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.
D&D Library Talk is our podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master. In episode five, we shake things up and record a play session to illustrate how all of these pieces we have been discussing fit together and take time to explain how the game works as we go along.
Join us for a fun (and short!) storytime on YouTube. Rhymes, songs, and a story help preschoolers practice early literacy skills. This week Dana shares stories and rhymes about Bunnies! Geared to ages 2–6, but all welcome to watch!
*** This virtual program may be viewed on the Library's YouTube channel, premiering April 20 at 10 AM. It will be archived and available on the same YouTube channel thereafter. ***
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.
Dine Out for the Library all day long at either the east or west side location of Mother Bear's Pizza. Mother Bear's will donate $5 to the Friends of the Library for every large pizza you order. You must have a separate flyer for EACH large pizza you order. Electronic coupons will not be accepted. This coupon is good for inside dining, carry out, and delivery and with any of Mother Bear’s specials. Your dining out helps support all of the amazing programs offered at your public library. Thank you for being a Friend of the Library!
Join us on Discord to play Jackbox games with Library teen staff and other local teen friends! Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord if you haven't already, then drop in.
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.
Learn the steps to creating a 3D model! We'll start simple and create a keychain. No previous 3D printing experience is required. Participants are encouraged to make an account on tinkercad.com before the program. Age 12 and up. Please register with a valid email address. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to you upon registration.
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.