The Monroe County Public Library provides opportunities for local residents to read, learn, connect and create. The downtown library is at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. and the Ellettsville branch is at 600 W. Temperance St. All events are free. Funding for the event is provided by the Friends of the Library Foundation.
New Year’s Closing
The Downtown Bloomington Library, Ellettsville Branch and Bookmobile will all be closed on Saturday, January 1. On Friday, the downtown library and the Ellettsville branch will close early at 5 p.m. You can still use your library card to access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and more online anytime! Visit mcpl.info/digital to get started.
New Year’s Pizza Party for Teens
The original developers of Pac-Man openly admitted that they were inspired by looking at a pizza with a slice missing. Come celebrate this historic inspiration while celebrating the coming new year and enjoying a pizza in the downstairs teen area! For ages 12-19. It’s 3:30-4:45 p.m. Friday at the downtown library. Come in.
Following: Upcoming changes to Bloomington bus routes from Crestmont
QueerTalk Book Club, Virtual Edition
Join library staff as they create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQ+ people. Participants will continue the discussion on “We Do This Until We Break Free: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice” by Mariame Kaba. It’s 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday on Zoom. 16 years and over. Sign up at the Zoom link and book by emailing Linds Badger at [email protected]
Books Plus, virtual edition: ‘Red at the Bone’
All are invited to join in this library-led book discussion of “Red at the Bone” by our 2022 Power of Words author, Jacqueline Woodson — or just listen. Moving forward and backward in time, Woodson’s tense and powerful novel reveals the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child. 16 years and over. It’s 2-3 p.m. Sunday on Zoom. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar for the Zoom link. Additionally, The Power of Words with Woodson will take place on February 5. More information can be found at mcpl.info/pow.
Weekly math homework help for teens
Come for free one-on-one help with math and science related homework – arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. Only for middle and high school students. It’s 7-8:45 p.m. Mondays in Programming Room 2B of the Downtown Library.
Preschool story time
Have fun with stories, songs, puppets and more that encourage the development of early literacy skills! For 36 year olds and carers. It’s 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the downtown library auditorium. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Explore your creativity with different materials and techniques during this fun, open-ended art experience. Dress messy. For 3-6 year olds and their families. It’s Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Come in.
Wonderful 1 and Super 2
Families with children under 3 can play, sing, read and talk with other toddlers, then enjoy play time. months-3 years) Wednesday in the Children’s Program Room at the Downtown Library. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.
Winter D&D Club
Step in, adventure into fantasy realms, then leave whenever you want! These Dungeons & Dragons sessions are designed to be short, fun, and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! For ages 12-19. It’s 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in meeting room 1c of the downtown library.
More online events
This is a sample of this week’s library events. For the full schedule, visit mcpl.info/events.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: At the library: NYE pizza night, book clubs, preschool fun