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.
IU’s African American Dance Company brings their performance art to us with an interactive dance lesson and an interview with the Company’s director. Watch and learn the Ghanaian dance of Kpanlogo and join this celebration of the arts! This program is geared to ages 5–12, but all are welcome to watch! The video will premiere on the Library's YouTube channel on April 8 at 10 AM, and be available thereafter.
Join our partners at IU Health's Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Service for a live Zoom session to discuss the unique needs facing those living with dementia in rural Indiana. This session will highlight some of the many efforts that are developing to support these individuals and families. Age 18 and up. To register, please contact Diana Matthews at DMatthews4@iuhealth.org or 812-276-4270.
New to Minecraft and want to hone your building skills? Already an expert and want to show off your chops? Join us on our Creative Mode Minecraft Server! Collaborate with others or build on your own. The only limit is your own imagination. 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 the Library's Minecraft Server the day of the program.***