Monday, February 27, 2023

Enjoy Spring Break with the Arlington Public Library. The Library is offering a week of fun for students and families! Unwind, relax, and spend time with us. These programs are offered at different library locations throughout Arlington. See our calendar for all programs offered.

Spring Break 2023 Programming

Sunday, March 12, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Arlington City Council Chamber
Join the Arlington Public Library for a special book talk and signing with children's author, Josh Funk. Books will be available for purchase.  
Monday, March 13, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Southwest Branch Library
Celebrate the arrival of spring by designing and crafting a custom flower crown. These gorgeous crowns make for a unique gift, or the perfect accessory for a renaissance faire. All materials will be provided. This program is intended for ages 13-17.
Monday, March 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Southeast Branch Library
Your family is invited to join us for some family friendly fun at the Southeast Library! We will have games, crafts, face painting, and snacks. There will be a drawing for stellar prizes at 6:45 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14, 2 – 3 p.m., East Library and Recreation Center
Enjoy a sweet treat during spring break! We will be making candy sushi! Candy will be provided. This program is for 7th - 12th grade students only.
Tuesday & Wednesday, March 14 & 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library
Bring your friends to create the next great LEGO movie!  Learn the technique to move each object frame by frame to create a unique short film. This two-day camp is full of LEGO learning and fun! Participants must attend both days. For ages 9-12. 
Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion
Sing Along with this special showing of Frozen. Join the library and our friends at the Levitt Pavilion for a movie night like no other! Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends. Seating is first come, first served.
Wednesday, March 15, Noon – 2 p.m., Southeast Branch Library
Drop by this spring break and pick up a free plant! While supplies last. These plants are generously provided by the Arlington Water Department. 
Wednesday, March 15, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Northeast Branch Library
Join us for Happy Little Accidents, an acrylic painting program for teens inspired by the beloved Bob Ross! Beginner or advanced, all are welcome. Paint together, embrace your happy little accidents, and meet some new friends. All materials will be provided. 
This program is intended for ages 13 - 17 only. Limited to the first 10 participants
Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion
Have no fear Lego Batman is here! Bring your blankets, chairs, family, and friends and enjoy The Lego Batman movie. Seating is first come, first served.
Thursday, March 16, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons with us! Led by our friends at DM University, learn how to go beyond Good vs. Evil and create strong conflicts within your campaign. This session merges the creative process of writing, the art of storytelling, and the world of Dungeons & Dragons to build on your skills as a player and Dungeon Master. This program is designed for ages 9-17.
Movie Night @ The Levitt: The Avengers (2012)   Due to inclement weather this program has been cancelled. 
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion
Avengers assemble! Join us for our final movie night at The Levitt with a screening of The Avengers. (2012) Seating is first come, first served.
Friday, March 17, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., East Library and Recreation Center
Join us at the East Library and Recreation Zone for some fun outdoor water play for toddlers. We might just get a little wet!  
Friday, March 17, 6 – 8 p.m., Woodland West Branch
Join us for a night of nostalgic games and activities! The Library will be reserved just for teens in this after-hours event. We will play board games, make slime, rainbow looms, and more. 
Makerspace Programs

Our Makerspace has programs perfect for those who want to get crafty over Spring Break. Attend any of our programs or stop by and work on your own projects. 

Monday - Thursday, March 13 - 16, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Learn how to sew during spring break! Intensive sewing experience for tweens and teens (ages 9-17), starting from how to sew ending with a completed sewing project. Sign up is on Monday, March 13, a sign up sheet will be put out 30 minutes before the start of the first session. Participants mush attend on the first day to attend all four days. Registration on the first day (March 13) will be valid for all four sessions. This class is limited to the first 6 in attendance.
Friday, March 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Learn how to prepare and print using TinkerCAD and then watch your design take shape before your eyes in the 3D printer! Materials will be provided. This class is limited to the first 15 in attendance and is appropriate for ages 9-17.
The Makerpsace is located on the second floor of the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

Stop by any Arlington Public Library location to learn more about these Spring Break programs, or just browse the books and find something great to read. Library card holders can also enjoy ebooks and audiobooks with Libby and stream TV and movies with Hoopla.

Take Home Learning

The Arlington Public Library also offers a variety of resources to keep children engaged in learning over the break. All items are free to check out and take home with a library card.

  • Playaway Views Each Playaway View comes pre-loaded with multiple videos making it simple for patrons to access digital movies, shows, educational programming and more without the need for DVDs, downloads, or an additional player.
  • Playaway Launchpad Playaway Launchpads are pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped by age, subject, and grade level.
  • Read it Again Kits These themed kits for ages 2 through 5 are full of educational toys and games, DVDs, CDs, puppets, and of course, books! We have kits about favorite authors, shapes, letters, numbers, animals, princesses, cars, seasons, monsters, holidays, and many more. All our kits are themed to enhance your child’s enjoyment of learning.
  • STEM Kits These themed kits for ages 5 through 8 are full of educational toys and games, DVDs, CDs, puppets, and of course, books. These resources include kits focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for grade-school students.
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Backpacks 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge, encouraging caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. Reading often to your baby, toddler, or preschooler will help improve vocabulary, listening, and other vital skills your child needs to succeed in kindergarten. Each of our backpacks has ten engaging, fun books for your new reader to enjoy. 

Read it Again Kits, STEM Kits, and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten materials are available thanks to grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.