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Tuesday, March 28 Spring Break Crafts
Child
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Tuesday, March 28 Getting Started with Computers: Stay Connected, 3pm
Adult
 
Learn how to stay connected online at 3pm in the Community Room. We will quickly review social media sites like Facebook, as well as setting up and maintaining email accounts. This is the final in a series of four classes. Registration opens Monday, February 27, at 10 am, and is limited to ten people. Register in person at the Library, by calling 309-828-6093 or online at bloomingtonlibrary.org.
 
Tuesday, March 28 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Wednesday, March 29 Spring Break Crafts
Child
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Wednesday, March 29 Spring Break Movie, 1pm
Child
 
Enjoy the kid-friendly animated adventure Moana at 1pm in the Community Room. Moana tells the tale of a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master way finder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
 
Wednesday, March 29 Candle Art: No-School Teen DIY, 6-7pm
Teen
 
If you’re bored at home on this day off from school, come to the Library’s Community Room from 6-7pm to create candle art. This program is open to teens in grades 6-12. No registration required. All supplies provided.
 
Thursday, March 30 Spring Break Crafts
Child
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Thursday, March 30 Family Lego/Duplo Block Party, 1-3pm
Child
 
Spring Break is the best time to create! The entire family will have a blast building with these colorful plastic bricks from 1-3pm in the Children’s Department. There are many books with great ideas to use as springboard for your imagination. Bring your camera to take selfies! Note: All items will be provided. Please leave your bricks at home. This program is not suitable for groups.
 
Thursday, March 30 Homebuyer's Toolkit: Finishing Touches - From Contract to Close, 7pm
Adult
 
During this three-part programming series, future homebuyers will be educated in the areas of necessary finances, framing your search, and what happens after a contract is accepted. Tonight at 7pm in the Community Room, we'll learn what happens after the contract to purchase a home is accepted. Licensed home inspector Alan Flicek of Impressive Inspections, and Mike Lanius and George Rickert of Indoor Environmental Professionals, will teach us about different kinds of inspections. You’ll also meet Ivory, a certified mold dog.
 
Thursday, March 30 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Friday, March 31 Spring Break Crafts
Child
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Saturday, April 1 Resumania, 10am-12pm
Adult
 
Bloomington Public Library and Mid Central Community Action, through its Next Step collaborative, are partnering to bring together local human resource professionals from various industries to review and critique resumes for interested job seekers. We will have two sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes for review and to arrive ready to network with industry professionals. Jumpstart your new career with advice from hiring professionals in your chosen industry.
 
Saturday, April 1 Resumania, 1-3pm
Adult
 
Bloomington Public Library and Mid Central Community Action, through its Next Step collaborative, are partnering to bring together local human resource professionals from various industries to review and critique resumes for interested job seekers. We will have two sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes for review and to arrive ready to network with industry professionals. Jumpstart your new career with advice from hiring professionals in your chosen industry.
 
Monday, April 3 Books on Tap, 7pm
Adult
 
The Books on Tap Book Club will meet on the upper level of Lucca Grill at 7pm to discuss The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This program is part of our Annual Bloomington Reads Programming Series. Bloomington Reads is an annual community-wide reading, discussion, and program series. In 2017, Bloomington Reads will be based around the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
 
Monday, April 3 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Tuesday, April 4 Brick by Brick Duplo Story Time, 10-11am
Child
 
Let’s read, build, and play together from 10-11am in the Children’s Department! Caregivers and children age 5 years old and younger are encouraged to join in story time, create key characters and scenes from the story time with Duplo blocks, and tell their own imaginative stories with blocks. Taking pictures of projects is encouraged as brick projects will not be able to go home. This program is intended to be a child and adult shared experience. Note: Blocks will be provided. Please leave your own blocks at home. This program is not suitable for groups
 
Tuesday, April 4 School-Age Lego Block Party, 6:30pm
Child
 
Kids in grades K-5 are encouraged to join us at 6:30pm in the Children’s Department as we build creative projects. There will be time for creative play after the project is finished. These colorful, interlocking, plastic bricks promote creative play which leads to laying down the foundation for logical, mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving. Taking pictures of projects is encouraged as projects will not go home with children. Note: Blocks will be provided. Please leave your own blocks at home. This program is not suitable for groups.
 
