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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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D&D Library Talk: Episode Ten: Turns Out a Lot Can Go Wrong, but We've Got It This Time... Right?

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
D&D Library Talk
Virtual
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!

Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts and resources on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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Nicholas Graham Hall Art Installation

Friday, December 10, 2021
Downtown Library
Gallery Exhibit Space
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Ladies’ Bible Study

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Storytime
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Please register each child for each storytime you will attend.

Please note that Preschool Storytimes are live-streamed on the Community Access Television Services (CATS) website. Recordings focus on staff, but participants may be visible.
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VITAL English Language Group: Book Club with Neil Klein

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
VITAL Classroom
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The book club is reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join via Zoom. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started.  Age 18 and up.
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Digital Creativity at Home: Holiday Pet Pics

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Digital Creativity at Home: Holiday Pet Pics
Virtual
Ready to level up your skills? Join our Digital Creativity Specialist as he shows you how to use Photopea, a free web app, to edit your pet pics into radical 80s-inspired portraits. A perfect gift for the holidays! Age 12 and up. This virtual program will premier on the Library's YouTube channel on November 16 and be available anytime after.
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Miniature Painting 101

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Miniature Painting 101
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
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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Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM)

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Spaces Reservation

Dine Out for the Library at Bucceto's

4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dine Out for the Library
Other
Dine Out for the Library at Bucceto's! Enjoy some pizza and pasta with personality while making great things happen at your public library. Show your flyer and Bucceto's will donate 20% of your tab to the Friends. Valid for dine in or carryout at both the east and west side locations from 4-9 pm on Tuesdays, November 9 and 16. https://mcpl.info/friends/dine-out
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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Monroe County

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Sylvia McNair

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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 via Zoom. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started. Age 18 and up.
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"Am I the Only One Feeling Like This? Just Checking." (and Other Normal Mental Health Questions)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
"Am I the Only One Feeling Like This? Just Checking." (and Other Normal Mental Health Questions)
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1C
Navigating your personal mental health can be difficult––especially during a pandemic and the holidays! Learn more about mental health, including a client therapy testimonial and mindfulness-based coping skills tips, then participate in a Q&A session. Come normalize prioritizing your mental health with Catholic Charities Counseling Services reps! Age 18 and up. Drop in.
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Prenatal Yoga

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Prenatal Yoga
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Prenatal yoga is a gentle exercise that supports your changing body's needs, builds strength, and deepens awareness of your mind, body, and connection with your baby. For pregnant adults. Please register.
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