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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Friday, December 31, 2021
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
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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
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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Tiny to Two @ Butler Park

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Tiny to Two
Downtown Library
See note
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together at Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, 812 W. Ninth Street, in Bloomington! We'll meet by the playground and be sitting on the grass, so feel free to bring something to sit on. Ages birth–3. Please register.

A partnership between City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Library.
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Wonderful Ones

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Wonderful Ones
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
This program session has been changed to "Tiny to Two" and will be held at Rev Ernest D Butler Park, 812 W 9th St Bloomington IN on this date.
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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Terrific Twos

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Terrific Twos
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
This program session has been changed to "Tiny to Two" and will be held at Rev Ernest D Butler Park, 812 W 9th St Bloomington IN on this date.
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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Grace and Box: A Local Children's Author Event

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
"Grace and Box": A Local Children's Author Event
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
A little girl and a refrigerator box go on many adventures as they imagine all the things they can be! Join local author, Kim Howard, as she reads from her imaginative and humorous picture book, Grace and Box. We'll sing songs, play silly games, and enjoy a craft inspired by the book. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and their families. Please register.
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Mindful Movement

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Mindful Movement
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join yoga instructor Lauren Volpp for some physical and mental exercises in mindfulness. We'll set intentions, talk about identity and self-reflection, learn skills for having balance in transition, and more! All abilities are welcome. Yoga mats provided. Masks are required. Ages 7–12.
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Ellettsville, Limestone, and the Matthews Family

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ellettsville, Limestone, and the Matthews Family
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Join local historian Dr. Clay Stuckey to learn about the role of Indiana limestone as the building stone of America and how Ellettsville and the historical Matthews Mansion fit into that history. All ages. Stuckey's articles have appeared in the Indiana Magazine of History, Indiana Folklore and Oral History, the Lincoln Herald, and the Hoosier Line, among others. 

The Ellettsville Branch closes at 7 PM. Please visit before the program if you wish to check out materials.
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Homeschool Art Lab: Faux Insect Taxidermy

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Homeschool Art Lab: Faux Insect Taxidermy
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Calling all homeschoolers! Explore different art mediums and express your creativity each month through unique projects. Masks are required. Age 5 & up (younger children may need assistance from an adult caregiver). Please register.

Younger siblings are welcome to play in the room.
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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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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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Minecraft With the Library

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Minecraft With the Library
Virtual
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 Server! We'll get together online 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 the Library. We will have a Zoom meeting set up concurrently with the Minecraft server so you can chat and ask questions while playing with a new group of friends! Ages 7–12.

Please register to receive a welcome email with additional information and a username/password, IP address, and more to access the Library's Minecraft Server the day of the program.
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Prenatal Yoga

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Prenatal Yoga
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
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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ASL Sign Language Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
ASL Sign Language Storytime
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Learn targeted vocabulary in American Sign Language through stories, songs, and games! For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you wish to attend in September and October. Can't make it? Learn and practice American Sign Language with Ginny virtually!
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Dig In!

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Dig In!
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Help us prepare our garden for winter, then use the last of its produce to make an easy and delicious snack! Everyone will help out, sample food, and leave with a couple of recipes! Masks are required during the indoor portion of the program. Ages 7–12. Please register.
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Ping Pong Palooza

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ping Pong Palooza
Downtown Library
Library Plaza on Kirkwood
Learn to play, have fun, and improve your skills in a safe, friendly environment! Drop by. All ages. This event is outdoors at the Downtown Library's Kirkwood Plaza (by the bears)!
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Monroe County Humane Association's National Make a Dog's Day

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monroe County Humane Association's National Make a Dog's Day
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Make this dog's day! Meet Rikki, a sweet golden retriever and education ambassador of Monroe County Humane Association, and his handler Chika. We'll learn about this handsome fellow and you'll have a chance to ask questions and read aloud to Rikki. Masks are required. Ages 5–12. Please register.
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Exploring Engineering

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Exploring Engineering
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Engineers design, build, and maintain various complex systems and materials around us. In this series of workshops led by STEM professionals at Indiana University, tweens will work with their caregivers to identify problems, negotiate ideas, test, and improve their products using LED lights, motors, and other materials! 

September 11: Design a shoe for Olaf, Hulk, or your favorite character 
September 25: Give a new life to an old toy 
October 9: Build a safe house for stray animals 
October 23: Create a soccer bot 

IU instructors will help you enjoy the making process and invite your participation in ongoing research about how families help children learn engineering concepts. Please register your child and indicate the name of the adult attending with them. Ages 8–12 with an adult caregiver. Please register. (Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up.)  

A partnership between IU School of Education and the Library
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All-Ages Day at the Ellettsville Teen Space

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Teen Space
Curious about the Ellettsville Teen Space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the fourth Saturday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
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Festival of Light

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Festival of Lights
Downtown Library
Auditorium, 1B & 1C Combo
Enjoy Indian classical and Bollywood-style dance, music, instrumental performances, and more, followed by activities. All ages.

2–4 PM: Performances, Auditorium 
4–5:30 PM: Activities, Meeting Rooms 1B/C


A partnership between KalaDeep and the Library.
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Introductory Arabic: World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Introductory Arabic - World Language and Culture Class with IU Bridges
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Learn Arabic language and culture through interactive games, songs, and activities that help children develop general literacy skills, too! Lessons are presented by certified instructors with Bridges, a project of the IU School of Global and International Studies and the IU School of Education. Class will not meet on October 9. For children in kindergarten–sixth grade. Masks are required. Please register. 

A partnership between the IU Bridges Project, IU School of Education, and the Library.
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Flute Songs and Stories for the Season

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Flute Songs and Stories for the Season
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join the Bloomington Flute Choir, led by musician Leighann Daihl Ragusa, for a selection of autumnal and Halloween-themed songs, paired with oral storytelling and rhymes for young children. Learn about flutes and flute music. All ages. Please register. Please note masks are required for age 3 and up.

A partnership between the Bloomington Flute Choir and the Library.
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Tiny to Two

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Tiny to Two
Ellettsville Branch
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together! This program will meet in the Ellettsville Branch Garden, outside the Ellettsville Branch Meeting Room Lobby. We'll be sitting on the grass so feel free to bring something to sit on. If we need to move inside due to weather, masks will be required for age 3 and up. Ages birth–3. Please register.


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Preschool Math and Science

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Preschool Math and Science
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Nurture your child's inner scientist! Enjoy a story followed by hands-on activities that get you and your child exploring math and science concepts together. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers. Please register.
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Girls Rock Music Lab

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Girls Rock Music Lab
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join Girls Rock Bloomington for four hands-on music-related workshops geared towards girls, trans, and non-binary youth ages 8–12. Masks are required. Please register for all workshops, but you may attend only those desired.

September 14: Instrument Sampler––Explore a variety of instruments, all ready for you to play! No experience is necessary.

September 28: Recording Basics––We'll explore the audio studios in Level Up and make a song together, one layer at a time! No experience is necessary.

October 12: Songwriting Workshop––Dig into the basics of songwriting in a collaborative, supportive environment. Feel free to bring any ideas you're working on!

October 26: Scene Makers––Make album art, merch, mini zines, and buttons! Supplies are provided.
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