Tuesday, April 4 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Wednesday, April 5 Preschool Story Time, 10am
Child
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 5 Tales for Tails, 6pm
Child
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Thursday, April 6 Toddler Time, 10:30am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 6 Toddler Time, 10am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 6 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Friday, April 7 Monthly Donation Day, 10am-3pm
Adult
 
Library volunteers will accept donations of gently used books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, and BluRays on the second Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. Those wishing to donate are asked to bring the materials to the Community Room or pull into the Library’s main parking lot, take an immediate left, and drive under the overhang. There, a group of volunteers will help unload the materials from the donor’s vehicle. Items will be sold with proceeds benefitting Library programs.
 
Sunday, April 9 Train Travel at the Turn of the 20th Century, 2pm
Adult
 
IWU Assoc. Professor Jim Matthews will discuss the importance of train travel in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. At the time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, trains were an integral means for people to get to and from Illinois.
 
Monday, April 10 Forensics in Crime Scene Investigation, 7pm
Adult
 
Come to the Library for a discussion about forensics with Bloomington Police Detective Scott Mathewson, a member of the International Association for Identification — the world's oldest and largest forensic organization. Det. Mathewson will share how expert crime scene investigators collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. We will also consider how forensic processes in H. H. Holmes' time may have contributed to apprehending the serial killer.
 
Monday, April 10 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Monday, April 10 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return.
 
Tuesday, April 11 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 10am
Child
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 11 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 6:30pm
Child
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 11 Mystery Book Club, 7pm
Adult
 
The Mystery Book Club will meet at 7pm in the Wetzel Reading Room to discuss Circles in the Snow by Patrick McManus.
 
Tuesday, April 11 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Preschool Story Time, 10am
Child
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Second Wednesday Classic Comedy, 2pm
Adult
 
Join us at 2pm in the Community Room as we watch the classic comedy The Long, Long Trailer starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Tales for Tails, 6pm
Child
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Wednesday, April 12 Reception with Erik Larson, 6pm
Adult
 
A ticketed reception with Erik Larson will take place on the BCPA Stage beginning at 6pm. Tickets will cost $50 per person and will go on sale on Saturday, March 4, at Bloomington Public Library and online at bloomingtonlibrary.org. Those who purchase a ticket to the reception will receive reserved seating at Larson’s 7pm author presentation in the BCPA Theater. This program is part of our Annual Bloomington Reads Programming Series. Bloomington Reads is an annual community-wide reading, discussion, and program series. In 2017, Bloomington Reads will be based around the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. We wish to thank the Bloomington Public Library Foundation and the Golden Prairie Public Library District their help in funding Larson’s visit.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Erik Larson’s Free Author Presentation, 7pm
Adult
 
Our Bloomington Reads featured author, Erik Larson, will talk about this book, The Devil in the White City, at 7pm in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Theater. The author presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Larson will then sign his books in the BCPA Lobby. Attendees can bring pre-purchased copies of Larson’s books to the signing though Barnes & Noble will also be on hand to sell copies of Larson’s books. We wish to thank the Bloomington Public Library Foundation and the Golden Prairie Public Library District their help in funding Larson’s visit.
 
Thursday, April 13 Toddler Time, 10:30am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 13 Toddler Time, 10am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 13 Book Discussion with author Erik Larson, 9:15am
Adult
 
Author Erik Larson will attend and participate in a 9:15am discussion of his book The Devil in the White City. Attendees should arrive to the Library’s Community Room with their comments and questions about this engaging book. We wish to thank the Bloomington Public Library Foundation and the Golden Prairie Public Library District their help in funding Larson’s visit.
 
Saturday, April 15 Global Tales, 11am
Child
 
On the third Saturday of each month through April, plan to join IWU international students at 11am in the Children’s Department as they read stories about the countries they come from and give cultural lessons about the diversity of our world. A different country and book will be featured at each session. There will also be fun activities such as simple songs, dances, and games!
 
Saturday, April 15 The White City in Downtown Bloomington, 1:30pm
Adult
 
This architectural walking tour with Greg Koos, retired director of the McLean County Museum of history, will highlight how the White City influenced the rebuilding of Bloomington’s downtown after the great fire of 1900. Portions of the walking tour are outside, but the majority will be inside the Old Courthouse. The tour will begin at 1:30pm at the Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the McLean County Museum of History. Depending on weather, the tour will last approximately 60-90 minutes.
 
Saturday, April 15 Family Board Games Day, 2-4:30pm
Child
 
Families are encouraged to join us from 2-4:30pm in the Children’s Department for board games, card games, puzzles, and DIY crafts. An assortment of games that are appropriate for children will be provided for your family gaming experience.
 
Monday, April 17 Design a Flag: No-School Teen DIY, 2:30pm
Teen
 
If you’re bored at home on this day off from school, come to the Library’s Community Room from 2:30-3:30pm to design a flag. This program is open to teens in grades 6-12. No registration required. All supplies provided.
 
