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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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Kurian's Creatives

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Spaces Reservation
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Homeschool Special Tour of Our Voice Art Exhibit

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Downtown Library
Join us in meeting rooms 1B/1C for a special tour of artwork featured in Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, a Marian Armstrong exhibit presented by the Friends of Monroe County Public Library. Learn about the different styles of illustration and the stories these pictures help tell and create your own collage! Recommended for ages 5–12, but all ages are welcome. Please register.
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Monroe County Veterans Affairs Client Appointments

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monroe County Veterans Affairs Client Appointments
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Conference Room
Steven Miller, Veterans Affairs Officer for Monroe County, will be onsite offering assistance to veterans, their dependents, and survivors in filing claims for VA benefits, obtaining military records, and accessing VA services. To schedule an appointment, call the Veterans Affairs office at 812-349-2537. Age 18 & up. Appointments are required.

A partnership between Monroe County Veterans Affairs and the Library.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 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 ages 3–6 with caregivers. Please register for each session you will attend.
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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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Preschool Discovery

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Preschool Discovery
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Join us for fun, open-ended art experiences, STEAM adventures, and letter exploration! Each week, we'll experiment with different materials and techniques––dress for mess! Masks are required. For ages 3–6 and caregivers. Please register.
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Monroe County Field Notes: Ellettsville Edition

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Monroe County Field Notes, Ellettsville Edition
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Monroe County Field Notes is a virtual dig to uncover stories about 19th-century landmarks and people, from 1816–1876. Local history is significant only when it is accessible. Sadly, there are gaps in primary records covering the most dramatic moments in our county’s first 60 years. Field Notes is an ongoing project that challenges us to showcase and diversify our community's history using oral history and stories. Join us for an update on some parcel history in the Ellettsville area. Age 18 and up. Please register.

To learn more, visit fieldnotes.mcpl.info.


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Miniature Painting 101

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Miniature Painting 101
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
We've got the minis, paints, brushes, and know-how––come try your hand at miniature painting! All skill levels are welcome. Ages 12–19. Drop in.
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Anime Watch Party

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Anime Watch Party
Downtown Library
The Ground Floor
Join other fans of My Hero Academia, The Way of the House Husband, The Promised Neverland, and more for a night of anime, crafts, and chatter. Ages 12–19.
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Prenatal Yoga

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Prenatal Yoga
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Prenatal yoga is a gentle exercise that supports your changing body's needs, builds strength, and deepens awareness of your mind, body, and connection with your baby. Masks are required. For pregnant adults. Please register.
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Crafts in the Stacks

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Crafts in the Stacks
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Come hang out and try new hands-on DIY projects as you learn new crafting skills each month! Supplies are provided. For ages 7–10 in the Tween Space. Please register.
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Girl Scout Troop 5090

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

Global Gifts

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation