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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Friday, December 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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Exploring Engineering

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Exploring Engineering
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Engineers design, build, and maintain various complex systems and materials around us. In this series of workshops led by STEM professionals at Indiana University, tweens will work with their caregivers to identify problems, negotiate ideas, test, and improve their products using LED lights, motors, and other materials! 

September 11: Design a shoe for Olaf, Hulk, or your favorite character 
September 25: Give a new life to an old toy 
October 9: Build a safe house for stray animals 
October 23: Create a soccer bot 

IU instructors will help you enjoy the making process and invite your participation in ongoing research about how families help children learn engineering concepts. Please register your child and indicate the name of the adult attending with them. Ages 8–12 with an adult caregiver. Please register. (Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up.)  

A partnership between IU School of Education and the Library
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Passport Photo Project

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation

All-Ages Day at the Ellettsville Teen Space

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Curious about the Ellettsville Teen Space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the fourth Saturday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
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Lotus in the Park

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lotus Festival
Downtown Library
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Join us at Lotus in the Park at Switchyard Park (1601 S. Rogers Street, Bloomington) to discover all the fun things you can find and do at your Library. Color a paper leaf to add to a "New Things Tree" to take home; watch it bloom and see how many new things you learned about or experienced. Add a leaf to our community tree by describing what you need in order to thrive. All ages. 

A partnership between Lotus World Music and Arts Festival and the Library.
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Introductory Arabic: World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Introductory Arabic - World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Learn Arabic language and culture through interactive games, songs, and activities that help children develop general literacy skills, too! Lessons are presented by certified instructors with Bridges, a project of the IU School of Global and International Studies and the IU School of Education. Class will not meet on October 9. For children in kindergarten–sixth grade. Masks are required. Please register. 

A partnership between the IU Bridges Project, IU School of Education, and the Library.
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