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Summer Reading Games: Oceans of Possibilities

Sunday, July 31, 2022
Summer Reading Games
All Branches
Our free all-ages summer reading games are back in person! Read for fun, complete activities, and attend events to earn prizes! Pick up a game board beginning May 23 at the Downtown Library, Ellettsville Branch, or on the Bookmobile! This year, the Friends of the Library Foundation will donate $1,000 to the Community Kitchen of Monroe County when we meet our registration goal of 1,000 people! Learn more at mcpl.info/summerreading

Ages 1–12: Children’s Reading Game 
Ages 12–19: Teen Reading Game 
Age 20 & up: Adult Reading Game 

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Tiny Art Show at Ellettsville

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Tiny Art Show
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Gallery Exhibit Space
Come view the tiny art masterpieces made in our tiny art studios for all ages at the Ellettsville Art Gallery! All ages.


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Preschool Storytime: Special Edition with Kim Howard

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime: Special Edition with Kim Howard
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Join local author Kim Howard as she reads her Firefly Award-nominated picture book, Grace and Box. After the reading, enjoy a mystery game with the author! Ages 3–6. Please register.
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Tween Tech

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tween Tech
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join Andrew Woodard, IU Maker Education Specialist, in exploring Makey Makey invention kits! He'll also cover Scratch, a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Ages 8–12. Please register.
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Garden Club

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Garden Club
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Come get your hands dirty as we explore experiments, projects, and crafts that focus on gardening and sustainability. Each session will include information on the week's topic, but we'll quickly move into some hands-on projects in the Library’s garden. This series will include occasional expert guests. Ages 7–12.
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All-Ages Day at the Ellettsville Teen Space

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Curious about the Ellettsville Teen Space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the fourth Saturday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
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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.
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Terrific Twos

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Terrific Twos
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Families with toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years play, sing, read, and talk together—then enjoy toy time.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Stories, songs, and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing, and playing with books and words! For ages 3–6 with caregivers. Please register for each session you will attend.
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Preschool Discovery

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Preschool Discovery
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Join us for fun, open-ended art experiences, STEAM adventures, and letter exploration! Each week, we'll experiment with different materials and techniques––dress for mess! For ages 3–6 and caregivers. Please register.
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Tween D&D

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tween D&D
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Interested in Dungeons & Dragons? Join us for a special stand-alone role-playing adventure! No prior experience is necessary. Ages 9–12. Please register.
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Paint and Sip: Ocean

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Paint and Sip: Ocean
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
In this guided session, we'll work together step-by-step to paint an ocean scene in the style of Vincent van Gogh! Juice boxes are included for a fun experience. Ages 8–12. Please note, we'll use acrylic paint which can stain clothing––dress for mess. Please register.
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Sensory Playtime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sensory Playtime
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Share books, songs, and rhymes with your little one while squishing and smushing your way to the benefits of messy and sensory play! Dress for mess. Ages birth–2.
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LEGO® Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LEGO Club
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Unleash your imagination and creativity with fellow LEGO® builders! Ages 5–12. 
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Squishy Circuits: An IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge
Virtual
Learn about electrical circuits and light up your artistic playdough creations at home! Register now to pick up a kit between June 1–12 in the children's area at the Downtown Library to use at home. The kit includes a booklet to help you learn about engineers and what they do, and suggestions for ways to guide your child in their making. You’ll also receive book recommendations to enhance your child’s learning, info on an optional online workshop, and an invitation from scientists at Indiana University to take part in their ongoing research about how to help children develop the ability to solve problems creatively. For ages 7–12 with a caregiver. Please register. 
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Watercolor Bot: An IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
IU Engineering Kit Summer STEM Challenge
Virtual
Design a motorized bot that “paints” at home! Register now to pick up a kit between June 1–12 in the children's area at the Downtown Library to use at home. The kit includes a booklet to help you learn about engineers and what they do, and suggestions for ways to guide your child in their making. You’ll also receive book recommendations to enhance your child’s learning, info on an optional online workshop, and an invitation from scientists at Indiana University to take part in their ongoing research about how to help children develop the ability to solve problems creatively. For ages 7–12 with a caregiver. Please register. 
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Summer Art Lab

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Summer Art Lab
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Explore different art media and express your creativity with fun unique projects! In June, we’ll learn about the legend of the Kraken while making Kraken felt toys. In July, we’ll learn about shark conservation efforts and shark myths while making clay sea creatures. Ages 5–12 (please note that children ages 5–7 may need assistance from an adult caregiver). Please register.
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8-Hour Comic Book Day

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
8-Hour Comic Book Day
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
We’re teaming up with Vintage Phoenix Comic Books for our annual celebration of comics and manga, and a challenge to create a piece of sequential art from start to finish in one day! Art supplies are provided, as well as prizes, lunch, and snacks. Come by for an hour or stay for the entire day, but don't miss the special anime drawing program from 1–2 PM presented by artist Carlos Nieto III of Anime Your Way. Age 7 & up.

A partnership between Vintage Phoenix Comic Books, Carlos Nieto III of Anime Your Way, and the Library.
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Preschool Storytime: Special Edition with Kim Howard

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime: Special Edition with Kim Howard
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join local author Kim Howard as she reads her Firefly Award-nominated picture book, Grace and Box. After the reading, enjoy a mystery game with the author! Ages 3–6.
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Tiny to Two

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Tiny to Two
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together! Ages birth–3. Please register.
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Little Makers

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Little Makers
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Explore your creativity with different materials and techniques at this fun, open-ended art experience. Dress to mess. For ages 3–6 and their families.
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Tiny to Two @ Switchyard Park

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Tiny to Two
Downtown Library
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together at Switchyard Park (1601 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington)! We'll meet at the Pavilion Lawn. Feel free to bring something to sit on! Ages birth–3. Please register.

Please note: the rain location for this event is the Downtown Library Children's Program Room.

A partnership between Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Library.
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Stuntology: The Art of Entertaining Yourself!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Stuntology: The Art of Entertaining Yourself!
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Explore the mysteries and absurdities of the physical world with Stuntologist Sam Bartlett. Using everyday objects, Sam demonstrates how you can amaze yourself and amuse your friends with fantastic tricks and easy stunts anyone can do! There are oceans of possibilities! All ages. Please register.

Funding for this event is provided by The Friends of the Library.
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Stuntology: The Art of Entertaining Yourself

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Stuntology: The Art of Entertaining Yourself!
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Explore the mysteries and absurdities of the physical world with Stuntologist Sam Bartlett. Using everyday objects, Sam demonstrates how you can amaze yourself and amuse your friends with fantastic tricks and easy stunts anyone can do! There are oceans of possibilities! All ages. Please register.

Funding for this event is provided by The Friends of the Library.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Stories, songs, and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing, and playing with books and words! For ages 3–6 with caregivers. Please register for each session you will attend.
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