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I Did It Winner


Isabel won I Did It Ticket drawing for listening to 20 books
Pictured here are Isabell, the proud winner of an Early Childhood Summer Reading Club prize packet and her mother Amber.  Their family won an educational toy and two picture books that are often used in storytimes.   ­­­­­­Mom and daughter had already finished reading ten books and completed six activities on their first summer reading brochure/log and continued by reading ten more titles and wrote them down on their “I Did It Ticket” to be eligible for this drawing. 

It is not too late for children 0-4 yrs old to join our Early Childhood Summer Reading Club and receive great prizes for listening to books.  Just register online at or pick up a log at the library by August 2.

Keep up the good reading and enjoy the summer!

7/17/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:

June's Early Childhood Literacy Winner!


The library's Early Childhood Literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

Zachary enjoys participating in storytimes at the Central Public Library and the Woodland West Branch. Mrs. Gray, Zachary's mother, says, "His favorite song is the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and Zachary loves to read the How Do Dinosaurs series." Zachary will be having fun this summer with all the goodies in his Early Litearcy Basket! 

We hope Zachary and his mother continue finding joy in literacy with their new stories, songs, and early learning toys!

Winning was simple:

  1. Zachary and his mother picked up a frequent user card from their local library.

  2. Each time they attended a library storytime or checked out a book using Zachary's My First Library Card, they received a stamp from a library staff.
  3. Zachary entered his completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after he acquired 8 stamps.
  4. Zachary's card was drawn and he won a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!

Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club is in full swing, folks.

Be sure to participate this year.  The only requirement is a Library card and a love of Reading!

Go to to log in the hours you have read this summer, then stop by your local library to receive your prizes.

Prizes you will receive (while supplies last)

A Certificate!

A Free Book!

A voucher for a Ticket to the Ranger's game!

A T-shirt!

A Swim Pass!

Coupons too!

Don't hesitate.  The Summer Reading Club ends on the last day of July.

All participates in the Summer Reading Club are eligable to come to our Final Celebration from 3-5:30 on August 2nd at Globe Life Park Texas Rangers Hall of Fame!

Drama Camp Performance

CSI: Mother Goose Land and The Shopgirl’s Revenge

Presented by

Drama Camp Performance

With permission by

Saturday June 21 at 3:00 p.m.

Southwest Branch Library

3311 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd.

Arlington, TX 76017



A Father's Day Tribute

This Father's Day, snuggle up and read a good book with someone special!

Here are some suggested titles that will honor him:


Staff Picks:





Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at

Experience free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!!

Honoring Old Glory

National Flag Day - June 14


On June 14th our nation honors one of its traditional symbols with the celebration of Flag Day. From the first national flag, chosen by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, to its current incarnation with 13 stripes and 50 stars, Americans have long treasured Old Glory, the American Flag. From Stars and Stripes to the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance, we honor our flag and all it stands for on this national holiday.  Read more

Celebrate our American Flag

Click on the books and links below to check-out materials and learn more about National Flag Day.


Flag Day Activities

Fun Flag Facts

 All About Flags

Honoring the Flag

Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at

Experience free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!!


Summer Reading Club -Texas Rangers Style

Take Me Out to the Ball Game....

Hit a homerun and read these baseball books during our summer reading frenzy!!



Tuesday, June 10, Catcher Geovany Soto kicked off the Texas Rangers Summer Reading Club tour at the Arlington Public Library. He led a bi-lingual storytime with the reading of Alex Rodriguez's ¡Jonron! (Out of the Ballpark!) to a small group. 

 If you weren't there, you missed a treat!

Click on the links below to learn more about this event:

Dallas News - Geovany Soto

Star-Telegram - Geovany Soto


Read books and earn incentives.  Sign-up at

Experience more free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!! 


Super Sizzling Titles for Summer Reading

FiZZ! BoOm! ReAd!

Today is the official start of My Summer Reading Club.

How It Works for Kids, Ages 5-12

  • Register at or pick up a reading log at the library.
  • Read whatever you wish.
  • Read! Audios and eBooks count too!
  • After you have read 20 minutes, check off a box. (Alternately on, you can record your time)
  • Once you have checked off all 15 boxes, you've completed your first 5 hours.
  • Turn in the completed print log (or show your library card to the staff member if you used the online system) for your prize pack at your nearest library.
  • The prize pack includes a T-shirt, book, certificate, swim pass and a Rangers ticket.
  • Continue reading...every additional 5 hours logged will earn you a chance to win gift cards and other amazing prizes.

Here are some recommended reads to get you started.
Happy Reading!


American Library Association

ALSC Summer Reading Book Lists

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Summer Reading Club Kick-off

Let's get excited about Reading at our Summer Reading Club Kick-Off

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

AISD Professional Development Center

1111 West Arbrook Blvd

Arlington, Texas 76015


We will have fun free activities and give-a-ways for the whole family.  Please join us for this Kick-off to a GREAT summer!

This year we have a new online component to our Summer Reading Club.  Check it out at



Stop the Summer Slide

Are you ready for some summer fun?  Be sure to avoid the “summer slide.” Travel, imagine, and explore your favorite places through a good book. “Oh, the places you will go!”

Research shows that students who do not read over the summer lose on average two months of learning during the 3 month school break. By the age of 12, you can lose up to 3-4 years of reading achievement.  It’s called the summer slide.  Be sure to avoid it.

Here’s how…

  1. Read! Read! Read!
  2. Join the Summer Reading Club and win prizes for reading.
  3. Attend weekly library activities - storytime and summer performances.
  4. Read your favorite books or magazines, comics in the newspaper, e-books  and blogs online.
  5. Listen to an audiobook on a road trip.
  6. Snuggle up to a good book before bed.
  7. Try out a new recipe.
  8. Read aloud with a friend, sibling, or an adult.
  9. Keep a journal or write a story about your summer.
  10. Learn a new language.
  11. Read all the menu items at a restaurant.
  12. Visit the zoo and illustrate and write a poem about the animals.
  13. Browse kid-friendly sites on the internet and play learning games.
  14. Start a book club with friends and discuss your favorite event in the stories you read.
  15. Fizz! Boom! Read! Do a science experiment!