Reception of authors, art exhibition, Chinese class at the library this week
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.
Signing of Jacqueline Woodson’s book and reception of the exhibition
Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson’s free talk Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater will be followed by a ticketed reception at the Downtown Library from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. With a $55 ticket, patrons can enjoy premium reserved seating at his Power of Words lecture, then head to the library for a book signing and opening reception for Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards exhibition. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres by chef Lee Rosser will be served. Books will be available for sale. Learn more at mcpl.info/pow.
Our Voice: Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards Exhibition Celebration
The Friends of the Library present the exhibition Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, it features 34 artwork prints from award winners since 1973. These award-winning illustrations and children’s books highlight stories and characters from black history, honoring the triumphs and struggles African Americans over time. The exhibit is in Meeting Rooms 1B/C of the Downtown Library. Exhibition hours are 3-7pm Monday-Thursday and 1-5pm Friday-Sunday. Learn more at mcpl.info/ourvoice.
Special Homeschool Art Exhibit Tour
Join the library for a special tour of artwork from the Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards exhibition. Explore the different styles of illustration and the stories these images help tell and create your own collage! Recommended for ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. It’s Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in Meeting Rooms 1B/C of the Downtown Library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Making cards for the Palentine Day
Palentine Day is a great day to show your neighbors that you care! Drop by the atrium from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Downtown Library to write a card for residents of Gentry Park Senior Living. All supplies will be provided. All ages.
Sensory play time
Share books, songs and nursery rhymes with your little one as they smash and smash your way to the benefits of messy, sensory play! Dress for the mess. For infants up to 2 years old accompanied by a companion. It’s 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Saturday Film Marathon
Saturday is the perfect day to go out and watch movies with friends! For ages 12-19. It’s noon-6 p.m. Saturday in the ground floor teen space at the downtown library. Come in.
Yoga for adults
Find out why yoga is such a powerful tool to keep you physically, mentally and spiritually healthy! In this course for all levels, beginners learn the basics in complete safety, while more experienced students deepen their practice. This event is suitable for people of all ages and most physical abilities. 16 years and over. It’s noon-1 p.m. Saturday in the Ellettsville meeting room b. Come in.
Books Plus Virtual Book Club: “The Phrase”
All are welcome to participate in discussions about the book – or just listen. In February, you will read “The Sentence”. In this startling and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a hilarious ghost story, a tale of passion, a complex marriage, and one woman’s relentless mistakes. 16 years and over. It’s 2-3 p.m. Sunday on Zoom. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar for the Zoom link.
Homeschool activity downstairs
Come to the ground floor teen space to try your hand at fun crafts and video games before official opening hours. Activities are designed for ages 7-12, but siblings of all ages are welcome. It’s 1-2 p.m. Monday in the teen space on the ground floor of the downtown library. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.
Treat yourself or a friend to a flashy manicure! Learn the basics of nail art, including stippling, color blocking, and shading. Sensory Alert: These products give off strong odors. For ages 12-19. It’s 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday in the teen space on the ground floor of the downtown library. Come in.
Introduction to Chinese: Language and Culture of the World Course with IU Bridges
Learn Chinese language and culture through interactive games, songs and activities that also help children develop general literacy skills! These interactive lessons are presented by instructors certified with Bridges, a project of Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and IU School of Education. The class will not meet on March 19. For kindergarten-sixth graders. It’s 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Monday in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.
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.
Dine at the library at DeAngelo’s
Dine at the library at DeAngelo’s from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Show your flyer or mention you are dining at the restaurant for the Friends of Monroe County Public Library and DeAngelo will donate a portion of your purchase to the Friends to make library programs and services possible. Download your flyer at mcpl.info/dineout. DeAngelo’s is located at 2620 E. Third St. and offers indoor dining as well as take-out service.
Are you interested in converting your old home movie recordings, printed photos or slides into a digital format that you can share online? Preserving, archiving, and sharing your memories can be a powerful way to connect with friends and family. In this open house, you will learn how to create digital files using the Library’s new Memory Preservation Station in the Downtown Library’s Level Up Digital Creativity Center. For those 18 and over, it’s Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Come in.
Come chat about relationships, dating, and other tough topics, stay for the tacos! For 12-19 year olds, it’s Tuesdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. in the teenagers’ area on the ground floor of the downtown library. Come in.
Song Recording Basics: A Level Up Workshop
Do you dream of making music? In this introductory workshop, the library will teach you how to record a song. For ages 12 and up. It’s 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Level Up Digital Creativity Center at the Downtown Library. Come in.
Mario Kart Tournament
Think you have what it takes to be a Mario Kart champion? Meet to find out! For ages 12-19. It’s 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Ellettsville’s Teen Space.
More online events
This is a sample of this week’s library events. For the full schedule, visit mcpl.info/events.