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.
D&D Library Talk is our podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master. In episode four, learn about how RPGs function, some of the terminology and game mechanics, and the nuts and bolts of playing these games. Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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.
The Library's server runs on the Java version of Minecraft which can only be played on a Windows or Mac computer.
***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.
Join other fans of Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan, and more for a night of fun. Plan to chat about anime, manga, and other fandoms. Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
Start learning introductory Arabic through interactive games, songs, and activities that help children develop general literacy skills too! This series of ten weekly virtual lessons begins February 4 and introduces children to the Arabic language and culture. Ages 5–12. Classes are presented by certified instructors with Bridges, a project of the IU School of Global and International Studies, and the IU School of Education. Please register to enroll in this free online class and receive a link to join via Zoom.
Learn how to choose words to inspire confidence and competence in children. Bloomington Montessori Educators will describe the difference between praise and encouragement, why it’s important to respectfully and meaningfully encourage children, and model effective language to use. Parents will leave with some guiding principles and a toolkit of helpful phrases. 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.***