Monday, April 17 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
Adult
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Tuesday, April 18 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 10am
Child
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 18 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 6:30pm
Child
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 18 Fiction Book Club, 7pm
Adult
 
The Fiction Book Club will meet at 7pm in the Community Room to discuss Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham.
 
Wednesday, April 19 Preschool Story Time, 10am
Child
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 19 Tales for Tails, 6pm
Child
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Wednesday, April 19 Better Together Paint Project, 6pm
Child
 
Children and their caregivers are welcomed to join us at 6pm in the Community Room where we will work together to paint a masterpiece using painter’s tape and basic art supplies. There’s no limit to what you can create! Registration is limited to 20 teams of 2-6 participants and will open on Monday, April 10, at 10am. Registration can be completed in person at the Library, online at BloomingtonLibrary.org, or by phone at 309-828-6094.
 
Thursday, April 20 Toddler Time, 10:30am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 20 Toddler Time, 10am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 20 Tinker Lab, 6:30pm
Child
 
Full S.T.E.A.M ahead! Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to join us from 6:30-7:30pm in the Story Room for hands-on projects that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. In April, out theme will be Chemical Reactions. Will the color change? Will the consistency be different? Will something erupt?!? Let’s use the scientific method and find out using basic (and safe) chemicals. Each program requires registration and is limited to 20 participants. Register by phone at 309-828-6094, in person at the Library, or online at BloomingtonLibrary.org. If a class reaches capacity, a waiting list will be started. The Tinker Lab programs are sponsored by the Golden Prairie Public Library District.
 
Saturday, April 22 Money Smart Week: Be Money Smart – Extend the Vegetable Growing Season, 10:45am
Adult
 
During this Money Smart Week program, attendees will learn tips and tricks that can be used to extend the growing season. Meet at 10:45am in the Community Room.
 
Saturday, April 22 Money Smart Week Story Time, 10am
Adult
 
Kids and their grownups are invited to attend a 10am story time focused on good money practices. Enjoy stories, music, and a craft at 10am in the Community Room. The first 25 attendees will receive a free book. Money Smart Weeks will take place at various Bloomington-Normal locations throughout the week of April 22-29. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Saturday, April 22 Money Smart Week: Organize Your Records before Others Need Them, 9:15am
Adult
 
Sonja Reece will lead this Money Smart Week session about getting your records in order before someone else needs to worry about doing so. Meet at 9:15am in the Community Room.
 
Monday, April 24 Music Makers Story Time, 10am
Child
 
Shake your sillies out at this interactive music and movement program for families with children of all ages. We’ll boogie down to favorite children’s tunes, play with simple instruments, learn movement activities, and enjoy a book or two. Join us at 10am in the Community Room for this active, whole-body approach to early learning! A parent or caregiver needs to accompany children.
 
Tuesday, April 25 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 10am
Child
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 25 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 6:30pm
Child
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Preschool Story Time, 10am
Child
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA, 12:30pm
Adult
 
TJ Pridell of ReferenceUSA will host an interactive marketing seminar about creating leads to grow your business from 12:30-1:30pm in the Community Room. ReferenceUSA is a database offered by the library for free use by our customers. Money Smart Weeks will take place at various Bloomington-Normal locations throughout the week of April 22-29. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: How to Invest in Stocks with Valuline, 2pm
Adult
 
At 2pm in the Community Room, Chris Wissmiller of Better Investing will share tips to improve your stock investing practices by using Valuline. Valuline is an online resource offered for free to those with a library card issued at Bloomington Public Library. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Investment Basics, Concepts, Options, and Strategies with Krista McBeath, 3:30pm
Adult
 
During this 3:30pm Money Smart Week program, financial advisor Krista McBeath will share Investment basics, concepts, options, and strategies with attendees.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Free Online Training with Lynda.com and Bloomington Public Library, 5pm
Adult
 
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform where anyone can learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Bloomington and Normal Library cardholders have access to this resource for free through each library's website. Join librarian Rachel Park at 5pm in the Community Room as she demonstrates how to access and utilize this fantastic resource at 5pm in the Community Room. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers and Public Servants with Will Swain
Adult
 
During this 6:30pm Money Smart Week program, Will Swain will teach attendees about student loan forgiveness programs for teachers and public servants.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Tales for Tails, 6pm
Child
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Auto and Home Insurance - Full Coverage and Discounts, 9:30am
Adult
 
During this 9:30am Money Smart Week program, attendees will learn about auto insurance, home insurance, full coverage vs liability, and discounts. Meet in the Community Room.
 
