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.
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.
D&D Library Talk is our podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master. In Episode Ten, we record another play session as we continue our exploration of the dungeon, searching for the Book of the Dead, facing down new enemies, and hoping luck is on our side!
Students at local high schools turned pianos into magical works of art through drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture via the Bloomington Piano Project. View the art and try your hand at playing! Librarian Kevin MacDowell will play favorites by Hoagy Carmichael and Scott Joplin, and his own original compositions on Saturday morning from 10:30–11 AM. Pianos will remain in the Atrium through the end of the weekend for you to play! Piano themes include fairy tales and photography. Learn more about the Bloomington Piano Project. All ages.
Curious about The Ground Floor teen space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the second Sunday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
IU Theatre Education students invite you to join Junie B. Jones as she loses her special mittens, and begins a quest full of adventure, imagination, and learning! Masks are required. Recommended for ages 3–10, but all ages are welcome. Please register.