Learn about poetry, books, weather and the environment

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.

American Sign Language Storytime

Learn targeted American Sign Language vocabulary through stories, songs, and games. For 3-6 year olds and caregivers, but all are welcome. It’s 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.

Meet a Scientist: Earth Day Edition

Join four graduate students from Indiana University’s Department of Biology on Earth Day for hands-on activities and Q&As. Learn about their unique work and what motivated them to become scientists. This event is for ages 9-16, but younger siblings and caregivers are welcome. It’s Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in combo meeting rooms 1B and 1C of the Downtown Library. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.

All Ages Day at Ellettsville Teen Space

Curious to learn more about the Ellettsville Teen Space, but not a teenager? Customers of all ages are invited to experience it on the fourth Saturday of the month –– there’s a DIY design studio, video games, virtual reality and more! See you Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ellettsville branch.

Yoga for adults

Find out why yoga is such a powerful tool to keep you physically, mentally and spiritually healthy! In this course for all levels, beginners learn the basics in complete safety, while more experienced students deepen their practice. This event is suitable for people of all ages and most physical abilities. 16 years and over. It’s 12-1 p.m. Saturday in Ellettsville Meeting Room B.

Poetry on the Square

Join local poets for an outdoor performance celebrating National Poetry Month. It’s 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Downtown Library Square on East Kirkwood Avenue. Come in.

Coffee with friends with Rachel Berenson Perry

Join Friends of the Library for a conversation with Rachel Berenson Perry, author of “Painter of the Dunes: A Life of Frank Virgil Dudley.” After his photographer brother introduced him to the Indiana sand dunes in 1911, Frank Virgil Dudley devoted the rest of his creative life to painting the stunning landscapes and unique diversity of the region, becoming one of preeminent state artists. His well-deserved titles of “Seer of the Dunes” and “Painter of the Dunes” allude to his almost obsessive subject matter as well as his activism to save the dunes. The desire to protect the lake shore from industrial construction and preserve it for recreation and scientific research has united conservationists, artists, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists. It’s 2-3 p.m. Sunday in Meeting Room 1B of the Downtown Library. Come in.

Super Smash Bros Tournament

Think you have what it takes to be a Super Smash Bros. champion? ? Come in and find out! 12-19 years old. It’s 2-5 p.m. Sunday in the ground-floor teenagers’ area.

Movers and Shakers @ the Banneker Community Center

Stay fit and active at this silly dance party! You’ll sing and dance with scarves and shakers and play with parachutes during this monthly event. Enjoy free play before and after structured activities where young and old can socialize. It’s 10-11 a.m. Monday at the Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St. Ages 2-6. Siblings are always welcome. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.

Unlimited books, virtual edition: BYOB

Books on Tap is book club with a twist! Enjoy fantastic drinks, a cozy atmosphere, and great discussion of a variety of captivating books. This month it’s BYOB. Read a book that’s set in a library or bookstore, then make yourself a drink related to it. Try “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” by Tim Federle, or any other book. 21 and over. It’s 6:30-8 p.m. Monday on Zoom. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.

Weekly math homework help for teens

Come for free one-on-one help with math and science related homework – arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, physics, chemistry, and ISTEP and SAT review. Only for middle and high school students. It’s 7-8:45 p.m. Mondays in Programming Room 2B of the Downtown Library.

Preschool math and science

Science begins with curiosity and wonder! Strengthen your child’s independent learning skills by engaging in science processes and practices together in these hands-on math and science activities. For 3-6 year olds and caregivers. It’s Tuesday from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room of the Downtown Library. Come in.

Talking tacos

Come chat about relationships, dating, and other tough topics, stay for the tacos! 12-19 years old. It’s 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ellettsville Meeting Room A. Come see us.

Poetry workshop with Saami Ghaus

Celebrate National Poetry Month by immersing yourself in the magic of creating stories and poetry with local poet Saami Ghaus. No prior experience is necessary. It’s 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the teen space on the ground floor of the downtown library. Appointment. 12-19 years old.

Evening Virtual Storytime

Listen to stories, sing songs, and do stretching and mindfulness exercises to practice early literacy skills and relax before bedtime. Feel free to enjoy your pajamas during this virtual storytelling night in the comfort of your home. For babies up to 6 years old. It’s Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. on Zoom. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar for the Zoom link.

What you need to know: weather safety with meteorologist Sam Lashley

Indiana can have extreme weather any day of the year, but the spring season offers more opportunities for severe thunderstorms. National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Lashley will discuss weather education, safety and online weather resources. It’s 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the A/B combo meeting room. 18 and over. Come in.

Native and invasive plant identification walk

Find out how important native habitat is for urban wildlife, birds and pollinators! Make your way to the library, then join retired naturalist and MC-IRIS member Cathy Meyer on a stroll downtown. All ages. It’s 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Meeting Room 2A of the Downtown Library. Sign up at mcpl.info/calendar.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Ross Gay

Celebrate the power of poetry with a virtual reading from famed poet Ross Gay. Organized by Bartholomew, Brown, Monroe and Jackson County Public Libraries, this event will take place virtually over Zoom. 16 years and over. It’s 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 on Zoom. Please register through the Bartholomew Library at mybcpl.org/event/6033689.

More online events

This is a sample of this week’s library events. For the full schedule, visit mcpl.info/events.

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