Thursday, April 27 Toddler Time, 10:30am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 27 Toddler Time, 10am
Child
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 27 Wind Farms Series: Construction of a Wind Farm from a Land Owner’s Perspective, 7pm
Adult
 
In 2007, construction began on the Twin Groves Wind Farm in eastern McLean County. Follow this process with land owner Randy Lloyd at 7pm in the Library’s Community Room. Discover the impact this huge project had in that area over the six-month Phase 1 construction period. This two-part series about an area wind farm is being sponsored by the Golden Prairie Public Library District. The series will include an overview of the construction process and the impact the wind farm has had on McLean County as well as a tour of the wind farm.
 
Saturday, April 29 El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros, 11am-1pm
Child
 
Join us from 11am-1pm for our 10th annual El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros celebration. Attendees will enjoy music, games, crafts, and fun throughout the library.
 
Sunday, April 30 The Great War: From Farm Boy to Doughboy – Our Local Citizens in the Great War, 2pm
Adult
 
Join World War I history enthusiast Jim Hoppe at 2pm in the Community Room as he presents a look at the weapons, local patriotism, women in the war effort, and local veterans who proudly served.
 
Tuesday, March 28 Getting Started with Computers: Stay Connected, 3pm
 
Learn how to stay connected online at 3pm in the Community Room. We will quickly review social media sites like Facebook, as well as setting up and maintaining email accounts. This is the final in a series of four classes. Registration opens Monday, February 27, at 10 am, and is limited to ten people. Register in person at the Library, by calling 309-828-6093 or online at bloomingtonlibrary.org.
 
Tuesday, March 28 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Thursday, March 30 Homebuyer's Toolkit: Finishing Touches - From Contract to Close, 7pm
 
During this three-part programming series, future homebuyers will be educated in the areas of necessary finances, framing your search, and what happens after a contract is accepted. Tonight at 7pm in the Community Room, we'll learn what happens after the contract to purchase a home is accepted. Licensed home inspector Alan Flicek of Impressive Inspections, and Mike Lanius and George Rickert of Indoor Environmental Professionals, will teach us about different kinds of inspections. You’ll also meet Ivory, a certified mold dog.
 
Thursday, March 30 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Saturday, April 1 Resumania, 10am-12pm
 
Bloomington Public Library and Mid Central Community Action, through its Next Step collaborative, are partnering to bring together local human resource professionals from various industries to review and critique resumes for interested job seekers. We will have two sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes for review and to arrive ready to network with industry professionals. Jumpstart your new career with advice from hiring professionals in your chosen industry.
 
Saturday, April 1 Resumania, 1-3pm
 
Bloomington Public Library and Mid Central Community Action, through its Next Step collaborative, are partnering to bring together local human resource professionals from various industries to review and critique resumes for interested job seekers. We will have two sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes for review and to arrive ready to network with industry professionals. Jumpstart your new career with advice from hiring professionals in your chosen industry.
 
Monday, April 3 Books on Tap, 7pm
 
The Books on Tap Book Club will meet on the upper level of Lucca Grill at 7pm to discuss The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This program is part of our Annual Bloomington Reads Programming Series. Bloomington Reads is an annual community-wide reading, discussion, and program series. In 2017, Bloomington Reads will be based around the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
 
Monday, April 3 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Tuesday, April 4 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Thursday, April 6 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Friday, April 7 Monthly Donation Day, 10am-3pm
 
Library volunteers will accept donations of gently used books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, and BluRays on the second Saturday of each month from 10am-3pm. Those wishing to donate are asked to bring the materials to the Community Room or pull into the Library’s main parking lot, take an immediate left, and drive under the overhang. There, a group of volunteers will help unload the materials from the donor’s vehicle. Items will be sold with proceeds benefitting Library programs.
 
Sunday, April 9 Train Travel at the Turn of the 20th Century, 2pm
 
IWU Assoc. Professor Jim Matthews will discuss the importance of train travel in the United States during the late 1800s and early 1900s. At the time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, trains were an integral means for people to get to and from Illinois.
 
Monday, April 10 Forensics in Crime Scene Investigation, 7pm
 
Come to the Library for a discussion about forensics with Bloomington Police Detective Scott Mathewson, a member of the International Association for Identification — the world's oldest and largest forensic organization. Det. Mathewson will share how expert crime scene investigators collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. We will also consider how forensic processes in H. H. Holmes' time may have contributed to apprehending the serial killer.
 
