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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Friday, December 31, 2021
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program encouraging you to read 1,000 books with your child before they start kindergarten. The program is self-paced and you decide how often and how long you will read to your child. It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. When you register for the program, you can come pick up a welcome packet, including a finger puppet and physical reading logs to color in! There will also be occasional surprises throughout the game, like stickers, a halfway-there certificate, and more (you can even earn a happy dance with a librarian)! When you finish the program, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, an invite to a quarterly themed storytime, a free book, and a farm friend adoption kit (just a stuffie, not a real one). Sign up online.

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Nicholas Graham Hall Art Installation

Friday, December 10, 2021
Downtown Library
Gallery Exhibit Space
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Storytime
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Please register each child for each storytime you will attend.

Please note that Preschool Storytimes are live-streamed on the Community Access Television Services (CATS) website. Recordings focus on staff, but participants may be visible.
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VITAL English Language Group: Book Club with Neil Klein

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The book club is reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join via Zoom. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started.  Age 18 and up.
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Digital Creativity at Home: Monster Mash

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Digital Creativity at Home: Monster Mash
Virtual
Ready to level up your skills? Join our Digital Creativity Specialist as he shows you how to use the free Monster Mash web tool to turn your doodles or an image into a 3D model, give it a texture, and integrate it into your art! Age 12 and up. This virtual program will premier on the Library's YouTube channel on December 7 and be available anytime after.
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Maker Lab: Macrame Keychains

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Maker Lab: Macrame Keychains
Downtown Library
The Ground Floor
Science, tech, and crafts––drop in for a cool project each month. This month is macrame keychains! Ages 12–19.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Sylvia McNair

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join via Zoom. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started. Age 18 and up.
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Wonderful Ones

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Wonderful Ones
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Families with babies ages birth to 18 months play, sing, read, and talk together with other little ones—then enjoy toy time! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Craig Smedley

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join via Zoom. Age 18 and up.  New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started
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Terrific Twos

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Terrific Twos
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Families with babies ages 18 months to 3 years play, sing, read, and talk together—then enjoy toy time. Please note masks are required for ages 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Mary Depew

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join via Zoom. Age 18 and up.  New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started
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D&D Online: By the Fireside

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
D&D Online: By the Fireside
Virtual
Drop in, adventure through fantastic realms, then leave when you want! These sessions of Dungeons and Dragons are designed to be short, fun, and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 13–19.

To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
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Cosplay Wednesdays

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cosplay Wednesdays
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Have you ever wanted to bring a favorite character to life? Get the materials and instruction you need to take your cosplay to the next level. In November, we will be working on sewing and embroidery, while in December we will look at crafting techniques for cosplay. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 12–19.
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Beginning Korean Language and Culture

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Beginning Korean Language and Culture
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
This course introduces the sounds and scripts of Korean, basic grammar, greetings, numbers, days of the week, and more! Students are encouraged to practice speaking through role play. Reading and writing in Hangeul (the written syllabary) is included, as is an introduction to Korean culture. Age 18 and up. Please register.
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Photo Embroidery

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Photo Embroidery
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Do you have a special photo you'd like to turn into a piece of beautiful artwork? Come learn the art of photo embroidery! We'll scan your photo, make it black and white, print it on cardstock, then embroider onto it! Needles and embroidery thread will be provided, but please bring your own photo to scan. Age 18 and up. Please register.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Stories, songs, and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing, and playing with books and words! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Children will be offered a take-home activity at the end of the program. Please register. 
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Tom Bitters

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join via Zoom. Age 18 and up.  New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started
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Anime Watch Party

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Anime Watch Party
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Join other fans of My Hero Academia, The Way of the House Husband, The Promised Neverland, and more for a night of anime, crafts, and chatter. Ages 12–19.
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Tween Tech: LEGO Robotics, Hour of Code Edition

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tween Tech: LEGO Robotics, Hour of Code Edition
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Build and program your own LEGO robot with WeDo 2.0 kits! The Hour of Code started as an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort! Ages 8–12. Please register.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Morgan Hoffman

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Virtual
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Class meets on Zoom only. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started. Age 18 and up.
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ASL Sign Language Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
ASL Sign Language Storytime
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Learn targeted vocabulary in American Sign Language through stories, songs, and games! For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you wish to attend in November and December. Can't make it? Learn and practice American Sign Language with Ginny virtually!
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3D Drop-Off Days

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3D Drop-Off Days
Downtown Library
Level Up
Using 3D-modeling software (like the free and user-friendly, Tinkercad), you can turn your digital designs into real-world physical objects! Bring in your STL or OBJ file for a 5-minute drop-off session, and we'll print it for you*. Visit mcpl.info/3D for tutorials and resources. Please note, 3D printing takes time—you will need to return to the Library at a later date to pick up your creation. All ages.

*Print time restrictions and the Library’s 3D printer policy apply. One printed item per Library cardholder per month. For size constraints and other questions, email jcaswell@mcpl.info.
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Dine Out for the Library at Muddy Fork Bakery!

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dine Out for the Library
Other
Dine Out for the Library with Muddy Fork Bakery December 4, 11, and 18. Place your order online by Wednesday of each week for Saturday pickup at numerous locations. Input the coupon code “LIBRARY” with your online order, as Muddy Fork Bakery will donate 50% of your purchase to the Friends of the Library to make all of those wonderful Library programs everyone enjoys possible.

Or show your flyer when you visit the Winter Farmers’ Market at the Switchyard Park Pavilion from 9 – 12:30 on Saturday, December 4, 11, and 18. Delivery is also available with a $25 minimum order. Muddy Fork is home to Indiana’s only wood-fired brick-oven bakery, where they make the finest sourdough and whole-grain breads and stellar pastries. You'll love their granola and croissants and more! Stock up for holiday entertaining and gift giving.

Learn more about Muddy Fork and their bread workshops: http://muddyforkbakery.com

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Santa on Sale Street

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Santa on Sale Street
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Downtown Ellettsville will be full of holiday spirit with crafts, snacks, and activities for families to enjoy! Look for Santa to arrive by fire truck at 9:30 AM, then follow him to the Ellettsville Branch Library. Meet Santa, and get a free photo and a toy (courtesy of Main Street Inc.). There will also be a breakfast at the Ellettsville Masonic Lodge (201 N. Sale Street) at 8 AM. All ages. Please note, the Library will open 30 minutes early for this event.

A partnership between Main Street, Inc. and the Library.
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All-Ages Day at The Ground Floor

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Curious about The Ground Floor teen space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the second Sunday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
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