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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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Wonderful Ones

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Wonderful Ones
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
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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Terrific Twos

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Terrific Twos
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
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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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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Monroe County Humane Association's National Black Cat Day

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monroe County Humane Association's National Black Cat Day
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Meet Yorik, a black cat and education ambassador at the Monroe County Humane Association, and his handler Grace. We'll learn about Yorik, and the stigma and myths surrounding black cats. You'll have a chance to ask questions and read aloud to him too! Masks are required. Ages 5–12. Please register.

A partnership between Monroe County Humane Association and the Library.
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Sunrise Movement Bloomington

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1C
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Friends of the Library Board Meeting

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Friends of the Library
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
The monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors. The Friends of the Library are members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its services. We think of ourselves as the library's best friends. Membership in the Friends of the Library is open to all who wish to support the Library's vital role in our community. https://mcpl.info/friends
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Beginning Korean Language and Culture

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Beginning Korean Language and Culture
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
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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