Kids Blog: 1St Through 3Rd Grade

Process Art

Process art allows an outlet for creative exploration and imagination. For children, process art can be used to engage the senses by experimenting with different types of art mediums. This can be as simple as setting out bowls of paint and paper to see what your child will create with what was given.

The main idea behind process art is to give children the opportunity to create something completely their own without being told what to make and to experiment with their senses. This type of art is more about play than it is about the finished product.

Children love process art, and it doesn't have to be expensive! Check out these different blogs for some cheap, fun ideas:

A-Z Process Art Ideas for Preschoolers by The Measured Mom

25 Easy Art Processes for Preschoolers by Happy Hooligans

50 Easy Process Art Activities for Kids by Fun at Home with the Kids

11Process Art Projects for Preschoolers by Kids Activities Blog


Mobile Libraries

Libraries have a long history of doing whatever they can to bring books to the community – no matter the challenge.  In lieu of our exciting event Saturday morning, here’s a look at a few unusual and determined means of transporting the written word:


*Above images used with permission by Arlington Public Library and

From Images Left to Right:

Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Canella Schmitzer

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter

The Library by Sarah Stewart

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Fireboat: the Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman



Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with APL - September 15 - October 15


Five Ways to Experience the Culture


1.  Discover the Contributions of Hispanics in the United States - Checkout books, audiobooks or ebooks from one of your local library branches or at home from your computer.

2.  Learn the Language - Join us for the Latin Language Learners - A Children's Spanish Club (coming soon) or listen to an audio book in Spanish.

3.  Experience the Culture - Attend the Courtyard Celebration


4.  Embrace the Music - Checkout musical videos and CDs


5.  Explore books - Join us for a bilingual storytime, Wee Read-East. Read picture and chapter books by Hispanic authors or about Latin culture. 


Choose a book from author Pat Mora's Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist:


Find more selection onTumblebooks.




Back to School for Families

As school starts back up again, family schedules seem to become very hectic. Here are some tips to keep your family semi-organized and successful for the new school year.

Make a family schedule:

The school year is a very busy time for families. To help keep track of the entire family's schedule, you can use a large calendar, whiteboard, or chalkboard that has everyone's plans and meetings for the week. Make sure that the schedule is in a central room that everyone has easy access to.

If you want some more ideas for your family organizer, simply search “Family Schedule” in Pinterest for a whole slew of great ideas!

Eat Together:

As mentioned above, family schedules get very hectic during the school year. This makes family meals even more important! Pick a meal of the day, most likely breakfast or dinner, to have conversations with your children. Ask them about what is happening at school or extracurricular activities. Conversations seem to flow more naturally when there is food involved.

Enforce healthy habits:

Being healthy can be hard when there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. It is very important for children to get enough sleep, eat well, and be active. Find out from your doctor how many hours a night your child’s age group needs for healthy brain development. Make sure that your child is getting a good variety of fruits and vegetables each day and try to stay away from a lot of junk food. Lastly, encourage your child to get exercise by enrolling in a sport or simply playing outside!

Be involved:

Take time to attend Meet the Teacher nights and open up communication with your child’s teachers. Check each night for homework or teacher notes. The more contact you have with the teacher, the more you will know about what is going on in the classroom.

Keep track of big events in your child’s school schedule like tests and projects. You can teach your child time management by planning out different days for each step in a project or studying.


If you have a Kindergartner just starting school, be sure to join us for our Kindergarten Kickoff Storytime!


Back to School with Tumblebooks

Did you know that your library card gives you free access to HUNDREDS of eBooks, audio books, and graphic novels through Tumblebooks? Use your card to log-in to to search the Tumblebooks catalog. Tumblebooks Junior has books and games for grades 3-6, including graphic novels of favorite series like Geronimo Stilton and Lego Ninjago!

Tumblebooks even has educational games that help improve math, reading, and writing skills. Whether at home or in the library, check-out Tumblebooks this fall!


First Grade Dropout

 What could you do that would be so embarrassing to make you never want to return to school again?

First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick is a must read.

