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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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D&D Library Talk: Episode Five

Sunday, May 02, 2021
D&D Library Talk
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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.

Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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8-Bit Cross Stitch, Zelda Edition: A Take and Make Kids Program

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Interested in expanding your Legend of Zelda fun into the real world? Learn how to cross-stitch your own Link bookmark while we answer questions like "What are pixels?", "What is 8 bit?", and "Why do some games look so blocky?". To participate in this Zoom program, please register each child individually with a valid email address. A confirmation email will be sent to you with the Zoom link, and a link to sign up for a date/location to pick up the kit associated with the program between April 10 and 23. Ages 7–12.
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Supporting Your Child's Musical Journey

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Supporting Your Child's Musical Journey
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Join a panel of music education professionals who will address steps that parents and caregivers can take to support a child's musical experiences. Topics include establishing good communication with the teacher, supporting home practice, motivating and encouraging your child, and more. Advance questions may be emailed to boverman@mcpl.info or asked during the Q&A part of the presentation. Age 18 and up. Please register with a valid email address. A link to the Zoom program will be emailed to you upon registration. A partnership between Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Library.
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