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Youth Art Month Contest

Friday, March 31, 2023
All Branches
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 upcoming summer reading program: Camp Myth! For this theme, draw your favorite mythical beast or hero. You can even make up your own!

The winning artwork will be made into a collectible summer reading prize bookmark. Entries should be 3x7 inches. Starting March 1, you can stop by the Downtown Library children's information desk, the Ellettsville Branch, or the Bookmobile to grab a template, if needed. When you're finished, drop your entry off at any MCPL location by March 31 to enter.

Make sure your entry has the following information written legibly on the back: name, age, title of your artwork, MCPL location that you regularly visit (Downtown, Ellettsville, or Bookmobile), and contact information (including email address and/or telephone number). Ages birth–12.
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Sahaja Yoga Meditation

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Library
Gallery Exhibit Space
Spaces Reservation

Health Net

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room

Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more that encourage the development of early literacy skills. Ages 3–6.


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Tiny to Two

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Families with babies and toddlers play, sing, read, and talk together. Ages birth–2.
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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 will practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The Book Club is reading City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau for this session. The title is also available on cloudLibrary

Intermediate English skills are suggested. If you do not speak English, please fill out the VITAL Services form to learn about programs for beginners.

If you have not attended a VITAL program before, please stop by the office for more information (Downtown Library, second floor).

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Little Makers

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Explore your creativity with different materials and techniques at this fun, open-ended art experience. Dress to mess. Ages 3–6.
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VITAL English Language Group on Zoom: Conversation with Audra Loudenbarger

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Downtown Library
This class only meets on Zoom only. Email vital@mcpl.info for the meeting link.

New English speakers will practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners will enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. 

Intermediate English skills are suggested. If you do not speak English, please fill out the VITAL Services form to learn about programs for beginners. Conversation Groups are drop-in and no registration is needed.

If you have not attended a VITAL program before, please stop by the office for more information (Downtown Library, second floor).  

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AARP Tax Help

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
AARP tax volunteers will be at the Downtown Library February 6–April 14 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Assistance will be available on a first come, first served basis using a sign-up sheet that will be located near the second floor information desk.
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Be a Field Biologist

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Learn what it takes to become a field biologist! The International Crane Foundation will present the different tools and skills field biologists need to study cranes. Some of those skills will be put to the test through a short activity. Please register. Ages 7–12.

This program is in partnership with The International Crane Foundation.
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STEM Explorers

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Spend an afternoon at the Library exploring a variety of STEM toys and gadgets. There will be several options with different materials available for ages 3–12, so bring the family and have a blast! Note: Caregivers are required to be present with children age 7 and under.
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Lip Sync Battle

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Be the most dramatic version of yourself as you let your inner star shine in this Lip Sync Battle. Join us as we cheer each other on during these once-in-a-lifetime performances. Stage props and snacks will be provided. Ages 12–19.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation with Diana Nicholson

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Program Room 2C
New English speakers will practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners will enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the U.S., gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. 

Intermediate English skills are suggested. If you do not speak English, please fill out the VITAL Services form to learn about programs for beginners. Conversation Groups are drop-in and no registration is needed.

If you have not attended a VITAL program before, please stop by the office for more information (Downtown Library, second floor).  

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Cartoon Tuesdays

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Join fans of classic and contemporary cartoons like Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Steven Universe, and more for a night of crafts, popcorn, and discussion. Ages 12–19.
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Cranes Over Indiana

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Learn how to identify sandhill cranes and whooping cranes by sight and sound. Find out where both cranes live in Indiana throughout the year, and the threats they face. Opportunities for community members to get involved in protecting both species through safe birding practices, contributing to citizen science through crane sightings, and volunteer/ambassador/advocacy opportunities offered through the International Crane Foundation in Indiana will be presented. Age 13 and up.

This program is in partnership with the International Crane Foundation.

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Books & Bites: Italian

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Books & Bites combines a book club with a potluck! Each club meeting will feature a different theme. Borrow a cookbook from one of our branches or our eBook collection on that theme and prepare a recipe to bring to the Library and share. We'll eat tasty dishes while discussing the cookbooks we used for that night's meal. Participants are encouraged to bring their own plates and cutlery to cut down on waste. Please note that dishes may be unable to accommodate dietary restrictions. Age 18 and up. Please register.

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Prenatal Yoga

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Take care of your body and build strength before having your baby. This gentle exercise supports the changing body's needs and deepens awareness to the expectant person's mind, body, and connection with their baby. Yoga mats will be available for in-program use.
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