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[22 Jun 2015 | One Comment | Posted by ]

Florida Historian, Tom Hambright, is a big fan of C-Span. Now it appears that C-Span is a big fan of Tom! Check out his recent interview for the Book TV Cities Tour:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?326571-1/key-west-public-library-history-collection

[7 Jun 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Big Library Read–a global eBook (and eAudio) Club

Join the Big Library Read™— an opportunity to unite readers all over the world around a single eBook and eAudiobook. Together with Harper Collins, OverDrive and your library are providing a breathless and terrifying psychological thriller full of twists that will leave readers guessing until the final pages. Unlimited copies means no waiting lists.

[22 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | Posted by ]
Award-winning books 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.
The …

[20 Apr 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
If you liked The Girl on the Train…

You say you *really*really* liked Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train? Or maybe you’re on the waiting list and can’t wait to get your hands on it? Great thing, because we have selected some eBooks especially for Girl on the Train fans.

[10 Feb 2015 | No Comment | Posted by ]
Presidents’ Day Holiday

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the libraries will be closed on Monday, February 16th.
We will reopen Tuesday, February 17th at 9:30am. Click here to view our usual schedule.
In the meantime, view our Library’s photo collection of Presidential visits to  the Keys.

[2 Jan 2015 | 25 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 Oct 2014 | 3 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?

[4 Oct 2014 | 3 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.

[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.