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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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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Storytime
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Please register each child for each storytime you will attend.

Please note that Preschool Storytimes are live-streamed on the Community Access Television Services (CATS) website. Recordings focus on staff, but participants may be visible.
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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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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—then enjoy toy time. Please note masks are required for ages 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Preschool Storytime
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
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. Children will be offered a take-home activity at the end of the program. Please register. 
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Tween Tech: LEGO Robotics, Hour of Code Edition

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tween Tech: LEGO Robotics, Hour of Code Edition
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Build and program your own LEGO robot with WeDo 2.0 kits! The Hour of Code started as an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort! Ages 8–12. Please register.
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ASL Sign Language Storytime

10:30 AM - 11:00 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 November and December. Can't make it? Learn and practice American Sign Language with Ginny virtually!
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3D Drop-Off Days

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3D Drop-Off Days
Downtown Library
Level Up
Using 3D-modeling software (like the free and user-friendly, Tinkercad), you can turn your digital designs into real-world physical objects! Bring in your STL or OBJ file for a 5-minute drop-off session, and we'll print it for you*. Visit mcpl.info/3D for tutorials and resources. Please note, 3D printing takes time—you will need to return to the Library at a later date to pick up your creation. All ages.

*Print time restrictions and the Library’s 3D printer policy apply. One printed item per Library cardholder per month. For size constraints and other questions, email jcaswell@mcpl.info.
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Santa on Sale Street

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Santa on Sale Street
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Downtown Ellettsville will be full of holiday spirit with crafts, snacks, and activities for families to enjoy! Look for Santa to arrive by fire truck at 9:30 AM, then follow him to the Ellettsville Branch Library. Meet Santa, and get a free photo and a toy (courtesy of Main Street Inc.). There will also be a breakfast at the Ellettsville Masonic Lodge (201 N. Sale Street) at 8 AM. All ages. Please note, the Library will open 30 minutes early for this event.

A partnership between Main Street, Inc. and the Library.
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All-Ages Day at The Ground Floor

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Downtown Library
Ground Floor
Curious about The Ground Floor teen space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out on the second Sunday of the month––there's a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality, and more!
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Tiny to Two

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Tiny to Two
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room B
Families with babies play, sing, read, and talk together! Masks are required for age 3 and up. Ages birth–3. Please register.
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Virtual Night Owl Storytime

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Night Owl Storytime
Virtual
Listen to stories, sing songs, do some bedtime yoga, and mindfulness exercises to wind down for the night. Feel free to wear your pajamas so you're ready to be tucked in after the program. Ages birth–6. Please register. The Zoom link to this program will be sent to you upon registration.
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Preschool Storytime

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Storytime
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets, and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages 3–6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. Please register each child for each storytime you will attend.

Please note that Preschool Storytimes are live-streamed on the Community Access Television Services (CATS) website. Recordings focus on staff, but participants may be visible.
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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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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—then enjoy toy time. Please note masks are required for ages 3 and up. Please register individually for each session you will attend.
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Mindful Movement

5:00 PM - 5:45 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 are provided. Masks are required. Ages 7–12.
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Homeschool Art Lab: Sea Bunny Slug Charm

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Homeschool Art Lab
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 B
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. Children will be offered a take-home activity at the end of the program. 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 to explore, build, dodge creepers, and fight zombies––and we'll have a Zoom meeting set up so you can chat and ask questions while playing with a new group of friends! Ages 7–12.

If you don't have your own Minecraft account, you can borrow one from the Library. 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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Ping Pong Palooza

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Ping Pong Palooza
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B
Learn to play, have fun, and improve your skills in a safe, friendly environment! Drop by. All ages. 
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Developing Conscientious Leaders

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Developing Conscientious Leaders
Downtown Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
Join Maqubè Reese, founder and CEO of Tribe Consulting, LLC and Associate Director for the Kelley Office of Diversity Initiatives, to explore our own identities and learn what it means to be anti-racist during this engaging interactive workshop. We'll also learn about racial literacy, and global, national, and local leaders who are Black, Indigenous, & people of color and their intersections. Ages 7–12. Please register.
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3D Printing Pens: A Drop-In Event

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3D Printing Pens: A Drop-In Event
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join us in the Tween Space to try out our new 3D printing pens and make a holiday decoration! Come with your own design template or use one of ours. Time will be limited to 10 minutes per individual, as we only have two pens––first come, first served. Ages 9–12. Masks are required for all children's events.
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Preschool Math and Science

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Preschool Math and Science
Downtown Library
Auditorium
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. Attendees will get a related Take and Make Kit to try at home after the event! Please register.
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Tween Reads: The Season of Styx Malone

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tween Reads: The Season of Styx Malone
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Get to know other tweens through crafts and activities at this book club! Join us to chat about The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Meet Caleb and Bobby Gene, two brothers embarking on a madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure in which friendships are forged, loyalties are tested...and miracles just might happen. Masks are required. Ages 7–12. Pick up your book club copy at the Downtown Library's children's information desk after you register. Visit mcpl.info/bookclub for additional book clubs for all ages.
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Noon Year's Eve Party: A Take and Make Kids Program

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Virtual Noon Year's Eve Party
Virtual
Ring in the new year with your kiddos at our virtual Noon Year's Eve party! A specially-themed Take and Make Kit will be available for advance pickup to help your kids celebrate. Please register by December 23––your Take and Make Kit will be available for pick up December 19–30 at your selected location. Ages 3–7.
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