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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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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more that encourage the development of early literacy skills! For ages 3–6 and caregivers. Please register each child and caregiver for each storytime individually.
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Tiny to Two

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Tiny to Two
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together! Ages birth–3. Please register.
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VITAL English Language Group: Book Club with Neil Klein

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
Program Room 2C
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The current book club selection is They Called Us the Enemy, a graphic memoir from actor/author/activist George Takei. 

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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Little Makers

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Little Makers
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Explore your creativity with different materials and techniques at this fun, open-ended art experience. Dress to mess. For ages 3–6 and their families.
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Special Olympics Monroe County

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Spaces Reservation

Teen Artist Club: Clay Gnomes

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Teen Artist Club: Clay Gnomes
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Are you a teen artist looking to hang with others? Join us to make fun stuff, show off your work, chat, and relax. This time, we'll make polymer clay gnomes! Ages 12–19.
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Talking Tacos

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Talking Tacos
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Come to chat about relationships, dating, and other tough topics, stay for the tacos! Ages 12–19.

A partnership between Middle Way House and the Library.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Mary Depew

4:00 PM - 5:30 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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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Monroe County

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

IU Health

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

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Monroe County

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Sylvia McNair

5:30 PM - 6:30 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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MCPL Board of Trustees Special Meeting

5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Monroe County Democratic Party

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Spaces Reservation

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Spaces Reservation
Registration is closed

Prenatal Yoga

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Prenatal Yoga
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
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. For pregnant adults. Please register.
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The Power of Words Lifelong Learning Class

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Power of Words
Virtual
This IU Lifelong Learning class is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the Library's Power of Words program. It will provide critical thought and context to the works of Jacqueline Woodson, our featured author for the Power of Words. The class includes two sessions. Generations in Motion: African American Portraits will be led by John McCluskey on March 1, while the second class, Navigating Childhood and Society in Recent African American Films, will be led by Audrey McCluskey on March 8. Audrey and John are Emeriti Faculty, Indiana University, African American and African Diaspora Studies.

This class will be held virtually course fee is $25 for both classes. Register here.

This class was originally scheduled to take place in person on January 27 and February 3 and included the Power of Words book signing and Our Voice exhibit opening reception on February 5. If you would like to support the Power of Words, please purchase your Premium ticket at givebox.com/pow2022. You will enjoy preferred seating for the Power of Words, a ticket to the book signing at the Library following the event, and the Gala opening reception for the Marian Armstrong exhibit, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winners.

Please note the Buskirk-Chumley Theater requires proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test https://buskirkchumley.org/coronavirus

This course is approved by the Indiana State Library for 4 General Library Education Units (LEU’s). Earn an additional 2 LEU's by attending Woodson's Power of Words talk at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Contact Grier Carson (gcarson@mcpl.info) for further information and requirements. Please register at mcpl.info/iupow

Navigating Childhood and Society in Recent African American films

Hollywood has not been kind to Black children. From its earliest beginnings, Black childhood has represented otherness and danger, if not servitude and ridicule, and has been designed and created for a non-Black audience. After a brief overview of some early motion picture renderings, this presentation will focus on recent films by Black screenwriters and directors that represent an alternate view of what the socialization of Black children reveals and explores. Among the films to choose from are: Moonlight (2016); The Hate U Give (2018); and US (2019).

About the Instructor: Audrey Thomas McCluskey is professor emerita of African American and African diaspora studies at IU Bloomington. She served as director of the Black Film Center/Archive and the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, as well as director of graduate studies in her department. She is author/editor of six books, most recently, A Forgotten Sisterhood: Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South; and numerous journal articles and book chapters that include Black film studies.
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