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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road, Suite C S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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History of the L.S. Navarre Branch Library

For 60 years the Lillian Stewart Navarre Branch Library has provided service to the City of Monroe. Originally named the East Side Branch Library, it was established in 1937 as a reading room housed in the Trekow Building at 3rd and Eastchester Streets. Library service was undertaken as a joint project of the Monroe School Board, the Dorsch Memorial Library staff, and the Salvation Army under the direction of Captain Alex Stenhouse. While the School Board provided the maintenance, the Dorsch staff undertook supervision. The first librarians provided by the Salvation Army included Mrs. Stenhouse and Lieutenant May Denis.

In April 1938, the city Board of Education took over supervision and maintained the facility as a branch of its Dorsch Memorial Library. During its first year of operation, the library housed a total of 2,500 books consisting of public donations and selections from the Dorsch branch. From the outset storytimes were an important component, serving an average of 73 children in the 15' X 30' room.

By 1947 the library had been moved to 1131 E. Second Street where it stayed until 1953 when Morris May, President of Monroe Scrap Material Company, donated his building at 1203 E. Third Street as a library. In September of that year the East Side Branch re-opened with 5,000 books from the Dorsch collection.

In April 1963 the city of Monroe acquired the land on which the library currently stands at Second and Eastchester Streets. The new facility was dedicated by United States Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey on October 6, 1966. It was formally opened on December 19, 1966 as the Lillian Stewart Navarre Branch of the Monroe County Library System. A collection of 10,000 books for adults and children was housed in the new building.

For the past three decades the Navarre branch has served the needs of the city's multi-ethnic population. Beginning in February 1971 the branch has annually celebrated the heritage of African-Americans with displays and programs. An annual Blues Festival, begun with a concert at Navarre in 1988, has grown into a major series of free events which have received national and state awards for excellence and which continue to celebrate the musical heritage of African-Americans. This year's Blues Festival and African-American History programs promise to be the best yet.

Children's programming over this time has established a special relationship between the community, the Library, and the Arthur Lesow Community Center. Current branch librarian Amber Reed maintains close ties to the community to serve the needs of neighborhood schools, businesses, and the general public. 

Lillian Stewart Navarre
1889 - 1965

Lillian Stewart Navarre was born April 5, 1889 in Frenchtown Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Stewart. She married George R. Navarre June 26, 1918.

Mrs. Navarre maintained a life-long interest in libraries and education. She attended Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University where she received a degree of Bachelor of Pedagogy. She first taught in Monroe County rural schools, then was Principal of Macomb County Normal School. Later Mrs. Navarre taught in the Monroe City Schools and was Principal at Lincoln School for one year.

In 1933, Mrs. Navarre was appointed State Librarian and served in that capacity for two years. In 1935 she returned to Monroe to assume leadership of the newly formed Monroe County Library and remained as its Director until her retirement in 1947.

Mrs. Navarre was appointed to the Michigan State Board for Libraries in 1955 and served until 1960. She served as Chairman of the Board in 1959.

In 1960, Mrs. Navarre was elected to the Board of the Monroe City Schools. She was an active member of the Board for four years, taking a special interest in the expansion of school libraries and contributing to the efforts that resulted in the formal merger of the city libraries with the Monroe County Library System.

It is most fitting that the name of Lillian Stewart Navarre should be preserved for future generations in a library. The growth and quality of the Monroe County Library System for more than 60 years has reflected her vision and her pioneering efforts to bring books and education to the people of Monroe County.