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.
Bloomingfoods members selected Friends of the Library for their Positive Change initiative for the month of May!
The Positive Change program is a community-driven fundraising campaign that offers shoppers the opportunity to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar, or donate more if they wish. Shop local at Bloomingfoods, and round up a little during the month of May to make much needed library resources accessible to everyone in our community. Any amount raised during the first 7 days of the month will be matched by a generous anonymous donor!
Since 1976 Bloomingfoods has endeavored to be a positive force in this community; working to meet the needs of local folks, support local food, and build a healthy local economy. They believe that community-based organizations are vital to the health and wellness of this community, and they want to help them succeed! Since its rollout in January 2016, shoppers have raised an incredible $490,000 for local non-profits through the Positive Change initiative.
This Dine Out involves your choice of three dining experiences! All three demonstrate the owners' passion for food and quality combined with the eclectic nature of the beloved Bloomington community. All offer take out service as well as indoor and outdoor dining. Show your flyer! Visit one or all three, Tuesdays, May 11 and 18, and they will donate 15% of your purchase to the Friends to make great Library experiences possible.
Brilliant Coffee Company, 8 am - 6 pm, offers bold, rich espresso, as well as other hot and iced coffee beverages, and velvety sweet and luscious gelato and sorbetto, 217 W 6th St
Nourish Bar, 11 am - 6 pm, provides a vibrant and healthful experience that will leave you feeling nourished. All of their ingredients are natural and organic. Offers a variety of Poke, Panini, Noodles, Fried Rice, Skewers, and Salad in addition to cocktails, wine, and beer, 217 W 6th St
Village Pub is a high-end gastro pub with a regional twist. They strive to provide the best ingredients with new creative techniques. Discover their menu. Open 5 pm - 10 pm at 206 N Walnut St (Princess Theater).
Join us for a fun (and short!) preschool storytime on YouTube. Rhymes, songs, and a story help preschoolers practice early literacy skills. This week Kim is sharing stories and songs all about delicious and colorful vegetables! Kim will read "Rah, Rah, Radishes a Vegetable Chant" by April Pulley Sayre and share the story "Pickin’ Peas" as retold by Maragaret Read MacDonald. This program is geared to ages 2–6, but all ages are welcome! This virtual program will be available on the Library's YouTube channel.
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.
Join local artist Lizzy Salvaggio to learn how to draw directly from the nature around you. Drawing utensils and paper will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. Participants who are uncomfortable sitting on the ground should bring a chair. Age 16 and up. Please register. This program will be held outdoors on the Main Library Plaza on Kirkwood. Social distancing will be enforced and masks will be required.
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.
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.