The Monroe County Public Library offers local residents the chance to read, learn, connect and create. The main library is located at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. and the Ellettsville branch is at 600 W. Temperance St. All events are free. Funding for the event is provided by the Friends of the Library Foundation.
Library card registration month
September is library card registration month! Library materials, events, and computers are available to everyone, but if you want to check out something or access e-library resources, you’ll need a library card! Complete a request at any library branch or bookmobile stop, or online at mcpl.info.
Story time and the discovery of preschool
In preschool story time, stories, songs and nursery rhymes inspire your child to talk, sing and play with books and words, followed by Preschool Discovery – fun and open art experiences, STEAM adventures and the letter exploration. It is 10-10: 25am and 10: 30-11: 15am Thursday in Ellettsville A and B meeting rooms. Suitable for ages 3-6 and caregivers. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Prenatal yoga is a gentle exercise that responds to your body’s changing needs, builds strength, and deepens awareness of your mind, body, and connection with your baby. It is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room B in Ellettsville or 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Children’s Program Room in the Main Library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Sensory play time
Share books, songs, and nursery rhymes with your little one while crushing and crushing your way to the benefits of messy, sensory play! Dress for the mess. For babies up to the age of 2 with a caregiver. It is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the children’s program room in the main library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Unleash your imagination and creativity with other LEGO builders and the LEGOs in the library! For 5-12 year olds. It’s 2:15 p.m. Sunday in the Children’s Program Room of the Main Library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Library closed for Labor Day
The library will be closed Monday to celebrate Labor Day, but the e-library is still open! Find all the ways to enjoy your library from home at mcpl.info/digital.
Preschool Story Time
Have fun with stories, songs, puppets and more to encourage the development of early literacy skills in young children, using guidelines from the Every Child Ready to Read program. For 3-6 year olds and caregivers, but all are welcome. It’s 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Children’s Program Room in the Main Library. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Miniature Painting 101: Hero Figures
The library provides figurines, paints, brushes and know-how, come and learn about miniature painting! All skill levels are welcome. For 12-19 year olds. It is 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the teenage area on the main floor of the main library. Come in.
Needle felted animals
Make your own needle felt furry creature to take home! 12-19 years old. It’s 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the teenage area on the main floor of the main library. Come in.
VITAL English conversation groups
New English speakers practice their language skills in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, enjoy friendly conversation, learn about daily life in the United States, gain confidence and meet new people from all over the world. It is 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday or 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the VITAL classroom of the main library. A book club session is held on Tuesdays from 10 am to 11:30 am 18 years and over. Please register with the library or call 812-349-3173. Students on the waiting list can join remotely via Zoom.
Wonderful 1 and wonderful 2
Families with children from infants to 3 years old can play, sing, read and talk with other toddlers – so enjoy toy time! It’s 9:30 am-10:15am (birth-18 months) and 10:30 am-11:15am (18 months-3 years old) Wednesday in the children’s program room in the main library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Dungeons & Dragons for teens
Enter, venture into fantastic realms, then set off whenever you want! These Dungeons and Dragons sessions are designed to be short, fun, and scalable adventures that anyone can play. All skill levels are welcome! 12-19 years old. It is 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Meeting Room 2A of the Main Library.
Stuck in a rut? Don’t know what to read, watch or play next? Tell your friendly neighborhood librarians a little more about yourself and they’ll send you personalized recommendations based on your responses! Visit mcpl.info/recommendation to get started.
You probably know that the library circulates books, audiobooks, music, movies and magazines, but did you know that it also offers video games, toys, iPads, mobile hotspots , book club kits, role play kits, zines, a seed library and more? See the full list at mcpl.info/collection.