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  • Tuesday September 1, 2020 - Wednesday September 30, 2020
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    A Booklover's View from the Couch

    A MPL Facebook Discussion Group

    Just finished a great book and want to tell someone about it?  Interested in books others are raving about?

    Join MPL's book discussion group "A Booklover's View from the Couch." We will discuss the books we've read, are reading, or we're planning to read next. 

    Join the discussion

     

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Boredom Busters Online
    Crafts, Puzzles and STEM Projects!
     
    Get inspiration and ideas of fun things to do while staying at home on our Children's Facebook and YouTube.
     
    Link to Children's Services Facebook: www.facebook.com/mobilepubliclibrarychildrens/.
     
    Link to Children's Services YouTube playlist.
    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Brew with Me!

    Let's Make Tea!

    Join Jill Stewart for a series of videos about tea and how to brew from loose leaf varieties.

    Go to the YouTube playlist.

     

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Crafting for Teens and Adults

    Inspiration and Creation

    Relax and enjoy videos on arts and crafts you can do safely at home.

    Go to the YouTube playlist.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Fairy Tale Escape Room

    All Ages

    Delve into a land of stories, puzzles, and magic.

    Can you muster the courage it takes to follow the White Rabbit?

    Test your skills. Begin here Fairy Tale Escape Room.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Learn to Cook!

    Cooking Tips & Recipes

    Learn all about Pressure Cooking with Francois and Cooking Basics with Lynn.

    Go to the YouTube playlist.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Library Card Sign-Up Month

    All Ages

    Libraries are wonderful! September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth.

    Get a new library card or renew your current one in September and be entered into a drawing for an iPad.

    Sign up for a digital library card online or over the phone: (251) 340-1458.

     

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Not Your Average Book Club

    A Virtual Book Club

    It's a book club for those who love reading and sharing great books with friends, but don't have the time to join a traditional book club? To participate go to our facebook page.

    We will discuss one book a month. The topic of discussion for the month of September is Furious Hours by Casey Cep.

    For more information, call Michele at 251-340-8561.

    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Page to Screen Book Club

    Movie Versus the Book

    Each month, Page to Screen book club will feature a book that's been adapted into a movie. Join Our Facebook Page to chat about the book while you're reading! Then tune in for a live discussion via Google Meet on September 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss the movie vs the book. Enter Google Meet Room.  Feel free to participate in one or both!

    Discussion throughout the month is encouraged in the Facebook group. Don't worry, this is a closed group, so only members can see what you post!

    For more information, please call 251-340-8555 or email mtaylor@mplonline.org.

    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Read. Watch. Eat. Repeat.

    Teens & Adults

    Right now we're all doing a lot of watching, reading and eating.

    Our staff will be sharing their recommendations every Tuesday and Friday on Youtube. Please, come join the conversation and share some of your favorite books, movies and snacks. 

    Go to the YouTube playlist.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Simple Hand Lettering Project

    Learning from the Comfort of Home  

    Ms. Christie demonstrates simple, hand lettering projects.   

    Go to the YouTube playlist.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Where's That Pokemon?

    All Ages

    Calling all trainers! The Ben May Main Library has a Pokemon in one of the windows waiting to be found.

    If you find him, let us know facebook.com/mobilepubliclibraryteens. BUT, don't make it easy for the others, and don't tell them where he is!

    Come back next week for a new Pokemon to find.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Online Storytimes
    10:00 AM

    Storytime!

    Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. as youth specialists from Mobile Public Library share stories and songs.
     
    Link to children's services facebook: www.facebook.com/mobilepubliclibrarychildrens/.
     
    Storytime videos are also available on this YouTube playlist.
    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Monday September 28, 2020
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    Classics and More! - Book Club
    6:30 PM

    Zoom Book Club Meeting

    Topic of discussion is Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow.

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    Meeting ID: 932 3779 8617 Password: 790595

    Mobile Public Library Patrons can get the book and movie through Curbside Holds Pickup www.mobilepubliclibrary.org/covid-19/curbside.php.

    For more information, please call 340-1541 or email cecox@mplonline.org.

    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

     

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Thursday October 1, 2020 - Saturday October 31, 2020
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    Page to Screen Book Club

    Movie Versus the Book

    Each month, Page to Screen book club will feature a book that's been adapted into a movie. Join Our Facebook Page to chat about the book while you're reading! Then tune in for a live discussion via Google Meet on October 26 at 7 p.m. to discuss the movie vs the book. Feel free to participate in one or both!

    Discussion throughout the month is encouraged in the Facebook group. Don't worry, this is a closed group, so only members can see what you post!

    For more information, please call 251-340-8555 or email mtaylor@mplonline.org.

    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Online Storytimes
    10:00 AM

    Storytime!

    Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. as youth specialists from Mobile Public Library share stories and songs.
     
    Link to children's services facebook: www.facebook.com/mobilepubliclibrarychildrens/.
     
    Storytime videos are also available on this YouTube playlist.
    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Thursday October 1, 2020
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    Early Learning with Your Baby Class
    2:00 PM

    Helping Your Baby to Learn & Grow

    Join the Mobile Public Library staff for a Zoom class designed to help you feel empowered with the knowledge and tools to help your baby's brain grow and thrive.

    Babies begin learning the moment they are born. You are your baby's first teacher and your baby needs you! We hope this class helps you to feel more confident in helping your baby to learn and get off to the best start.

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Saturday October 3, 2020
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    Creole Family Reunion: Revitalizing Mobile's Creole Past
    10:00 AM

    October is International Creole Heritage Month

    Mobile has a deep, rich Creole history, often overlooked. The history is a fundamental thread to the fabric that is Mobile itself. Join us and the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society as we present a month-long Facebook Live program celebrating this neglected history.

    Our series, presented each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. will include Our Spanish History in the American Revolution by Sandra Rackard, Regent of the Needham Bryan Chapter NSDAR (October 3); Creole Language Learning with Dr. Christophe Landry (October 10); Genealogy 101 with Dr. Shawn L. Williams (October 17); and A Living Legacy, a special premiere event of the surviving members of Creole Fire No. 1 (October 24).

    For more information, please call 251-494-2172 or email etheris@mplonline.org.

    On Wednesday nights throughout the month of October we will have micro-reunions for those who preregister. Look for the micro-reunion event post on the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society Facebook page.

    This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Zoom LEGO Storytime
    10:00 AM

    Ages 4 to 10

    Grab your LEGOS and join Ms. Victoria for books and building!

    She'll read, while you build. Then show off your LEGO creations!

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Wednesday October 7, 2020
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    Toddler Storytime on the Patio
    10:00 AM

    Toddlers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
     
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    Preschool Storytime on the Patio
    11:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
    Thursday October 8, 2020
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    Zoom Preschool Storytime with Ms. Terri
    10:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join Ms.Terri on Zoom for story time fun!

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Saturday October 10, 2020
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    Creole Family Reunion: Revitalizing Mobile's Creole Past
    10:00 AM

    October is International Creole Heritage Month

    Mobile has a deep, rich Creole history, often overlooked. The history is a fundamental thread to the fabric that is Mobile itself. Join us and the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society as we present a month-long Facebook Live program celebrating this neglected history.

    Our series continues today at 10 a.m. Dr. Christophe Landry presents Creole Language Learning.

    October 17 - Genealogy 101 with Dr. Shawn L. Williams

    October 24 - A Living Legacy, a special premiere event of the surviving members of Creole Fire No. 1

    For more information, please call 251-494-2172 or email etheris@mplonline.org.

    On Wednesday nights throughout the month of October we will have micro-reunions for those who preregister. Look for the micro-reunion event post on the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society Facebook page.

    This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Wednesday October 14, 2020
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    Zoom Storytime with Ms. Emmie
    10:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join Ms. Emmie on Zoom for stories and songs!

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Saturday October 17, 2020
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    Creole Family Reunion: Revitalizing Mobile's Creole Past
    10:00 AM

    October is International Creole Heritage Month

    Mobile has a deep, rich Creole history, often overlooked. The history is a fundamental thread to the fabric that is Mobile itself. Join us and the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society as we present a month-long Facebook Live program celebrating this neglected history.

