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[14 Oct 2014 | 8 Comments | Posted by ]
New eBook site just for kiddos

The Library’s collection of downloadable eBooks for kids just grew larger. Perfect for travel, the beach, or extra innings of big sib’s game, these books won’t get lost, ripped, wet, or chewed up. Titles may be downloaded to iPads, Kindles, even smartphones and are yours (and theirs) for up to 2 weeks. Then they return themselves…Sweet.
The new Kids eBook portal is easier to navigate with larger book covers, subject headings, even reading levels to discover that perfect eBook. Grownups can feel confident that eBooks from this site are all kid-friendly.

[8 Oct 2014 | One Comment | Posted by ]
Gone Girl Read-Alikes

You say you *really*really* liked reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl? Or thought the movie was awesome? Great thing, because we have selected some eBooks especially for Gone Girl fans.

[4 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | Posted by ]
Discover your new favorite book or film

Your neighbors and local librarians are busy reviewing library books and films to help you find your next love. Short and sweet (or snarky) reviews are added daily for titles available from our library collection.

[2 Sep 2014 | 23 Comments | Posted by ]
Load your eReader

UPDATE: Many new eBook and eAudiobooks added in past few weeks
Download Audiobooks and eBooks Anytime, Anywhere! Enjoy popular titles from the comfort of home.
Monroe County Public Library is pleased to offer you best-selling adult and children’s audiobooks and eBooks, available 24/7 from the library’s website,

[27 Aug 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Tom talks about Howard England

I first read an article about Howard England and how Admiral Brush, Commander of the Naval Base, in response to a question from Action Line in the Miami Herald “What happened to Fort Taylor?” sent Howard to find the answer. Howard was a Civil Service architect in the Public Works Department of the Naval Station and the Navy’s expert on local history.
He found Fort Taylor covered with sand and material from the property disposal department (a fancy military word for junkyard). He was able to answer the newspaper’s question but …

[15 Aug 2014 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Honoring Howard England

Saturday, August 16th is officially Howard S. England Day in Key West. One of our finest citizens, Mr. England (1914-1999) was passionate about historical preservation and is considered the “Father of Ft. Zach.” He also created an amazing collection of gingerbread tracings that are in our library archives. Happily, they are all digitized and available online.

[4 Aug 2014 | 6 Comments | Posted by ]
Pass It On!

Photographs, scrapbooks, family records, newspapers… how do you protect your precious family treasures? This is the time of year to make sure your archives will last to tell your family’s personal history.
Disaster could strike anytime–we’ve heard tragic stories of family keepsakes lost due to a busted water heater–so act now to protect your precious things.

[30 Jul 2014 | One Comment | Posted by ]
Capt. Tony in National Geo

We’re just a little excited that this photo from the library’s archives is featured in the July 2014 issue of National Geographic. If you subscribe to NatGeo, take a look on page 105. You can also read the story and view the photo gallery here.
Library photographs have also found their way into Newsweek, Nature, and Smithsonian magazines, as well as a permanent display at the Smithsonian’s Ocean Hall. Click here to stroll through our entire online gallery.
 

[20 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | Posted by ]
Have you heard?

Come sit on the porch and take a listen: What was the Conch remedy for a cut finger? How was turtle soup made? Where was Key West’s best ice cream parlor? What games did children play late into the evening?

[18 Jul 2014 | 2 Comments | Posted by ]
She won! She won!

We’re so very proud of Key West Circulation Librarian Kris Neihouse for her First Prize win in The Studios of Key West 2014 Writes of Spring Story Contest.
We already know she is awesome, but now there is a certificate to prove it!