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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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Spaces Reservation

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Homeschool Art Lab: DIY No-Sew Pop Tart Pillow

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Homeschool Art Lab
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Calling all homeschoolers! Explore different art mediums and express your creativity each month through unique projects. Masks are required. Age 5 & up (younger children may need assistance from an adult caregiver). Please register.


Younger siblings are welcome to play in the room.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Stories, songs, and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing, and playing with books and words! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Children will be offered a take-home activity at the end of the program. Please register. 
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Tom Bitters

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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IU School of Nursing Research Project

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1C
Spaces Reservation

Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM)

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Minecraft 3D Printing

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Minecraft 3D Printing
Virtual
Join us on the Library’s Minecraft Server to build something cool! We’ll take your build, turn it into a 3D model, then print it on our 3D printer for you to keep*! The Library’s server uses the Java Version of Minecraft. If you don’t have your own account you can borrow one from the Library. Please register with an email address. Contact minecraft@mcpl.info for more information. Ages 7–12.

*Please note, 3D printing takes time—you will need to return to the Library at a later date to pick up your creation.
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Good Evening Toastmasters Club (Bloomington)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation

Girl Scout Troop 5090

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B
Spaces Reservation