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Celebrating Black Voices

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Celebrating Black Voices
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
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
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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All-Ages Day at The Ground Floor

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Curious about The Ground Floor teen space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the second Sunday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
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Indiana Falun Dafa Association

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation

QueerTalk Book Club, Virtual Edition: Braiding Sweetgrass

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
QueerTalk Book Club
Join us as we create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQ+ individuals. In January and February. we'll discuss Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 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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Once Upon a Time: Storytelling with Deborah Asante

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Headshot of Deborah Asante
Downtown Library
Experience the richness of oral storytelling as artistic performance and its important role in Black history and culture as honored storyteller Deborah Asante presents stories from African folklore. Following the performance, Asante invites questions from the audience about storytelling as an art form and how to tell your own stories. Intended for children, but all ages welcome. Please register.

A partnership between the Bloomington Storytellers Guild and the Friends of the Library.

This Friends of the Library program is part of the 2022 Power of Words initiative bringing author Jacqueline Woodson to Bloomington for a talk at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on February 5, and the Marian Armstrong Exhibit, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards on display at the Downtown Library from February 1–March 20.
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