Journey into a ruined fantasy world in search of an ancient queen's crown. Inspired by games like Dark Souls, Mortal Shell, and Metroid, you'll need to unearth the forgotten lore of haunted places like the Netherworld Forest, Scorched Keep, and Lost Catacombs in order to solve the adventure's puzzles. Age 12 and up. Get started at mcpl.info/coiledcrown.
Learn how to use borax and pipe cleaners to grow your own crystals at home! Ages 12–19. Follow this link to register for the associated Take and Make Kit and to set up a pick-up date and location between January 11–25. This virtual program may be viewed on the Library's YouTube channel, beginning January 11. It will be available anytime after.
For Black History Month, play a game of bingo that facilitates discussions on race, features acts of kindness, and offers opportunities to learn about Black visionaries, leaders, and artists! When you complete five in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), you’ll earn a prize! Visit mcpl.info/bingo to download a game card and learn more about how to play. Once you have a bingo, you'll schedule an appointment to pick up your prize between January 18 and March 5.
Stories provide insight. Whether it's a personal narrative, description of cultural heritage, or an imagined fantasy, an individual's story provides insights into who they are and what shapes and inspires them. Shared stories help us see what makes us unique and how we are the same. By reading or listening to an individual's story, we can learn to treat people with the respect and dignity they deserve no matter their race, color, gender, religion, ability, or level of income. Discover different stories, learn about people seeking to eliminate social injustices, and find resources for discussing issues about race. All ages.
While the physical libraries are closed, your virtual teen space is waiting for you on Discord! Join the Library for all your teen space fun, Monday and Wednesday from 3–5 PM and Tuesday and Thursday from 3–7 PM! To join you must be between the ages of 13–19 and live in Monroe County.
Fill out the form at mcpl.info/discord if you want to participate! A teen librarian will respond as soon as they can with an invite link.
Are you a seasoned Minecraft pro looking for new ways to play? Never played but want to learn with other kids in your community? Join our private Minecraft Survival Server! We'll get together once a month to explore, build, dodge creepers, and fight zombies! If you don't have your own Minecraft account you can borrow one from us! Ages 7–12.
***Please register with a valid, non-school email address to receive a welcome email with more information and a username/password, login instructions, and more to access our Minecraft Server the day of the program.***
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.
Please join Dr. Amy Hackenberg for a forum on the development of the “Mathematical Mind.” Dr. Hackenberg is an associate professor of mathematics education at Indiana University. She has conducted research on how middle school students learn rational numbers and algebra, and on how to differentiate math instruction for students with diverse ways of thinking. In the Mathematical Mind presentation, Amy will talk about the nature of mathematical thinking. She will demonstrate how important it is for elementary school students to reason to solve math problems, and that talking about mathematical ideas is critical for learning math. This workshop will be presented via Zoom and recorded by Bloomington Montessori staff. Participants are welcome to keep their video off during the workshop. Age 13 and up.
*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom sessions will be emailed to an hour before the program begins.***