THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, APRIL 15

  • The Bookmobile WILL make all its stops. View the Bookmobile schedule at bit.ly/bookmobilesched.
  • Our book return drop box and tax forms will be placed outdoors near the Olive Street entrance.
  • The meeting of the English Language Conversation Group will move to STAR Literacy (201 E. Grove).

This closure will allow us to apply asphalt to our parking lot.

Call 309.590.6120 with questions.

Event List

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Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Fiction Book Club In recognition of Arab American Heritage Month, the Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Other Americans by Laila Lalami. Pa

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Fiction Book Club In recognition of Arab American Heritage Month, the Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Other Americans by Laila Lalami. Participants have the option to meet either in-person in the Conference ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Memories from The Eastland Disaster

Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Fo

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Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 57
:
This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Founders of the Eastland Disaster Historical Society (EDHS) will present...
This event is in the "Child" group.
This event is in the "Baby & Toddler" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

"Capsized!" with Author Patricia Sutton

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Child, Baby & Toddler, Adult, Teens, Everyone
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This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Ca

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Child, Baby & Toddler, Adult, Teens, Everyone
Program Type: Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 58
:
This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Capsized! The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster is an engaging...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

History Reads Book Club

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

History Reads Book Club The History Reads Book Club will meet to discuss The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. Participants have the option to meet either in-person

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 18
:
History Reads Book Club The History Reads Book Club will meet to discuss The Woman They Could Not Silence by Kate Moore. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomington Public Library or online via Zoom.  Registrati...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

The Many Lives of Kal Penn

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Room at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Kal Penn (kalpenn.com) 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

Virtual Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Virtual Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Online Program
:
Kal Penn (kalpenn.com) 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 ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

COMPOST ... Nature’s Climate Champion!

Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult, Teens
:

--- Have you wondered about the benefits of using compost and composting food and yard waste? --- Do you live in an apartment or shared housing and think that composting is not so

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Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult, Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 176
:
--- Have you wondered about the benefits of using compost and composting food and yard waste? --- Do you live in an apartment or shared housing and think that composting is not something you can do?  --- Would you like to get started but don't...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual Room at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Book Club, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet online via Zoom to discuss Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge.   Contact the library's H

Register
Required
Virtual Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Virtual Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
:
Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet online via Zoom to discuss Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge.   Contact the library's Help Desk at 309.590.6168 or reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

"Ashes Under Water" with Author Michael McCarthy

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Bloomington Reads is a community reading program series, encouraging people to read and talk about the same book or, for 2024, the same topic. --- Ashes Under Water: The SS E

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 58
:
Bloomington Reads is a community reading program series, encouraging people to read and talk about the same book or, for 2024, the same topic. --- Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America reviews the 1915 Eas...
This event is in the "Child" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Music of the Great Lakes and Illinois Waterways

Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Child, Adult, Teens, Everyone
:

This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Mu

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Child, Adult, Teens, Everyone
Program Type: Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 56
:
This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Musician Lee Murdock performs a boundless body of music and stories from...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Fiction Book Club n recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Künstlers in Paradise by Cathleen Schine. Partic

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Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Fiction Book Club n recognition of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Künstlers in Paradise by Cathleen Schine. Participants have the option to meet either in-person in the Conference Room...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Fact and Fiction with Author Jocelyn Green

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Au

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Bloomington Reads, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 59
:
This program is part of Bloomington Reads, a community reading program series which encourages people to read and talk about the same book or, in 2024, the same topic. --- Author Jocelyn Green shares her insight into the research and writing of...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Room at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

The Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers with Temple Grandin, Phd. Join us for a special event with Temple Grandin, PhD., one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults

Virtual Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Virtual Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Online Program
:
The Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers with Temple Grandin, Phd. Join us for a special event with Temple Grandin, PhD., one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. Grandin has been at the forefront of research and activis...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

True Colors Book Club

Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Offsite & Online at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult, Teens
:

True Colors Book Club he True Colors Book Club will meet to discuss The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevissier. Participants have

Register
Required
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Offsite & Online
Age Group: Adult, Teens
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
True Colors Book Club he True Colors Book Club will meet to discuss The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevissier. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at the Unitarian Church (1613 E. ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet to discuss The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomin

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 24
:
Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet to discuss The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomington Public Library or online via Zoom.  Contact the library's...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

The Woman Who Would Not Be Silenced

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Room at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard was committed to the Illinois State Hospital (the state mental asylum) in 1860 and was kept under lock and key for three years, all the while protest

Register
Required
Virtual Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Virtual Room
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard was committed to the Illinois State Hospital (the state mental asylum) in 1860 and was kept under lock and key for three years, all the while protesting her sanity. In spite of her husband Theophilus insisting to everyo...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Fiction Book Club In recognition of Pride Month, the Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Participants ha

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Fiction Book Club In recognition of Pride Month, the Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. Participants have the option to meet either in-person in the Conference Room at Bloom...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

True Crime Book Club

Monday, June 24, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Lock Your Doors: A True Crime Book Club In recognition of Pride Month, the True Crime Book Club will meet to discuss Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murde

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 175
:
Lock Your Doors: A True Crime Book Club In recognition of Pride Month, the True Crime Book Club will meet to discuss Party Monster: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland by James St. James. Attendees will have the option to me...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Exploring Historic Traditions at ISU

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Treasured Traditions: Exploring Historic Traditions at ISU Did you know that Illinois State University's teams weren't originally The Redbirds? How old is the ISU Fight Song? Ha

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Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 176
:
Treasured Traditions: Exploring Historic Traditions at ISU Did you know that Illinois State University's teams weren't originally The Redbirds? How old is the ISU Fight Song? Has ISU’s Homecoming always featured a parade? Was graduation ever held ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Hunting the I-70 Serial Killer

Saturday, July 6, 2024 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Community Rm 2 & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

In 1992, the serial killer known as the "I-70 Serial Killer" murdered six people along Interstate 70, a major east-west highway  through the Midwest. In 2021, a task force for

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Community Rm 2 & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 176
:
In 1992, the serial killer known as the "I-70 Serial Killer" murdered six people along Interstate 70, a major east-west highway  through the Midwest. In 2021, a task force formed to take one final crack at solving the crimes. Law enforcement off...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet to discuss The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 24
:
Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet to discuss The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomington Public Library or online via Zoom.  Contact the l...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Fiction Book Club The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan. Participants have the option to meet either in-person i

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Fiction Book Club The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The House of Lincoln by Nancy Horan. Participants have the option to meet either in-person in the Conference Room at Bloomington Public Library or online via Zoom...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

History Reads Book Club

Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

History Reads Book Club The History Reads Book Club will meet to discuss Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi by Timothy Pauketat.  Participants

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 24
:
History Reads Book Club The History Reads Book Club will meet to discuss Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi by Timothy Pauketat.  Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomington Public Librar...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet to discuss A Disappearance in Fiji by Nilima Rao. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomingto

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 24
:
Mystery Book Club The Mystery Book Club will meet to discuss A Disappearance in Fiji by Nilima Rao. Participants have the option to meet either in-person at Bloomington Public Library or online via Zoom.  Contact the library's He...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Fiction Book Club

Tuesday, August 20, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Conference Room & Online at Bloomington Public Library & Online
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Fiction Book Club he Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen. Participants have the option to meet either in-person in the Co

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library & Online
Room: Conference Room & Online
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program, Online Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Fiction Book Club he Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss Sunshine Nails by Mai Nguyen. Participants have the option to meet either in-person in the Conference Room at Bloomington Public Library or online via Zoom.  ...