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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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Youth Art Contest: Oceans of Possibilities

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Youth Art Contest: Oceans of Possibilities
Virtual
Calling all youth artists! For Youth Art Month, we're challenging you to create and submit an original 2D work of art based on the theme of our summer reading games: Oceans of Possibilities! The winning artwork will be made into a collectible summer reading prize bookmark! Entries should be 3x7 inches (stop by the children's information desk to grab a template, if needed). Drop your entry off at the Downtown Library children's information desk, the Ellettsville Branch, or the Bookmobile by March 31 to enter! Make sure your entry has your name and contact information written legibly on the back. Ages birth–12.

Want some extra help or company while you work? Join us for our workshop on March 17!
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Conversation Club

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Shane Tang

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
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. 

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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Adult and Child

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Spaces Reservation

Pass the Aux Cable!

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pass the Aux Cable!
Downtown Library
The Ground Floor
It’s like a book club, but for music! Come share one of your favorite songs, talk about why you like it, and listen to others’ favorites. Learn how to access free digital music with Hoopla and Freegal too! Ages 12–19. Drop in.
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Registration is closed

Girls Rock Music Lab

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Rock
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join Girls Rock Bloomington for four hands-on music-related workshops geared towards girls, trans, and non-binary youth ages 8–12. No experience is necessary. Registration is required for each program, but no need to participate in all. 

March 7: Instrument Lab, Part 1: Come explore a variety of instruments, all set up and ready for you to play! 
March 21: Instrument Lab, Part 2: We'll continue our exploration of instruments by adding pedals and other special effects. 
March 28: Songwriting Workshop––Dig into the basics of songwriting in a collaborative, supportive environment. 
April 4: Song Recording––Grace Leckey from the Jacobs School of Music will teach us about audio recording techniques.
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Introductory Chinese: World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Introductory Chinese - World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Learn Chinese language and culture through interactive games, songs, and activities that help children develop general literacy skills, too! These interactive lessons are presented by certified instructors with Bridges, a project of the IU School of Global and International Studies, and the IU School of Education. The class will not meet on March 19. For children in kindergarten–sixth grade. Please register.

A partnership between Bridges, a project of the IU School of Global and International Studies and the IU School of Education, and the Library.
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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Monroe County

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Spaces Reservation

Daisy Girl Scouts

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Jeanette Clausen

5:30 PM - 7:00 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. 

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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Bloomington Irish Trad Session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Night Owl Storytime

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Night Owl Storytime
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Listen to stories, sing songs, and do some yoga and mindfulness exercises to practice early literacy skills and wind down before bedtime! Feel free to come in pajamas. Ages birth–6. Please register.
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Stages Bloomington

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

Math Homework Help for Teens

7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Math Homework Help
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
Drop in for free one-on-one help with math and science-related assignments––arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school and high school students only.

Funded through a partnership between the Library, Monroe County Community School Corporation, and the Monroe County Education Association.
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