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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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Shakespeare's Ear

Friday, May 28, 2021
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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.
Recommended for age 10 and up, but all ages are welcome. This video is available through May 26 on the Shakespeare's Ear Vimeo Channel.
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D&D Library Talk: Episode Six

Thursday, June 17, 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. Episode six focuses on different sources of inspiration for a D&D game, with an emphasis on free resources available at the library or online. We also briefly share our personal favorite sources of inspiration.

Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts and resources on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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Bloomingfoods Positive Change for Friends of the Library

7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Positive Change
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.
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Monsters and Mayhem: RPGs Online

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monsters & Mayhem: RPGs Online
Ready to test your mettle against monsters and mayhem in these more serious, horror-inspired adventures? These drop-in sessions will give players a chance to experience a different gameplay style than D&D and face new challenges. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
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Friends of the Library Board Meeting

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Friends of the Library
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
The monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors.

The Friends of the Library are members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its services. We think of ourselves as the library's best friends. Membership in the Friends of the Library is open to all who wish to support the Library's vital role in our community.
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