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.
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere on Zoom. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Age 18 and up.
Venture into the haunted catacombs beneath a warlock’s ruined castle in search of gold and lost treasures in this D&D-style adventure. This custom-made module includes a fully written adventure using the Basic Fantasy rule system, a full set of MCPL 3D-printed miniatures, dice, and gameplay rules to play with your friends!
Choose from five unique character classes: fighter, cleric, thief, druid, or magic-user. Weave forbidden spells against arcane guardians and vengeful undead. Explore gloomy dungeon chambers warded by lethal traps. Make difficult choices and manage your limited dungeoneering resources carefully, lest you perish in the darkness!
Ages 12–19. Limited quantities are available. Please register and choose your pickup location––your kit will be ready 48 hours after you receive email confirmation of your registration.
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.
Visit the Downtown Library from 5–8 PM as part of your Downtown Trick or Treat route! Stop by the Kirkwood entrance and get some Halloween goodies! All ages. Please note the rest of the Library will close at 6 PM.
Join us to chat about the graphic novel, The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. In 13-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted...and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help––as a witch. A story about magic, friendship, family, and identity, The Witch Boy is sure to generate some engaging conversation! Masks are required. Ages 9–12. Pick up your book club copy at the Downtown Library's children's information desk after you register. This program will meet in the Tween Space. Visit mcpl.info/bookclub for additional book clubs for all ages.
Join us for an after-hours murder mystery featuring all your favorite monsters from Universal lore. We'll provide the pizza and the clues, but it's up to you to solve the mystery. Please register. Ages 12–19. Enter at the Downtown Library Kirkwood entrance.
Jack-o-lanterns and fresh cider set the stage for an evening of live storytelling beneath the stars. A Halloween-time tradition for over 30 years, the Festival of Ghost Stories features haunting tales of ghosts and horror that tingle the spine. Presented by members of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. For adults, teens, and older school-age children. This program will be held at the Downtown Library Auditorium this year due to wet conditions at Bryan Park - doors at the Kirkwood Entrance will open at 6:30. Masks will be required for ages 3 and up.