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Laugh Line

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Laugh Line
All Branches
Call (812) 349-3208 to hear a kid-friendly joke! Jokes change daily Monday–Friday by 5 PM. This program is geared towards ages 7–12, but all ages are welcome!
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Spooky Dials

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Spooky Dials
All Branches
Want to hear a spoooooooky song, poem, short story, or rhyme? Call (812) 349-3208! All material is kid-friendly (and with a warning for content that may be slightly spookier). Recordings will be updated by 5 PM each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in October for a total of 13 different spine-tingling listening opportunities! 
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Cardinal Stage Presents: Family Photo Challenge: Cinderella

Saturday, October 31, 2020
Family Photo Challenge: Cinderella
All Branches
Imagine Your Story with Cardinal Stage! Re-create the classic folktale of Cinderella using only 10 original photos. Get creative with costumes, locations and props, and share your story on social media for a chance to win a $75 gift card from Crumble Coffee & Bakery. Post your photo story by November 1 on Instagram or Facebook to enter to win. To qualify, you MUST tag Cardinal Stage (@cardinalstage) and use the hashtag #cardinalchallenge. (Remember to make your post public so Cardinal can view it.) At the beginning of the following month, Cardinal will announce the winner and post the winning story! See https://cardinalstage.org/family-photo-challenge/ for a PDF copy of the classic tale. You can also find various interpretations of the Cinderella story from around the world in the Library's folklore collection. (For example, see: The Rough-Face Girl). eBook versions of the Cinderella story also are instantly available on Hoopla Kids. All ages.
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DIY Bike Buckets

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
All Branches
Bike buckets are durable, weatherproof panniers made from repurposed materials. Learn how to make your own customized bucket to keep your stuff intact while riding throughout the seasons! Participants will need a bicycle with an attached rear bike rack to complete the project. Please register to receive a kit with the necessary hardware and supplies––you will be contacted by staff with information about how to pick it up. Contact mwilder@mcpl.info with questions. Age 16 and up. 

*** This virtual program may be viewed on the Library's YouTube channel, premiering October 22 at 10 AM. It will be archived and available on the same YouTube channel thereafter. ***
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VITAL English Language Group: Haiku Workshop

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Other
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about Haiku poetry, and practice reading and writing skills.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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Fairy Tale Zine Book Club: Baba Yaga

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Fairy Tale Zine Book Club
All Branches
Join this virtual book club about fairy tales! Email ablancha@mcpl.info to get a copy of the zine. Zines will also be distributed to local Little Free Libraries. Zines will include original fairy tale, alternative fairy tale, and literary analyses for discussion. Age 16 & up.

9/24: Little Red Riding Hood 
10/22: Baba Yaga 
11/19: Hansel and Gretel 
12/10: Snow White

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you 30 minutes before the program begins.***
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Supporting Developing Readers: A Bloomington Montessori Parenting Workshop

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
All Branches
Are you supporting someone learning to read at home? Join Bloomington Montessori staff for a one-hour presentation on the development of reading, followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. Presenters will break reading down into several skill sets and discuss ways to support children and monitor progress in areas such as phonemic awareness, decoding, comprehension, and more. Primary focus will be for children in grades K though 6. This workshop will be presented via Zoom and recorded by Bloomington Montessori staff. Participants are welcome to keep their video off during the workshop. For parents and caregivers.

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you 30 minutes before the program begins.***

A partnership between Bloomington Montessori School and the Library
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