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Sunday, April 23 Memoir Writing for Older Adults, 2pm
Adult
 
This workshop will make use of exercises that tap into your own memories to create a life narrative for family, friends, and if you so choose, possible publication. The 2pm Community Room workshop will be led by Irene Taylor, whose area of specialty is age related studies, life writing, and personal essays. If you’ve been thinking about writing your life story, this 2pm Community Room program will give you encouragement to do so. Adults of any age are welcome.
 
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.
 
Monday, April 24 Adult DIY @ Your Library: Paint Marbled Fabric and Paper Decorations, 6:30pm
Adult
 
Attendees will decorate their own unique fabric and paper at 6:30pm in the Community Room. Registration is required and opens at 10am on Monday, April 10. To register, call 309.261.3935 and leave a message which states the names and phone numbers of those registering for the program. Calling this number is the only way registration will be taken for this program. Each Adult DIY program is limited to 10 people. A waiting list will be created if necessary.
 
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 Adult DIY @ Your Library: Paint Marbled Fabric and Paper Decorations, 10am
Adult
 
Attendees will decorate their own unique fabric and paper at 10am in the Community Room. Registration is required and opens at 10am on Monday, April 10. To register, call 309.261.3935 and leave a message which states the names and phone numbers of those registering for the program. Calling this number is the only way registration will be taken for this program. Each Adult DIY program is limited to 10 people. A waiting list will be created if necessary.
 
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.
 
Monday, May 1 Humane Society Pet Adoption Program
Adult
 
Join the Humane Society of Central Illinois at 5:30pm in the Community Room for a 15-minute presentation focusing on the importance of pet adoption. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and interactive exercises aimed to teach people how they should approach dogs. You may even have the chance to meet a future member of your family as the Humane Society intends to bring 3 or 4 dogs with them to the Library! This program is for people of all ages; no registration required.
 
Monday, May 1 Books on Tap
Adult
 
This book club will meet at 7pm on the upper level of Lucca Grill, 116 E. Market St, Bloomington, to discuss Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman.
 
Wednesday, May 3 Tales for Tails
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).
 
Saturday, May 6 Comic-Con
 
o For Kids – Superhero Costume Parade & Training Camp Calling all superheroes! Join us for a morning filled with action, adventure, and excitement as we celebrate all things super. We will start at 9:30am in the Children’s Department with a costume parade throughout the library. The parade will be followed by a Super Story Time in the Community Room at 10am. Then, kids will move upstairs to the Children’s Department to have a chance to put their skills to the test at our superhero training camp! This program is for kids of all ages; no registration required. Children’s Comic-Con programs will end at noon. o For Teens – Superhero Crafts Teens in grades 6-12 will celebrate Comic-Con by making superhero crafts any time during open business hours. o For All Ages – Superhero Movie Guardians of the Galaxy will be shown in the Community Room at 2pm. In this movie, brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain.
 
Monday, May 8 Singing, Swinging Story Time
Child
 
This story time is perfect for the whole family. Children of all ages will enjoy an extravaganza of stories, fingerplays, laughs, and songs accompanied by guitar! A parent or caregiver needs to accompany children to this 6:30pm program in the Children’s Department.
 
Tuesday, May 9 Library CLOSED
 
Library CLOSED for Staff Development Day. There will also be no Bookmobile stops.
 
Wednesday, May 10 Tales for Tails
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).
 
Saturday, May 13 Singing, Swinging Story Time
Child
 
This story time is perfect for the whole family. Children of all ages will enjoy an extravaganza of stories, fingerplays, laughs, and songs accompanied by guitar! A parent or caregiver needs to accompany children to this 11am program in the Children’s Department.
 
Saturday, May 20 Sensory Friendly Movie
Child
 
During the Sensory Friendly Movie we’ll show a movie at 10am in our Community Room for guests and families of all abilities. We will have lights turned up, sound turned down with captions on, and guests will be invited to get up, dance, walk, or shout! Children of all abilities are invited to attend! No registration is required for this feature-length movie showing.
 
Monday, May 22 Music Makers Story Time
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.
 
Sunday, April 23 Memoir Writing for Older Adults, 2pm
 
This workshop will make use of exercises that tap into your own memories to create a life narrative for family, friends, and if you so choose, possible publication. The 2pm Community Room workshop will be led by Irene Taylor, whose area of specialty is age related studies, life writing, and personal essays. If you’ve been thinking about writing your life story, this 2pm Community Room program will give you encouragement to do so. Adults of any age are welcome.
 
Monday, April 24 Adult DIY @ Your Library: Paint Marbled Fabric and Paper Decorations, 6:30pm
 
Attendees will decorate their own unique fabric and paper at 6:30pm in the Community Room. Registration is required and opens at 10am on Monday, April 10. To register, call 309.261.3935 and leave a message which states the names and phone numbers of those registering for the program. Calling this number is the only way registration will be taken for this program. Each Adult DIY program is limited to 10 people. A waiting list will be created if necessary.
 
Tuesday, April 25 Adult DIY @ Your Library: Paint Marbled Fabric and Paper Decorations, 10am
 
Attendees will decorate their own unique fabric and paper at 10am in the Community Room. Registration is required and opens at 10am on Monday, April 10. To register, call 309.261.3935 and leave a message which states the names and phone numbers of those registering for the program. Calling this number is the only way registration will be taken for this program. Each Adult DIY program is limited to 10 people. A waiting list will be created if necessary.
 
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.
 
Monday, May 1 Humane Society Pet Adoption Program
 
Join the Humane Society of Central Illinois at 5:30pm in the Community Room for a 15-minute presentation focusing on the importance of pet adoption. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and interactive exercises aimed to teach people how they should approach dogs. You may even have the chance to meet a future member of your family as the Humane Society intends to bring 3 or 4 dogs with them to the Library! This program is for people of all ages; no registration required.
 
Monday, May 1 Books on Tap
 
This book club will meet at 7pm on the upper level of Lucca Grill, 116 E. Market St, Bloomington, to discuss Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman.
 
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.
 
Wednesday, May 3 Tales for Tails
 
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).
 
Monday, May 8 Singing, Swinging Story Time
 
This story time is perfect for the whole family. Children of all ages will enjoy an extravaganza of stories, fingerplays, laughs, and songs accompanied by guitar! A parent or caregiver needs to accompany children to this 6:30pm program in the Children’s Department.
 
Wednesday, May 10 Tales for Tails
 
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).
 
Saturday, May 13 Singing, Swinging Story Time
 
This story time is perfect for the whole family. Children of all ages will enjoy an extravaganza of stories, fingerplays, laughs, and songs accompanied by guitar! A parent or caregiver needs to accompany children to this 11am program in the Children’s Department.
 
Saturday, May 20 Sensory Friendly Movie
 
During the Sensory Friendly Movie we’ll show a movie at 10am in our Community Room for guests and families of all abilities. We will have lights turned up, sound turned down with captions on, and guests will be invited to get up, dance, walk, or shout! Children of all abilities are invited to attend! No registration is required for this feature-length movie showing.
 
Monday, May 22 Music Makers Story Time
 
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.
 
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