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Bicentennial Art Contest

Friday, February 14, 2020
Imagine Monroe County Public Library in the Year 2020
All Branches

Create and submit original artwork with the theme “Imagine Monroe County Public Library in the Year 2220!” The winning designs will be made into a bookmark to be given out at the bicentennial kick-off celebration on March 24. Entries will be judged on creativity, quality, and relevance to the theme. Winners will be announced on February 28 and select artwork will be displayed in March.


All ages (one winner will be chosen from each age category: 6 & under, 7–11, 12–19, and 20 & up)


Official Contest Guidelines:

  • The entry deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020, at 6 PM.
  • One original entry per person will be accepted.
  • No copyright infringement will be accepted.
  • Artwork must be submitted on unlined paper no larger than 24" x 24"
  • Print your full name and phone number clearly on the back of the artwork.
  • Your submitted artwork will become the property of the Monroe County Public Library and will not be returned.
  • The Library reserves the right to crop your artwork for reproduction.
  • If you are submitting a printed copy of electronic work, we recommend it be at least 300 dpi. The Library will not accept electronic entries or print your artwork for you.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity, quality of art, and relevance to the theme.

Download a submission form for children or a submission form for teens/adults and turn it in to any customer assistance desk at the Main Library, Ellettsville Branch, or Bookmobile with your artwork.


A partnership between MCCSC, RBBCSC, Eskenazi Museum of Art, and the Library.


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Escuelita Para Todos

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Program Room 2B
Developing English/Spanish biculturalism and bilingualism among south-central Indiana residents by conducting educational outreach and teaching grammatically correct Spanish language & fostering Latin American cultural traditions.
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Saturday Storytime and Craft @ Ellettsville

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
A weekend fun-filled storytime with read-alouds, puppetry, flannel stories, songs, a movie, and a short craft. This program allows group learning experiences to prepare preschoolers for school and reading. Please register once for all sessions.

Ages 2–6
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LEGO and K'NEX Club @ Ellettsville

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Unleash your imagination with fellow fans. K'NEX and LEGOs provided; you bring the creativity!

All ages. Please register once for all four sessions.
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Reading Glasses Assessment and Giveaway

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Atrium Space
Members of the Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity chapter at the Indiana University School of Optometry will be on hand to assess the strength of reading glasses needed by members of the community, and to give away free pairs. Drop in.

Age 18 & up

A partnership between Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity chapter at Indiana University School of Optometry and the Library.
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Anthology: Music at MCPL

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Auditorium
Jacobs School of Music students perform a mix of engaging musical genres such as classical, jazz, and folk music from around the globe.

All ages
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Coffee with Friends with Raymond Fleischmann

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Auditorium
Raymond Fleischmann discusses his debut novel, How Quickly She Disappears. Set in the relentless Alaskan landscape, this intoxicating tale of literary suspense explores madness and obsession, loneliness and grief, and the ferocious bonds of family. A book signing will follow.

Age 12 & up
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A Day of Celebration with the Essence Dance Team

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Atrium Space
Join us for a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. hosted by the Essence Hip Hop Dance Team! They will take the stage at 2pm, followed by a craft in the atrium. The library will be collecting donations for Backpack Buddies, a program to supply low-income students’ families with meals over the weekend to fill the out-of-school gaps. Non-perishable food items will be accepted. This includes, but is not limited to canned or pouch tuna or chicken, peanut butter, meal helpers (like hamburger/chicken/tuna helpers), fruit cups, granola bars, instant oatmeal – individual portions, macaroni & cheese or easy to prepare food items – instant mashed potatoes, dried soups, beans, rice or pasta meals, etc. All ages.

A partnership between IU Essence Dance Team and the Library.
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Monday Preschool Storytime @ Ellettsville

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Stories, songs, and rhymes get preschoolers talking, singing, and playing with books and words.

Ages 3–6. Please register once for all sessions.
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English Language Group: Book Club

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
VITAL Classroom
Intermediate Level
Read, discuss and learn new vocabulary.  Reading materials are selected for intermediate (4th-5th grade) reading level and topics of interest. 

Group size may be limited.  First-time visitors will register at the VITAL office before joining a class. 

Learn online with English as a New Language eLibrary resources

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A Day of Celebration with the Essence Dance Team

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
Auditorium
Join in this celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a hip-hop dance team! Essence Dance Team will take the stage at 2 PM, followed by a craft in the atrium. 

All ages

A partnership between IU Essence Dance Team and the Library.

