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.
This event is for those working in and with area nonprofit organizations that are looking to form authentic relationships with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity. The discussion and presentation will be led by Shatoyia Moss, the Safe and Civil City Director, City of Bloomington, Community and Family Resources Department. We will discuss diverse representation through the lens of events and programming, inclusion in the workplace and cross-collaborations, and best practices on building equity into initiatives––all in the efforts of justice and creating a culture of belonging. Age 18 and up. Please register with a valid email address. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to you upon registration.
A partnership between Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County, City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department, United Way of Monroe County, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and Nonprofit Central at the Library.
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.
For National Poetry Month, come share a poem you wrote or one you enjoy at our virtual poetry open mic on Discord! Sharing is highly encouraged, but not required––you can come listen too! Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
Inventors and other interested parties are invited to learn about the basics of intellectual property rights (copyrights, patents, and trademarks) from IU Maurer law students! Age 18 and up. Please register for this program with a valid email address. The Zoom link to the program will be emailed to you. IU Maurer School of Law provides pro-bono help for those needing assistance who meet their financial guidelines.
A partnership between the IU Maurer School of Law 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.