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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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Escuelita

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Introductory Arabic: World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Introductory Arabic
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 214
Learn Arabic language and culture through interactive games, songs, and activities that help children develop general literacy skills, too! 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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Yoga for Adults

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Yoga for Adults
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Discover why yoga is such a powerful tool for keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit! In this all-level class, beginners safely learn the basics, while more experienced students take their practice to a deeper level. This event is suitable for people of all ages and most physical abilities. Age 16 and up.
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Caring for Our Tree Canopy

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Caring for Our Tree Canopy
Downtown Library
Program Room 2C
Trees improve our quality of life in numerous ways! Learn how to care for your own trees and why it's important to support Bloomington's urban tree canopy in this panel discussion with members of CanopyBloomington. Bring your questions! Age 18 and up.

CanopyBloomington is a social impact organization created to maximize Bloomington's tree canopy and sustainably manage Bloomington's urban forest for trees' many environmental, health, economic, and social benefits, with a focus on tree equity and community engagement.
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Fluffy Cloud Slime

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Fluffy Cloud Slime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
It's SLIME time! Together, we will make a fluffy and fun cloud slime––the perfect way to kickstart your spring break! Ages 7–12. Please register.
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Joel Washington: A Conversation with the Artist

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Our Voice Exhibit
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
Washington will discuss his artwork, art form, and experience as a Black artist, as well as highlight some of the "Our Voice" exhibit art, including a piece of his own. Washington is a self-taught, Indiana-based artist of one-of-a-kind acrylic paintings showcased internationally. This program will take place in the "Our Voice" exhibit hall.

With funding from a generous bequest from Marian Armstrong, the Friends of the Library in partnership with Monroe County Public Library hosts a special exhibit in the Library: Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. The exhibit will be open to the public daily from February 1 through March 20, 2022.
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