Monday, April 10 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Monday, April 10 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return.
 
Tuesday, April 11 Mystery Book Club, 7pm
 
The Mystery Book Club will meet at 7pm in the Wetzel Reading Room to discuss Circles in the Snow by Patrick McManus.
 
Tuesday, April 11 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Second Wednesday Classic Comedy, 2pm
 
Join us at 2pm in the Community Room as we watch the classic comedy The Long, Long Trailer starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Reception with Erik Larson, 6pm
 
A ticketed reception with Erik Larson will take place on the BCPA Stage beginning at 6pm. Tickets will cost $50 per person and will go on sale on Saturday, March 4, at Bloomington Public Library and online at bloomingtonlibrary.org. Those who purchase a ticket to the reception will receive reserved seating at Larson’s 7pm author presentation in the BCPA Theater. This program is part of our Annual Bloomington Reads Programming Series. Bloomington Reads is an annual community-wide reading, discussion, and program series. In 2017, Bloomington Reads will be based around the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. We wish to thank the Bloomington Public Library Foundation and the Golden Prairie Public Library District their help in funding Larson’s visit.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Erik Larson’s Free Author Presentation, 7pm
 
Our Bloomington Reads featured author, Erik Larson, will talk about this book, The Devil in the White City, at 7pm in the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Theater. The author presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Larson will then sign his books in the BCPA Lobby. Attendees can bring pre-purchased copies of Larson’s books to the signing though Barnes & Noble will also be on hand to sell copies of Larson’s books. We wish to thank the Bloomington Public Library Foundation and the Golden Prairie Public Library District their help in funding Larson’s visit.
 
Thursday, April 13 Book Discussion with author Erik Larson, 9:15am
 
Author Erik Larson will attend and participate in a 9:15am discussion of his book The Devil in the White City. Attendees should arrive to the Library’s Community Room with their comments and questions about this engaging book. We wish to thank the Bloomington Public Library Foundation and the Golden Prairie Public Library District their help in funding Larson’s visit.
 
Saturday, April 15 The White City in Downtown Bloomington, 1:30pm
 
This architectural walking tour with Greg Koos, retired director of the McLean County Museum of history, will highlight how the White City influenced the rebuilding of Bloomington’s downtown after the great fire of 1900. Portions of the walking tour are outside, but the majority will be inside the Old Courthouse. The tour will begin at 1:30pm at the Route 66 Visitor’s Center at the McLean County Museum of History. Depending on weather, the tour will last approximately 60-90 minutes.
 
Monday, April 17 AARP Tax-Aide, 9:15am-1pm
 
Tax Assistance will be available on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (*exceptions are listed below) from February 2 through April 17. On these dates, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will assist people from 9:15 am – 1 pm, with the last return each day started no later than 12:15 pm. Help is provided first-come first-served. Bring your photo ID, W-2, social security card, social security statements, and tax forms to the Community Room. A social security card or statement is required for everyone whose name appears on the tax return. There are no age or income restrictions to receive aid. A photo ID is also needed for spouses included on the return. *No Tax-Aide on Monday Feb. 20, Tuesday Feb. 28, Monday Mar 27, or Thursday, April 13.
 
Tuesday, April 18 Fiction Book Club, 7pm
 
The Fiction Book Club will meet at 7pm in the Community Room to discuss Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall by Winston Graham.
 
Saturday, April 22 Money Smart Week: Be Money Smart – Extend the Vegetable Growing Season, 10:45am
 
During this Money Smart Week program, attendees will learn tips and tricks that can be used to extend the growing season. Meet at 10:45am in the Community Room.
 
Saturday, April 22 Money Smart Week Story Time, 10am
 
Kids and their grownups are invited to attend a 10am story time focused on good money practices. Enjoy stories, music, and a craft at 10am in the Community Room. The first 25 attendees will receive a free book. Money Smart Weeks will take place at various Bloomington-Normal locations throughout the week of April 22-29. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Saturday, April 22 Money Smart Week: Organize Your Records before Others Need Them, 9:15am
 
Sonja Reece will lead this Money Smart Week session about getting your records in order before someone else needs to worry about doing so. Meet at 9:15am in the Community Room.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA, 12:30pm
 
TJ Pridell of ReferenceUSA will host an interactive marketing seminar about creating leads to grow your business from 12:30-1:30pm in the Community Room. ReferenceUSA is a database offered by the library for free use by our customers. Money Smart Weeks will take place at various Bloomington-Normal locations throughout the week of April 22-29. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: How to Invest in Stocks with Valuline, 2pm
 
