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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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Create-a-Comic Challenge

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Create-A-Comic Challenge
Virtual
Create an original one-page comic to share with the community and enter to win one of 20 gift cards to Vintage Phoenix Comic Books! Categories are available for kids ages 7–11 and teens ages 12–19. Upload your comic to mcpl.info/comic by November 30 to enter the contest! Please note: All comics must be appropriate for all ages––comics that do not meet this guideline will not be shared.
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Under the Warlock's Castle: A Basic Fantasy RPG Adventure

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Under the Warlock's Castle: A Basic Fantasy RPG Adventure
All Branches
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.

Thanks to Sersa Victory for designing this adventure and Teresa Guido for creating the artwork.
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Tiny to Two @ Butler Park (Moved to Downtown Library Children's Program Room)

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Tiny to Two
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
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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Miniature Painting 101

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Miniature Painting 101
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
We've got the minis, paints, brushes, and know-how––come try your hand at miniature painting! All skill levels are welcome. Ages 12–19.
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D&D Club

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
D&D Club
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B
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
Meeting Room 1C
Spaces Reservation

Bloomington Area Christian Writers

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Spaces Reservation
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Writing Into the World

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Writing Into the World
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join local poet Saami Ghaus for a series of creative writing workshops celebrating NaNoWriMo! We'll draw, play games, and write together as we dive into the magic of crafting stories and poems. No prior experience is necessary! Masks are required. Ages 9–12. Please register.

November 3: Writing With Place –– We'll practice deep listening and noticing of where we are in the world, and translate our awareness into poems together.

November 10: Exploring Character –– We'll practice dreaming up the humans (and non-humans) who populate our stories and poems, and try new strategies to breathe life into their personalities and relationships.

November 17: Writing as Artifact –– We'll bring our work into the world around us by crafting our writing into beautiful physical objects to share with our communities. 
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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

Community Stitchers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1C
Spaces Reservation