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[6 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on Islamorada Craft Time | Posted by ]
Islamorada Craft Time

For our next Islamorada Craft Time we will be making Book Paper Wreaths.
When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Islamorada Library Community Room
Fee: $5.00 supply fee
Contact the Islamorada Public Library to sign up today!

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[31 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Islamorada Creativity Corner | Posted by ]
Islamorada Creativity Corner

Introducing the Islamorada Creativity Corner
Feeling Stressed? Need a Break?
Come join us this month at the Islamorada Creativity corner
and make a loved one a Valentine for Valentine’s Day!
Be as creative (or not creative) as you wish to be and have some fun!

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[4 Oct 2015 | One Comment | Posted by ]
Everyone’s a critic

Reviews by readers are all the rage these days and for good reason — they often provide the sort of feedback you want most:  the opinions of fellow readers. Now you can post your own reviews of books in our library catalog — and read reviews by fellow library patrons and 1.3 million members of the book site LibraryThing.

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[28 Jul 2015 | 10 Comments | Posted by ]

Recent reviews from Monroe County Public Library

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[29 Jan 2014 | 3 Comments | Posted by ]
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 …

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[2 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Book Bites Book Club: Start of Season Party | Posted by ]
Book Bites Book Club: Start of Season Party

What are the best books you’ve read this year? Want to hear what others have been reading? Come to the Book Bites Book Club Start of Season Party and share your adventures in reading. Scifi, mystery, espionage, literary, romance — it doesn’t matter what you’re reading, we want to hear about it!
What has your local library staff read and loved this year? Here are the responses from a (very last-minute!) email:
Allison: The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa  – The beautiful, descriptive writing is what kept me enthralled during this sad …

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[23 Jul 2013 | Comments Off on True crime worth reading | Posted by ]
True crime worth reading

True crime has a bit of a bad rap in literary circles but it’s popular enough with readers that it was one of the first Dewey call numbers I wound up knowing by heart (along with cookbooks). I suppose we like these books for the same reasons we like CSI and Law & Order and all the thrillers and mysteries that we can’t keep on the shelves. Occasionally you get a book that rises above the pack so that it informs you not just about some heinous crime but about …

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[28 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Judging books by their cover | Posted by ]
Judging books by their cover

The 2013 Caldecott medal has been awarded to Jon Klassen for This Is Not My Hat. The Caldecott Medal has been recognizing the most distinguished picture book of the year for 75 years. Past honorees include Make Way for Ducklings, Where the Wild Things Are, and The Polar Express.

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[14 Jan 2013 | Comments Off on Kerstein’s “Key West on the Edge” | Posted by ]
Kerstein’s “Key West on the Edge”

UPDATE: Congratulations to Bob! His book has been nominated for the 2012 Florida Historical Society’s Tebeau Award for best Florida history book of the year!
This excellent new book describes how Key West invented an economy based on mass tourism after major cutbacks in the once-thriving military which had been the driving force in Key West life from 1940 to 1970. After years of research and countless interviews with everyone that would talk to him, Dr. Kerstein documents how the changes occurred without destroying the things that make Key West unique.

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[20 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted by ]
Scary good

It’s entirely possible you’ve already heard about Gone Girl, the third novel by Gillian Flynn. It’s one of those books that people are talking about. It is, as of this writing, no. 4 on the New York Times fiction bestseller list. There are, as of this writing, 40 requests for the five copies in our system. The ebook only has three people waiting so if you have an iPad, Kindle or Nook that might be way to go.
As someone who recently devoured this book, I can tell you, it’s actually …

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