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.
Watch this historically-informed imagining of Shakespeare’s journey to become a playwright by William Ayot. The video production features musings on the magic of language, music, and theater. Neil Parsons of The Fourth Wall ensemble is Will, accompanied by music and dance from the Elizabethan era. You don’t know the Bard until you’ve experienced him through Shakespeare’s Ear.
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.
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 the Library's private Minecraft Server! We'll get together twice 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. We'll have a dual Zoom meet set up concurrently with the Minecraft server so that you can chat, talk, and ask questions while playing. Please register to receive a welcome email with a username/password, IP address, and more to access the Server on the day of the program.
Make sure to register for this Take & Make Kit if you are interested in learning about painting miniatures. We supply the fully assembled miniature, brushes, paints, and instructions. If you'd like to paint with someone or be able to ask questions, join us on Discord during the live painting session. Ages 13–19. Please register with a valid email address.
***Rescheduled from May 6, 2021, 7 - 9 PM*** Join Monroe County Parks and Recreation Naturalist, Autumn Brunelle, and MCPL Librarian, Chris Hosler, for engaging conversations about nature and books while safely distanced around a toasty bonfire. This program will be held at Karst Farm Park, 2450 S. Endwright Road. Please note that physical distancing and face coverings will be enforced. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Please register with a valid email address. Age 16 and up. Digital copies can be accessed via Hoopla.