At 2pm in the Community Room, Chris Wissmiller of Better Investing will share tips to improve your stock investing practices by using Valuline. Valuline is an online resource offered for free to those with a library card issued at Bloomington Public Library. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Investment Basics, Concepts, Options, and Strategies with Krista McBeath, 3:30pm
 
During this 3:30pm Money Smart Week program, financial advisor Krista McBeath will share Investment basics, concepts, options, and strategies with attendees.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Free Online Training with Lynda.com and Bloomington Public Library, 5pm
 
Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform where anyone can learn business, software, technology and creative skills. Bloomington and Normal Library cardholders have access to this resource for free through each library's website. Join librarian Rachel Park at 5pm in the Community Room as she demonstrates how to access and utilize this fantastic resource at 5pm in the Community Room. Annually, Money Smart Week programs aim to help consumers better manage their personal finances.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers and Public Servants with Will Swain
 
During this 6:30pm Money Smart Week program, Will Swain will teach attendees about student loan forgiveness programs for teachers and public servants.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Money Smart Week: Auto and Home Insurance - Full Coverage and Discounts, 9:30am
 
During this 9:30am Money Smart Week program, attendees will learn about auto insurance, home insurance, full coverage vs liability, and discounts. Meet in the Community Room.
 
Thursday, April 27 Wind Farms Series: Construction of a Wind Farm from a Land Owner’s Perspective, 7pm
 
In 2007, construction began on the Twin Groves Wind Farm in eastern McLean County. Follow this process with land owner Randy Lloyd at 7pm in the Library’s Community Room. Discover the impact this huge project had in that area over the six-month Phase 1 construction period. This two-part series about an area wind farm is being sponsored by the Golden Prairie Public Library District. The series will include an overview of the construction process and the impact the wind farm has had on McLean County as well as a tour of the wind farm.
 
Sunday, April 30 The Great War: From Farm Boy to Doughboy – Our Local Citizens in the Great War, 2pm
 
Join World War I history enthusiast Jim Hoppe at 2pm in the Community Room as he presents a look at the weapons, local patriotism, women in the war effort, and local veterans who proudly served.
 
Wednesday, March 29 Candle Art: No-School Teen DIY, 6-7pm
 
If you’re bored at home on this day off from school, come to the Library’s Community Room from 6-7pm to create candle art. This program is open to teens in grades 6-12. No registration required. All supplies provided.
 
Monday, April 17 Design a Flag: No-School Teen DIY, 2:30pm
 
If you’re bored at home on this day off from school, come to the Library’s Community Room from 2:30-3:30pm to design a flag. This program is open to teens in grades 6-12. No registration required. All supplies provided.
 
Tuesday, March 28 Spring Break Crafts
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Wednesday, March 29 Spring Break Crafts
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Wednesday, March 29 Spring Break Movie, 1pm
 
Enjoy the kid-friendly animated adventure Moana at 1pm in the Community Room. Moana tells the tale of a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master way finder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
 
Thursday, March 30 Spring Break Crafts
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Thursday, March 30 Family Lego/Duplo Block Party, 1-3pm
 
Spring Break is the best time to create! The entire family will have a blast building with these colorful plastic bricks from 1-3pm in the Children’s Department. There are many books with great ideas to use as springboard for your imagination. Bring your camera to take selfies! Note: All items will be provided. Please leave your bricks at home. This program is not suitable for groups.
 
Friday, March 31 Spring Break Crafts
 
Get out of the house and come to the Children’s Department for crafts as well as all the other fun activities the Library offers year-round including: games, computer access, Wi-Fi, educational toys, music, movies, and of course, books! During this time, District 87’s 5th Grade Art Fair will also be on display for viewing. Crafts will be available during all open business hours.
 
Tuesday, April 4 Brick by Brick Duplo Story Time, 10-11am
 
Let’s read, build, and play together from 10-11am in the Children’s Department! Caregivers and children age 5 years old and younger are encouraged to join in story time, create key characters and scenes from the story time with Duplo blocks, and tell their own imaginative stories with blocks. Taking pictures of projects is encouraged as brick projects will not be able to go home. This program is intended to be a child and adult shared experience. Note: Blocks will be provided. Please leave your own blocks at home. This program is not suitable for groups
 
Tuesday, April 4 School-Age Lego Block Party, 6:30pm
 
Kids in grades K-5 are encouraged to join us at 6:30pm in the Children’s Department as we build creative projects. There will be time for creative play after the project is finished. These colorful, interlocking, plastic bricks promote creative play which leads to laying down the foundation for logical, mathematical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving. Taking pictures of projects is encouraged as projects will not go home with children. Note: Blocks will be provided. Please leave your own blocks at home. This program is not suitable for groups.
 
