Kids Blog: 1St Through 3Rd Grade

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.




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)

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.


Spring Activities to do at Home

It isn't Summer just yet, so enjoy these spring themed activities while we are on storytime break.

Seeds and flowers are really enjoyable for young children, and adults, to play around with. The Fantastic Fun and Learning blog and Life Over C's blog both provide fun activities involving seeds for you to do at home with the children. These crafts and activities provide great learning experiences for children that parents can be a part of.

For a beautfiul flower sensory suncatcher activity, check out the Hands On As We Grow blog for a cheap and easy sensory idea that will engage children of all ages.

While you are experimenting with these seed themed activities you can sing this song to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell:

The farmer plants the seeds
The Farmer plants the seeds
Hi, Ho and Cheery O
The farmer plants the seeds.

(Use the following verses.)
The sun begins to shine
The rain begins to fall
The plants begin to grow


Be sure to stop by the library and check out some great books about flowers, seeds, and Spring!



El Dia

Come join us this Saturday for our El Dia Celebration at the Univeristy of Texas at Arlington!

Librarian Adventures

This past week some of your very own librarians visited the city of Austin for the Texas Library Association (TLA) Conference.












The first thing we did was explore the exhibit hall where many library partners set up booths to show off what they had to offer libraries all around Texas.

















We saw a fellow Arlington librarian, Nancy, showing off our brand new Read It Again (RIA)  Kits that will soon be available for you to check out from the library. These themed kits come with books, and other activities that you can do at home to make learning more fun!













Abby and Bethany, two librarians on our Early Learning team, gave a presentation on the new iPads that you might have been seeing in your storytimes.





















We had a lot of fun at the conference, but most importantly we learned a lot that we can hopefully use in the future to make our library even better!













Today is my “Gotcha Day”, so I would like to write about adoption!

For those who don't know, a "gotcha day" is the anniversary of the day a child was adopted.

Adoption books provide great stories and entertainment while also making the topic easier to discuss with your child. As children develop, so do the questions in their minds about where they are from, why they are here and so on. They help bring comfort and normalcy to the idea that a child has two sets of parents: biological and adoptive.

A few things that helped me when I was younger:

  • Discuss the topic so your child will feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Use children’s books to help explain the idea of adoption to your child. (Fictional stories are easy to relate to.)
  • Be attentive to your childs emotions involving his or her adoption.
  • Educate family and friends with the process. Also speak with them on effective ways of communicating about the subject with your child.


Here are several excellent books on the topic of adoption:

We have these available for checkout in our system in addition to many more!

Literacy Play

Play is the number one way that children learn. Finding new ways to incorporate play into literacy will make learning fun and more affective for your child. Don’t be afraid to be creative in making your own games and activities as you teach letters, sounds, and words to your little ones.

Click on the images below for a few fun ways to teach literacy through play at home:







Shadow Fun

photos by Katie Sokoler @

MY SHADOW by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;

And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.


The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow --

Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;

For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,

And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.


He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,

And he can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.

He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;

I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!


One morning very early, before the sun was up,

I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;

But my lazy little shadow, like an arrogant sleepy-head,

Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.


A WILD Kick-Off

If you hear any mysterious drumming in the air, WATCH OUT! The Wild Things might be near!

My own fascination with the book actually began in college when I was cast as a non-existent character for our university’s children’s production. (Perhaps I felt a bit guilty being in a role not even created by the author, but I still couldn’t help getting swept away in the story).

When Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was first introduced to the world in 1963, the book received mixed reviews. Some thought it too frightening and even had it banned from their libraries.  Despite this setback, children and librarians fought for it to stay on the shelves. Millions of copies later, generations of readers can still enjoy the story of Max today. 

To find the closest wild rumpus, journey over this Saturday to the Southeast Branch where our SPRING BREAK PUPPET BONANZA kicks off with Where the Wild Things Are Puppet Show…and other WILD Adventures.

Until then, feast your eyes on the artwork below, curated by Corey Godbey.