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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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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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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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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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Pre-K Fun

10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Pre-K Fun
All Branches
A preschooler's world is filled with wonder and curiosity. Join us for recommended books, engaging activities, and creative crafts to help your inquisitive child enjoy learning through play. Ages 3–6. This program will be available on our YouTube channel beginning January 20.
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3D Print Lab for Tweens

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3D Print Lab for Tweens
All Branches
Guided by an instructional video that we'll send to you on March 12, you'll use free 3D modeling software (Tinkercad) at home to design your own customized item to print. We'll provide instructions for emailing your design file to us between March 12–22, so your design can be printed in the Library. Once your design is printed, it will be yours to keep! Ages 7–12. Please register (with a valid, non-school email address) only if you have time to complete and send your design to the Library by March 11, as space is limited. Kids should be able to complete the project on their own but may benefit from adult help. To create the design, kids will need to be able to use a mouse. The instructional video will inform them about the various tools available in Tinkercad, many of which are similar to other computer software where you can draw or create shapes. Participants will be notified when the print is ready to pick up. Please allow 3–4 weeks.
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Minecraft Creative Build Party

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
All Branches
New to Minecraft and want to hone your building skills? Already an expert and want to show off your chops? Join us on our Creative Mode Minecraft Server! Collaborate with others or build on your own. The only limit is your own imagination. If you don't have your own Minecraft account you can borrow one from us! Ages 7–12.

The Library's server runs on the Java version of Minecraft which can only be played on a Windows or Mac computer.

*** Please register with a valid, non-school email address to receive a welcome email with more information and a username/password, login instructions, and more to access the Library's Minecraft Server the day of the program.***
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ASL Sign Language Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
ASL Sign Language Storytime
All Branches
Learn targeted vocabulary in American Sign Language through stories, songs, and games. Geared toward preschoolers ages 3–6 and their caregivers. 

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register for each date of this series individually with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom sessions will be emailed to you upon registration.***

1/15: Winter 
1/29: Animals in Winter 
2/12: Family 
2/26: Being Sick 
3/12: Weather 
3/26: Spring 
4/9: Gardens 
4/23: Feelings
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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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Tiny to Two

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tiny to Two
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 6-6:30 PM 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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Minecraft with the Library

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
All Branches
Are you a seasoned Minecraft pro looking for new ways to play? Never played but want to learn with other kids in your community? Join our private Minecraft Survival Server! We'll get together once a month to explore, build, dodge creepers, and fight zombies! If you don't have your own Minecraft account you can borrow one from us! Ages 7–12.

The Library's server runs on the Java version of Minecraft which can only be played on a Windows or Mac computer.

***Please register with a valid, non-school email address to receive a welcome email with more information and a username/password, login instructions, and more to access our Minecraft Server the day of the program.***
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Harry Potter Zoom Party: A Take and Make Kids Program

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
All Branches
Join fellow Potterheads for an afternoon Zoom celebration of the boy who lived with crafts and games! Ages 7–12. Please register with a valid, non-school email address. You will receive a link to schedule the pickup of your supply kit between March 5–19 upon registering. The Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the program date. 
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Virtual Storytime: Spring Surprises: Shake a Leg, Egg! and The Odd Egg

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 23 at 10 AM. It will be archived and available on the same YouTube channel thereafter. ***
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Bloomington Montessori Parenting Workshop: Scaffolding Learning and Feedback

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Bloomington Montessori Parenting Workshop: Scaffolding Learning and Feedback
All Branches
Learn strategies for creating optimal learning and growth opportunities for your child(ren). This will include a dive into the theory of the Zone of Proximal Development and how to give children “just right” feedback to keep them appropriately challenged and help them progress. This workshop will be presented via Zoom and recorded by Bloomington Montessori staff. Participants are welcome to keep their video off during the workshop. Age 13 and up.

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom sessions will be emailed to an hour before the program begins.***
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ASL Sign Language Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
ASL Sign Language Storytime
All Branches
Learn targeted vocabulary in American Sign Language through stories, songs, and games. Geared toward preschoolers ages 3–6 and their caregivers. 

*** To participate in live Zoom events, please register for each date of this series individually with a valid, non-school email address. The link to the Zoom sessions will be emailed to you upon registration.***

1/15: Winter 
1/29: Animals in Winter 
2/12: Family 
2/26: Being Sick 
3/12: Weather 
3/26: Spring 
4/9: Gardens 
4/23: Feelings
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Registration is open

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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