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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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Monroe County Childhood Conditions Summit Poster Gallery

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Downtown Library
Gallery Exhibit Space
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Cancelled

Tiny to Two @ Butler Park

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Tiny to Two
Downtown Library
See note
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together at Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, 812 W. Ninth Street, in Bloomington! We'll meet by the playground and be sitting on the grass, so feel free to bring something to sit on. Ages birth–3. Please register.

A partnership between City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Library.
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Wonderful Ones

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Wonderful Ones
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
This program session has been changed to "Tiny to Two" and will be held at Rev Ernest D Butler Park, 812 W 9th St Bloomington IN on this date.
Families with babies ages birth to 18 months play, sing, read, and talk together with other little ones—then enjoy toy time! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.


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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

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. 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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Cancelled

Terrific Twos

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Terrific Twos
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
This program session has been changed to "Tiny to Two" and will be held at Rev Ernest D Butler Park, 812 W 9th St Bloomington IN on this date.
Families with babies ages 18 months to 3 years play, sing, read, and talk together with other little ones—then enjoy toy time! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.

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Dine Out for the Library at BJ's

11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Dine Out for the Library
Other
Dine out at BJ's Restaurant and enjoy 18 signature flavors of delicious handcrafted pizza in Tavern-Cut, Deep Dish, or gluten free styles. BJ’s offers a variety of delicious soups, salads, handcrafted burgers, tasty sandwiches, tacos, and “enlightened” entrees. Finish off your meal with the world famous Pizookie!

Show your flyer when you dine at BJ's, and the Friends will receive 20% of what you spend on food and soft beverages from 11 am - 10 pm Wednesdays, October 13 and 20 and Thursdays, October 14 and 21. Your dining brings funds to your public library to make every day full of opportunities for so many in our community.

Dine in, take out, or curbside pickup. Simply show your flyer available at library kiosks or print from our website. Your dining out has brought in more than $27,000 for the Library! The Friends of the Library thanks you for enjoying all that great food. Make plans to get together with friends for some fun while you dine and donate to the Library.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

1:30 PM - 3:00 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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Grace and Box: A Local Children's Author Event

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
"Grace and Box": A Local Children's Author Event
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
A little girl and a refrigerator box go on many adventures as they imagine all the things they can be! Join local author, Kim Howard, as she reads from her imaginative and humorous picture book, Grace and Box. We'll sing songs, play silly games, and enjoy a craft inspired by the book. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and their families. Please register.
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Frankentoys

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Frankentoys at Ellettsville
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Take apart recycled toys and plushies and put them back together in exciting new ways! Ages 12–19.
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Spooky D&D Club

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Spooky D&D Club at Ellettsville
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Drop in, adventure through fantastic realms, then leave when you want! These sessions of Dungeons and Dragons are designed to be short, fun, and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 12–19.
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Sunrise Movement Bloomington

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation
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Mindful Movement

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Mindful Movement
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join yoga instructor Lauren Volpp for some physical and mental exercises in mindfulness. We'll set intentions, talk about identity and self-reflection, learn skills for having balance in transition, and more! All abilities are welcome. Yoga mats provided. Masks are required. Ages 7–12.
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Cosplay Wednesdays

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cosplay Wednesdays
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Have you ever wanted to bring a favorite character to life? Get the materials and instructions you need to take your cosplay to the next level! In September, we'll focus on sewing and embroidery, while in October we'll look at crafting techniques for cosplay. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 12–19.
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MCPL Board of Trustees' Meeting

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
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Ellettsville, Limestone, and the Matthews Family

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville, Limestone, and the Matthews Family
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Join local historian Dr. Clay Stuckey to learn about the role of Indiana limestone as the building stone of America and how Ellettsville and the historical Matthews Mansion fit into that history. All ages. Stuckey's articles have appeared in the Indiana Magazine of History, Indiana Folklore and Oral History, the Lincoln Herald, and the Hoosier Line, among others. 

The Ellettsville Branch closes at 7 PM. Please visit before the program if you wish to check out materials.
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Beginning Korean Language and Culture

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Beginning Korean Language and Culture
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
This course introduces the sounds and scripts of Korean, basic grammar, greetings, numbers, days of the week, and more! Students are encouraged to practice speaking through role play. Reading and writing in Hangeul (the written syllabary) is included, as is an introduction to Korean culture. Age 18 and up. Please register.
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Community Stitchers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation