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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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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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IU School of Nursing Research Project

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Craig Smedley

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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. Age 18 and up.  New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started
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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—then enjoy toy time. Please note masks are required for ages 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Mary Depew

1:30 PM - 3:00 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. Age 18 and up.  New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started
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Mindful Movement

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Mindful Movement
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join yoga instructor Lauren Volpp for some physical and mental exercises in mindfulness. We'll set intentions, talk about identity and self-reflection, learn skills for having balance in transition, and more! All abilities are welcome. Yoga mats are provided. Masks are required. Ages 7–12.
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Cosplay Wednesdays

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cosplay Wednesdays
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Have you ever wanted to bring a favorite character to life? Get the materials and instruction you need to take your cosplay to the next level. In November, we will be working on sewing and embroidery, while in December we will look at crafting techniques for cosplay. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 12–19.
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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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MCPL Board of Trustees' Meeting

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
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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
VITAL Classroom
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