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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
Create-A-Comic Challenge
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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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 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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Monroe County Humane Association's National Black Cat Day

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Monroe County Humane Association's National Black Cat Day
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Meet Yorik, a black cat and education ambassador at the Monroe County Humane Association, and his handler Grace. We'll learn about Yorik, and the stigma and myths surrounding black cats. You'll have a chance to ask questions and read aloud to him too! Masks are required. Ages 5–12. Please register.

A partnership between Monroe County Humane Association and the Library.
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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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Prenatal Yoga

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Prenatal Yoga Artwork
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
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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Tween Tech: Hack Your Notebook

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tween Tech: Hack Your Notebook
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Bring a basic notebook to life with paper circuitry and LED lights! Supplies and notebooks are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Masks are required. Ages 7–12. Please register.

Want to learn more about Tween Tech? Come to our open house on September 23!
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Downtown Trick or Treat

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Trick or Treat
Downtown Library
See note
Visit the Downtown Library from 5–8 PM as part of your Downtown Trick or Treat route! Stop by the Kirkwood entrance and get some Halloween goodies! All ages. Please note the rest of the Library will close at 6 PM.
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Tween Reads: The Witch Boy

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tween Reads: The Witch Boy
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join us to chat about the graphic novel, The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. In 13-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted...and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help––as a witch. A story about magic, friendship, family, and identity, The Witch Boy is sure to generate some engaging conversation! Masks are required. Ages 9–12. Pick up your book club copy at the Downtown Library's children's information desk after you register. This program will meet in the Tween Space. Visit mcpl.info/bookclub for additional book clubs for all ages.

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Festival of Ghost Stories

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Festival of Ghost Stories imagery
Downtown Library
Auditorium
Jack-o-lanterns and fresh cider set the stage for an evening of live storytelling beneath the stars. A Halloween-time tradition for over 30 years, the Festival of Ghost Stories features haunting tales of ghosts and horror that tingle the spine. Presented by members of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild. For adults, teens, and older school-age children. This program will be held at the Downtown Library Auditorium this year due to wet conditions at Bryan Park - doors at the Kirkwood Entrance will open at 6:30. Masks will be required for ages 3 and up.

This event will also be live-streamed on the CATS TV website.

A partnership between Bloomington Storytellers Guild, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and the Library.
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Halloween Fun

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Halloween Fun
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A/B Combo
Join us for a safe and not-so-scary Halloween-themed storytime and craft. Costumes are encouraged! Participants will receive a small bag of treats. Masks are required for patrons age 3 and up. Ages 3–6 and families. Please register.

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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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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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Prenatal Yoga

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Prenatal Yoga
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
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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Tiny to Two @ Butler Park

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Tiny to Two
Downtown Library
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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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Writing Into the World

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Writing Into the World
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Join local poet Saami Ghaus for a series of creative writing workshops celebrating NaNoWriMo! We'll draw, play games, and write together as we dive into the magic of crafting stories and poems. No prior experience is necessary! Masks are required. Ages 9–12. Please register.

November 3: Writing With Place –– We'll practice deep listening and noticing of where we are in the world, and translate our awareness into poems together.

November 10: Exploring Character –– We'll practice dreaming up the humans (and non-humans) who populate our stories and poems, and try new strategies to breathe life into their personalities and relationships.

November 17: Writing as Artifact –– We'll bring our work into the world around us by crafting our writing into beautiful physical objects to share with our communities. 
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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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Prenatal Yoga

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Prenatal Yoga Artwork
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
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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Tween D&D

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tween D&D
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Interested in Dungeons & Dragons? Join us for a special stand-alone role-playing adventure! No prior experience is necessary. Masks are required. Ages 9–12. Please register.
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Sensory Playtime

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sensory Playtime
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Share books, songs, and rhymes with your little one while squishing and smushing your way to the benefits of messy and sensory play! Dress for mess. Masks are required for all participants age 3 and up. For ages birth–2 with a caregiver. Please register.
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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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LEGO Club

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
LEGO Club
Downtown Library
Children's Program Room
Unleash your imagination and creativity with fellow LEGO builders and our LEGOs! Masks are required. Ages 5–12. Please register.
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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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