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Makevention 2016: A Day of Do-It-Yourself Spirit

What happens when the most innovative builders, programmers, and crafters around show off their latest projects in the same place—and let you join in the fun? Makevention!

Again this year, the Library and local hackerspace BloomingLabs team up to bring Makevention to the Monroe County Convention Center on Saturday, August 27. Whether you’re a fan of the maker movement, or just curious about creative approaches to tools and materials—you’ll find lots of inspiration and entertainment at Makevention, where masters of high-tech applications like robotics and 3D printing exhibit alongside devotees of time-honored arts like soapmaking, textiles, and armored battle!

Also among the highlights this year are demos by the new Make Innovate Learn Lab at Indiana University, an outdoor human foosball table, and a 10-year anniversary exhibit by Trashion Refashion, Bloomington’s annual runway show featuring clothing made from discarded items. And don’t miss the virtual reality games and portable recording studio, provided by the Library’s own Level Up crew! Local food trucks and other vendors are onsite as well.

If you’re a local maker yourself—there’s still room for a few more exhibitors. Visit or email Steve Backs for details on signing up.

The Monroe County Convention Center is at 302 South College Avenue in Bloomington. Makevention is 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, August 27; admission and parking at the Convention Center are free. For all ages.

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Library Welcomes New Associate Director

The staff and Board of Monroe County Public Library are pleased to welcome Jane Cronkhite as the new Associate Director. She started her new position on August 1.

“Jane’s passion for serving the community makes her a great fit for Associate Director and Monroe County,” notes director Marilyn Wood. “She cares deeply about building community relationships and brings a substantial background in planning, budgeting, and delivering high quality library service.”

This is a homecoming for Cronkhite, who was raised in Monroe County. In fact, Cronkhite’s first job in libraries was at MCPL’s Ellettsville Branch. Most recently, she was a Community Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District in California, where she directed the activities of the Campbell Library. Her accomplishments include working on Campbell’s Civic Center Master Plan, aligning Library goals with the City’s, and managing initiatives supporting early literacy learning though digital resources.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara County Library, she was Acting Senior Librarian for San José Public Library in California and Public Services Librarian for Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio. Cronkhite has a B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington and M.L.I.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

What's Happening

Here are some highlights of what’s happening at your Library this month. For a complete list of Library programs and community events for all ages, see the Library’s online calendar.

Jump to: Children's Programs  |  Teen Programs  |  Adult Programs

Children's Programs:

Radical Fun
Creative, inventive fun with art and tech activities. Drop in. For ages 8–12. It’s 3–4 p.m. Wednesdays August 10 & 24 –or– 7–8 p.m. Thursday, August 18 in the Children's Program Room at the Main Library.

Game On!
An afternoon of new and classic tabletop games. Drop in. For ages 8–12. It’s 2–3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11 in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library.

Creative Movement for Kids
Dancer and gymnast Jacqueline Cushman leads fun, creative movement activities designed to stimulate the brain and body. Drop in. For ages 3–6. It’s 1:30–2 p.m. at the Ellettsville Branch –or– 3–3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room at the Main Library Sunday, August 14.

Autism-Friendly Movie: Big Hero 6
Lights slightly up, sound slightly down—nobody minds if you talk or move around. Drop in. For age 5 and up. It’s 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 in the Auditorium at the Main Library.

Storyhour Extravaganza
Stories, songs, films, and fun. This month’s theme: Dog Days. Groups welcome. Please register. For ages 2–6. It’s 10–11 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 in the Auditorium at the Main Library.

Find many more Children's programs and storytimes on the Library's Calendar of Events.
Teen Programs:

Insert-Name-Here Anime Club
Fans of popular and obscure Japanese animation enjoy snacks, crafts, discussion, and (of course!) watching anime. Drop in. For ages 12–19. It’s 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 16 in the Ground Floor at the Main Library.

Street Art Workshop with Rainworks
Create unique, powerful street art that magically appears when it rains with artist Peregrine Church. Drop in. For ages 12–19. It’s 2–4 p.m. Saturday, August 20 in the Ground Floor at the Main Library.

Find many more teen programs using the Library's online calendar.  
Adult Programs:

Web Design Fundamentals
Building a website is easier than ever—and so are beginners’ mistakes! Discover the basics of good website organization and design, without using any code. Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required. Drop in (space limited; first come, first served). For age 12 and up. It’s 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11 in Level Up at the Main Library.

Many Shades of Zen: Coloring for Adults
It’s not just for kids anymore! Rediscover the simple joy of the coloring book as you enjoy soothing music and healthy snacks. Use our supplies or bring your own. Please register. It’s 2–4 p.m. Sunday, August 14, in Meeting Room 2A at the Main Library.

Ellettsville Book Club: The Nightingale
All are welcome to join our conversation about bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s novel of two French sisters in the grips of World War II—or simply come to listen. Drop in. It’s 1–2 p.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Ellettsville Branch.

Intro to Ableton Live
Learn the basics of this powerful music production and editing software—then try out cool ways to transform your recordings into killer tracks. Valid MCPL library card and basic computing skills required. Drop in (space limited; first come, first served). For age 12 and up. It’s 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 18 in Level Up at the Main Library.
Collecting & Appraising Historic Postcards for Fun
Harley Sheets of the Indianapolis Postcard Club shares the history and value of these collector’s items. Free appraisals of your postcards. Please register. It’s 11 a.m.–noon Saturday, August 20 in Program Room 2B at the Main Library.

Indiana Bicentennial Book Club: The Friendly Persuasion
Join the discussion of Jessamyn West’s story of an Indiana Quaker family in the early years of the American Civil War—or just come to listen. Please register. It’s 2–3 p.m. Sunday, August 21 in Program Room 2B at the Main Library.

Maps & Macroscope Tools
Collecting data is a science—presenting it clearly is an art. See how data visualization reaches audiences through examples like the Places & Spaces exhibit, organized by Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. Drop in. For age 12 and up. It’s 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 25 in Program 2B at the Main Library.

Find many more adult programs using the Library's online calendar.
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