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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This event is in the "Child" group.
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Picture Book Poetry

All Day 4/1 - 4/30
Children's Department at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Child, Baby & Toddler
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Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month by visiting the Children's Department during the month of April and creating a poem from our picture books. Browse the spines to find t

Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Children's Department
Age Group: Child, Baby & Toddler
Program Type: In-Person Program
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Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month by visiting the Children's Department during the month of April and creating a poem from our picture books. Browse the spines to find titles that you would like to use. Then stack them to create your poem....
This event is in the "Child" group.

Lego Construction

Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Children's Department at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Child
:

Lego Construction You are invited to join us in the Children's Department to participate in Lego Construction and have your picture taken with your creation. The challenge is to

Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Children's Department
Age Group: Child
Program Type: In-Person Program
:
Lego Construction You are invited to join us in the Children's Department to participate in Lego Construction and have your picture taken with your creation. The challenge is to build whatever you want! Note: No registration is needed for this ...
This event is in the "Adult" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

English Language Conversation

Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Offsite Event at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Adult, Teens
:

English Language Conversation The English Language Conversations Group, offered in partnership with STAR Adult Literacy, is designed for adults for whom English is a second lang

Register
Required
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Offsite Event
Age Group: Adult, Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 34
:
English Language Conversation The English Language Conversations Group, offered in partnership with STAR Adult Literacy, is designed for adults for whom English is a second language. This program will meet at the STAR Literacy Office (201 E. Grove...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

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 "Teens" group.

3D-Printed Puzzles for Teens

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Computer Lab at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Teens
:

Teens who register for this program are invited to join us in the library's Computer Lab where we will create 3D puzzles using Tinkercad's Codeblocks.  Codeblocks are a Tin

Full
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
:
Teens who register for this program are invited to join us in the library's Computer Lab where we will create 3D puzzles using Tinkercad's Codeblocks.  Codeblocks are a Tinkercad tool which use code to create designs. This means that as teens...
This event is in the "Child" group.
This event is in the "Baby & Toddler" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Fun Friday Story Time

Friday, April 19, 2024 at 10:00am - 10:30am
Community Rm 2 at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Story Time, In-Person Program
Age Group:
Child, Baby & Toddler, Everyone
:

Join us every Friday in April for an all-ages story time in Community Room 2. We'll enjoy music, lots of movement, stories, and of course FUN! This program is perfect for children

Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Community Rm 2
Age Group: Child, Baby & Toddler, Everyone
Program Type: Story Time, In-Person Program
:
Join us every Friday in April for an all-ages story time in Community Room 2. We'll enjoy music, lots of movement, stories, and of course FUN! This program is perfect for children -- ages birth to 11 years -- and their caregivers.  Questions ...

Disclaimer(s)

Daycares

Due to limited space in the story time room, groups, such as daycares, interested in story times need to make arrangements by contacting Melissa Robinson by phone at 557-8960 or e-mail at melissar@bloomingtonlibrary.org.

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dungeons & Dragons: A Murder in Leilon

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 12:45pm - 4:45pm
Conference Room at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Teens
:

A member of Leilon’s town council has been murdered, and only you can solve case and bring the killer to justice! In this program, teens will play through a D&D adventure full

Waitlist
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Conference Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
:
A member of Leilon’s town council has been murdered, and only you can solve case and bring the killer to justice! In this program, teens will play through a D&D adventure full of twists and turns, with danger waiting around every corner of this s...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Modern-Day, 3D-Printed Lamps

Monday, April 22, 2024 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Computer Lab at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Teens
:

This is Part 2 in a 2-session program. Teens who attended Part 1 of this program will put together their lamp using a charging board, 2 LED lights, wires, a switch, and a batter

Full
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
:
This is Part 2 in a 2-session program. Teens who attended Part 1 of this program will put together their lamp using a charging board, 2 LED lights, wires, a switch, and a battery. Some soldering will be needed, so teens will learn how to solder wi...
This event is in the "Child" group.
This event is in the "Baby & Toddler" group.
This event is in the "Everyone" group.

Fun Friday Story Time

Friday, April 26, 2024 at 10:00am - 10:30am
Community Rm 2 at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Story Time, In-Person Program
Age Group:
Child, Baby & Toddler, Everyone
:

Join us every Friday in April for an all-ages story time in Community Room 2. We'll enjoy music, lots of movement, stories, and of course FUN! This program is perfect for children

Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Community Rm 2
Age Group: Child, Baby & Toddler, Everyone
Program Type: Story Time, In-Person Program
:
Join us every Friday in April for an all-ages story time in Community Room 2. We'll enjoy music, lots of movement, stories, and of course FUN! This program is perfect for children -- ages birth to 11 years -- and their caregivers.  Questions ...

