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Solar Observing via Hydrogen Alpha (Ha) Filter

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Library Plaza on Kirkwood
*** This program has been moved to Saturday, April 27 from 11 AM - 1 PM due to poor weather conditions. ***

Ha filters allow viewing of the Sun’s chromosphere by filtering out all but a small portion of red light. We will have the ability to safely see sunspots, solar prominences and possibly solar flares. This event is weather dependent. (Rain date is April 27.)

All ages
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Math Homework Help for Teens

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Program Room 2B
Drop in for free one-on-one help with Math and Science-related assignments––arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school, junior high, and high school students.

Ages 12–19.

A partnership between Monroe County Community School Corporation, the Monroe County Education Association, and the Library.
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Being Bloomington: Being Peace

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Auditorium
Cultivate inner peace through seated meditation, walking meditation, Tai Chi, QiGong, yoga, or your own style of stillness. Enjoy periods of silence accompanied by soothing live meditative music. 

Meditation host: Kat Forgacs. 

All ages. (Doors open at 11:30 AM.)

A partnership between Being Bloomington: Being Peace and the Library.
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Dungeons and Dragons: Libraries and Leviathans

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Meeting Room 2A
Learn the basics of RPGs through collaborative storytelling in a fun and friendly setting.

Adults and age 12 and up
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Tuesday Crafternoon

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Ground Floor
Work on craft projects and make cool things!

Ages 12–19

Every Tuesday through April 30
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D&D Club and Magic: The Gathering

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
Ground Floor
Drop in, adventure through fantastic realms, then leave when you want to. These open sessions are designed to be short, fun, and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels welcome!

Ages 12–19

January 30 & February 27: Magic: The Gathering
March 27 & April 24: D&D Club
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Math Homework Help for Teens @ Ellettsville

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Drop in for free one-on-one help with Math and Science-related assignments––arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school, junior high, and high school students.

Ages 12–19.

A partnership between Monroe County Community School Corporation, the Monroe County Education Association, and the Library.
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Pet Care 101

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Program Room 2B
Anne Barnhorst, Indiana Ambassador for Women Who Hike, will present half the class over dog-friendly trails in our community. MCHA staff will present half the class over first aid/safety and being a responsible pet owner while hiking.

Learn about pet care, safety, nutrition, and exercise in these classes from Monroe County Humane Association.

Adults and age 16 & up

February 28: Understanding Pet Nutrition
March 28: Basic Pet Safety
April 25: Hiking with your Dog

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Level Up Workshop: 3D Print a Personalized LEGO

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Level Up
Experts help you discover your creative potential. No experience required.

Add your name or other customized elements to a LEGO piece! Learn the basics of 3D modeling with simple software and the Library’s printer!*

All ages (under 12 with parental supervision)

*One printed item per participant. 3D printing can take timeyou may need to return to the Library at a later date to pick up your creation. Space is limited: first come, first served.  For size constraints and other advance questions, email jlehr@mcpl.info. Bring your own flash drive, or check out one of ours.
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Ping Pong Palooza

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Main Library
Meeting Room 1B
Learn to play—or improve your skills—in a safe, friendly environment. Everyone gets to play.

All ages
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Solar Observing via Hydrogen Alpha (Ha) Filter

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Library
Library Plaza on Kirkwood
Ha filters allow viewing of the Sun’s chromosphere by filtering out all but a small portion of red light. The chromosphere sits just above the photosphere (the bright part of the Sun that we normally see). We will have the ability to safely see sunspots, solar prominences and possibly solar flares. 

All ages.
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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 Library’s teen spaces, but you aren’t a teen? Everyone is invited to check out the teen spaces’ DIY design studios, video games, virtual reality, and more!

All ages.
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D&D Writing Workshops for Teens

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Main Library
Ground Floor
Ready to level up your D&D skills? Come to this series of one-hour workshops about writing D&D adventures and learn game design principles. For Dungeon Masters running campaigns for their friends or aspiring game designers looking to publish.

