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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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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Shane Tang

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. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started. Age 18 and up.
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Bloomington Irish Trad Session

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation
Join the waiting list — Register at the library

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Jeanette Clausen

5:30 PM - 7:00 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. New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to get started. Age 18 and up.
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QueerTalk Book Club, Virtual Edition

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
QueerTalk Book Club
Virtual
Join us as we create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQ+ individuals. In November and December, we'll discuss We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba. Participants can choose to join the Sunday sessions from 1:30–3 PM or the Monday sessions from 6–7:30 PM. Age 16 and up. Please register for the Zoom link and book by emailing Linds Badger at lindsey@middlewayhouse.org.

A partnership between Middle Way House and the Library.
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Books On Tap, Virtual Edition: Binti

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Books on Tap
Virtual
Books on Tap is the book club with a twist! Enjoy fantastic drinks, a comfortable atmosphere, and great discussion on a compelling book. Each registered participant will receive a drink recipe that goes with the month’s book selection. Please email mhutt@mcpl.info with any questions. Age 21 and up. Please register for the Zoom link and a copy of the book (if you need one). November and December will also include discussion on what types of books we want to read in 2022––make sure to attend if you want to influence the book selections. Visit mcpl.info/bookclub for other book clubs and titles.

November 29: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for best novella! This month's drink recipe is the Cranberry Cosmopolitan Cocktail with a book club twist. 

December 27: Bring any fiction or nonfiction food- or cooking-themed book! Make your own drink and try to relate it to your book choice in some way!
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Math Homework Help for Teens

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Math Homework Help
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
Drop in for free one-on-one help with math and science-related assignments––arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school and high school students only.

Funded through a partnership between the Library, Monroe County Community School Corporation, and the Monroe County Education Association.
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