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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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3D Print Lab for Tweens: Flat but 3D Animals

All Day
3D Print Lab for Tweens: Flat but 3D Animals
Virtual
Guided by an instructional video that we'll send to you on July 16, you'll use free 3D modeling software (Tinkercad) at home or on a Library computer to design your own 3D animal friend! We'll provide instructions for emailing your design file to us by July 30 so your design can be printed on our 3D printer––it will be yours to keep! Ages 7–12. Please register (with a valid, non-school email address) only if you have time to complete and send your design to us by July 30, as space is limited. Kids should be able to complete the project on their own but may benefit from adult help. They will need to be able to use a mouse. The instructional video will inform you about the various tools available in Tinkercad, many of which are similar to other computer software where you can draw or create shapes. Participants will be notified when the print is ready to pick up. Please allow 3–4 weeks. This program is also running in June 2021. Please sign up for one or the other.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Other
TODAY'S CLASS CANCELLED
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
Virtual
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
Virtual
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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Dine Out for the Library at Truffles

4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Other
Dine Out for the Library at Truffles on Thursdays, July 15 and 22 from 4:30 - 9 pm, dine in or take out! Show your flyer and Truffles will donate 20% of your tab to make important library resources possible that our community values. Please call 812-330-1111 for reservations which are strongly encouraged

Truffles Restaurant and the 56° Bar is a chef-driven establishment, serving a range of dish options from classic Steakhouse to International fare. Located on Bloomington's east side, Truffles and the 56° Bar offers an intimate setting that is welcoming for both everyday and special occasions. The wine and spirits list offers a depth unparalleled amongst Bloomington's finest venues. For more than 20 years they have taken pride in creating genuine connections and the finest cuisines daily.
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Jackbox on Discord

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Virtual
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.
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Stories Outdoors: Animal Tales

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Stories Outdoors: Animal Tales
Other
Join us outdoors at the site of the future Southwest Branch Library for a concert of stories, told by members of the Bloomington Storyteller's Guild. We'll share favorite folktales, including participation stories that give children an opportunity to help tell the story. Stories geared for preschool and younger school-age children, but all ages welcome! Please register. This event will be held  900 W. Gordon Pike, Bloomington.

A partnership between the Bloomington Storytellers Guild and the Library.
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