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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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Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
Leadership Bloomington-Monroe County's Community Communications & The Arts session.
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Kurian's Creatives

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

The Bloomington Project School

9:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation
Cancelled

Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Cancelled due to staff illness.
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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Cancelled

Preschool Discovery

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Preschool Discovery
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Cancelled due to staff illness.
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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Intro to Tabletop Wargaming

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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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Make an Origami Face Mask

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Make an Origami Face Mask
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Learn how to fold and create face masks designed by Eskenazi School of Art and Design Professor, Jiangmei Wu. The masks are three-layered polypropylene with a 98% bacterial filtration efficiency middle layer. Sessions will begin every half an hour (5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30) and masks can be created within 20 minutes. For all ages.
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BISCC (Bloomington Indiana Scholastic Chess Club)

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

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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Restoring Memories

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Restoring Memories
Downtown Library
Level Up
Have you digitized old photos or home movies only to realize there are visible folds in the photos or discoloration in the video? Join us to learn techniques to fix them, then take advantage of our Level Up digital creativity center computers anytime to restore your memories! Age 18 and up.

January 20: Photograph restoration 
February 17: Video restoration
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Middle Way House

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation