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.
Libraries strengthen communities and transform lives every day. In addition to well-loved books, your public library offers innovative programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge. When you're a Friend of the Library, you make all kinds of Library programs and
collections possible including summer reading games, take and makes,
story walks, & so much more!
Join the Friends of Monroe County Public Library on Library Giving Day! We encourage everyone who values the library to make a gift by becoming an official Friend of the Library. (Memberships start at $25). You'll receive your choice of a free Friends tote bag or note cards to share your love of your public library! https://mcpl.info/friends/join-friends-library
*** To participate in this live Zoom series, please register once for all 10-10:30 AM sessions with a valid, non-school email address. The link to this Zoom series will be emailed to you upon registration***
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.
Drop in, adventure through fantastic realms, then leave whenever you have to. These sessions of Dungeons and Dragons are held via Discord and are designed to be short, fun, and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.