would like to encourage you to make it available to your patrons.


  • Anne said:

    Hi Chris, thank you for the suggestion! Each budget year we review and consider customer enhancements and Hoopla will definitely be a consideration this year.
    Thanks again for your time and suggestion.

  • Samuel Swenson said:

    Hi, my name is Sam and I lived in Key West for a short time in the winter 2002-2003. I visited your library often and enjoyed it immensely. Im writing to you because Im searching for something. During my visits to your library I read a Pamphlet/Flyer/ that was attached to the Bulletin Board outside, It was an Anti-War writing. I remeber there might have been a small anti-war shrine of sorts near the fence as well and the writing may have been attached to that . The pieace Im referring to was very well written , poetic in nature and may have been written a century ago. All i remeber was something about ‘the flames of war’ and how these antagonists create war and convince others to become frenzied war supporters etc…This writing struck me as being very accurate, the Iraq War was just being created and I was upset with all the propoganda. Ive been searching the web googling anti war writings but have not found this piece as of yet,,and so Im hoping somebody at your library knows what Im referring to. Sincerely~ Sam Swenson email greenbros2020@gmail.com

  • Marguerite Ranney said:

    My library card will be expiring soon, and I will be out of the state until October 2016. Also I have moved from Big Pine Key to Key Largo. How do I renew my card before it expires and change my address?

  • Anne said:

    Hi Marguerite, we’re happy to extend your library card to November. Please visit us then to update your address.
    Best wishes,

  • Grisel said:

    Do you have audiobooks available for download? I’ve recently discovered it’s a great way for me to read without reading because I inevitably fall asleep doing the latter. Thank you.

  • Pam Bennett said:

    Dear Anne, There is a property in Key West referred to as the “Old Harris School”. I find this property very enchanting and beautiful. This building was at one time filled with children. I believe that it should be filled with children again. Key West has many beautiful and interesting museums. A museum for children and the promotion of children’s literature would be welcome in a town rich with artists and lovers of authors. I would like to plant a seed idea that becomes a great kapok tree.

  • Anne said:

    Hi Pam, the Harris School is a lovely building and property. In fact, the library was temporarily relocated there in the mid-1990s while our Fleming Street building was being renovated. Your idea sounds beautiful! Thanks for sharing it here.

  • Pam Bennett said:

    Dear Anne, Many thanks for your positive comments. Childhood memories are precious. Former students who are now adults might be willing to volunteer their time or resources to a project that promotes future childhood memories. Author-illustrators like Eric Carle and Lynn Cherry have foundations that might be willing to provide grants that could provide some funding. Hope to keep this conversation going to save this historic landmark for the children of Key West.