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Level Up
Welcome to Level Up, the Library’s new digital creativity center! Level Up is an all ages space that includes a video production studio with green screen, two audio production studios, and digital creativity workstations for design, coding, and editing. Level Up is a place for video and music production, graphic and web design, and coding and game creation.
 
Level Up is for all ages and is located on the first floor of the Main Library.
 
Level Up is open the same hours as the Main Library:
Monday–Thursday: 9 AM–9 PM
Friday–Saturday: 10 AM–6 PM
Sunday: Noon–6 PM

Celebrate Black History Month Locally

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Black History Month (also called African American History Month), celebrated in February because it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, honors African American contributions to our nation’s history. Learn more about the African American experience throughout history with the book lists created by Library Staff or dates on the Monroe County Timeline—and celebrate in person this month at these local events: 

New Year's Resolutions: Books to Help You Keep Them

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Happy New Year, everyone! It’s that time for reflecting on the past year, and thinking about what we might improve in the new one. But New Year’s resolutions have become kind of a lark: are we really going to keep them?

CATS: The Library's TV Station

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You’ve probably heard about Community Access Television Services (CATS), the cable TV station at the Main Library. But how familiar are you with the amazing programs on CATS, and how to watch them? And what about creating your own programs for broadcast? 

Here's all you need to get involved with the coolest—and only—community access TV station in Monroe County.

Tuning In

CATS Channels are available on all three major cable systems (Comcast, Smithville TV, and AT&T U-Verse) in Bloomington and Monroe County. Channel Line-ups & Instructions

Makevention 2017

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What are “makers,” exactly? Literally anyone who makes something! Tinkerers, inventors, programmers, artists, designers, scientists, and many other creators make up this diverse, DIY-spirited group. And there will be quite a few of them at this year’s Makevention, 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 26th,at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center.

Makevention is a free event showcasing the work and imagination of regional and local makers. Here’s a short list of the many awesome makers participating this year:

The Library's Got Things!

Have you heard about Libraries of Things? From cooking appliances to musical instruments—and even to plant seeds and laptops—libraries around the world are lending all kinds of different items beyond traditional collections of books, movies, and music. If people want it, the philosophy seems to be, libraries should lend it. 

We're no exception, of course—Monroe County Public Library has our own awesome collection of "things" for checkout. Borrow these on your next visit.

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Create Your Father's Day Video Greeting Card in Level Up

Father's Day is June 18th. Show your Dad how much you care by creating him a personalized greeting card in Level Up's video studios at the Main Library!

Making a video greeting card here is easy and free—and much more fun than scouring the greeting card aisle at the grocery store for a message that fits your dad's unique style. In Level Up, you can choose from our props, find images to add on top of (or behind) your video footage, and even incorporate something you've brought from home into the perfect Father's Day greeting. 

Level Up: Where Do I Start?

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So much great stuff is in Level Up—free to use with your Library card—for people of all ages and skill levels. But how do you know how to match up your creative interests with the amazing equipment and software here waiting for you?

Level Up’s useful Resources page is what you want. We've scoured the web for the best free guides to digital creativity and posted them there for beginners, experts, and everybody in between (and don't forget collection of books and magazines in Level Up!).

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