Wednesday, April 5 Preschool Story Time, 10am
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 5 Tales for Tails, 6pm
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Thursday, April 6 Toddler Time, 10:30am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 6 Toddler Time, 10am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Tuesday, April 11 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 10am
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 11 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 6:30pm
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Preschool Story Time, 10am
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 12 Tales for Tails, 6pm
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Thursday, April 13 Toddler Time, 10:30am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 13 Toddler Time, 10am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Saturday, April 15 Global Tales, 11am
 
On the third Saturday of each month through April, plan to join IWU international students at 11am in the Children’s Department as they read stories about the countries they come from and give cultural lessons about the diversity of our world. A different country and book will be featured at each session. There will also be fun activities such as simple songs, dances, and games!
 
Saturday, April 15 Family Board Games Day, 2-4:30pm
 
Families are encouraged to join us from 2-4:30pm in the Children’s Department for board games, card games, puzzles, and DIY crafts. An assortment of games that are appropriate for children will be provided for your family gaming experience.
 
Tuesday, April 18 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 10am
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 18 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 6:30pm
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Wednesday, April 19 Preschool Story Time, 10am
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 19 Tales for Tails, 6pm
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Wednesday, April 19 Better Together Paint Project, 6pm
 
Children and their caregivers are welcomed to join us at 6pm in the Community Room where we will work together to paint a masterpiece using painter’s tape and basic art supplies. There’s no limit to what you can create! Registration is limited to 20 teams of 2-6 participants and will open on Monday, April 10, at 10am. Registration can be completed in person at the Library, online at BloomingtonLibrary.org, or by phone at 309-828-6094.
 
Thursday, April 20 Toddler Time, 10:30am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 20 Toddler Time, 10am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 20 Tinker Lab, 6:30pm
 
Full S.T.E.A.M ahead! Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to join us from 6:30-7:30pm in the Story Room for hands-on projects that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. In April, out theme will be Chemical Reactions. Will the color change? Will the consistency be different? Will something erupt?!? Let’s use the scientific method and find out using basic (and safe) chemicals. Each program requires registration and is limited to 20 participants. Register by phone at 309-828-6094, in person at the Library, or online at BloomingtonLibrary.org. If a class reaches capacity, a waiting list will be started. The Tinker Lab programs are sponsored by the Golden Prairie Public Library District.
 
Monday, April 24 Music Makers Story Time, 10am
 
Shake your sillies out at this interactive music and movement program for families with children of all ages. We’ll boogie down to favorite children’s tunes, play with simple instruments, learn movement activities, and enjoy a book or two. Join us at 10am in the Community Room for this active, whole-body approach to early learning! A parent or caregiver needs to accompany children.
 
Tuesday, April 25 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 10am
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Tuesday, April 25 Itty Bitty Lapsit, 6:30pm
 
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills during this special story time for infants, newborn-18 months old, and their caregivers. At both 10am and 6:30pm in the Story Room, there will be fun books, songs, rhymes, educational items, movement, and bubbles in the Story Room. Please make arrangements for older siblings.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Preschool Story Time, 10am
 
Help your child build independent listening skills while learning and having fun! This interactive program at 10am in the Story Room features longer stories, flannel boards, music, puppets, and activities which help get your pre-readers ready for school.
 
Wednesday, April 26 Tales for Tails, 6pm
 
Tales for Tails pairs trained and certified therapy dogs with children who want to practice reading aloud. If your child is in grades K-5 and is interested in this program, come to the Children’s Desk between 6pm and 7pm the day of the program. Upon arrival, children will be assigned a 10-minute session with one of the dogs. (No registration; space will be limited).
 
Thursday, April 27 Toddler Time, 10:30am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Thursday, April 27 Toddler Time, 10am
 
Toddlers are always on the go! This interactive story time at both 10am and 10:30am in the Story Room will encourage emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music, and lots of movement activities. For toddlers and their caregivers.
 
Saturday, April 29 El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros, 11am-1pm
 
Join us from 11am-1pm for our 10th annual El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros celebration. Attendees will enjoy music, games, crafts, and fun throughout the library.
 
