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July Activities

Do you have plans for July yet? If not, you should stop by any one of these fun and free library events we are hosting!

Kidsnotes- Symphony Arlington

Wednesday, July 1, 2-3 p.m. | Cliff Nelson

Friday, July 24, 2-3 p.m. | South East Branch

Drumming Around Town

Saturday, July 11, 2-3 p.m. | East Branch

Superhero Zumba Library Workouts

Saturday, July 11, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Woodland West Branch

Saturday, July 18, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Southwest Branch

Saturday, July 25, 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Lake Arlington

Superhero Magician James Wand

Thursday, July 16, 10-11 a.m. | Hugh Smith Center

Thursday, July 16, 1-2 p.m. | Cliff Nelson Center


July really starts heating up, so I thought I'd share some cool activities to encourage learning and fun for children during the summer!

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Don't forget to be reading this summer! Summer Reading Club will continue until July 31st.




Read It Again Kits are Back!

Our new and improved Read It Again Kits (RIA kits) are making their way back to the branches for you to start checking out!

If you haven't heard, our RIA kits are a great resource for parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and any one else who works with children, to provide a fun and engaging reading experience.

Each of our themed kits include books, activites, and toys that enhance your child's enjoyment of learning.

Here are just few of our new kits:

If you are interested in looking at more of our themed kits, you can search here in our catalog.

You won't see RIA kits on the shelves so be sure to ask the Children's Service staff at your branch for assistance.

6/25/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Storytime Adventures: Father's Day Edition


Hello Everyone!


Last week we made a fun craft for Father's day. We had loads of fun making it and hopefully it will inspire you to make one at home!

We also read some great books so come by the library to check them out!


I Love my Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Oh Daddy by Bob Shea





  • White stock paper or regular white paper
  • Hole puncher
  • String or yarn
  • Markers or crayons
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Anything else that you would like your dad to have on his tie



  1. Print out the tie image provided on a 8 X11 stock paper or plain white paper
  2. Cut out the tie and whole punch the top on both sides of the tie.
  3. Grab a marker , stickers and whatever you would like on your tie for dad.
  4. Thread the string through the holes and voilà your tie is done
  5. Be proud of what you made!

Remember you can make dad a special tie any time of the year!

Until our next adventure!










6/24/2015 by Virginia W. Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

Books to Read with Dad!

Hello everyone!

Father's Day is this Sunday! What a perfect opportunity to spend time with and celebrate your father, gradfather, uncle, and other father figures.

Here is a list of some fun books to read with your Dad and other male role models:

I hope you are all having fun reading for Summer Reading Club!

If you read any of these books with your family, remember to write them down on your reading log!

6/18/2015 by Ashley W. Add a Comment Share this:

Getting ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten can be a tough transition for parents, but there are a few easy, fun activities you can do with your preschoolers to help them have an awesome Kindergarten experience! We don't expect them to be reading by the time they enter Kindergarten, but these are things that will prepare them to start learning to read. This short list is based on an excellent post from the It's Always Autumn blog:

1. Recognize basic shapes

2. Count up to 20

3. Recognize all the letters in the alphabet

4. Be able to write their first name

5. Recognize rhyming words

6. Hold a pencil

7. Share with other children

8. Sit quietly and pay attention

Many of these activities can be done at home using very basic materials. If your child is struggling with sharing or sitting quietly, take advantage of the many storytimes we are offering during the week and on Saturdays for Summer Reading Club this summer. Our storytimes are intended to prepare preschoolers for the structure and literacy skills they will need in Kindergarten-but they are also silly, energetic, musical, and interactive!

Here are a few free, easy resources to use at home:




Obviously, I'm a fan of Pancake Manor (all videos free on Youtube).

Also-you can READ READ READ! Let your child choose a picture book based on their favorite themes or characters at the newly organized East Branch!


6/16/2015 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: PreK, Kindergarten

Super Saturday and Super Books


BAM! POW!  WOWZA! It is only the second week of June, and Arlington Public Library has been signing up kids for Summer Reading Club like crazy.   What a wonderful community of readers our city has!  For those of you who know some little ones who would love to meet a real hero, the Arlington Fire Department will be coming out for our Saturday Storytime...AND...for those of you who can't get enough of superheros (but are looking for something less-than-traditional) here's a collection of titles to enjoy. See you at the library!


Ten Rules of Being a Superhero by Deb Pilutti

The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michaël Escoffier

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Superhero Joe by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey

The Lunch Lady Series by Jarret J. Krosoczka

Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Sidekicked by John David Anderson

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

6/10/2015 by Shannon H. Add a Comment Share this:

Summer Reading Club

Have you picked up your Summer Reading Club Logs yet? If you haven’t, be sure to stop by any of our branches and pick some up for the whole family (even adults!) or try our Online log at

Each age group has prizes to win for completeing the logs and any additional logs completed will be put in a drawing to win more prizes.  To get your prizes, bring the completed logs to the library or inform staff that you have filled out the log online.

