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SRC Final Celebration - Sunday Fun Day

Calling All Superheroes

Summer is almost over, but it's not over yet! 

Superheroes assemble - Sunday, August 9th, 2-4pm at Globe Life Park for Summer Reading Club Final Celebration.

We will have Zumba, 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 


One Last Chance - July 31 is the last day to pick up prizes!

Yes, that's right. Another successful year of Summer Reading Club is drawing to an end. The time has come. Stories were read. Talents, discovered.  Heroes across the city of Arlington were recognized. Even in the sweltering heat, our days were full of music, dancing, laughter, and...more books than even The Hulk can carry.

What achievments did you or your family make this season? Did you learn new songs in storytime? Did your little one take her first steps? Say his first word? Read a first sentence without stumbling? Every week I have the privilege of working in the children's area at Southeast Branch. While there, I get to meet all sorts of wonderful patrons from Arlington. Many are children who pair up with tutors to work on their reading skills. This entire summer, those tutors patiently guided their students through the challenges of the written word. Once someone learns to read a word, it is theirs forever. And it happened every day this summer among the bookshelves at your local library.

Thank you for giving such a gift to your children. Thank you for reading to them, and taking them to our storytimes and events. We will be taking a short break in August, but keep a lookout on this blog for some snappy, behind-the-scenes videos of our Early Learning staff. When September hits, WATCH OUT! We have some incredible programs in store for you. But first, don't forget to celebrate all your hard work at Globe Life Park.  August 9, 2015,  2-4 p.m.

Storytime update with Albert the mouse

Goodbye, Goodbye See You Soon (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Goodbye Goodbye see you soon (wave hands)
But not until we sing this tune (point to mouth)
We must part and we must go (turn one hand over on "part"; then the other on "go)
But we'll be back to say Hello (big, exaggerated wave)
See you later alligator, (Shout) (Form arms to make gator's mouth)
After while crocodile!

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!

Click on the images below for more instruction:



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:

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

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.


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!