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[20 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Memorial Day history

Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 to remember the men that lost their lives in the Civil War. As the only southern city to remain in the Union during the Civil War, a large number of U.S. Navy, Marine Corp, and Army men died in Key West, mostly from tropical fevers. The Army men were buried in the Barracks Cemetery that was on White Street across from the Armory. The graves were moved in 1927 to the U.S. National Cemetery at Fort Barrancas near Pensacola. The Navy …

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[6 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
The story behind the great dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is a monumental achievement on almost any scale — the number of words, the carefully selected quotations to illustrate different meanings, the number of years it took to assemble the first edition.
Even more amazing, it turns out that a good portion of the work was contributed by, as the title has it a “madman” — or, more precisely, a former U.S. Army surgeon incarcerated in a lunatic asylum after shooting a brewery worker.
The story of the collaboration and friendship of the two men — James Murray, …

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[6 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Words, wonderful words

It’s pretty common, these days, to use the Internet to answer a lot of Reference questions — and for good reason. It’s quick (at least when the servers are working) and the information available, both on the general Internet and on our subscriber databases, is far more extensive than we could ever afford to own in paper form.
And yet — if you have a yen for doing things the old way — or if you are interested in lexicographical history — we have an amazing resource here at the Key …

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[3 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
What services do you offer handicapped patrons?

All Monroe County Public Libraries are handicapped accessible facilities. Click here for our hours and locations.
Library staffers are familiar with the Internet Relay Call system and can assist hearing-impaired patrons with this service on our free public computers.
When available, films shown at the libraries may be captioned upon request. Note that not all films are captioned. We’re finding that vintage and foreign films freuqently don’t offer captioning. View our library calender for upcoming films.
You can Ask-a-Librarian via chat, text or email. Click here for more info on this service.

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[3 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Hope For Haiti by Jesse Joshua Watson

Highly recommended.  Hope for Haiti should be read to and by everyone…