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Taste Bud Twist

Trick your taste buds and turn sour or bitter into sweet! Eat a lemon, try a sip of vinegar, or chow down on a sour pickle. All with the help of the miracle berry. For ages 8 & older.

The miracle berry contains an unusual protein that tricks the taste buds lining the tongue. So foods that usually taste sour, bitter or savory suddenly taste sweet and this taste-altering effect lasts for up to two hours. The key ingredient is miraculin, the protein that produces the interesting taste-switching effect. Miraculin was first identified by scientists in 1968, although locals in West Africa have munched on these berries for centuries – usually before meals to make their food more palatable, according to Good Health Australia (April 2018). Supported by the Friends of the Monroe Library.

Monroe Library

Phone: 360-794-7851
Fax: 360-794-0292
Library Manager:
Philip Spirito

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About the Library

Monroe Library is a Safe Place for young people.
Need a warm place? Visit the Monroe Cold Weather Shelter

Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request for library events. Please contact us two weeks in advance if you have special needs.

Upcoming events

Wed, May 27, 10:30am - 11:15am

Wed, May 27, 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Thu, May 28, 10:30am - 11:15am

Thu, May 28, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Mon, Jun 01, 10:30am - 11:00am

Mon, Jun 01, 6:15pm - 7:45pm

Tue, Jun 02, 10:30am - 11:15am

Wed, Jun 03, 10:30am - 11:15am

Thu, Jun 04, 10:30am - 11:15am

Thu, Jun 04, 1:30pm - 2:15pm