Archive for October, 2010

The Common Grounds Cafe: Good Honest Coffee Since 2004

Enjoy a cup!

Coffee is back!  Located to the right of the front doors when you enter the library, the Common Grounds Café has a variety of hot and cold drinks and biscotti. If you’re feeling eco-friendly, buy one of our lovely Monroe Library mugs and get a free brew!

We’re open 8AM-9PM Monday – Thursday and 8AM-6PM Friday, so we’ve got your caffeine needs covered from morning to night.


Large Small
Coffee $1.75 $1.50
Hot Chocolate $1.75 $1.50
Tea $1.65 $1.35
Biscotti $1.50
Mochasippi $2.00
Library Mug $2.00

Hang out and watch some TV while taking a break from studying, or take your drink on the go so you can hit those books.  Come see us, and remember: Happiness is coffee shaped.

WE RECOMMEND: Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Pynchon, Thomas. Inherent Vice. New York, NY: 2009, Penguin Press. Call number PS3566 .Y55 I54 2009

Set in the greater Hollywood area in late 1969 and early 1970 Inherent Vice tells the story of hippie, private eye Larry “Doc” Sportello. Doc is contacted by his former girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth, to investigate a conspiracy involving her current lover Mickey Wolfmann, a wealthy real estate developer. Soon after, Doc is hired by Tariq Khalil to find Mickey’s bodyguard Glen Charlock. At the beginning of Doc’s investigation Shasta and Mickey disappear, while Doc is framed for the murder of Glen. These events propel him through a whirlwind of marijuana inspired conspiracy theories, a myriad of side cases, more than one acid trip, and direct conflict with the nefarious and mysterious organization, The Golden Fang.

Inherent Vice is a straight detective story with all the characteristics of a Pynchon novel. Lost continent conspiracies, a plethora of original songs, and a cast of unique and hilarious characters make for an enjoyable read. I highly recommend Inherent Vice to anyone that enjoys Pynchon, detective fiction, or zany fiction.

Brian Sullivan, Online Learning Librarian