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Celebrating Black Voices

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Celebrating Black Voices
Virtual
Learn more about books that received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award and Celebrating Black Voices events in our online reading challenge. Participants who complete the challenge will earn $2 bear bucks to spend in the Friends of the Library Bookstore. Age 5 & up.

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Kurian's Creatives

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Spaces Reservation
Registration is open

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Tom Bitters

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
Program Room 2C
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. Masks required.  Low intermediate English skills suggested. 
If you do not speak English, please fill out the VITAL Services form to learn about programs for beginners.
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Intro to Tabletop Wargaming

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Intro to Tabletop Wargaming
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
If you enjoy D&D, miniature painting, and board games, tabletop war games like Warhammer are another fun option! We'll provide a light introduction to tabletop wargaming, as well as all the terrain, miniatures, and snacks. All skill levels are welcome! For ages 12–19.
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Ellettsville Fall Festival

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Spaces Reservation
Registration is open

Light Painting

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Light Painting
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Use iPads and flashlights to "paint" with light in this fun tween tech photography experiment! Ages 9–12. Please register.
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Girl Scout Troop 5090

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation

Limestone Medic Collective

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Spaces Reservation

The Power of Words Lifelong Learning Class

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Power of Words
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B & 2C Combo
This IU Lifelong Learning class is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the Library's Power of Words program. It will provide critical thought and context to the works of Jacqueline Woodson, our featured author for the Power of Words. The class includes two sessions. Generations in Motion: African American Portraits will be led by John McCluskey on January 27, while the second class, Navigating Childhood and Society in Recent African American Films, will be led by Audrey McCluskey on February 3. Audrey and John are Emeriti Faculty, Indiana University, African American and African Diaspora Studies.

The class concludes with the Power of Words at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Saturday, February 5th at 7 pm.

Please note the Buskirk-Chumley Theater requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test https://buskirkchumley.org/coronavirus

The course fee is $75 and class attendees will enjoy preferred seating for the Power of Words, a ticket to the book signing at the Library following the event, and the Gala opening reception for the Marian Armstrong exhibit, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winners.

This course is approved by the Indiana State Library for 6 General Library Education Units (LEU’s). Contact Grier Carson (gcarson@mcpl.info) for further information and requirements. Please register at mcpl.info/iupow

Thursday, Jan. 27 Generations in Motion: African American Portraits
“All growth is change, but all change is not growth.”

The above comment by essayist and novelist James Baldwin is a cue for this course’s exploration of the theme of transition in African American writing. This theme has been portrayed, dramatized, and symbolized in countless ways throughout the history of formal and informal literature. Class readings and commentary will focus on examples of two emphases.

The first is physical migration, such as that from the rural South to the urban North, and from the Caribbean to the U.S. What memories accompany the luggage in these journeys? What are the specific expectations for the “new land”? (Consider here The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson).

The second form of transition is in accounts of growth and development into adulthood. Certainly, both transitions can occur simultaneously in the published works. (Consider Richard Wright’s classic, Black Boy). How are the meanings of adulthood articulated, modeled, or challenged within these works? How might knowledge of these transitions and the questions they raise enter future conversations and understanding of cultural and political movements?

We will explore sample text from several short stories and a non-fiction narrative. Excerpts will be handed out in class.

About the Instructor: John McCluskey, Jr., is professor emeritus of African American and African diaspora studies and English at IU Bloomington. He is author of two novels, Look What They Done to My Song and Mr. America’s Last Season Blues. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and collections including Ploughshares, Southern Review, Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in the Americas and Europe, Best American Short Stories and Calling the Wind.
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