Tuesday, March 28
3-4:30pm
 
Turnberry Village
 
Tuesday, March 28
5:30pm
 
Golden Eagle
 
Tuesday, March 28
7:30pm
 
Ponds Apts
 
Wednesday, March 29
3-4:15pm
 
Rainbow Ave
 
Wednesday, March 29
5:30pm
 
Bohmer Dr
 
Wednesday, March 29
7:30pm
 
Hershey Grove
 
Thursday, March 30
5:30pm
 
Eagle Ridge
 
Thursday, March 30
7:30pm
 
Ballybunion
 
Thursday, March 30
9:30am
 
Wingover Apts
 
Saturday, April 1
11:45am
 
White Eagle
 
Saturday, April 1
8:30-11am
 
Freedom Oil
 
Monday, April 3
3:30pm
 
Waterford Estates
 
Monday, April 3
5:30-7pm
 
The Grove
 
Monday, April 3
7:45pm
 
Broadmoor
 
Tuesday, April 4
3-4:15pm
 
Four Seasons
 
Tuesday, April 4
5:30pm
 
Oakwood
 
Tuesday, April 4
7:15pm
 
Park Place
 
Wednesday, April 5
2:30pm
 
Grandview Estates
 
Wednesday, April 5
5:30pm
 
North Pointe
 
Wednesday, April 5
7:30pm
 
Eagle Crest
 
Thursday, April 6
5:30-8pm
 
Wingover Apts
 
Friday, April 7
10:30am
 
Westminster Village
 
Saturday, April 8
10-11am
 
Heartland Hills
 
Saturday, April 8
11:45am
 
Shirley
 
Saturday, April 8
8:30am
 
Fox Creek
 
Monday, April 10
2:45-4:15p
 
Ekstam Dr
 
Monday, April 10
5:30pm
 
Rollingbrook South
 
Monday, April 10
7:15pm
 
Phillip Place
 
Tuesday, April 11
3-4pm
 
Beich Rd
 
Tuesday, April 11
5:30pm
 
Eagle Creek
 
Tuesday, April 11
7:15pm
 
Stevenson School
 
Wednesday, April 12
3-4pm
 
Spring Ridge
 
Wednesday, April 12
5:30pm
 
Suburban East
 
Wednesday, April 12
7:30pm
 
Garling Heights
 
Thursday, April 13
3:30pm
 
Sunnyside Park
 
Thursday, April 13
5:30pm
 
Pepper Ridge
 
Thursday, April 13
7:30pm
 
Blooming Grove
 
Friday, April 14
10:30am
 
Hilltop Mobile Home
 
Friday, April 14
12-1pm
 
Market Square Shopping Center
 
Saturday, April 15
10:15-11am
 
Ellsworth
 
Saturday, April 15
12-1pm
 
Eagle Crest East
 
Saturday, April 15
8:45am
 
Arrowsmith
 
Monday, April 17
3:30pm
 
Arbors Apts
 
Monday, April 17
5:30pm
 
Royal Pointe
 
Monday, April 17
7:15pm
 
Old Farm Lakes
 
Tuesday, April 18
3-4:30pm
 
Turnberry Village
 
Tuesday, April 18
5:30pm
 
Golden Eagle
 
Tuesday, April 18
7:30pm
 
Ponds Apts
 
Wednesday, April 19
3-4:15pm
 
Rainbow Ave
 
Wednesday, April 19
5:30pm
 
Bohmer Dr
 
Wednesday, April 19
7:30pm
 
Hershey Grove
 
Thursday, April 20
5:30pm
 
Eagle Ridge
 
Thursday, April 20
7:30pm
 
Ballybunion
 
Thursday, April 20
9:30am
 
Wingover Apts
 
Friday, April 21
12-1pm
 
Colonial Plaza
 
Saturday, April 22
11:45am
 
White Eagle
 
Saturday, April 22
8:30-11am
 
Anglers Manor
 
Saturday, April 22
8:30am
 
Freedom Oil
 
Monday, April 24
3:30pm
 
Waterford Estates
 
Monday, April 24
5:30-7pm
 
The Grove
 
Monday, April 24
7:45pm
 
Broadmoor
 
Tuesday, April 25
3-4:15pm
 
Four Seasons
 
Tuesday, April 25
5:30pm
 
Oakwood
 
Tuesday, April 25
7:15pm
 
Park Place
 
Wednesday, April 26
2:30pm
 
Grandview Estates
 
Wednesday, April 26
5:30pm
 
North Pointe
 
Wednesday, April 26
7:30pm
 
Eagle Crest
 
Thursday, April 27
5:30-8pm
 
Wingover Apts
 
Friday, April 28
10:30am
 
Westminster Village
 
Saturday, April 29
10-11am
 
Heartland Hills
 
Saturday, April 29
11:45am
 
Shirley
 
Saturday, April 29
8:30am
 
Fox Creek