    Our series continues today at 10 a.m. Genealogy 101 with Dr. Shawn L. Williams

    October 24 - A Living Legacy, a special premiere event of the surviving members of Creole Fire No. 1

    For more information, please call 251-494-2172 or email etheris@mplonline.org.

    On Wednesday nights throughout the month of October we will have micro-reunions for those who preregister. Look for the micro-reunion event post on the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society Facebook page.

    This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Out of This World Virtual Book Club
    10:00 AM

    Discussion via Skype

    Join us for a SciFi/Fantasy book club from the comfort of your home. Meetings will be conducted entirely over Skype video chat. 

    This month’s topic of discussion is Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

    To participate in the group chat, download the Skype app and set up an account for free at: www.skype.com/en/.  Contact Jill Stewart at jstewart@mplonline.org to share your Skype name so you can be added to the group. Once you’re added, all you need to do is have your device (phone, tablet, or computer) open to Skype on book club day and answer when it rings.
     
    For more information or help with Skype set up, contact Jill Stewart at jstewart@mplonline.org.
     
    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Sidewalk Chalk Competition
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    All Ages

    The Ben May Main Library will host a Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest on the front plaza of the library.

    Participants will be given their own designated space on the plaza to create their masterpieces between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Chalk will be provided, but artists can bring their own.

    Contest is limited to 30 entrants. To confirm a spot, you must pre-register by Thursday, October 15. For more information about registration, please email crhodes@mplonline.org or call 251-350-1521.

    Not an artist? Organizers invite the public to stop by the library to see the art in person or go to Mobile Public Library Children's Services on Facebook and vote for your favorite entry. Votes will be tallied on October 23, and a grand prize will be awarded to the winner.

     

    LOCATION: Ben May Main Library
    Wednesday October 21, 2020
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    Toddler Storytime on the Patio
    10:00 AM

    Toddlers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
     
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    Preschool Storytime on the Patio
    11:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
    Thursday October 22, 2020
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    Zoom Preschool Storytime with Ms. Terri
    10:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join Ms.Terri on Zoom for story time fun!

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Saturday October 24, 2020
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    Creole Family Reunion: Revitalizing Mobile's Creole Past
    10:00 AM

    October is International Creole Heritage Month

    Mobile has a deep, rich Creole history, often overlooked. The history is a fundamental thread to the fabric that is Mobile itself. Join us and the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society as we present a month-long Facebook Live program celebrating this neglected history.

    Our series concludes today at 10 a.m. with A Living Legacy, a special premiere event of the surviving members of Creole Fire No. 1

    For more information, please call 251-494-2172 or email etheris@mplonline.org.

    On Wednesday nights throughout the month of October we will have micro-reunions for those who preregister. Look for the micro-reunion event post on the Mobile Creole Cultural & Historical Preservation Society Facebook page.

    This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Wednesday October 28, 2020
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    Zoom Storytime with Ms. Emmie
    10:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join Ms. Emmie on Zoom for stories and songs!

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Sunday November 1, 2020 - Monday November 30, 2020
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    Page to Screen Book Club

    Movie Versus the Book

    Each month, Page to Screen book club will feature a book that's been adapted into a movie. Join Our Facebook Page to chat about the book while you're reading! Then tune in for a live discussion via Google Meet on November 30 at 7 p.m. to discuss the movie vs the book. Feel free to participate in one or both!

    Discussion throughout the month is encouraged in the Facebook group. Don't worry, this is a closed group, so only members can see what you post!

    For more information, please call 251-340-8555 or email mtaylor@mplonline.org.

    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Online Storytimes
    10:00 AM

    Storytime!

    Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. as youth specialists from Mobile Public Library share stories and songs.
     
    Link to children's services facebook: www.facebook.com/mobilepubliclibrarychildrens/.
     
    Storytime videos are also available on this YouTube playlist.
    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Wednesday November 4, 2020
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    Toddler Storytime on the Patio
    10:00 AM

    Toddlers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
     
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    Preschool Storytime on the Patio
    11:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
    Thursday November 5, 2020
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    Early Learning with Your Baby Class
    2:00 PM

    Helping Your Baby to Learn & Grow

    Join the Mobile Public Library staff for a Zoom class designed to help you feel empowered with the knowledge and tools to help your baby's brain grow and thrive.

