|A Tale of Two Towns: Bloomington and
Palo Alto as Sibling Cities
|Thursday, September 7 | 7–9 PM | Downtown Library
IU College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature, Douglas Hofstadter, will be giving a talk at the Library!
His Pulitzer-prize-winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, has had a considerable impact on people in many disciplines, ranging from philosophy to mathematics, artificial intelligence, music, and beyond. Age 12 and up.
This program will also be livestreamed to our Sibling City, Palo Alto, California!
|Games Done Local Series
|This September, we’re welcoming three different local video game designers:
September 14, 6–7 PM, Downtown Library
Join Bloomington designer and engineer Ian Sundstrom as he discusses his work on the upcoming video game, Let’s! Revolution!
Board Games with Jack of Peace Games
September 21, 6–7:30 PM, Downtown Library
Join Adam Stichter, a local board game designer and owner of Jack of Peace Games, as he talks about game design and going from idea to prototype to finished project.
Mineko’s Night Market
September 28, 6–7 PM, Downtown Library
Join Bloomington’s own Studio Cypher as they celebrate the launch of the upcoming exploration game, Mineko’s Night Market!
|eResource of the Month: Hispanic Life
|Hispanic Life in America from Newsbank includes more than 17,000 American and global news sources, including over 700 Spanish-language or bilingual publications. This primary source collection offers an expansive window into centuries of Hispanic American history, culture, and daily life—as well as the ways the dominant culture has portrayed and perceived people of Hispanic descent.
|Featured Events for All Ages
|All-Ages Day at the Southwest Teen Space
September 2, 12–6 PM, Southwest Branch
Curious about the Southwest Teen Space, but you aren’t a teen? Patrons of all ages are invited to check it out this Saturday!
|Reimagining Opera for Kids Presents: Rufus and Rita
September 9, 2–3 PM, Southwest Branch
Reimagining Opera for Kids is a non-profit dedicated to bringing innovative performances of opera to the communities of southern Indiana. This year’s production, Rufus and Rita, is an interactive, choose your own adventure opera. Please register here.
|Chalk the Walk
September 11, 10–11 AM, Southwest Branch
Practice your art and creativity skills by beautifying our front sidewalk with chalk at the new Southwest Branch! Meet us near the front entrance.
|Featured Events for Children
|Drive-In Movie Afternoon: Cars
September 2, 1–3 PM, Downtown Library
Come watch Disney’s Cars with us under the stars—scratch that—under the stacks as you lounge in your very own homemade car! Ages 3–7. Please register here.
|Family Movie Night: Coco
September 11, 5–7 PM, Downtown Library
Get ready for a fun movie night fit for the whole family! Join Miguel during Dia De Los Muertos as he discovers the meaning of family and memories in Disney’s Coco. Recommended for age 7 and up.
|Crafts in the Stacks
September 14, 5:30–7 PM, Downtown Library
Try out new hands-on, DIY projects as you learn new crafting skills each month. Supplies will be provided to complete each project. Ages 7–12.
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|Featured Events for Teens
September 5, 3:30–4:30 PM, Downtown Library
Come for a discussion about relationships, dating, and other tough topics. Stay for the conversation and the pizza. Ages 12–19.
|Cooking Basics: Tortillas
September 7, 4–5 PM, Downtown Library
We’ll help you learn the basics, then teach you how to cook easy meals for yourself. Learn how to make homemade tortillas and tortilla chips and stay as we enjoy our simple snack! Ages 12–19.
|Blood on the Clocktower: Ground Floor Edition
September 12, 4–6:30 PM, Downtown Library
Join us for this special edition of Blood on the Clocktower, where we’ll use our own hand-crafted version of the game to lead us on our quest to save the innocent townsfolk of Ravenswood Bluff from an evil that has been unleashed among us. Ages 12–19. Please register here.
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|Featured Events for Adults
|The Writer’s Circle
September 2, 3–5 PM, Downtown Library
The Writing Circle is a safe and encouraging space that offers inspiration and connection for writers of all genders and abilities—and of any genre. Each circle will offer time to write, share our writing, and receive feedback according to the writer’s needs. Sharing your writing aloud is always optional, and all writing shared in the circle is kept confidential. Age 18 and up; recommended for ages 18–32. Please register here.
|An Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright
September 6, 7:30–8:30 PM, Downtown Library
Join us for a presentation of the architecture and stories of Frank Lloyd Wright by local artist and author Jeff Hagen. This casual storytelling event will include artwork that Hagen has created of Wright’s architecture across the world. Age 18 and up.
|Books & Bites: Slow Cooker Favorites
September 12, 6:30–8 PM, Ellettsville Branch
Books & Bites combines a book club with a potluck! Each club meeting will feature a different theme. Borrow a cookbook from one of our branches or our eBook collection on that theme and prepare a recipe to bring to the Library and share. Age 18 and up. Please register here.
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|Library News and Resources
|Aunt Flow Period Products Now Available
The Library has selected the vendor Aunt Flow to bring free period products to patrons to help address period poverty, equity, and inclusivity within the community. Dispensers are available in restrooms at the Downtown Library, Ellettsville Branch, and Southwest Branch. Learn more here.
|Labor Day Closing
All MCPL locations will be closed on Monday, September 4 for Labor Day. We will resume regular hours and services on Tuesday, September 5. You can still use your library card to access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, and much more online anytime!
|Celebration National Hispanic Heritage Month with Kanopy
Kanopy has curated a collection of films that honor Hispanic heritage, while highlighting the representation of this community on screen. Access the collection here.
|YA National Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by reading books by contemporary Hispanic authors!
|Young Hoosier Book Award 2023-2024: Picture Books Booklist
The Young Hoosier Book Award Program encourages self-selected reading among elementary and middle school/junior high students. Teachers, librarians, and students from all across Indiana vote on their favorite recent books. Check out the nominees.