Cartoonist Marty Two Bulls Sr., local plant experts share at library
The 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. Funding for the event is provided by the Friends of the Library Foundation.
Introduction to Warhammer mini-paint and game
The library provides figurines, paintings and know-how. Try your hand at miniature painting and learn to play Warhammer. All skill levels are welcome. 12-19 years old. It’s 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday in Ellettsville Meeting Room A. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Rainbow reads story time
Talk and learn about social and emotional issues such as acceptance, being yourself, and loving who you are. The library will explore these topics with you and your child in a fun and inclusive LGBTQ+ environment by sharing stories that address gender identity, positive relationships, and leading the group through songs, rhymes, and other fun activities. surrounding Pride month. 3-6 years old. It’s 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Come in.
A conversation with Marty Two Bulls Sr.
Marty Two Bulls Sr., acclaimed political cartoonist and illustrator whose innovative cartoons express a Native American perspective on contemporary political issues, will discuss his Pulitzer-nominated work with “The Lakota Times,” as well as his work illustrating numerous images in the Lakota language. books in partnership with the local educational association, The Lakota Language Consortium. Following this event, Mr. Two Bulls will hold a brief interactive Q&A on his important work on Lakota culture and Lakota language revival. He will also host a virtual lesson in traditional watercolors. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. All ages. It’s 1-2 p.m. Saturday in the downtown library auditorium. Come in.
read to a dog
Registered therapy dogs listen to your child read aloud, helping to develop reading skills and encouraging a regular habit of reading for pleasure. It’s ideal for readers of all skill levels, but particularly useful for reluctant or struggling readers. 5-12 years old. It’s 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Come in.
Teen Artist Club: Terrariums Under the Sea
Are you a teen artist looking to spend time with others? Come do some fun stuff, show off your work, chat and relax. 12-19 years old. It is 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Teen Space on the ground floor of the Downtown Library or 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Teen Space at Ellettsville.
Preschool story time
Have fun with stories, songs, puppets and more that encourage the development of early literacy skills. For 3-6 year olds and caregivers. It’s 10-10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the downtown library auditorium. Come in.
Explore your creativity with different materials and techniques during this fun, open-ended art experience. Dress messy. For 3-6 year olds and their families. It’s Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Come in.
Comics and Cookies with the Kaleidoscope Youth Community: “Heartstopper”
It’s a special session of BD and Cookies. You’ll chat about the graphic novel (and Netflix show!) Heartstopper, eat cookies, and share your feelings. Reading the graphic novel prior to the event is encouraged but not required. 12-20 years old. It’s 4-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Downtown Library combo meeting rooms 1B & 1C. Please register at mcp.info/calendar.
Board games evening
It’s game night. Join the library to chat and play a fun selection of board games in the Hopscotch Kitchen community. All ages. It’s 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Hopscotch Kitchen, 235 W. Dodds St., Bloomington. Come in.
Tuesday Night Music Club: “Diamond Life”
Join other music fans to discuss classic albums virtually. This week, it’s “Diamond Life” by Sade. Listen before the meeting, then come and share your reaction. You will also listen to selected songs as a group. Albums are available to stream and download on Freegal with your library card. 18 and over. It’s 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday on Zoom. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar for the Zoom link.
Join fans of classic cartoons like “Samurai Jack”, “The Powerpuff Girls” and “SpongeBob Squarepants” for a night of snacks, crafts and toons. 12-19 years old. It’s 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the teen space on the ground floor of the downtown library. Come in.
Tiny Two @ Switchyard Park
Families with babies play, sing, read and talk together at Switchyard Park. Feel free to bring something to sit on. Age birth–3. It’s Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Pavilion Lawn in Switchyard Park, 1601 S. Rogers St., Bloomington. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar. Please Note: The rain location for this event is the Downtown Library Children’s Program Room.
Monsters and mayhem
Ready to test your mettle against monsters and mayhem in a new RPG? These drop-in sessions will give players the chance to experience a different D&D playstyle and take on new challenges. All skill levels are welcome. 12-19 years old. It’s 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Meeting Room 2A of the Downtown Library. Come in.
Grow a Happy Houseplant
Learn what your houseplants need to grow strong and healthy. Sheila Brewer of Mays Greenhouse will demonstrate the basics of plant care and answer your questions. All participants will be entered to win a plant. 18 and over. It’s 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in Ellettsville Meeting Room B. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Rainbow readings for teens
Join the library to discuss your favorite reads with LGBTQ+ characters. The library will provide snacks, you bring the discussion. 12-19 years old. It’s 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 in the Ellettsville teen space.
Come and explore different technology activities each month. Possibilities include LEGO WeDo robotics, Dash and Dot robots, green screen technology, Makey Makey, stop motion animation, light painting, paper circuits, guest presenters and more. 8-12 years old. It’s 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Come in.
Adzooks Puppets Presents: “The Tortoise and the Hare”
Cheer on the classic rivals as they discover that timing is almost everything in this fun puppet show! All ages. It’s 6:30-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Downtown Library Auditorium. Please register at mcpl.info/calendar.
Response time for factory issues
Appointment at any time of the hour for possible diagnoses and advice on plants. Bring your plant samples or photos with you. Amy Thompson, plant expert and director and educator of Purdue Extension – Monroe County, will be on hand. All ages. It’s 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 in Meeting Room 1C of the Downtown Library. Come in.
Small art exhibition
Looking for something fun to explore? Come see the small 3×3 inch painted art masterpieces at the Ellettsville Branch Art Gallery, painted by local children, teens and adults. All ages. See you all month of June.
More online events
This is a sample of this week’s library events. For the full schedule, visit mcpl.info/events.