You might be in the midst of finals right now but have no fear, summer is near! If you’re one of the many students who stay in Bloomington during the semester break consider yourself lucky. Bloomington has a ton of offerings for students looking to enjoy the weather and relax after a hard year of studies. The Herman B Wells Library also has some great stuff for you to enjoy in these warm months ahead. Here is just a sampling of your Bloomington summertime options.
For delicious food and community connection visit The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday from April through November. Located next to City Hall at 401 N. Morton Street the market is open 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. Local vendors offer a large variety of produce, flowers, baked goods, and crafts. Live music happens frequently too. This is truly a community event and a must visit for all Bloomington residents.
Looking for a cheap place to cool off this summer? Check out the swimming, boating and fishing options at Lake Monroe. This local reservoir is just 20 minutes south of downtown and offers three beaches, boat rentals, picnic spots and more.
The Monroe County Fair runs from July 27th through August 3rd, 2013. Fried food, ferris wheels, cute animals, and a demolition derby are all awesome reasons to visit this yearly event. For even more events, festivals, and outdoor fun suggestions visit the Bloomington events calendar!
If you’re not in the mood to venture off of campus for summer fun look no further than the Wells Library. Be sure to browse the movie collection down in Media and Reserve Services. They have TV shows, classic films, and foreign flicks to keep you entertained all summer long.
And don’t forget about books! Here a few enjoyable titles found in the Wells Browsing Collection, located on the first floor of the West Tower.
For a peak into the life of a hilarious and one of a kind comedian check out Bossypants by Tina Fey. This memoir describes Fey’s early years as a self-proclaimed nerd and how she found her voice in comedy and acting. Insider tidbits about Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock display the authors honest and witty style. Look in the browsing collection under F for this great read.
For a more serious tone check out The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, a coming of age tale about an eleven year old African American girl in 1940’s small town Ohio. Pecola Breedlove discovers difficult realities about race, gender and life. Written in thoughtful lyrical prose this classic novel can be found under M in the browsing collection.
Finally, for a quick and visually pleasant read there are a number of graphic novels in the browsing collection to check out. Among the titles include Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brogsol a story of a teenage girl who befriends a ghost but gets more than she bargains for in this uncommon relationship. Search under B in the browsing collection for this coming of age comic with stark images and a moving story.