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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 Eight

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
D&D Library Talk
Virtual
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 Eight we continue our exploration of the Tomb of the Scorpion Queen and have to test our mettle against a dangerous foe.

Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts and resources on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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IU Bridges Language Camp

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Bridges: Children, Languages, World; Summer Language Camp
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1C
Learn Zulu and Turkish language and culture and participate in a diverse and internationally-focused educational opportunity with IU Bridges: Children, Languages, World. Bridges instructors from Indiana University lead this FREE daytime camp in two parts: mornings with Gabbie Hetrick in Zulu and afternoons with Mehlika Cekic in Turkish. Using full immersion techniques as well as total physical response + communicative teaching methods, this camp will engage children in games, crafts, song, and dance from South Africa, Turkey, and beyond! Mandatory registration begins the morning of July 1st and will be capped at 15 participants. Camp runs from July 26 - 30th, 9:30am - 4:30pm (with a one-hour lunch break from 12:30-1:30pm). Open to all children in K-6th grades - please enroll only if you can commit to the full week of camp. Morning and afternoon drop-offs/pick-ups at MCPL Room 1C, on first floor. Campers must bring their own food and wear masks. Age 9 - 12. Register online at: https://go.iu.edu/3Qq1. Email cejafee@iu.edu with any questions. (Instructor bios are available on the registration site.)

A partnership between IU Bridges: Children, Languages, World - A project of IU's School of Global and International Studies.
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On My Way Pre-K Help Session @ Ellettsville

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On My Way Pre-K
Ellettsville Branch
Learn about Indiana's On My Way Pre-K program, which awards grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families so they may have access to a high-quality preschool program the year before they begin kindergarten. Stop by the Children's area at the Ellettsville Branch Library at the designated time to meet with Crystal Moore, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager for Monroe County, to find out if your family is eligible to participate, or for help with completing the application process. Learn how a high-quality preschool program can benefit your child, and discover other early literacy activities and programs available free at your Library. For parents of four-year-olds.
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Switchyard Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Downtown Library
See note
Visit with friendly librarians at the Switchyard Park shelter, 1601 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington (near the playground) to enjoy a few silly stories, songs, and more to celebrate the end of summer. A small selection of books will be available to check out. Don't have a library card? Bring a current photo ID/proof of your address and we'll sign you up on the spot! Together, as a community, we can continue promoting literacy, reading, health, exercise, and movement in our neighborhoods through stories that make us move and groove. For ages 2–6 and their families or caregivers, but all are welcome!

A partnership between City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Library.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Other
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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On My Way Pre-K Help Session

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
On My Way Pre-K
Downtown Library
Learn and Play Space
Learn about Indiana's On My Way Pre-K program, which awards grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families so they may have access to a high-quality preschool program the year before they begin kindergarten. Stop by the Children's area at the Main Library at the designated time to meet with Crystal Moore, On My Way Pre-K Project Manager for Monroe County, to find out if your family is eligible to participate, or for help with completing the application process. Learn how a high-quality preschool program can benefit your child, and discover other early literacy activities and programs available free at your Library. For parents of four-year-olds.
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A Magical Mystery Show @ Ellettsville

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Hunter Tabor is certain to amaze and entertain in this riveting and interactive outdoor magic show! Chilled water will be provided. All ages. Please register. Rainout date July 31. This event will take place in the Ellettsville Branch Library garden area.
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Monsters and Mayhem: RPGs Online

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monsters & Mayhem: RPGs Online
Virtual
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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