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Laugh Line

Friday, April 30, 2021
Laugh Line
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Call (812) 349-3208 to hear a kid-friendly joke! Jokes change daily Monday–Friday by 5 PM. This program is geared towards ages 7–12, but all ages are welcome!
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Monday, May 31, 2021
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
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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.

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Park Crawl

Friday, April 30, 2021
Park Crawl
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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.
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Phone a Poem

Friday, April 30, 2021
Phone a Poem
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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.
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QueerTalk: The Language of Emotions

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
All Branches
Join us as we create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQ+ individuals. From March–June we will discuss The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You by Karla McLaren on the first and third Sundays of the month. Please register with a valid email address. The Zoom link to this program will be emailed to you upon registration. Age 16 and up. 
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Winter Hiking Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
All Branches
It's cold, but nature is still beckoning! This winter, spend some time in the great outdoors by yourself or with others in your quarantine pod, then gather with others virtually on Zoom to share your observations and experiences from each hike. Photos, sketches, and recordings are welcome additions to the shared conversation. While specific trails at varying nature areas are suggested below, feel free to choose any trail that is right for you. Please register once for all sessions, but feel free to attend only the sessions that you want. A Zoom link for all sessions will be emailed to you upon registration. Age 16 and up.

January 10: Hoosier National Forest Pate Hollow Short Loop (3 miles) or Pate Hollow Trail (6.1 miles)
February 28: Porter West Preserve (1–4 miles)
March 14: Bean Blossom Nature Preserve (2.5 miles)
April 18: Green's Bluff (1.5 miles) or Bluebird Trail Trailhead (1.7 miles)
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