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.
Join us for a month of sustainable outdoor fun at Bloomington's parks. During the month of April, pick up a Park Crawl game board at the Library or download one here. Try to make it to seven of the eight listed parks as sustainably as possible (biking, walking, running, scooting, or riding a bus) then turn in your completed game card at any Library or Bookmobile location April 5–May 5 to get a free reusable straw while supplies last! All ages. Feel free to share photos using the hashtag #BTownParkCrawl.
A partnership between City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Monroe County Parks and Recreation, and the Library.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with a series of recordings of family-friendly poems on a variety of topics. Call 812-349-3208 to listen! Recordings will be updated by 5 PM each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April for a total of 13 delightful poems! All ages.
Join us for a fun (and short!) storytime on YouTube. Rhymes, songs, and a story help preschoolers practice early literacy skills. This week Kim shares stories and songs all about birds! Geared to ages 2–6, but all welcome to watch!
*** This virtual program may be viewed on the Library's YouTube channel, premiering April 6 at 10 AM. It will be archived and available on the same YouTube channel thereafter. ***
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. The Book Club is currently reading American Street by Ibi Zoboi.
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.
Forgotten Clefs, a local Renaissance Wind Ensemble, tells the story of The Very Last Castle by Travis Jonker using music, dance, costumes, props, and visual projections. The story includes themes of friendship, courage, and diversity. Listen and watch as the curious child, Ibb, builds up the courage to enter the modern city’s castle, despite warnings of monsters, giants, and snakes. You'll hear and learn about ancient instruments like the sackbut, crumhorn, and shawm. This program is aimed at children ages 5–8, but all ages are welcome! Please register with a current email address to receive the Zoom link.
Make new friends in this seven-part Zoom program based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey! Throughout the program, middle-schoolers will learn skills based around the seven habits, improving their self-confidence, self-control, personal responsibility, time management, positive decision-making, and more. Ages 12–15. To register for this free Zoom program series, please email Laura Wathan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-568-5183. The Zoom link for the program series and a link to register to pick up a copy of the book will be emailed to you. A partnership between Youth First, United Way of Monroe County, and the Library.
Discover why yoga is such a powerful tool for keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit with Robin Halpin Young of Maxwell House Yoga. The focus of this restorative yoga class will be to wind down, relax, stretch, and recharge. This program is suitable for people age 12 and up and of most physical abilities.
***Please register for this virtual program series with a valid, non-school email address. The Zoom link for the series will be emailed to you upon registration.