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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
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
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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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-6:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Fax: (734) 317-1420
Mon: 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 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 - Tue: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 317-1572
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 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-5:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Thu: 12:00 am-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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News and Information

Poetry Contest Winners

The Monroe County Library System is pleased to present the 2020 National Poetry Month Poetry Contest award winners!  Congratulations to the award winning poets and thank you to everyone who participated.  We look forward to seeing you next year!

 

First Place

Out of Time
By Shane Emery
 
The future will feel
like coming home.
 
You will arrive at the foot of the driveway
with your bags in your hands.
 
You will wear a tired smile
and glow in the porchlight.
 
The snow will start to melt.
I will be waiting
 
with patience engraved on my ribcage
because my watch stopped on the day you left,
 
and my heart is a terrible timekeeper.
It has miscounted the moments,
 
it believes that every day is the first day of winter,
it has an affinity for twilight,
 
and it is obsessed with the sound your tires made
on the day they rolled onto the winding road.
 
But it helped me build
this world outside of time
 
where I can stand, happy in the porchlight,
looking down at the space where you will someday stand.
 
You will be shaped like an island shoreline.
You will have poetry written on the soles of your feet
from the longs walks you’ve taken.
You will carry a library in your chest,
and all the wonders you’ve seen
will dance out of your eyes. Your hands
will be covered in earth and scars and magic,
you will bear the horizon on your back,
and your hair will be blown wild
by the fickle winds you’ve faced.
You will know what you were made for. Time
will no longer be both your enemy and your friend.
It will just be.
 
I will open my arms.
I will call you up to the house.
 
 

Second Place

Fall
By David A. Kreiger
 
The cool, orange sun sleeps behind the haystacks,
And will wait ‘till tomorrow;
Before looking for the pumpkins again.
 
Leaves are slashed from the yielding trees,
And splashed by the wind into pools of color on the forest floor;
Yellows, oranges, reds and browns blanket oak roots,
-To keep them warm on the autumn dark.
 
The silver moon is watching,
She looks down on me;
And sometimes I can see her smile,
Through a flock of passing geese.
 
I walk along broad streets and narrow paths toward home,
Tomorrow I’ll look for the pumpkins with the sun,
And maybe have a chance to smile back at the moon.
 
 

Third Place

Lost in the Dark
By Maya Akayoshi
 
In a cage with no key,
In a room with no doors,
In a house with no windows,
No ceiling, no floors.
 
I lie in the darkness,
Lost in my head,
Yearning to go
Anywhere else instead.
 
And I run, and I shout,
And I try every route
Of this labyrinth,
Just looking for any way out,
 
But no matter my tries,
And despite my endeavors,
Of running and shouting
For some sort of savior,
 
I find myself back
In the room with no doors,
In the house with no windows,
Or ceiling, or floors.
 
Just locked in the cage,
In the cage with no key,
As the time ticks away,
And the world forgets me.