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What Can Lynda Do for You?

Through lynda.com, the Monroe County Public Library now offers online classes often taken by university students and corporate employees. Lessons in everything from photography to business are free with a library card and can be taken at one’s own pace — as writer Jonna Mary Yost learned while tackling her Adobe Illustrator demons. Click here to read the full story.

Farm to Yarn: The Dye Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on the Life of Local Fiber

Lindsay Welsch returns to Marble Hill Farm for the second article in her three-part series on procuring yarn from its source. Stage two comprises the many steps in dyeing wool and the hands-on relationship that develops with color as it’s drawn out of indigo, goldenrod, marigold, and onion skins and affixed to the animal fiber. Click here to read the full story.

A Teenager’s Murder Still Breaks Hearts and Boggles Minds 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, 16-year-old Sylvia Likens was found tortured to death in the Indianapolis home of her caretaker, Gertrude Baniszewski, who was later convicted of first-degree murder in what’s been called the most terrible crime ever committed in Indiana. In this essay, John Mikulenka ponders how the case went from a local tragedy to something affecting people worldwide. In his video, he interviews the newspaper reporter who covered Baniszewski’s trial. Click here for the full story and video.

IU’s Crabb Band More Than a Sidekick at Soccer Games

The Crabb Band has been boosting IU soccer teams with lively performances for the past 42 years. Angela Hawkins and Miles Reiter tell and show why the band is one of the more exciting acts in town. Sitting next to the band, you might be so entertained that you’ll forget about the game. Click here to read the full story and watch the video.

Book by Local Poet Ross Gay Selected as Finalist for the National Book Award

The National Book Foundation just announced the Finalists for the National Book Award. Among them is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, a collection of poems by Indiana University professor Ross Gay. In this profile by Brian Hartz, Gay reflects on his work, on the powerful influence Bloomington has had on his poetry, and what this national recognition means to him. Click here to read the full story.

Sitcom Theatre: Situational Comedy Local experimental theater troupe explores themes both alien and familiar in their genre-spanning productions.

McKee Woods and Natasha Komoda attend rehearsals of Trading Faces, the latest play from Sitcom Theatre, a local theater troupe that creates experimental plays “with a tight lens on the absurd and cleverly bizarre.” Co-founders Bethy Squires and William McHenry reveal how their creative inspirations (from ’50s sci-fi movies to Friends sitcom episodes to the local punk-rock scene) help to inform their themes — whether wacky, campy, straight, or queer. They will perform Trading Faces Friday, September 25, at The Back Door. Show at 8 p.m., doors open at 7. Click here to read the full story.

Three Minutes in Maple Heights

In this Limestone Post series, local videographer Trent Deckard takes us on three-minute tours of neighborhoods in Bloomington and surrounding communities. Deckard’s first visit is to Maple Heights, a discrete neighborhood on the north side of downtown Bloomington. After talking to some of the “genuinely sweet people who live there,” Deckard says he’d like to live there, too. “No — seriously,” he says, “I want to live there.” Click here to watch the video.

David Torneo: Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry

Publisher, poet, playwright, promoter — all of these describe David Torneo, but you could just as easily call him Bloomington’s Ambassador of Poetry. Torneo may spend more time promoting the work of other poets than he does his own, whether by organizing book launches and public poetry readings for local and national poets or interviewing poets for podcasts. He also publishes Ledge Mule Press, a quarterly publication made in limited editions with handmade techniques. Click here to read the full story.

Neighborhoods Unite Over ‘Lost and Found Pets’

Zak Szymanski is one of 2,000 sleepless members of a virtual community who snoop through Bloomington’s very real neighborhoods and sniff down random streets looking for tiny, terrified creatures — B-town’s lost pets. But beware: joining the group might change your behavior. Click here to read the full story.

Farm to Yarn: The Wool Part 1 of a 3-Part Series on the Life of Local Fiber

Knitting and other fiber crafts have found a new generation of enthusiasts who care about the source of their yarn as much as about its color and pattern. In this first installment of a 3-part series, Lindsay Welsch traces yarn to one of its local sources, Marble Hill Farm. Click here to read the full story.

Bee-Town Gets Busy: The State of All Things Bee and How You Can Help

While the honeybee population in Monroe County is thriving, studies show Indiana's colony loss is worse than the national average. Bloomington beekeeper Susan M. Brackney addresses the complicated and troubling issue, and she offers advice on helping not only honeybees but also bumblebees, butterflies, and other native pollinators. Click here to read the full story.

Finding Hope in South Sudan: Part 1 Getting the Story Out

Will and Theresa Reed moved to South Sudan in 2014 to help the new nation with community development work, mainly to train teachers and build agricultural projects. When conflict in their village erupted, they had to leave their new friends behind. Will, a Bloomington native, tells the story of persecution in the worn-torn country — and the struggle in not allowing the suffering of so many remain someone else’s problems. Click here to read the full story.