Ages 1219

January 26: Decisions
February 23: Maps and Flow
March 30: Monsters
April 27: Traps and Hazards
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Freshly Brewed Books

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
See note
A sci-fi book club with caffeine-fueled discussion and fun! Stop by the Main Library to pick up your book club copy.

Adults and age 12 & up

January 27: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
February 24: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin 
March 31: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 
April 28: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

A "See You There" program at Needmore Coffee Roasters, 104 N. Pete Ellis Drive, Bloomington
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Math Homework Help for Teens

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Main Library
Program Room 2B
Drop in for free one-on-one help with Math and Science-related assignments––arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school, junior high, and high school students.

Ages 12–19.

A partnership between Monroe County Community School Corporation, the Monroe County Education Association, and the Library.
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Tuesday Crafternoon

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Ground Floor
Work on craft projects and make cool things!

Ages 12–19

Every Tuesday through April 30
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Rome Reborn Virtual Reality

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Main Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo
Travel through ancient Rome’s cityscape, structures, and alleyways in this digital reconstruction of Rome as it appeared in 320 AD! Chat with the program’s creator before you dive in.

All ages (under 12 must be accompanied by an adult for their entire VR session). Please register.

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Baskets of Dirt: The Building, Excavation, and Interpretation of Angel Mounds

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Auditorium
Told by professional storyteller Stephanie Holman, this story of the 1939 Angel Mounds excavation by the Works Progress Administration also tells the tale of Indiana's first archaeologist, Glenn Black, his mentor Eli Lilly, and the native people of Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

Ages 12 & up. Please register.

A partnership between Indiana Historical Society, Storytelling Arts of Indiana, and the Library.
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Math Homework Help for Teens @ Ellettsville

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ellettsville Branch
Ellettsville Meeting Room A
Drop in for free one-on-one help with Math and Science-related assignments––arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school, junior high, and high school students.

Ages 12–19.

A partnership between Monroe County Community School Corporation, the Monroe County Education Association, and the Library.
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Knot Just Knitting

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library
Ground Floor
Knitting, crocheting, needle felting, embroidery, and all things fiber art! All skill levels welcome. Bring your own project or start something new. Supplies and instruction provided.

Ages 12–19.
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Level Up Workshop: Adobe Illustrator 101

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Main Library
Level Up
Experts help you discover your creative potential.

Start creating digital illustrations! Learn how to make shapes, add color and text, and other basic skills in Adobe Illustrator. Leave with a simple finished product and the skills to get started on your own!

Age 12 & up.

Space is limited: first come, first served. 
Bring your own flash drive, or check out one of ours.
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May the Fourth Be With You: A Star Wars Celebration

1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Main Library
Meeting Room 1B & 1C Combo

Come to the library for a fun-filled celebration of Star Wars for all ages. There will be a Lego Millennium Falcon to assemble, crafts, movies, cosplay, and lightsaber training!


All ages.
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Draped Hypertufa Pots

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Main Library
Library Plaza on Kirkwood
Learn how to turn cotton fabric into long lasting planters. Participants will learn how to mix hyperfuta, and will make one small pot to take home.

Ages 16 and up. Please register. Library Plaza on Kirkwood Avenue.


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Books Plus

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Main Library
Program Room 2B
All are welcome to join our book discussions––or just listen. Pick up a copy of each month's title at the Main Library.

Age 16 & up.

May 5: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
June 2: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
July 7: Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard
August 4: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
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Garden Sprouts

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Main Library
Children's Courtyard Garden
How does our garden grow? With helping hands from our community! Share the joys of gardening with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard’s Garden Coordinator, Erika Wheeler, as we plant food for the community. Preschool participation encouraged. Rain or shine.

All ages (under 12 requires adult supervision).  Please register.

A partnership between Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and the Library.
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