M is for Music Summertime Kids Program

The Monroe Lending Library offered a Summertime Enrichment program during July for children ages 5-12. This year's theme was "M is for Music" and introduced children to the four classifications of instruments: String, Percussion, Brass and Woodwind. Craft/Story-time relating to each instrument was discussed each Saturday. Robin Parrish developed the lesson plans and taught the class each week. In addition to the Saturday programs, the library also welcomed students from the Nazarene Church Preschool and Hornet Haven. The program closed with a concert where the children played the various instruments they made over the course of the program. The orchestra included drums, cellos, clarinets and trumpets. The concert was followed by refreshments of donuts and ice cream.


Monroe Lending Library Book Project Needs Submissions

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Request for Submissions Monroe Lending Library is accepting essays for a fundraising book project. The library would like your stories of history, friendship, community and the love of books that represent the spirit of the Monroe Lending Library. We have a unique library with a unique history, volunteers and members that we’d like to share by compiling your stories into a book. Our library is a true community that is almost like family. We have a laughter and smile quotient that can’t be equaled. We need your stories to show the world just how special our library is. Think Chicken Soup for the Library Soul kind of stories.

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Library Adds Media Center

The library is forming a new media center and we desperately need your help!
Please consider donating your unused DVD’s, Music CD’s, Children’s VHS tapes and Audio Books to the library. Drop off during regular hours or pickup is available! Contact Susan at 360-0275 or email us at or
Can’t part with anything? Cash donations also accepted and appreciated! (and tax deductible!) Please mail checks to: Monroe Lending Library, P.O. Box 132, Monroe, OH 45050. Please note on your check “media center.”
We plan to debut the center on Saturday, April 3. Rentals will be free of charge, limit 2 per family. We are requiring a “Media Designation” on your library card. The cost is an additional $5 per year to your membership or $10 per family membership. This will help us offset the cost of the program and purchase new materials. Overdue fees will be .25 cents per day, per item.
THANK YOU for helping your hometown library grow a little bit bigger!

"A for Artist" Winners

Winners of the Monroe Lending Library's "A is for Artist" program (in no particular order):  Tyler Friend, Ty Parrish, Madison LaManse, Drew Friend, Ava Howard, Jasdeep Singh.  Not pictured were Lizzie Moores, Kristina, Brooke Patton.

"A" is for Artist Wraps Up With Picnic and Art Show Aug. 1

The "A is for Artist" Craft Program for children concludes on Sat. August 1st at 1:00 p.m. with an Art Show and Picnic. All artwork of the past 4 weeks will be on display and an art contest will be held. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Each child who participated will be given a "Reading Rocks" Tee Shirt. Both children and parents have enjoyed the Artist Series.

Reading Contest Winners

Winners of the Monroe Lending Library Reading Contest held in July were 1st Place tie, Rajver Singh and Jasdeep Singh, 2nd place Lauren Loveless and 3rd place Tess Sanker. They won an assortment of prizes, which included a Library membership renewal. All who participated received a "Reading Rocks" Tee Shirt and a Certificate of Participation.

"A is for Artist"

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Join us at the Lending Library for our summer reading/art program, introducing children to artists: Dale Chihuly, Jackson Pollack, Louise Nevelson and Cincinnati's own Charley Harper!

Four Week Program: July 11, 18, 25 and August 1. Open to the community on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. Art projects the children will be working on are Dale Chihuly plastic glass sculpture, Jackson Pollack Rock Splatter Paint, Louise Nevelson junk art and Charley Harper wildlife.

Register your children today for this fun and exciting summer program. Registration forms can be picked up at the Monroe Lending Library or visiting our Website

Join us for our Art Show, Saturday, August 1st. We will display all of the art pieces created, hand out prizes for best of show and celebrate with a picnic party! Read more »

Summer Reading Programs at the Lending Library

Summer Reading Program

The Monroe Lending Library is again offering a Reading Contest, open to the children of the Monroe and surrounding area, that begins June 8th and ends June 27th. The top three readers who have read the most books will receive prizes and the opportunity to ride in the parade on Saturday, July 4th. No registration is required for this reading contest; however books read must be checked out from the Monroe Lending Library.

"A is for Artist"
Summertime Kids Grant

The Monroe Lending Library is the recipient of a Greater Cincinnati Foundation "Summertime Kids" Grant.

"A is for Artist" will be our summer reading/craft program introducing children to the art of four main artists: Dale Chihuly, Jackson Pollard, Louise Nevelson and Charley Harper. Read more »

Late Update: Library Date Changes

The Library will be closed Saturday, April 11th. 
Storytime/Craft has been moved to Sat., April 18th. 
Storytime has been moved to Sat.April 25th.


Pictured are Sarah Eschmeyer. Brooke Caldrem and Anna -Eschmeyer. (photo by Amy Flowers)

The Monroe Lending Library Read-a-Thon was held on Saturday, February 28th. It was attended by 22 readers, some with parents. A total of 4248 pages were read by the group. The Read-A-Thon increased awareness of our library and provided an opportunity for children of all ages to read in a fun social environment.

Many thanks to the local businesses who donated the prizes given out during the day: Tim Horton's, Kroger, ElGrillo, Raymond's Pizza (Liberty), Karisma Hair Salon, Subway, Domino's Pizza, Finke's IGA, Ameristop, Victory Lane Pizza, The Little Gym (West Chester), Putter's Tavern (Liberty), Avon (Connie Flowers, Middletown). Also, thanks to library patron Darrick Murphy who took photos all day.