Kids Blog: Kindergarten

Final Celebration

If you have participated in our Summer Reading Club 2014

You are Invited to the Final Celebration!

Saturday, August 2nd, 3-5:30 p.m.

Globe Life Park Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

Do not miss out on:

Face Painting








Photo booth

A special presentation by children's author Vuthy Kuan!

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!

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:





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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!!

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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!!

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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!

Día de Los Niños/ Day of the Child

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 30) is Día de Los Niños/Day of the Child, a multicultural celebration of children, families, and reading, that culminates every year.  Join us at the George W Hawkes Central Library as we celebrate Día from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.  The entire family will have fun learning the Spanish cultural customs of El Día and watching a Pete the Cat Reader’s Theater!

More details about Dia:

  • The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Hundreds of libraries, schools and communities throughout the country will host celebrations and programs that honor multiculturalism and stress the importance of literacy.
  • Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. 
  • In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
  • The Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) are the driving forces behind the national celebration of Día.

    Take some time to celebrate books, cultures and families with your child by sharing these great read-alouds:

4/29/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:

Homeschool Resource: Britannica

With Britannica Library you get:

  • Three Reading Levels: Articles are available at different reading levels! Select Level 1 for Children, Level 2 for Young Adults, Level 3 for Reference Center, or all 3.
  • Encyclopedia Articles: With related information, images, videos and more.
  • En Español: Double click any word to get the definition and the Spanish translation.
  • Use Anytime, Anywhere: Use on all devices including tablets, smartphones, and computers

Amazing Storyteller at Black History Festival

I am extremely excited that the Griot (gree-o) storyteller Melody Bell will be performing at the library’s upcoming Black History Festival.  I have seen her several times and just love how she brings stories alive with dance, music, and poetry.  Ms. Bell’s storytelling is always dramatic and energetic, especially when she gives the whole audience a chance to play drums and other traditional instruments along with her. I can not wait to join in at this amazing storytelling session that afternoon at 3:30pm!  I hope to see your whole family there.

Ms. Bell is only one of the wonderful presenters at the event.  Celebrate African-American history and culture with a variety of featured exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, film, kids’ crafts and more. This family festival will take place at the Central Library on Saturday, February 22, from 12 – 5p.m. 

Please visit the library’s Black History Month Festivalpage to see the current schedule and list of activities.