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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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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Craig Smedley

9:30 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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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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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. Masks are required for age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session.
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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. 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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Mario Kart™ Tournament

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Mario Kart™ Tournament
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Think you have what it takes to be a Mario Kart™ champion? Drop in to find out! Ages 12–19.
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Bookmarked

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation

Cosplay Wednesday

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cosplay Wednesday
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Have you ever wanted to bring a favorite character to life? Get the materials and instructions you need to take your cosplay to the next level. In January, we'll have a free-form session, while in February we'll focus on bladed foam weapons. All skill levels are welcome. For ages 12–19. Drop in.
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Podcraft Club

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Podcraft Club
Downtown Library
See note
Discover and discuss a new podcast each month while doing crafts in this fun spin on book clubs! Age 12 and up. This event meets at Cup & Kettle Tea Co., 208 N. Walnut Street #100, Bloomington. 

January 12: Podcast: Throughline; Craft: Arm Knitting 
February 9: Podcast: Stuff the British Stole; Craft: Wooden Candle Holders
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MCPL Board of Trustees Executive Session

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B & 2C Combo
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Beginning Korean Language Class

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
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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STFUAW Writers Workshop

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