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Hello Monroe!

We’ve been bundling up and playing outside as much as possible during nice weather lately, knowing that soon days may be too nasty or brutal for the long doses of fresh air Oliver likes to soak in.

We’re thankful the power outage from the strong wind and rain storm that swept through recently only impacted us for a little over a day, and that the temperatures remained quite warm through the incident. That took the stress away from having the generator running around the clock to keep the heat functioning. Plus, Oliver is not a fan of the noisy generator…at all!

Worth celebrating

Happy anniversary to Ed and Tabitha Lepore of Monroe, celebrating 19 years of marriage Dec. 1.

Birthdays being celebrated in Monroe during the month of December include Erick Aitken (3rd), Neva Moody (4th), Gunner Richardson (15th), Kassandra Shute (18th) and Kayden Porter (27th).

Deer down

Rifle hunting season of 2020 has officially ended. Thank you to Kristin and crew at the Monroe Country Store for being an available local tagging option for Monroe and surrounding communities.

Final bragging rights listed under the town of Monroe go to: Even Bucklin (doe) and Mark Dolloff (4-point, 176-pound buck).

Congratulations to all who filled their tags this season!

Gingerbread kits

Take home some holiday cheer from the Monroe Country Store with a gingerbread kit that consists of a pre-assembled house on a plate, frosting and an assortment of candies and sprinkles. Kits are $15 each and will be available to pick up on Saturday Dec. 12, and/or Dec. 19. Call the store at 525-3300, or stop in, to reserve yours today!

Library news

A reminder that the Monroe Library has returned to curbside pickup only. The hours are Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Here are some frequently asked questions of the library and the current answers.

When will the library be open to patrons? We will continue to be guided by recommendations of the Select Board and the Maine State Library to maximize the health and safety of library patrons and volunteers.

I have materials out now. Can I return them? Yes. Please continue to return all materials to the red drop box outside Town Hall.

I’ve had my materials out for a long time. Will I have fines? No. We will contact you if any of your materials are on hold for another patron and have not yet been returned to the library.

I returned my library materials in your book drop. Why are they still showing as checked out on my account? Please bear with us. To ensure the safest possible material handling, we are quarantining all returned items for at least 72 hours before checking them in.

Can you get materials for me that are not in your collection? Yes! We are happy to request books through Inter Library Loan (ILL). Once they arrive at our library, we will notify you for curbside pickup. ILL items should be returned to the Monroe Community Library.

I have books to donate to the library. When can I drop them off? We are not accepting donations of books or DVDs at this time.

How can I apply for a library card? Email us at  monroecommunitylibrary@gmail.com or call 525-3515 during our regular hours. We’ll set you up with a library card and login information to our online catalog. We monitor the library's email daily, so we can get you set up and ready to go even on days the library isn't staffed.

I don’t know my card number? How can I reserve materials? Email anytime or call during hours when the library is staffed.

Have a great week!