This realistic fiction picture book captures the heart of the average elementary school student. The narrator is a likable everyday kid who makes a blooper but not without the witness, judge, and jury of his classmates.  They sentence him to desk slappin', foot stompin', finger pointin',  belly bellowin' laughter.  Instantly, he's shamed and convicted of crime he wished he had never committed especially in front of his friends.

What could go so terribly wrong that makes the author want to dropout, cast a spell, go back in a time machine, or change his identity? Every student, teacher and parent can relate to his blunder and his post-blunder feelings.  Read this book, laugh, and sympathize, but find out why this pupil almost became a First Grade Dropout.

Preview this book on GoodReads.

Great classroom read-aloud or parent pair and share book to discuss how to handle mistakes.

Browse other books about first graders:





SRC Final Celebration - Sunday Fun Day

Calling All Superheroes

Summer is almost over, but it's not over yet! Superheroes assemble - Sunday, August 9, 2-4 p.m. at Globe Life Park for Summer Reading Club Final Celebration. We will have Zumba, drumming sessions, face painting, snacks, arts & crafts, rock wall climbing, kids play area, and some good ol' wholesome fun! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon for all ages.

Summer Reading Club Final Celebration

We can hardly believe that Summer Reading Club is over! Now that the books have been read and the logs submitted, we want to celebrate!

Everyone is invited to our Final Celebration on Sunday, August 9, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Globe Life Park.The whole family is welcome to attend this free event in celebration of all our Summer Reading Club participants. We are so excited to announce that we will be in the Kid Zone this year, an indoor play space where children can jump, climb, and play to their hearts content! Our littlest participants will find plenty to enjoy in the Kids Corral, where we will have a baby play space, sensory activities, and coloring. Older children can take a turn on the gaming stations or get crafty with a SuperARTistic project. For those who enjoy music, percussionist Jerome Bailey will be on-site with his drums, and Superhero Zumba will take place on the patio for those who want to sing and dance!

And don't worry parents, we have a space for you, too! The Hyundai Club will be open for our adult Summer Reading Club celebration, so be sure to stop in to enjoy a stunning view of the ballpark! To top it off, we have some great door prizes, so be sure to join us!

Parking is free, and you can find us at the Center Field entrance. See you at the ballpark!:

Globe Life Park

1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Entrance at Center Field 


4 Ways Interstellar Cinderella is the best Cinderella

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

This book has everything that the traditional Cinderella has: two lazy stepsisters, one conniving stepmother, a fairy godmother (or godrobot), and plenty of chores. And just like in the movie she has her own mouse friend that helps her. What makes this version of Cinderella so different is not even the space and science fiction setting, it is what Cinderalla hopes and dreams for.

1. Cinderella wants to fix rockets

Interstellar Cinderella is tasked with fixing dishwashers and "zoombrooms" by her stepmother, but at night she studies mechanical engineering... or in kid speak, ship repair. STEM is one of the most important things being promoted in schools, and it is nice to see kids wanting to enter the field in a fairy tale that typically has very defined roles about what they should do when they grow up. There are even fairy tale STEM activities that can be found online, perfect for that child that wants to be a princess AND a scientist or engineer.

2. She builds her own "pumpkin coach"

When Cinderella gets stranded on a planet after her stepmother said she couldn't go to the space parade, her fairy godrobot appears after Murgatroyd the mouse sends out an SOS. The fairy godrobot gives her a new spacesuit and a "power gem" to fuel her ship and gives Cinderella the confidence and the security to fix her own rocket before she is able to leave. Leadership skills are some of the most valuable skills we can help give children.

3. The princess saves the prince

When Cinderella finally arrives at the space parade, she notices one of the ship's burning. It's the prince's ship! So instead of dancing mysteriously and running away, the prince gets to see how skilled Cinderella is in fixing space ships.

4. Marriage is not the end goal

When the prince arrives and uncover's Interstellar Cinderella's identity, he of course asks her to marry him. She does think about it but eventually lets him know that she is too young to marry. She offers a comprimise--she agrees to be his chief mechanic! Romance is allowed to blossom naturally, and the fairy tale ends with Cinderella getting to work on a fleet of ships, which was actually the happy ending she had wanted all along.

With bright and colorful pictures, fun rhymes, and an excellent message for kids, this book is near perfect!

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.