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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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Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award (Friends of the Library Exhibit)

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards
Downtown Library

Exhibit Hours in Meeting Rooms 1B/C:
Monday–Thursday: 3–7 PM
Friday–Sunday: 1–5 PM

With funding from a generous bequest from Marian Armstrong, The Friends of the Library proudly presents Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. This exhibit, curated by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, features 34 prints of illustrations from the award winners since 1973. These award-winning illustrations and children’s books highlight stories and figures from Black history, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout time. They also evoke the beautiful facets integral to the culture and fabric of our nation such as music, rhythm, and folktales. Learn more.

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Black Voices Exhibits

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Other
These exhibits are a combination of books and various selections from the Coretta Scott King book and illustrator award winners. For all ages.
February 2–March 20
Monday–Thursday: 9 AM–9 PM
Friday: 9 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 1–5 PM
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library and Bridgwaters Lounge
275 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington
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BlackLit Exhibit

Monday, February 28, 2022
The Power of Words
Other
This immersive experience features poems by authors who have participated in past BlackLit programs, including audio from the authors’ readings.

A partnership between IU Arts & Humanities Council, IU Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, and the Friends of the Library.
For all ages, with parents
February 2–28
Monday–Friday: Noon–4 PM
Indiana University Cook Center for Public Arts & Humanities
Process Gallery, Maxwell Hall, 750 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington
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Escuelita

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Palentine's Day Card Making

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Palentine's Day Card Making
Downtown Library
Atrium Space
Palentine's Day is a great day to show your neighbors that you care! Drop by the Atrium at the Downtown Library to write a card for residents at Gentry Park Senior Living. All supplies will be provided. All ages.
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Registration is closed

Sensory Playtime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sensory Playtime
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Share books, songs, and rhymes with your little one while squishing and smushing your way to the benefits of messy and sensory play! Dress for mess. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages birth–2 with a caregiver. Please register.
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Saturday Movie Marathon

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Movie Marathon
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Saturdays are the perfect day to hang out and watch movies with friends! Ages 12–19.
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Yoga for Adults

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Yoga for Adults
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Discover why yoga is such a powerful tool for keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit! In this all-level class, beginners safely learn the basics, while more experienced students take their practice to a deeper level. This event is suitable for people of all ages and most physical abilities. Age 16 and up.
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Bloomington Writers Group

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Paper Circuit Valentine's Cards

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Paper Circuit Valentine's Cards
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Create a delightful light-up Valentine's card to share with someone you care about while you learn about circuitry! This is an introductory program; no experience is necessary. Ages 7–12. Please register.
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Care Network

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation

The Power of Words: Changing Our World One Author at a Time with Jacqueline Woodson

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
The Power of Words
Other
Hear from internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who gives voice to African American life through more than 30 books, ranging from children's picture books to young adult literature to adult novels. Woodson's compelling stories focus on race, gender, and sexuality with characters who face challenges in powerful tales that are laced with hope. This event is free and most appropriate for ages middle school to adult. Doors open at 6:30 PM and tickets are not required.

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

Learn more about Jacqueline Woodson and her works at jacquelinewoodson.com.

The event will be followed by a ticketed reception at the Downtown Library from 8:30–10 PM. Enjoy premium reserved seating to the free Power of Words talk, then attend the signing and the opening reception of Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres by Chef Lee Rosser will be served. Tickets are $55. Books will be available to purchase. All proceeds benefit the Power of Words. Purchase your ticket or become a ticket sponsor now!
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