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 event is for those working in and with area nonprofit organizations that are looking to form authentic relationships with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity. The discussion and presentation will be led by Shatoyia Moss, the Safe and Civil City Director, City of Bloomington, Community and Family Resources Department. We are discussing diverse representation through the lens of events and programming, inclusion in the workplace and cross-collaborations, and best practices on building equity into initiatives, all in the efforts of justice and creating a culture of belonging. Shatoyia will be presenting over personal and professional experiences in her role as Safe and Civil City Director. She will cover the topics of role, responsibilities, results, and retention regarding authentic relationships. Age 18 and up. Please register with a valid email address. A link to the Zoom session will be emailed to you upon registration.
A partnership between Nonprofit Alliance of Monroe County, City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department, United Way of Monroe County, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, and Nonprofit Central at the Library.
Rhymes, songs, and a story help preschoolers practice early literacy skills, live via Zoom! This program is geared to ages 2–6, but all ages are welcome. Please register with a valid email address. The Zoom link to this program will be emailed to you upon registration.
Come to watch clips from movies and TV shows, stay to talk about what could have been better. We'll dive into old and new media to see how communication and relationships are shown. Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in. A partnership between Middle Way House and the Library.
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.