The Library will collect donations for Backpack Buddies, a Community Kitchen program that addresses food scarcity by supplying low-income students’ families with meals over the weekend to fill the out-of-school gaps. Non-perishable food items will be accepted. This includes, but is not limited to, canned or pouch tuna or chicken, peanut butter, fruit cups, granola bars, individual instant oatmeal, and macaroni & cheese.
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English Language Group: Conversation

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
VITAL Classroom
Intermediate Level
Practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with other intermediate to advanced English speakers. Topics include conversation, reading short stories, practicing pronunciation, and more. 

First-time visitors will register at the VITAL office before joining a class. 

Learn online with English as a New Language eLibrary resources

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Getting the Most out of Heritage Quest

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Meeting Room 2A
Learn how to access this genealogy database from home, and how to use it to find census information, city directories, maps, books, and Freedman’s Bank records, which help those with black ancestors track their locations after the Civil War.

Ages 18 & up. Please register.
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Yoga for the Community

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
Meeting Room 2A
Join Robin Halpin Young of Maxwell House Yoga and discover why yoga is such a powerful tool for keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit. In this all-levels class, beginners will safely learn the basics, while more experienced students can take their practice to a deeper level. Suitable for most physical abilities.

Age 18 & up

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English Language Group: Conversation

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
VITAL Classroom
Intermediate Level
Practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with other intermediate to advanced English speakers. Topics include conversation, reading short stories, practicing pronunciation, and more. 

First-time visitors will register at the VITAL office before joining a class. 

Learn online with English as a New Language eLibrary resources

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Nature Connection and Village Building

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Auditorium
Culture is the basket that holds a community together. It informs how we communicate, how we deal with conflict, and how we teach children. Join Kevin and Monique from the Wild Nature Project, LLC, for a look into indigenous time-tested practices for creating healthy, connected, and vibrant cultures.

Ages 15 & up

A partnership between The Wild Nature Project and the Library.
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Coffee and Conversations

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Coffee and Conversations
Main Library
The Commons

Join Library staff for free coffee, doughnuts, and conversation. Chat with staff or try out an activity at this casual morning hangout.


All ages.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
Auditorium
Stories, songs, and rhymes get preschoolers talking, singing, and playing with books and words.

Ages 3–6
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Dine Out for the Library at Bucceto's

11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Dine Out for the Library
Other
Dine out for the Friends. Try a different restaurant each month. Your meal will taste even better knowing you’re contributing to an award-winning library for all in the community. Next up: Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at either Bucceto’s location on Tuesdays, January 21 and 28, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., dine-in or carry-out. Show your flyer and 20% of your purchase will support your Library.
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English Language Group: Basics

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Main Library
VITAL Classroom
Beginner Level
Learn basic vocabulary for everyday communication. Practice simple dialogues, reading, and writing. 

First-time visitors will register at the VITAL office before joining a class. 

Learn online with English as a New Language eLibrary resources

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English Language Group: Haiku Writing

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
VITAL Classroom
Intermediate Level
Express yourself with this simple creative writing practice.  Learn new vocabulary and writing techniques. 

First-time visitors will register at the VITAL office before joining a class. 

Learn online with English as a New Language eLibrary resources

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Drop-In DIY @ Ellettsville: Felt Succulents

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Try your hand at some fun DIY projects. Impress your friends and family with your amazing craft skills!

Ages 12–19
   
January 21: Felt Succulents
February 4: Marbled Mugs
March 17: Homemade Scrunchies
April 21: Book Feather Pens/Garlands
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Nom Nom Nom: Teen Food Series: Brownies

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Ground Floor
Get your snack on with these fun food programs aimed to entertain and satisfy. Learn how to make one of these tasty mug meals!

Ages 12–19

January 21: Brownies
March 24: Mac and Cheese
April 14: Fancy Scrambled Eggs
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Taking Care of Each Other: No-Nonsense Workshop Series for Teens @ Ellettsville

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Come for this two-part series on self-care. Learn techniques for how to take care of yourself and your friends when something goes wrong.

Ages 12 - 19.

A partnership between Middle Way House and the Library.
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Tuesday Crafternoon

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
The Ground Floor
Make cool things every Tuesday, with special projects on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Ages 12–19

January 28: Doll Makeovers 
February 25: Sock Stuffed Animals 
March 24: Magic Wands 
April 28: Fairy Habitats 
All other Tuesdays: Drop-in Crafts TBD
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