Disclaimer(s)

Daycares

Due to limited space in the story time room, groups, such as daycares, interested in story times need to make arrangements by contacting Melissa Robinson by phone at 557-8960 or e-mail at melissar@bloomingtonlibrary.org.

This event is in the "Child" group.
This event is in the "Baby & Toddler" group.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Offsite Event at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Child, Baby & Toddler
:

English Celebrate reading during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) at Illinois Art Station (101 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL) with the Bl

Offsite Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Offsite Event
Age Group: Child, Baby & Toddler
Program Type: In-Person Program
:
English Celebrate reading during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) at Illinois Art Station (101 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL) with the Bloomington and Normal public libraries! Enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, ...
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

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: 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
:

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 "Everyone" group.

Houseplant Swap

Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 11:00am - 12:00pm
Outside at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Everyone
:

House Plant Exchange Calling all Plant People! The popular BPL Plant Share is back and will be held on the library's patio. Plant lovers: bring plants, cuttings, and seeds to

Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Outside
Age Group: Everyone
Program Type: In-Person Program
:
House Plant Exchange Calling all Plant People! The popular BPL Plant Share is back and will be held on the library's patio. Plant lovers: bring plants, cuttings, and seeds to share, and take new plants home. Introduce your plant to it...
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Books on Tap Book Club

Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Offsite Event at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
Book Club, In-Person Program
Age Group:
Adult
:

Books on Tap Book Club The Books on Tap Book Club will meet at Lil Beaver Brewery to discuss Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto.  Cont

Register
Required
Offsite Event
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Offsite Event
Age Group: Adult
Program Type: Book Club, In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
:
Books on Tap Book Club The Books on Tap Book Club will meet at Lil Beaver Brewery to discuss Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto.  Contact the Help Desk at 309.590.6168 or reference@bloomingtonli...
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 "Child" group.
This event is in the "Baby & Toddler" group.

"Treble Trouble": A Children's Opera!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Community Rm 2 at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Child, Baby & Toddler
:

Join us for a performance of the children’s opera “Treble Trouble”, a production of Prairie Fire Theatre and Illinois Wesleyan University! This fun-filled show is approximately 40

Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Community Rm 2
Age Group: Child, Baby & Toddler
Program Type: In-Person Program
:
Join us for a performance of the children’s opera “Treble Trouble”, a production of Prairie Fire Theatre and Illinois Wesleyan University! This fun-filled show is approximately 40 minutes long, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-sea...
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

Register
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.

"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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

English Language Conversation

Monday, May 20, 2024 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Community Rm 2 at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Adult, Teens
:

English Language Conversation The English Language Conversations Group, offered in partnership with STAR Adult Literacy, is designed for adults for whom English is a second lang

Register
Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Community Rm 2
Age Group: Adult, Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 39
:
English Language Conversation The English Language Conversations Group, offered in partnership with STAR Adult Literacy, is designed for adults for whom English is a second language. The group works on conversation skills with guided topics....
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

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 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 "Teens" group.

D&D: Rise of the Necromancer

Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 12:45pm - 4:45pm
Conference Room at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Teens
:

When a strange, violent storm forces your party to hide in a cavern, you discover a nefarious plot. It’s up to you to put a stop to these plans to engulf the land in eternal darkne

Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Conference Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
:
When a strange, violent storm forces your party to hide in a cavern, you discover a nefarious plot. It’s up to you to put a stop to these plans to engulf the land in eternal darkness! In this program, teens will play through a D&D adventure full ...
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 "Teens" group.

Vase Designs with CodeBlocks

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Computer Lab at Bloomington Public Library
Program Type:
In-Person Program
Age Group:
Teens
:

Vase Designs with CodeBlocks Tinkercad Codeblocks is a software program which allows blocks of code to create designs for 3D-printing models. In this program, teens will design

Required
Library Branch: Bloomington Public Library
Room: Computer Lab
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: In-Person Program
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
:
Vase Designs with CodeBlocks Tinkercad Codeblocks is a software program which allows blocks of code to create designs for 3D-printing models. In this program, teens will design vases of various shapes and sizes which can be use to hold flowers, pe...