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 other teens and our staff on Discord to play Among Us and root out the Imposter. Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
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.***