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[22 Apr 2015 | 5 Comments | ]
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 …

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[29 Jan 2014 | 3 Comments | ]
Keeping track of TBR

While some readers struggle with finding a good book others have a different problem: Keeping track of all the books they want to read (commonly referred to on the Web and elsewhere as TBR, or “to be read” piles). Many of us, over the years, have resorted to keeping lists in notebooks or have envelopes spilling over with scraps of paper. Maybe you’ve even gotten organized and kept a list on your computer — and then your hard drive crashed.
Here’s a great thing about the library and our online catalog, commonly …

News Across the Keys, Tom's Keys History Blog, Uncategorized »

[11 Oct 2013 | 15 Comments | ]
Founding Document Returns to Key West

In 1823, Commodore David Porter wrote a letter ordering that an American flag be raised at Thompson’s Island (later known as Key West) to establish the Navy’s Anti-Piracy Squadron. That letter is at the centerpiece of an extraordinary, professionally-curated collection of Keys related documents, photographs and memorabilia recently donated to the Florida History department of the Monroe County Public Library.

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[14 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Tennessee Williams recording now available online

In 1971, Tennessee Williams — a playwright famous for works such as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Glass Menagerie” — went to the studios of the local radio station WKWF and made a recording of his poetry. Williams considered himself a poet first. He was a longtime supporter and patron of the Monroe County Public Library in Key West. The recording he made that day was expressly for the use and benefit of the Library. It was transferred onto a reel-to-reel tape and for decades has been stored in …

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[29 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]
Don’t get caught in the spiral

The helpful, nonpartisan folks at Factcheck.org are busy evaluating and debunking internet rumours, chain mails and all sorts of falsehoods. Here’s from their Viral Spiral page:
Don’t get spun by Internet rumors
Just because you read it on somebody’s blog or in an email from a friend or relative doesn’t mean it’s true…On this page we feature a list of the false or misleading viral rumors we’re asked about most often, and a brief summary of the facts. But click on the links to read the full articles. There is a lot more …

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[8 Mar 2012 | 15 Comments | ]
Calling all Kindles!

Our library eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon® Kindle! Download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more. To get started, visit http://estuff.keyslibraries.org.

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[21 Dec 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Get your Geek on!

Residents of the Keys may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary–‘geek.’ Monroe County Public Library is participating in Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about–what they ‘geek’– and how our libraries can support them.
Look for Geek the Library booths at many community festivals and fairs over the next year. We look forward to hearing all about what you Geek!
Learn more at www.geekthelibrary.org

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[10 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on Fair Housing | ]
Fair Housing

The Florida Commission on Human Relations is committed to addressing discrimination which impacts each and every one of us, whether in our communities or workplaces. Florida’s civil rights and fair housing laws say that it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, color, sex, disability, religion, age, marital or familial status.  The Commission is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, memberships in certain private clubs as well as state employee whistle-blower retaliation.
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act …

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[1 Aug 2011 | Comments Off on Thanks a million! | ]
Thanks a million!

We are proud beyond words to announce that our online archive of historic images of the Florida Keys recently passed the million-hit mark — meaning the images have been viewed more than 1 million times. That’s quite something for a little library system at the end of the road.
The site can be accessed from this website — just click on any of the images under “Our Pix” at right — or by going directly to Flickr and searching for our photostream under “Florida Keys–Public Libraries.”
The online archive has been the work of …

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[23 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
By popular demand

We are constantly trying out new ways to get library books to their readers in the most efficient and expedient way. For example, new books and DVDs now appear in our library catalog the moment they are ordered, allowing readers to request them immediately.
We have also been trialing different methods for filling requests for popular items.