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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Friday, December 31, 2021
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
All Branches

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program encouraging you to read 1,000 books with your child before they start kindergarten. The program is self-paced and you decide how often and how long you will read to your child. It can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. When you register for the program, you can come pick up a welcome packet, including a finger puppet and physical reading logs to color in! There will also be occasional surprises throughout the game, like stickers, a halfway-there certificate, and more (you can even earn a happy dance with a librarian)! When you finish the program, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, an invite to a quarterly themed storytime, a free book, and a farm friend adoption kit (just a stuffie, not a real one). Sign up online.

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Create-a-Comic Challenge

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Create-A-Comic Challenge
Virtual
Create an original one-page comic to share with the community and enter to win one of 20 gift cards to Vintage Phoenix Comic Books! Categories are available for kids ages 7–11 and teens ages 12–19. Upload your comic to mcpl.info/comic by November 30 to enter the contest! Please note: All comics must be appropriate for all ages––comics that do not meet this guideline will not be shared.
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Wonderful Ones

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Wonderful Ones
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Families with babies ages birth to 18 months play, sing, read, and talk together with other little ones—then enjoy toy time! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.


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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
VITAL English Language Group
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. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join remotely via Zoom. Age 18 and up. 

New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to receive registration information. 
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Terrific Twos

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Terrific Twos
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Families with babies ages 18 months to 3 years play, sing, read, and talk together with other little ones—then enjoy toy time! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.

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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
VITAL English Language Group
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. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join remotely via Zoom. Age 18 and up.

New to VITAL?  Fill out the request form to receive registration information. 
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Monroe County Humane Association's National Black Cat Day

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monroe County Humane Association's National Black Cat Day
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Meet Yorik, a black cat and education ambassador at the Monroe County Humane Association, and his handler Grace. We'll learn about Yorik, and the stigma and myths surrounding black cats. You'll have a chance to ask questions and read aloud to him too! Masks are required. Ages 5–12. Please register.

A partnership between Monroe County Humane Association and the Library.
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Sunrise Movement Bloomington

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1C
Spaces Reservation

Friends of the Library Board Meeting

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
Friends of the Library
Downtown Library
Program Room 2B
The monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library Board of Directors. The Friends of the Library are members of the community just like you - people who value the library and its services. We think of ourselves as the library's best friends. Membership in the Friends of the Library is open to all who wish to support the Library's vital role in our community. https://mcpl.info/friends
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Beginning Korean Language and Culture

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Beginning Korean Language and Culture
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
This course introduces the sounds and scripts of Korean, basic grammar, greetings, numbers, days of the week, and more! Students are encouraged to practice speaking through role play. Reading and writing in Hangeul (the written syllabary) is included, as is an introduction to Korean culture. Age 18 and up. Please register.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Stories, songs, and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing, and playing with books and words! Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Please register. 

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Under the Warlock's Castle: A Basic Fantasy RPG Adventure

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Under the Warlock's Castle: A Basic Fantasy RPG Adventure
All Branches
Venture into the haunted catacombs beneath a warlock’s ruined castle in search of gold and lost treasures in this D&D-style adventure. This custom-made module includes a fully written adventure using the Basic Fantasy rule system, a full set of MCPL 3D-printed miniatures, dice, and gameplay rules to play with your friends! 

Choose from five unique character classes: fighter, cleric, thief, druid, or magic-user. Weave forbidden spells against arcane guardians and vengeful undead. Explore gloomy dungeon chambers warded by lethal traps. Make difficult choices and manage your limited dungeoneering resources carefully, lest you perish in the darkness!

Ages 12–19. Limited quantities are available. Please register and choose your pickup location––your kit will be ready 48 hours after you receive email confirmation of your registration.

Thanks to Sersa Victory for designing this adventure and Teresa Guido for creating the artwork.
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Veterans Service Officer Appointments

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Gallery Exhibit Space
Steven Miller, Veterans Service Officer for Monroe County, will be meeting clients with pre-scheduled appointments from 10 AM to 3 PM  at the Ellettsville Public Library in the Conference Room.  To schedule an appointment, call the Veterans Affairs office at (812) 349-2537.  Appointments are required.

Monroe County Veterans Affairs offers assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors in filing claims for VA benefits, obtaining military records, and accessing VA services.
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Preschool Discovery

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Preschool Discovery
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
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 all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers. Please register. 

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Prenatal Yoga

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Prenatal Yoga Artwork
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
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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Physicians Mutual

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Spaces Reservation

Limestone Medic Collective

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
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Tween Tech: Hack Your Notebook

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tween Tech: Hack Your Notebook
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Bring a basic notebook to life with paper circuitry and LED lights! Supplies and notebooks are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Masks are required. Ages 7–12. Please register.

Want to learn more about Tween Tech? Come to our open house on September 23!
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CANCELLED VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
VITAL English Language Group
Virtual
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere on Zoom. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the US, gain confidence, and meet new people from around the world. Age 18 and up. 

New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to receive registration information.
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Registration is open

Under the Warlock's Castle: A Basic Fantasy RPG Adventure

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Under the Warlock's Castle: A Basic Fantasy RPG Adventure
All Branches
Venture into the haunted catacombs beneath a warlock’s ruined castle in search of gold and lost treasures in this D&D-style adventure. This custom-made module includes a fully written adventure using the Basic Fantasy rule system, a full set of MCPL 3D-printed miniatures, dice, and gameplay rules to play with your friends! 

Choose from five unique character classes: fighter, cleric, thief, druid, or magic-user. Weave forbidden spells against arcane guardians and vengeful undead. Explore gloomy dungeon chambers warded by lethal traps. Make difficult choices and manage your limited dungeoneering resources carefully, lest you perish in the darkness!

Ages 12–19. Limited quantities are available. Please register and choose your pickup location––your kit will be ready 48 hours after you receive email confirmation of your registration.

Thanks to Sersa Victory for designing this adventure and Teresa Guido for creating the artwork.
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Anthem

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 2A
Spaces Reservation
Join the waiting list — Register at the library

VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
VITAL English Language Group
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. Class size is limited to 6. Students on the waitlist may join remotely via Zoom. Age 18 and up. 

New to VITAL? Fill out the request form to receive registration information.
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Transgender Union for Students (TrUSt) IU

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B
Spaces Reservation

Downtown Trick or Treat

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Trick or Treat
Downtown Library
See note
Visit the Downtown Library from 5–8 PM as part of your Downtown Trick or Treat route! Stop by the Kirkwood entrance and get some Halloween goodies! All ages. Please note the rest of the Library will close at 6 PM.
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Tween Reads: The Witch Boy

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tween Reads: The Witch Boy
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join us to chat about the graphic novel, The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. In 13-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted...and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help––as a witch. A story about magic, friendship, family, and identity, The Witch Boy is sure to generate some engaging conversation! Masks are required. Ages 9–12. Pick up your book club copy at the Downtown Library's children's information desk after you register. This program will meet in the Tween Space. Visit mcpl.info/bookclub for additional book clubs for all ages.

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