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 of charge. Event funding is provided by the Friends of the Library Foundation.
Friends of the Library book sale
Choose from thousands of items at half off the bookstore prices this weekend at the Friends of the Library Big Spring Book Sale. Fiction, biography, politics, cooking, history, children’s, DVDs, music and more are in good supply, with new material added every day. All proceeds support library services and events. The sale is in meeting rooms 1B/C at the downtown library.
- Friday: 10am-6pm (all books $0.38-$1.50)
- Saturday: 10am-6pm (all books $0.38-$1.50)
- Sunday: Noon-6 pm (fill a Friends tote bag for $8; fill a box for $10)
- Monday: 9am-2pm (all remaining items are free)
American Sign Language storytime
Learn targeted vocabulary in American Sign Language through stories, songs and games. For ages 3-6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. It’s 10:30-11 am Friday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
After-hours movie watch party
The library will provide the big screen, snacks, crafts and lots of movie choices. The popular vote will decide what to start with. For ages 12-19. It’s 7-9:30 pm Friday in Ellettsville meeting room a/b combo. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
1950 census release and drop-In discovery
It’s that time again. Every 72 years the US Census Bureau releases an old census, which gives family historians, house history sleuths and genealogists a glimpse into what life was like for our ancestors and neighborhoods. Drop in to meeting room 2A of the downtown library between 11 am and 2 pm Saturday to check it out and share what you discover. For ages 18 and older. A partnership between Monroe County History Center and the library.
Tween Book Club: ‘The Dreaded Cliff’
Get to know other tweens through crafts and activities at this book club. Join us to chat about “The Dreaded Cliff” by Terry Nichols, the story of a packrat named Flora. Flora loves her home and her life de ella in her treasure-packed nest, but tragedy strikes when Flora falls into a faraway canyon. There she must find a way to get back home and survive in a strange land full of predators. For ages 8-12. It’s 2-3 pm Saturday in Ellettsville meeting room B. Register at mcpl.info/calendar. Pick up your book club copy (yours to keep) at the Ellettsville information desk after registering. Visit mcpl.info/bookclub for additional book clubs for all ages.
All-Ages Day at the teen space
Curious about The Ground Floor teen space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited 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-6 pm Sunday at the downtown library.
Indian Musician Saraswathi Ranganathan: A Lotus Blossoms event
Saraswathi Ranganathan, an award-winning veena artist, inclusively brings energy to her music and life with the goal of uniting artists and listeners together as one community through this traditional South Indian stringed instrument. For all ages. It’s 6:30-7:30 pm Monday in the auditorium of the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Dine Out for the library at Uptown
Dine Out for the Friends of the Library at the Uptown Cafe. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner 8 am-9 pm Tuesday, April 12. Show your flyer and Uptown will donate 20% of your bill to the Friends of the Library. You enjoy great tasting food, and you get to feel great knowing you are making life-enriching programming available for everyone in our community. Download the flyer at mcpl.info/dineout.
Make an entirely new work of poetry and art using old books and sharpies. For ages 12–19. It’s 3:30-4:30 pm Tuesday in the Ellettsville Teen Space. Drop in.
Come to chat about relationships, dating and other tough topics, stay for the tacos. For ages 12-19. It’s 4-4:30 pm Tuesday in The Ground Floor teen space at the downtown library. A partnership between Middle Way House and the library.
Video titles in Adobe Premiere: A Level Up Workshop
Learn how to make sleek, fiery, futuristic or fine art video titles in Adobe Premiere. For ages 12 and older. It’s 7-8 pm Tuesday in Level Up, the digital creativity space at the downtown library. Drop in.
Wonderful 1s and Terrific 2s
Families with kids from infants to age 3 can play, sing, read and talk together with other little ones — then enjoy toy time. It’s 9:30-10:15 am (infants-18 months) and 10:30-11:15 am (18 months-3 years) Wednesday in the children’s program room at the main library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Miniature Painting 101
The library provides the minis, paints, brushes and know-how — come try your hand at miniature painting. All skill levels are welcome. For ages 12-19. It’s 3:30-4:30 pm Wednesday in the Ellettsville Teen Space. Drop in.
Monroe County veterans affairs client appointments
Steven Miller, veterans affairs officer for Monroe County, will be onsite offering assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors. Learn how to file claims for VA benefits, obtain military records and access US Department of Veterans Affairs services. It’s 10 am-3 pm Thursday in the Ellettsville conference room. To schedule an appointment, call the Monroe County Veterans Affairs Office at 812-349-2537. For ages 18 and older. Appointments are required.
Preschool storytime and discovery
At preschool storytime, stories, songs and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing and playing with books and words, followed by preschool discovery — fun, open-ended art experiences, STEAM adventures and letter exploration. It’s 10-10:25 am and 10:30-11:15 am Thursday in Ellettsville meeting rooms A and B. For ages 3-6 and caregivers. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Crafts in the stacks
Come hang out and try new hands-on DIY projects as you learn new crafting skills each month. Supplies are provided. For ages 7-10. It’s 6-7 pm Thursday in the Tween Space at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
April is Poetry Month
Every April, the world celebrates poetry. The month is a reminder that poets play an integral role in culture and that poetry matters. To celebrate, the library has opportunities to read, listen, connect and create with poetry in a variety of ways. Learn more about their poetry listening station and events at mcpl.info/poetry.
More events online
This is a sampling of this week’s library events. For the full calendar, visit mcpl.info/events.