You can start picking up your prizes on June 10th at any branch, and if you are lucky you might even spot a real superhero!

To participate in our Summer Reading Club you must have an Arlington Public Library Card or an AISD student ID number. If you don't already have a library card be sure to stop by and sign up for one!

Don't forget to check out our calendar for all the fun-filled activities we have going on during the summer.

(prizes while supplies last)

Congratulations Joseph! This month’s Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

Joseph enjoying his books and toy that he won in Early Literacy Basket DrawingJoseph and his mom happy about the books and toy he wonJoseph exploring his new toy

The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support the 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 toddlers!

Joseph (JoJo) M. is our latest winner. His mom, Alexandria, has been bringing him to storytime since he was four months old and now they enjoy attending Toddler Time at either the Lake Arlington or Southwest branch. JoJo’s favorite part of storytime is all the singing.  Also, the family continues storytime fun at home by reading his favorite book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

We know the he and his mom will have hours of fun with all the books, music cd, and the bubble bee toy that were in this month's basket!


You too can enter your child (ages 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!

Winning is simple:

  1. Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
  2. Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.
  3. Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.
  4. Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, an educational toy, and much more!

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2014)

6/5/2015 by Dawn Reyes 1 Comment - Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK, Contests

Fine Arts Superheroes

Fine Arts and Children

Early exposure to music and the arts is essential to developing creativity in young children.  As children grow older, creativity helps make sense of the world around them. Participation in fine arts programming helps with the development of fine motor skills, creativity and improved emotional balance.

Fine arts include art, dance, music, and theatre.  When involvement with the arts is a basic part of the learning process, fine arts programming:

  • Brings engagement – fun and entertainment to learning,
  • Re-ignites the love of learning,
  • Helps build children’s understanding of relationships –greater understanding of diversity and peer support by reducing conflicts and increasing problem solving, cooperation and collaboration,
  • Provides challenges for children at every level, from basic to gifted and talented, and
  • Encourages children to become sustained, self-directed learners seeking to extend their own learning.

Fine arts experiences promote self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, and improved emotional expression.

Help your children become HEROES this summer …Stop the Summer Slide by reading a few minutes each day and create a hero story by attending fine arts programming sponsored by your local library.   


Arlington Public Library

Join the Summer Reading Club fun and win prizes for reading!!

 Read more about children and fine arts programs. 



Children's SRC - Fine Arts Programming

Many of the Summer Reading Club programs require registration prior to attending, so be sure to check the website for more information.


Drama Camp (ages 10 and up) - July 20-25 | Lake Arlington

Monday, July 20, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Superhero Saturday - Zumba Library Workouts (ages 0-10)

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Northeast Courtyard

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Southwest Courtyard

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | East Courtyard

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Southeast Entrance

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Woodland  West – Entrance/Parking Lot

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Southwest Courtyard

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Lake Arlington – Entrance

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration


KidNotes-Symphony Arlington (ages 5-12)                   

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Lake Arlington

Wednesday, July 1, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Cliff Nelson

Friday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Southeast

The Script - Superhero Keyboarding (ages 8-10) - July 21- July 23 | Southwest

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

The Script - Superhero Keyboarding (ages 5-7)

Session I – June 9-June 25 | Southeast

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Session II - July 14 - July 16 | Southwest

Tuesday,  July 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

Drumming Around Town (ages 0-108)

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m | Southeast

Saturday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | East
Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration


SuperARTistic (ages 5-10)

Sunday, August 9, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Arlington Ballpark @ MySRC Final Celebration

Glue and Go Costumes for Kids (ages 5-10)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Southwest


View all SRC Programs here.


Picture Book Themes at East Branch

Have you ever found yourself standing in the children’s section of the library wishing that all those great stories about dinosaurs, dogs, or bedtime were in one, easy-to-find area? Does your little one like books that rhyme, but you don’t know quite how to look for that type of story on the shelf? If so, then it’s time for you to visit the East Branch of the Arlington Public Library, where our children’s picture books have been organized into theme-based categories!

In the interest of creating a more child-friendly browsing environment, the picture books (also known as Easy Readers) at the East Branch have been categorized by theme and arranged on the shelves according to these themes, including categories. Colorful signs and matching stickers help further define the theme of the book when looking at a collection of titles on the shelf. If your child likes books about dogs, for instance, you can now easily locate all the picture books about dogs in the “Animals” category.

There are 12 categories in all:

Folk and Fairy Tales
Growing Up
Rhymes, Songs, and Poetry

Feedback from more than two hundred patrons indicated that children 5-years-old and younger commonly ask for books about specific topics – trucks, princesses, dragons, etc. In the interest of empowering children to browse through their favorite subjects independently while simultaneously helping parents identify books they know their children will enjoy, we have created this new system. Please come visit the East Branch Library, located at 1624 New York Ave. and let us know what you think! We welcome your feedback and can’t wait to hear how it works for you and your little readers!