    Babies begin learning the moment they are born. You are your baby's first teacher and your baby needs you! We hope this class helps you to feel more confident in helping your baby to learn and get off to the best start.

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Saturday November 14, 2020
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    Out of This World Virtual Book Club
    10:00 AM

    Discussion via Skype

    Join us for a SciFi/Fantasy book club from the comfort of your home. Meetings will be conducted entirely over Skype video chat. 

    This month’s topic of discussion is The Merchant and the Alchemist Gate by Ted Chiang.

    To participate in the group chat, download the Skype app and set up an account for free at: www.skype.com/en/.  Contact Jill Stewart at jstewart@mplonline.org to share your Skype name so you can be added to the group. Once you’re added, all you need to do is have your device (phone, tablet, or computer) open to Skype on book club day and answer when it rings.
     
    For more information or help with Skype set up, contact Jill Stewart at jstewart@mplonline.org.
     
    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Wednesday November 18, 2020
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    Toddler Storytime on the Patio
    10:00 AM

    Toddlers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
     
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    Preschool Storytime on the Patio
    11:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
    Friday November 20, 2020
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    Zoom Minute to Win It Game
    4:00 PM

    Ages 8 to 12

    Participants play simple games with common items in an attempt to win a prize.

    Register by November 16 to get a link to the competition and reserve a set of supplies. Then pick up your supplies from your choice of library locations. Use your supplies to play games and compete with other participants via a live Zoom link.

    Winner gets a fantastic, family strategy board game, Qwirkle.

    For more information or to register and receive your Zoom link, please call 251-340-1521 or email crhodes@mplonline.org.

     

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Wednesday November 25, 2020
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    Toddler Storytime on the Patio
    10:00 AM

    Toddlers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
     
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    Preschool Storytime on the Patio
    11:00 AM

    Preschoolers

    Join us on the patio for stories and songs!

    Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

    For more information or to register, please email  westyou@mplonline.org.

    LOCATION: West Regional Library
    Tuesday December 1, 2020 - Thursday December 31, 2020
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    Page to Screen Book Club

    Movie Versus the Book

    Each month, Page to Screen book club will feature a book that's been adapted into a movie. Join Our Facebook Page to chat about the book while you're reading! Then tune in for a live discussion via Google Meet on December 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss the movie vs the book. Feel free to participate in one or both!

    Discussion throughout the month is encouraged in the Facebook group. Don't worry, this is a closed group, so only members can see what you post!

    For more information, please call 251-340-8555 or email mtaylor@mplonline.org.

    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
     
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    Online Storytimes
    10:00 AM

    Storytime!

    Join us Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. as youth specialists from Mobile Public Library share stories and songs.
     
    Link to children's services facebook: www.facebook.com/mobilepubliclibrarychildrens/.
     
    Storytime videos are also available on this YouTube playlist.
    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Thursday December 3, 2020
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    Early Learning with Your Baby Class
    2:00 PM

    Helping Your Baby to Learn & Grow

    Join the Mobile Public Library staff for a Zoom class designed to help you feel empowered with the knowledge and tools to help your baby's brain grow and thrive.

    Babies begin learning the moment they are born. You are your baby's first teacher and your baby needs you! We hope this class helps you to feel more confident in helping your baby to learn and get off to the best start.

    Please email westyou@mplonline.org to receive a link to join the group.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual
    Saturday December 12, 2020
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    Out of This World Virtual Book Club
    10:00 AM

    Discussion via Skype

    Join us for a SciFi/Fantasy book club from the comfort of your home. Meetings will be conducted entirely over Skype video chat. 

    This month’s topic of discussion is Bloodchild by Octavia Butler.

    To participate in the group chat, download the Skype app and set up an account for free at: www.skype.com/en/.  Contact Jill Stewart at jstewart@mplonline.org to share your Skype name so you can be added to the group. Once you’re added, all you need to do is have your device (phone, tablet, or computer) open to Skype on book club day and answer when it rings.
     
    For more information or help with Skype set up, contact Jill Stewart at jstewart@mplonline.org.
     
    image used with permission from Syndetics Solutions, Inc.

    LOCATION: Online/Virtual

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