Bloomington Library will be CLOSED Monday-Thursday, May 20-23.

The Bookmobile will make its stops during these closures. The Bookmobile schedule is available at

  • Monday’s English Conversation Group will meet at STAR Literacy (201 E. Grove St.)
  • Tuesday’s Fiction Book Club will meet online via Zoom. Visit to register for this program and receive the Zoom link.

This closure will allow us to continue to unbox 107,000 books (which were moved to storage when our construction project began) and to shelve 262,000 books. Some collections and areas of the library will not be available until the library reopens on Friday, May 24.

During open hours leading up to the closure, call 309.590.6120 or text 309.446.8398 with questions.

The Many Lives of Kal Penn

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Kal Penn ( is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Penn was a national co-chair for the Obama/Biden re-election campaign in 2012 and served on the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities. He taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. 

Penn is known for his starring roles in Designated Survivor, House, the Harold & Kumar franchise, and The Santa Clauses. Earlier this year, Penn wrapped production on the Bloomberg Green climate change docuseries Getting Warmer, and he's been guest host of The Daily Show. 

His book is entitled You Can’t Be Serious. It shows how you can make your own life story, describing his rise from a nerdy child of immigrants to Hollywood and then into the national political arena.

Register at to receive a link for this virtual Zoom program.

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). 

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