The Monroe County Public Library offers local residents the chance to read, learn, connect and create. The Downtown Library is located 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.
Story time and the discovery of preschool
In preschool story time, stories, songs and nursery rhymes inspire your child to talk, sing and play with books and words, followed by Preschool Discovery – fun and open art experiences, STEAM adventures and the letter exploration. It’s 10-10: 25am and 10: 30-11: 15am Thursday in Ellettsville A and B meeting rooms. Suitable for ages 3-6 and caregivers. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Storytime in ASL Sign Language
Learn targeted American Sign Language vocabulary through stories, songs, and games. For preschool children aged 3 to 6 and their guardians. It’s 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Saturday Cinema Marathon
Saturday is a great day to go out and watch movies with friends! For 12-19 year olds. It’s noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in the downstairs teenage area. Come in.
Yoga for adults
Find out why yoga is such a powerful tool in keeping you healthy in body, mind and spirit! In this all-level course, beginners learn the basics in a safe way, while more experienced students deepen their practice. This event is suitable for people of all ages and most physical abilities. For ages 16 and over. It’s 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Ellettsville Meeting Room B. Appointment.
Glitter Snowflake Slime
Make winter snowflake mud and talk about the chemistry behind it – what happens to the molecules in the glue that turn it into mud? For 7-12 year olds. It’s 2:15 p.m. Saturday in the meeting room A Ellettsville. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Day for all ages on the ground floor
Curious about the downstairs teenage space, but you’re not a teenager? Customers of all ages are welcome to check it out on the second Sunday of the month – there’s a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality and more! It’s noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the teenage space on the ground floor of the downtown library.
Teen Artist Club: Needle felted frogs
Are you a teenage artist looking to date others? Come do fun things, show off your work and relax. This time you will be making needle felted frogs! For 12-19 year olds. It’s 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in Meeting Room 1C at the Downtown Library and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellettsville Teen Space.
QueerTalk Book Club, Virtual Edition
Join library staff as they create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQ + people. In January and February, the group will discuss “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. It is 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday on Zoom. For ages 16 and over. Please sign up for the Zoom link and reserve by emailing [email protected]
Night owl story time
Listen to stories, sing songs, and do yoga and mindfulness exercises to practice early literacy skills and relax before bed! Do not hesitate to come in pajamas. For infants 6 years old. It’s 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Monday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Come in.
Weekly math homework help for teens
Sign up for free one-on-one help with math and science homework – arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. Only for middle and high school students. It is 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays in programming room 2B of the downtown library.
Explore your creativity with different materials and techniques during this fun and open art experience. Dress in disarray. For 3-6 year olds and their families. It’s 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Come in.
Are you interested in converting your old home movie recordings, printed photographs, or slides into a digital format that you can share online? Preserving, archiving, and sharing your memories can be an effective way to connect with friends and family. During this open house, you will learn how to create digital files using the library’s new memory preservation station in the Level Up Digital Creativity Center. For ages 18 and over. It’s 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at The Commons in the downtown library. Come see us. Please email [email protected] with any specific questions.
Green Screen Fundamentals: An Upgrade Workshop
Join the library to learn how to create amazing movies and effects using their bookable green screen and camera. For ages 12 and over. It’s 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Level Up Digital Creativity Center in the downtown library. Come in.
Teen Super Smash Bros. Tournament
You think you have what it takes to be a Super Smash Bros. Champion. ? Come in and find out! 12-19 years old. It’s 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Ellettsville Teen Space.
Discover and discuss a new podcast every month while you do crafts on this fun book club tour! The January podcast is “Throughline” and the craft is arm knitting. For ages 12 and over. It’s 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cup & Kettle Tea Co., 208 N. Walnut St. # 100, Bloomington. Come in.
More online events
This is a sample of this week’s library events. For the full schedule, visit mcpl.info/events.