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Laugh Line

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Laugh Line
All Branches
Call (812) 349-3208 to hear a kid-friendly joke! Jokes change daily Monday–Friday by 5 PM. This program is geared towards ages 7–12, but all ages are welcome!
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Black History Month Bingo

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Black History Month Bingo
All Branches

For Black History Month, play a game of bingo that facilitates discussions on race, features acts of kindness, and offers opportunities to learn about Black visionaries, leaders, and artists! When you complete five in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), you’ll earn a prize! Visit mcpl.info/bingo to download a game card and learn more about how to play. Once you have a bingo, you'll schedule an appointment to pick up your prize between January 18 and March 5.

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Everyone Has a Story Reading Challenge

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Everyone Has a Story Reading Challenge
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Stories provide insight. Whether it's a personal narrative, description of cultural heritage, or an imagined fantasy, an individual's story provides insights into who they are and what shapes and inspires them. Shared stories help us see what makes us unique and how we are the same. By reading or listening to an individual's story, we can learn to treat people with the respect and dignity they deserve no matter their race, color, gender, religion, ability, or level of income. Discover different stories, learn about people seeking to eliminate social injustices, and find resources for discussing issues about race. All ages.

Find out more about participating with a Beanstack account at mcpl.info/everystory.
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D&D Library Talk: Episode Four

Thursday, March 04, 2021
D&D Library Talk
All Branches
D&D Library Talk is our podcast on the ins and outs of RPG systems, like Dungeons and Dragons! We talk about how to make sure everyone enjoys the game, whether as a player or game master. In episode four, learn about how RPGs function, some of the terminology and game mechanics, and the nuts and bolts of playing these games. Age 12 and up. Access archived and future podcasts on our D&D Library Talk webpage.
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Winter Hiking Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
All Branches
It's cold, but nature is still beckoning! This winter, spend some time in the great outdoors by yourself or with others in your quarantine pod, then gather with others virtually on Zoom to share your observations and experiences from each hike. Photos, sketches, and recordings are welcome additions to the shared conversation. While specific trails at varying nature areas are suggested below, feel free to choose any trail that is right for you. Please register once for all sessions, but feel free to attend only the sessions that you want. A Zoom link for all sessions will be emailed to you upon registration. Age 16 and up.

January 10: Hoosier National Forest Pate Hollow Short Loop (3 miles) or Pate Hollow Trail (6.1 miles)
February 28: Porter West Preserve (1–4 miles)
March 14: Bean Blossom Nature Preserve (2.5 miles)
April 18: Green's Bluff (1.5 miles) or Bluebird Trail Trailhead (1.7 miles)
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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Digital Creativity at Home: Easy Inspiration with PureRef

2:30 PM - 2:41 PM
Digital Creativity at Home: Easy Inspiration with PureRef
All Branches
Join our Digital Creativity Specialist as he demonstrates the basics of PureRef, a stand-alone program that keeps track of your images. Whether you're gathering inspiration, making mood boards, or need reference images for your painting or 3D model, PureRef is there so you can focus on creating. Learn how to use this robust application to create, edit, and refine digital inspiration boards to keep your creativity flowing. Age 12 and up. This video will premiere on our YouTube channel on March 1 at 2:30 PM, and be available anytime thereafter.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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VITAL English Language Group: Book Club

10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Other
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.  The Book Club is currently reading Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. 
 
Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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Zoom into Storytime!

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Zoom into Storytime!
All Branches
Rhymes, songs, and a story help preschoolers practice early literacy skills, live via Zoom! This program is geared to ages 2–6, but all ages are welcome.

*** To participate in this live Zoom series, please register once for all sessions with a valid, non-school email address. The link to this Zoom series will be emailed to you upon registration***
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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In It to Win It

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM
All Branches
Make new friends in this seven-part Zoom program based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey! Throughout the program, middle-schoolers will learn skills based around the seven habits, improving their self-confidence, self-control, personal responsibility, time management, positive decision-making, and more. Ages 12–15. To register for this free Zoom program series, please email Laura Wathan at lwathen@youthfirstinc.org or call 812-568-5183. The Zoom link for the program series and a link to register to pick up a copy of the book will be emailed to you. A partnership between Youth First, United Way of Monroe County, and the Library.
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Wind Down and Charge Up Virtual Yoga

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
All Branches
Discover why yoga is such a powerful tool for keeping you healthy in body, mind, and spirit with Robin Halpin Young of Maxwell House Yoga. The focus of this restorative yoga class will be to wind down, relax, stretch, and recharge. This program is suitable for people age 12 and up and of most physical abilities.

***Please register for this virtual program series with a valid, non-school email address. The Zoom link for the series will be emailed to you upon registration.
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Addressing COVID Anxiety and Isolation: A Caregiver University Program

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caregiver University
All Branches
Join our partners at IU Health's Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Service for a live Zoom session to discuss the impact of isolation on dementia and to learn strategies for caregiving during the pandemic. Topics will include how to decrease isolation and how to cope with the anxiety of these times. Age 18 and up. To register, please contact Dayna Thompson at dthompson6@iuhealth.org or 812-353-9299.
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QueerTalk: In the Dream House

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
All Branches
Join us as we create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQIA+ individuals. In January; February, and early March we will read and discuss In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Age 16 and up. To participate in this virtual series, please register with a valid, non-school email address. An email with one Zoom link for all five sessions will be emailed to you upon registration. A partnership between Middle Way House and the Library.
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Tiny to Two

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
All Branches
Families with young children ages birth–3 play, sing, read, and talk together virtually with their caregivers. Download the rhymes and songs.

*** To participate in this live Zoom series, please register once for all 10-10:30 AM sessions with a valid, non-school email address. The link to this Zoom series will be emailed to you upon registration***


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D&D Online

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
D and D Online promotional graphic
All Branches
Drop in, adventure through fantastic realms, then leave whenever you have to. These sessions of Dungeons and Dragons are held via Discord and are designed to be short, fun, and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 13–19. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
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VITAL English Language Group: Exploring Poetry

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Other
New English speakers practice everyday language skills in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Learners enjoy friendly conversation, learn about Haiku poetry, and practice reading and writing skills.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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VITAL English Language Group: Media Club

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Other
Practice English skills while watching films, listening to podcasts and music, and reading the news.  Discuss media's impact on journalism, entertainment, advertising, and propaganda.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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Books Plus Digital: Frida: A Novel

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Books Plus
All Branches
Contact Annise at ablancha@mcpl.info or 812-349-3050 to join the Books Plus group. Age 16 & up.

Jan: Lay That Trumpet Our Hands by Susan McCarthy
Feb: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 
March:  Frida: A Novel by Barbara Mujica 
April: House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholsonn
May: I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you 30 minutes before the program begins.***
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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VITAL English Language Group: Conversation

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Other
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.  

Virtual English Language groups take place on Zoom.  Fill out the request form to get started.
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Night Owl Storytime

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
All Branches
Are your little ones at daycare or preschool during the day? Join us for this live interactive evening Zoom event. Spend quality time with your child while enjoying stories, songs, and fingerplays––then relax with some bedtime yoga! Ages birth–6 and families.

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you upon registration***
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Virtual Storytime:

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Virtual Storytime
All Branches
Join us for a fun (and short!) storytime on YouTube. Rhymes, songs, and a story help preschoolers practice early literacy skills. Geared to ages 2–6, but all welcome to watch!

*** This virtual program may be viewed on the Library's YouTube channel, premiering March 9 at 10 AM. It will be archived and available on the same YouTube channel thereafter. ***
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