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All-Ages Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales

Saturday, July 31, 2021
Tails and Tales
All Branches
Read for fun, complete activities, and earn tickets towards prize drawings! Our summer reading games are a fun and free way to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books, and activities. Register online and between June 1 and August 1, you can earn points for every 30 minutes you spend reading and for trying different activities. At different point levels, you become eligible to earn badges and prizes.

Register and learn more about the various categories and prizes for children (ages birth–12), teens (ages 12–19), and adults (age 18 and up).

There will be a community-wide reading goal of 1,000,000 minutes, resulting in a $1,000 donation from the Friends of the Library to Monroe County Humane Association!
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D&D Library Talk: Episode Seven

Thursday, July 15, 2021
D&D Library Talk
All Branches
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 Seven we dive back into the dungeon to continue putting concepts into practice and explore how to create a fun RPG environment for both the DM and the players.

Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts and resources on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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VITAL English Language Group: Poetry

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
All Branches
Improve English language skills while reading and discussing poetry. Expand vocabulary, study descriptive language, and have fun writing short poems. Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom. Age 18 and up. Fill out the request form to get started. 
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Gaming with the Library

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Love video games? Foster, one of our library staff, will stream a variety of games, such as No Man's Sky, Wreckfest, Outer Wilds, or anything else we have in our collection and other things from our PS4 or STEAM library. You'll help decide where Foster goes and what he does next! The game will stream in Discord and on The Ground Floor's Twitch Channel so you can watch, but all chat will happen on Discord. The Twitch link will be posted in Discord when the program starts and found on our teen Linktree. 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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Minecraft With the Library

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Minecraft With the Library
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 our 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.
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Books and Bonfires: The Unlikely Thru-Hiker

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Books and Bonfires
Downtown Library
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Join Monroe County Parks and Recreation Naturalist, Autumn Brunelle, and MCPL Librarian, Chris Hosler, for an engaging conversation about nature and a book while safely distanced around a toasty bonfire. This month's title is The Unlikely Thru-Hiker by Derick Lugo. Derick Lugo had never hiked or camped a day in his life. The Brooklyn-born, NYC urbanite hopped a train to Georgia, grabbed a taxi at the station, and told the cab driver to drop him off at the beginning of the Appalachian Trail. Then he did as he has always done — put one foot in front of the other and never looked back. This program will be held at Karst Farm Park, 2450 S. Endwright Road. Please register through the Monroe County Parks and Recreation website. Age 16 and up. See more Books and Bonfires dates and titles.
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