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D&D Library Talk: Episode Nine: Making Your RPG Family Friendly

Wednesday, September 15, 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 Nine we talk about how to design fun and engaging RPG games for tweens and families. We are joined by Children's Librarian, and D&D enthusiast, Kim Baker as we discuss campaign design and system choice, best practices when leading RPGs for tweens, the social and emotional learning benefits of RPGs, and how to set everyone up for success when playing these games.

Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts and resources on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Friday, December 31, 2021
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
All Branches

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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Dine Out for the Library at Uptown Cafe

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Dine Out for the Library
Other
Dine Out for the Friends of the Library at the Uptown Cafe! Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on Tuesday, September 14, 8 am - 9 pm. Simply show your flyer and Uptown will donate 20% of your bill to the Friends of the Library. You enjoy great tasting food, and you get to feel great too knowing you are making life-enriching programming available for everyone in our community to enjoy.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Storytime
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Please register each child for each storytime you will attend.
Please note: Preschool Storytime will be live recorded by CATS and live-streamed on the CATS website.
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VITAL English Language Group: Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
VITAL English Language Group
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The book club is currently reading Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, available on Hoopla. Class size is limited to six. Students on the waitlist may join remotely via Zoom and will be emailed the Zoom link by VITAL staff. Age 18 and up. 

New to VITAL?  fill out the request form to receive registration information.
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Photo Printing with Instax

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Photo Printing with Instax
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Print free photos from your phone using our Instax printer! Ages 12–19.
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Girls Rock Music Lab

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Rock Music Lab
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join Girls Rock Bloomington for four hands-on music-related workshops geared towards girls, trans, and non-binary youth ages 8–12. Masks are required. Please register for all workshops, but you may attend only those desired.

September 14: Instrument Sampler––Explore a variety of instruments, all ready for you to play! No experience is necessary.

September 28: Recording Basics––We'll explore the audio studios in Level Up and make a song together, one layer at a time! No experience is necessary.

October 12: Songwriting Workshop––Dig into the basics of songwriting in a collaborative, supportive environment. Feel free to bring any ideas you're working on!

October 26: Scene Makers––Make album art, merch, mini zines, and buttons! Supplies are provided.
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Lotus Festival

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation

Lotus Festival

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
VITAL English Language Group
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
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. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join remotely via Zoom. Age 18 and up. 

New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to receive registration information. 
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Stages Bloomington

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Prenatal Yoga

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Prenatal Yoga
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Prenatal yoga is a gentle exercise that supports your changing body's needs, builds strength, and deepens awareness of your mind, body, and connection with your baby. For pregnant adults. Please register.
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