Monroe County Public Library provides opportunities for local residents to read, learn, connect and create. The downtown library is at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. and the Ellettsville branch is at 600 W. Temperance St. All events are free of charge. Event funding is provided by the Friends of the Library foundation.
At preschool storytime, stories, songs and rhymes get your preschooler talking, singing and playing with books and words. It’s 10-10:25 a.m. Thursday in Ellettsville branch meeting room B. For children ages 3-6 and their caregivers. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Interested in Dungeons & Dragons? Join the library for a special stand-alone role-playing adventure! No prior experience is necessary. For ages 9-12. It’s 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Share books, songs, and rhymes with your little one while squishing and smushing your way to the benefits of messy and sensory play! Dress for mess. For ages birth-2 with a caregiver. It’s 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Cheap-O Gift Workshop: Personalized Photo Candles
Learn to make inexpensive giftable crafts that people will actually use and love! You'll leave each class with a finished sample, instruction sheet and supply list to recreate these awesome gifts at home. For ages 18 and older. It’s 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Ellettsville branch meeting room B. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
“Grace and Box”: A local children's author event
A little girl and a refrigerator box go on many adventures as they imagine all the things they can be! Join local author Kim Howard as she reads from her imaginative and humorous picture book, “Grace and Box.” You'll sing songs, play silly games and enjoy a craft inspired by the book. For children ages 3-6 and their families. It’s 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the Ellettsville branch meeting room B. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
QueerTalk Book Club, virtual edition
Join library staff as they create a safe space to discuss books written by and for LGBTQ+ individuals. In November and December, you’ll discuss "We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice,'' by Mariame Kaba. It’s 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday on Zoom. For ages 16 and older. Register for the Zoom link and book by emailing Linds Badger at email@example.com.
Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble Chamber Music Recital
Enjoy small group (quartet to sextet) performances brought to you by the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble! For all ages. It’s 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Teen Artist Club
Are you a teen artist looking to hang with others? Join the library to make fun stuff, show off your work and relax. This week you’ll make hand salve! For ages 12-19. It’s 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday in the Ellettsville Teen Space. Drop in.
Weekly math homework help for teens
Drop in for free one-on-one help with math and science-related assignments —arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry and ISTEP and SAT review. For middle school and high school students only. It’s 7-8:45 p.m. Mondays in program room 2B at the downtown library.
Join in the fun with stories, songs, puppets and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using the guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. For ages 3-6 and caregivers, but all are welcome. It’s 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Maker Lab: Macrame keychains
Science, tech, and crafts –– drop in for a cool project each month at maker lab. This month it is macrame keychains! For ages 12-19. It’s 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in The Ground Floor teen space at the downtown library. Drop in.
Wonderful 1s and Terrific 2s
Families with kids from infants to age 3 can play, sing, read and talk with other little ones — then enjoy toy time. It’s 9:30-10:15 a.m. (birth-18 months) and 10:30-11:15 a.m. (18 months-3 years) Wednesday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Dungeons & Dragons online
Drop in, adventure through fantastic realms, then leave when you want! These sessions of Dungeons and Dragons are designed to be short, fun and evolving adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! For ages 13-19. It’s 3:30-4:40 p.m. Wednesday on the library’s Discord server. To participate, sign up for a server invite link at mcpl.info/discord, if you haven't already, then drop in.
Dine Out for the Library at Muddy Fork Bakery
Dine out for the library with Muddy Fork Bakery on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Place your order online at muddyforkbakery.com by Wednesday of each week for Saturday pickup at numerous locations. Input the coupon code “library” with your online order, as Muddy Fork Bakery will donate 50% of your purchase to the Friends of the Library. You can also show your flyer when you visit the Winter Farmers’ Market at the Switchyard Park Pavilion from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Download the flyer at mcpl.info/dineout. Delivery is available with a $25 minimum order.
More events online
This is a sampling of this week’s library events. For the full calendar, visit mcpl.info/events.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: At the library: Local author to read from her book for young children