The Main Library and Ellettsville Branch Library will return to a curbside pickup by appointment model beginning Monday, November 30. In-building and drive-up window services will be discontinued through early 2021. Hours will remain the same as current hours.
The Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools’ Reading, Writing, & Bidding online auction is currently live and closes on December 9th at 8:00 p.m.! We are auctioning off a variety of items – from stocking stuffers to that WOW for the holidays! During Covid-times we’ve collected items that you can enjoy from home, including puzzles, books, gift cards, and home decor! Visit our auction website today and make your bids to support MCCSC students: www.biddingforgood.com/fmccs
This year, Ivy Tech's #GivingTuesday is all about raising funds for students who need help to continue with their education at Ivy Tech. More and more and more students who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic are really struggling to stay on track with their education. Ivy Tech's Giving Tuesday will be a continuation of their already on-going efforts to help raise money for their students.
Funds will be used for:
You can donate to Ivy Tech - Bloomington's #PunttheVirusIvyTech campaign, here.
The Waldron Recommendation Task Force has named members and announced a tentative schedule for the development of recommendations of future uses for the circa-1915 building at 122 South Walnut Street that will revert from Ivy Tech Community College to City of Bloomington ownership in January 2021.
Led by co-chairs Miah Michaelsen, Deputy Director of the Indiana Arts Commission, and Valerie Peña, Assistant Vice President/Chief of Staff for the Office of Government Relations & Economic Engagement at Indiana University, the taskforce comprises a cross-section of the Bloomington community including visual and performing artists and stakeholders, real estate and tourism industry professionals, historians, architects, and residents with insight into the facility’s previous transfers, as follows:
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2021 Woman of the Year, Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution, Emerging Leader and Young Woman of the Year awards. Although nominations for these awards are accepted year-around, the deadline for submission of nominations for 2021 is January 15, 2021. These awards will be presented during Women’s History Month in March 2021.
The Woman of the Year Award is presented to a woman who has improved the quality of life for other women through inspiration, community service, or professional accomplishments above and/or outside normal job responsibilities. The recipient is also someone who serves as a positive role model for girls and women and has made outstanding contributions to the community.
United Way of Monroe County announced the first progress update for its “Reimagine 2020” annual community fundraising drive. As of November 19, $521,920 has been donated to support the work of building resilience as the community continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even before the pandemic, nearly 50% of local residents teetered right above or below the poverty line. Often referred to as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained (but) Employed) they are the “working poor.”
Existing inequities and income disparities have been made more obvious by the pandemic and many in our area are facing harsh economic challenges. Experts predict that family and individual needs will continue to rise in the months and years ahead.
Visual Analytics Certificate (VAC) course
Indiana University Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center
Advance your skills in one of the most in-demand fields, Visual Analytics, by joining the next Visual Analytics Certificate (VAC) course, January 18-February 28, 2021. This 6-week, 3 CEU course leads to a Visual Analytics Certificate by Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University-Bloomington. Delivered entirely online, all coursework can be completed asynchronously to fit busy schedules. For registration and FAQs go to https://visanalytics.cns.iu.edu/
Recover Forward projects to expand access to jobs, housing, transportation options, renewable energy, social services, local food, the arts, and digital services are underway. As proposed by Mayor John Hamilton and approved by the Bloomington Common Council on August 12, these projects are the first steps in a multi-phase strategy to protect and strengthen the community as it grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic fallout, the climate crisis, and longstanding racial injustice.
“These local investments are connecting residents with opportunities for a better quality of life,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “It’s been a hard year, 2020, and I’m grateful to council for reallocating these reversion funds and to our community partners for their roles in activating these opportunities through expertise and programming.”
Updates on Phase One Recover Forward projects follow: