Join us for digital storytimes!

Storytime is one of our favorite things here at the Library. While everyone is safe at home, we're making sure your family can still receive early literacy services by offering storytime digitally. Storytimes helps children foster a lifelong love of books, reading and learning--and can offer comfort and bonding in strange and uncertain times.

Watch our pre-recorded virtual storytimes all from this page, or starting in May, you can join us live on Facebook! Our children's team will be offering virtual storytimes all throughout May on Facebook Live. Join us Monday through Friday to enjoy the following:

  • Art Storytime, Monday's from 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Baby Storytime, Tuesday's from 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Family Storytime, Wednesday's from 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Disability Playgroup, Thursday's from 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • Cuentos en español, Friday's 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Our digital storytimes offer the same literacy tips and activities as our traditional storytimes, so enjoy them as a family. They're also great to play for your children while making lunch or taking care of something around the house. Parents are their childrens' first and most important teachers and the Arlington Public Library is always here to support you as your children grow.

Make Chalk Paint

Learn to make chalk paint with Ms. Ashley! This fun activity is super easy and requires only a few ingredients from your kitchen.

Try it yourself: Take your chalk paint outside and paint natural objects like pinecones, leaves, and even tree trunks. Painting different objects encourages your children to explore different textures in the world around them.

Goldie and the Three Bears

Watch the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, as presented by some of your favorite childrens' librarians!

Try it yourself: Pick a favorite story to act out as a family. Encourage critical thinking by asking your child how they think characters are feeling throughout the story. Older silbings might enjoy filming your finished product, just like our librarians did!

Make Play Dough at Home

Join Ms. Ashley to make different types of Play Dough at home.

Try it yourself: These different kinds of dough are so fun to play with, and they're a great way to explore textures while building fine motor skills. You can work on vocabulary and language acquisition by asking your child to describe the different textures, colors and scents they experience!

What is Process Art?

Our children's team uses process art in most early learning programs like Little Messy Art and Drop-In Art. In this video, Miss Juli explains what process art is, the benefits of it, and how YOU can do it at home!

Movement Storytime

Join the Arlington Public Library as we move to a story. Special thank you to author Amanda Lynch for allowing us to use Breathe Baby, Breathe for this video!

Try it yourself: Every child knows that movement is a great way to use up energy! Find ways to encourage your children in movement so they can stay busy at home.

DIY Storytime with Tips from a Librarian!

While you're home with your kids, you can do your own storytimes! Here are some pro tips from Ms. Yuli for storytimes that will encourage kids to love books and get those wiggles out.

Try it yourself: Use what you already have around the home to make storytime special. Choose a special sheet, blanket, tablecloth, rug, towel, sleeping bag or any other piece of fabric to use for every storytime. If none of those are great options, try moving couch cushions to the floor, read outside or on your patio, or sit together on your bed. Whatever you chose, your kids will be so excited to have this special time with you!

Baby Storytime

Babies start learning from the moment they enter the world. Ms. Juli is here with  some songs, baby signs, and tips for you to enjoy learning with your baby at home!

Try it yourself: Language development begins at birth, and sign language is a great way to help your baby learn. Sign language gives babies tools to express their feelings, needs and emotions before they're ready to talk. Get started by adding some simple signs, like the ones we use in storytime, to your daily routine.

The Three Little Pigs Storytime In English

 

Miss Juli invites everyone to sing along with her and enjoy the classic tale of 'The Three Little Pigs'.

Try it yourself: Act out your favorite stories with puppets! Try making your own puppets with simple craft materials from around the house. Or you can draw faces on your fingers to use your hands. Acting out stories help children learn the structure of stories, which have beginnings, middles and ends. This helps young learners know what to expect when reading a book!

Cuentos en español - Spanish Storytime

Esta hora de cuentos entretenera a los niños con libros, rimas y canciones ... ¡completamente en español! Se les presentará a los padres herramientas efectivas para entretener, involucrar y ayudar a sus hijos a crecer. / This story time entertains children with books, rhymes, and songs ... completely in Spanish! Parents will be introduced to effective tools to entertain, engage, and help their children grow.

Inténtalo tú: ¿Ya se saben el alfabeto? ¡Intenta aprenderlos en un nuevo idioma! Pídales a sus hijos que miren las imágenes del libro y que le digan lo que piensan que sucede simplemente mirando las ilustraciones. / Try it yourself:  Already got the ABC's down? Try learning them in a new language! Ask your kiddos to look at pictures in the book and tell you what they think is going on by just looking at the illustrations.

Spring Storytime

Join Ms. Yuli for a spring storytime full of bunnies, chicks, and all things spring.

Try it yourself: Pick some favorite books to read in a new place. Whether you read them on a blanket in the grass like Ms. Yuli did, in a chair on your patio, or just in a different room than normal, changing your environment for storytime adds new sensory experiences to reading time.

Make Sensory Bottles at Home

Learn to make sensory bottles with simple items from around your home! Ms. Ashley is showing us this fun activity that can be a calming escape.

Try it yourself: When you gather collections from a walk or around your house, ask your child what makes them similar and what makes them different. These discussions are a great way to build critical thinking skills.

Disabilities Playgroup

Our Disabilities Playgroup offers a welcoming atmosphere for young children with disabilities and their caregivers. Ms. Ashley misses all her friends from playgroup and hopes to be able to see everyone soon! Join her today for a fun sing-along. 

Try it yourself: It can be stressful when routines are interrupted and we can't do the things we normally love to do. Be creative and try to find ways to recreate experiences for your children. After watching virtual storytime, try video calling a family member you usually visit, or look at pictures online of your favorite places!

The Three Little Pigs Storytime In Spanish

¡Canta y disfruta estos cuentos tan queridos en español! La Senorita Yuliana está compartiendo uno de nuestros cuentos favoritos. | Inténtalo tú: Lee, escribe, canta, habla y juega con tu hijo en su primer idioma: el español. Estas actividades de alfabetización temprana desarrollarán sus habilidades de aprendizaje y eventualmente los prepararán para aprender otros idiomas.

Sing along and enjoy this much-loved story in Spanish! Ms. Yuliana is sharing one of our favorite stories. | Try it yourself: Read, write, sing, talk and play with your child in their first language--Spanish, if that's what you speak at home. These early literacy activities will build their learning skills and eventually prepare them to learn other languages.

Music Storytime

Music and singing develops language skills! Songs often slow down language so children can hear the different sounds in words.  Plus, songs build vocabulary through repetition and exposure to new ideas. Watch this fun storytime with Ms. Juli for some musical early literacy fun. 

Try it yourself: sing songs with your children to encourage their learning. Whether it's a song you heard at storytime, a favorite from your own childhood, or a current hit you've had on repeat, music will help your child learn.

Glow in the Dark Storytime

Enjoy magical stories in this glow in the dark storytime! Try watching with the lights off for extra fun.

Try it yourself: Use your imaginations and make up a brand new story with your child. Take turns saying what happens next! Involving children in conversations (or storytelling) helps them build oral language, one of the most important early literacy skills.

Emotions Storytime

Is your child working through some big emotions right now? Join Ms. Shannon in this storytime about different ways we might be feeling, plus ways we can cope with those feelings!

Try it yourself: Make time to talk to your children about how they're feeling. Do your best to remain calm and age-appropriate. Kids feel safe and reassured when they know they can talk to you about their worries.

Find More on Facebook

Follow us on Facebook for even more digital storytimes! Our children's librarians are offering storytimes and read-alouds through Facebook Live. Some videos are only available for a limited time, so be sure to play them when you see they're available.

A Facebook account is not required to watch, although we encourage you to follow us for news, activities and tips if you do have an account.

It's Time to Make Art

Do you have extra spare time these days? Maybe some new emotions and feelings you're not sure what to do with? It's the perfect time for arts and crafts, for all ages. Express yourself, learn a practical skill, or find a new hobby with our tutorials and activities, all designed by our staff experts.

Cross Stitching Basics

Learn the basics of Cross Stitch with Ms. Tamera! Today, we'll be teaching us the materials we need to get started and how to anchor our thread to our canvas.

How to Make Dalgona Coffee

Have you tried making Dalgona Coffee? Get your whisks ready! Ms. Lesley will be teaching us how to whip up this delicious drink, perfect to enjoy at home. If you're posting yours to social media, please tag us at @arlingtontxlib!

Free Maker Space Kits through Curbside Pick Up

The Maker Space will now be offering FREE Curbside Pick Up Activity Kits. This service will be available at the Downtown Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. These ready to go activities give patrons the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts projects at home. In each kit, you’ll find the instructions and materials to get started. While supplies last, three kits will be available per household! Click here to see more details.

Mini Affirmations Banners

Learn to make your own affirmational banners! Often times we are hard on ourselves but it is important to be kind and gentle to ourselves. We should give ourselves a little positivity push every day. A great way to do this is through daily affirmations. These are important because they encourage us to believe in others and ourselves! Click here to get started.

Personalized Key Fobs

This easy-to-make key fob will add a colorful touch to your keys and will make them easy to find if you ever misplace them! You can personalize your accessory by using some cute fabric or also by hand or machine embroidering your name or initials. Click here to get started.

Hand-Sewn Scrunchies

Make stylish scrunchies with your personal touch! This project will help improve hand-sewing skills, and can also be a good project to learn hand sewing. In addition to helping with concentration and motor skills, hand sewing has been proven to help with stress and overall mental health. Let's get started!  

Tassel Earrings

Make these fun and colorful tassel earrings with only a few materials to spice up your everyday wardrobe! These beautiful tassel earrings also make great gifts for friends and family that we’re sure they’ll love them! Click here to see how.

Coloring Sheet Sun Catchers

Create a fun and easy suncatcher using mason jars and coloring sheets. Suncatchers also known as light catchers are beautiful reflective and iridescent decorations that fit in any room or outdoor space. This fun little craft will catch your eye every time you look out your window! Click here to get started.

DIY Scent Shaker

Brighten your day and your home with a DIY Scent Shaker. This craft makes a natural, non-electric diffuser out of a clear glass salt or pepper shaker. These personal-sized diffusers are perfect for home, offices or other small rooms. Click here to see how.

Simple Sugar Scrub

Take a little time to pamper yourself with this DIY Sugar Scrub recipe. This recipe is super simple and can be adapted to the supplies you have at home. Don’t have scent oils or dyes? Just use the sugar and oil for a plain version of the sugar scrub that will work just as well! Click here to see how.

What is Process Art?

Our children's team uses process art in most early learning programs like Little Messy Art and Drop-In Art. In this video, Miss Juli explains what process art is, the benefits of it, and how YOU can do it at home!

Pom Pom Wall Hangings

Do you have some yarn lying around? You can add flair and a pop of color to your home or office with this DIY Pom Pom Wall Hanging!

Gratitude Coloring Pages

Enjoy a low-key creative moment with these coloring pages. Coloring is a great way for all ages to relax! These pages encourage a sense of gratitude and highlight today's essential workers. Print them and get started

Pages Wreath

Do you have old magazines, newspapers or books that are falling apart? Repurpose them! You can make a wreath out of these pages for everyday wall décor or you can spruce it up for any occasion. You can also use music pages, comic book pages, cookbooks, the sky's the limit! Click here to see how.

Paint With Us

Program Specialist Lesley invites everyone to paint with her! Follow along with the video to make a beautiful landscape of your own.

Free Online Lessons for Music and Art

ArtistWorks offers unlimited digital access to beginning to advanced lessons for instruments and more. Don't have an instrument at home? Try free voice lessons or explore physical art classes!

A library card and a free ArtistWorks account are required.  Click here for account setup and a user guide. 

Easy Cloth Masks

Are you wondering how to make your own cloth face mask? We’re here for you with a simple tutorial to make custom masks for you and your loved ones! If you have multiple fabric options at home, this mask tutorial is a great way to show your personality. 

Hand Sewing a Button

Have you ever need to sew on a button? Ms. Morgan is here to help! While she usually teaches sewing camps, today she is taking us back to the basics. Watch to learn this must-have sewing skill that will eventually come in handy to us all.

Sew a Sleeping Mask

Sleeping masks are perfect to block out light and create a feeling of relaxation while you sleep. Click here to make your own! A sewing machine helps with this project but you can sew by hand if you don't have access to a machine.

Toilet Paper Roll Flowers

Do you have any empty toilet paper rolls? Save them, put some music on, channel your inner Bob Ross, and create beautiful flowers! Click here for full instructions.

Sew a Pencil Bag

Make a pencil bag of your own in a short amount of time. A pencil bag is an easy and useful craft you can make at home. If you don’t have a fabric stash, get creative and repurpose something you already have, such as old or outgrown clothing. Click here for the full instructions.

Explore our digital content

Keep the Library's collection in your pocket with our eBooks and other digital content. Our digital branch is always open, even when our physical locations need to be closed! 

We're working to make our digital content as easy for you to access as possible. The options on this page are available with no wait list. Some can be streamed right away! Others may require an Arlington Public Library card and an account with the digital service provider. 

If you don't already have a library card, click here to apply. If you already have a library card but are having trouble accessing eBooks, click here to get help online. You can also give us a call for help at (817) 459-6900 from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for assistance.

Downloadable eBooks with No Waiting List

We have a new collection of books available with no wait list through Overdrive! Fiction and romance, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction and fantasy: click here to explore the entire collection. Every title is available immediately.

These indie titles are available for multiple patrons to check out at once, so you'll never need to wait to read them. These titles are available for one year, beginning March 30, 2020.

If you don't already have an Overdrive or Libby by Overdrive account, click here to get started.

Animated Talking Picture Books

TumbleBooks Library is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. Great for kids and families, TumbleBooks are available through your browser and are mobile friendly. Access is completely unlimited. You don’t need to create an account or download an app.

Streaming Young Adult Books

Get instant graphic novels, drama and poetry, fiction, nonfiction and even videos for teens and young adults through TeenBookCloud. No account or download is necessary. All books are available through a browser and are mobile friendly! Click here to start reading.

Instant Audiobooks

Explore AudioBookCloud, a giant collection of e-audiobooks for all ages! It also offers Spanish e-audiobooks. These digital audiobooks are available to stream through your browser and are mobile-friendly. No account or login is required.

RBDigital also offers digital audiobooks! Explore thrillers, romance novels, historical fiction, bestsellers and even some titles that are exclusive to RBDigital. A library card and a free RBDigital account are required to log in.

Romance Novels Online

For adult readers, RomanceBookCloud is a collection of romance novels. These books are available in your browser, no account or downloads needed, and are mobile friendly.

 

Magazine Subscriptions, Digitally

Find digital versions of the magazines you used to see in stores! RBDigital offers 146 digital magazines, with familiar titles from Architectural Digest and The Atlantic to Vogue and Women's Digest. Subscribe to your favorites for back issues and automatic downloads. A library card and a free RBDigital account are required.

Online Newspapers

Read the newspaper digitally through our NewsBank service. NewsBank provides Web-based access to current and archived issues of seven full-text Texas newspapers, including the Arlington Citizen-Journal. Don't miss the Hot Topics and Special Reports sections for expert looks at our current world. An Arlington Public Library card is required to access NewsBank, but you do not need an account with the newspapers to read!

Digital Non-Fiction Books

Do you prefer non-fiction to fiction? Try eBrary's collection of 30,000+ non-fiction books, available to read in your browser or download. If you're doing research for school or work, eBrary even offers a citation tool. An Arlington Public Library account is required for access.

Explore All Our Databases

We offer more than 100 online databases and digital tools! You can go beyond the books, magazines, newspapers and other digital reading materials on this page and explore a broad range of online options. From research to crafts, medicine to business, you can find what you're looking for in our databases. An Arlington Public Library card is required for our databases. If you need a hand logging in or knowing where to start, click here to get help online. You can also give us a call for help at (817) 459-6900 from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for assistance.

Resources to help your family

Your family's school experience might look different than you're used to, but you still want the best for your kids. The Library is here to help with a variety of free digital options! Whether you're looking for a fun but educational break in your day, or need help working on a tricky subject, we have a resource for you.

These tools do require an Arlington Public Library card. (AISD students can use their lunch number and the PIN 1234 to sign in.) Some tools also need you to create an account with the digital service.

If you don't already have a library card, click here to apply. If you already have a library card but are having trouble accessing eBooks, click here to get help online. You can also give us a call for help at (817) 459-6900 from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for assistance.

Resources for Technology Skills

Many people are working or learning from home for the first time, and technology skills are more important than ever.. Everyone is now performing daily tasks virtually instead of in person. We have curated this list of basic technology resources that are free and available from home with a computer or tablet. Click here for tools to get better at technology.

Stay with Ms. Morgan

Ms. Morgan is telling us about Stay by Bobbie Pyron. Stay is one of the books on the Texas Library Association's Bluebonnet List!

Bernice Buttman: Model Citizen with Ms. Morgan

Our librarian Ms. Morgan is back with another recommendation from the Texas Library Association's Bluebonnet List. She's here to tell us all about Bernice Buttman: Model Citizen by Niki Lenz!

"New Kid" with Ms. Morgan

Not sure what to read next? Librarian Morgan has a recommendation from this year's Bluebonnet List!

Book Recommendations from Ms. Morgan

Do your kids need a new book to read? Our children's librarian Ms. Morgan is part of the Bluebonnet Committee through the Texas Library Association. This committee selects a list of books for kids to enjoy every year! Here are a few of her favorites from this year.

Stay Busy with Free Thriving at Home Downloads

Need something easy to do at home? Download our free Thriving at Home activity booklets, which include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities based on simple materials likely to be in your home. If your household is struggling, the booklets also include the phone numbers and physical addresses for free meal pick-up locations and other community services.  

Gratitude Coloring Pages

Enjoy a low-key creative moment with these coloring pages. Coloring is a great way for all ages to relax! These pages encourage a sense of gratitude and highlight today's essential workers. Print them and get started

Free Online Lessons for Music and Art

ArtistWorks offers unlimited digital access to beginning to advanced lessons for instruments and more. Don't have an instrument at home? Try free voice lessons or explore physical art classes!

A library card and a free ArtistWorks account are required.  Click here for account setup and a user guide. 

Expert Help from Live Tutors

Get real-time help from expert tutors with Brainfuse! Tutors are available to chat every day between 2 and 11 p.m. Help is available for students in kindergarten up to 12th grade, plus help for some college subjects! You can also study for the SAT and ACT. If you're stuck on any of your work, make Brainfuse your first stop.

Extra Help with Assignments

Get help with assignments and boost your skills with SchoolCenter by LearningExpress. Learning resources are available for elementary school, middle school, and high school. From beginning reading and math in elementary school up to ten different subjects in high school, this online tool can help students (or parents!) feeling stuck.

You will need to create an account with SchoolCenter to use this product. Use your library card number and PIN when signing up.

Math Fun for Elementary Students

TumbleMath offers math ebooks aimed at kindergarteners through fifth grade. If you’re not sure where to start with your child’s math work, try the quiz portal, which breaks topics up by grade level. From counting in kindergarten to geometry and algebra for older students, there is something for every concept. TumbleMath is mobile-friendly and streams from your browser. It does not require an account.

Learn a Language

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user's native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film and have fun with specialty mini courses, include Pirate! There is even an app, so you can add Mango to all your devices.

The Library also offers Transparent Language Online, a comprehensive, effective, and engaging way to learn over 120 languages, including English as a Second Language. Click here for account setup and a user guide.

Check out an eBook

Find something new to read with our collection of eBooks through OverDrive. Find picture books, graphic novels, chapter books and more. Just as the children’s section of the physical branch is creatively sectioned off, we created a user-friendly section of our OverDrive-powered website for kids! 

If you don't already have an Overdrive or Libby by Overdrive account, click here to get started.

    Talking Visual Databases for Early Learners

    Explore animals, biographies and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) for young learners with Abdo Zoom! This free resource is full of pictures and easy to navigate. Plus, it talks to you! Click on any picture and Abdo will read about it to you. Abdo Zoom is a great way for young students (up to second grade) to explore the world. Abdo Zoom is provided for free through June 2020. An account is not required.

    Animated Talking Picture Books

    TumbleBooks Library is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. Great for kids and families, TumbleBooks are available through your browser and are mobile friendly. Access is completely unlimited. You don’t need to create an account or download an app.

    Try Free Computer Science Challenges

    Explore computer science with free coding activities from GWC, one of the Arlington Public Library’s educational partners. These activities are available for instant download for anyone who wants to try something new! The challenges feature a range of difficulty levels, from activities for absolute beginners to experienced coders, so they are a great introduction to computer science. Click here to learn more.

    Make Sensory Bottles at Home

    Learn to make sensory bottles with simple items from around your home! Ms. Ashley is showing us this fun activity that can be a calming escape.

    Try it yourself: When you gather collections from a walk or around your house, ask your child what makes them similar and what makes them different. These discussions are a great way to build critical thinking skills.

    Get outside and have some fun

    Are you itching to get outside? Taking a walk around your home is a great way to get a change of pace while staying safe. We encourage you to safely explore your surroundings! Here are some fun and simple activities using materials you can find outdoors.

    Make Chalk Paint

    Learn to make chalk paint with Ms. Ashley! This fun activity is super easy and requires only a few ingredients from your kitchen.

    Try it yourself: Take your chalk paint outside and paint natural objects like pinecones, leaves, and even tree trunks. Painting different objects encourages your children to explore different textures in the world around them.

    What is Outdoor Process Art?

    Our children's team uses process art in most early learning programs like Little Messy Art and Drop-In Art. In this video, Miss Juli explains what process art is, the benefits of it, and how YOU can do it outside!

    Nature Walk Craftivity: Make Nature Pictures

    Take a nature walk with your family, bringing along a bag or basket, and collect some treasures from nature! You can walk around your neighborhood, apartment complex, or even just around your yard.  Look for leaves, grasses, flowers, sticks, or anything interesting from plants.  Then take your treasures home and use them to make art. Click here to see how to make nature pictures.

     

    Nature Walk Craftivity: Make Nature Rubbings

    Use the collected items from your nature walk to make another kind of art! Explore the different textures found in nature as well as all the colors and art supplies in your house. Be creative and use what you have--a plain pencil will work just fine. No paper? Check the recycle bin for receipts, paper shopping bags, thin paper packaging, newspaper, or try the back of a paper that's already been used. Click here to read all about nature rubbings.

    Nature Walk Craftivity: Make Hammer Art

    Use your nature treasures and a hammer to make unique art! Adult supervision is suggested for this activity. Click here to learn about hammer art, including ideas to adapt if you don't have a hammer.

    Make Nature-Themed Sensory Bottles

    Learn to make sensory bottles with simple items from around your home! Ms. Ashley is showing us this fun activity that can be a calming escape.

    Spring into Outdoor Storytime

    Join Ms. Yuli for a spring storytime full of bunnies, chicks, and all things spring. Try it yourself by picking some favorite books to read in a new place. Whether you read them on a blanket in the grass like Ms. Yuli did, in a chair on your patio, or just in a room with a different view than normal, changing your environment for storytime adds new sensory experiences to reading time.

    It's a weird time for everyone, and our teen librarians know that young adults are especially feeling it. To make it easier, we've pulled together our favorite resources for teens and young adults. From self-care and entertainment to online tutoring and instant digital books, the library has lots of free options to help you thrive in this time!

    Some of these options require a library account to log in. If you're having trouble logging in, you can give us a call at (817) 459-6900 for account help over the phone. Phone service is available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, click here to ask your question online.

    AISD students can log in using their lunch number and the PIN 1234.

     

    How to Make Dalgona Coffee

    Have you tried making Dalgona Coffee? Get your whisks ready! Ms. Lesley will be teaching us how to whip up this delicious drink, perfect to enjoy at home. If you're posting yours to social media, please tag us at @arlingtontxlib!

    Book Talk: The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

    Ms. Lisa, the librarian who selects the young adult books we order, is here to talk about The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart!

    Book Talk: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

    Join our librarian Ms. Lisa to talk about different young adult books that are worth giving a try. Lisa selects the YA books we order! This week she's talking about When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead.

    #LibraryGoesToProm2020

    Welcome to Library Goes to Prom 2020, Arlington Public Library's week of virtual prom activities! Prom can be an important rite of passage for teens. Whether you wanted to go to prom, had planned to skip it, or were doing something in between, many of you may be mourning this loss of a major high school milestone. That’s a normal and valid feeling! The Arlington Public Library is offering a virtual prom experience -- #LibraryGoesToProm2020 -- to help us get through this time together. Click here to see more.

    DIY Photo Both Accessories

    Part of what makes prom fun is the photos! As part of Library Goes to Prom, we will be teaching you how to make your own fun and fabulous photo booth accessories. Whether you are a graduating senior or simply someone with a love of photography, making photo booth accessories is fun and easy because there are practically no rules! Click here to see how.

    Tassel Earrings

    Make these fun and colorful tassel earrings with only a few materials to spice up your everyday wardrobe! These beautiful tassel earrings also make great gifts for friends and family that we’re sure they’ll love them! Click here to see how.

    DIY Pom Pom Wall Hangings

    Do you have some yarn lying around? You can add flair and a pop of color to your home or office with this DIY Pom Pom Wall Hanging!

    Take Our Online Events Survey

    We've been working on several projects for teen programs and now need YOUR help! Please take a fast and easy survey on digital events this spring. We want to find out what kind of online events you'd like to see.

    This survey link can be shared with other teens. Answers submitted will remain confidential and only used for the purposes of this survey. Click here to let us know your thoughts.

    Digital Escape Room

    May the odds be ever in your favor as you play our digital escape room! This online was designed by our teen staff and you can play solo or in a (virtual) group. Can you make it through all the Capitol's tricks and traps? Click here to try!

    Make Custom Accessories

    Make your own accessories using a hot glue gun! This project will help improve fine motor skills and concentration. There are lots of different things you can do with your hot glue design once you finish it. Click here to learn how to make your own earrings, hair accessories, key chains, and more.

    Streaming Young Adult Books

    Get instant graphic novels, drama and poetry, fiction, nonfiction and even videos for teens and young adults through TeenBookCloud. No account or download is necessary. All books are available through a browser and are mobile friendly! Click here to start reading.

    Expert Help from Live Tutors

    Get real-time help from expert tutors with Brainfuse! Tutors are available to chat every day between 2 and 11 p.m. Help is available for students up to 12th grade, plus help for some college subjects! You can also study for the SAT and ACT. If you're stuck on any of your work, make Brainfuse your first stop.

    Recommended Young Adult ebooks

    Explore this curated list of young adult ebooks, all specially chosen by our teens team. These ebooks are free to check out through Libby! Libby offers thousands of ebooks and digital audiobooks to check out.

    If you don't already have an Overdrive or Libby by Overdrive account, click here to get started. AISD students, you can use your lunch number and the PIN 1234 to log in.

    Digital Magazine Subscriptions

    Find digital versions of the magazines you used to see in stores! RBDigital offers 146 digital magazines. Subscribe to your favorites for back issues and automatic downloads. A library card and a free RBDigital account are required.

    Free Online Music, Voice and Art Lessons

    ArtistWorks offers unlimited digital access to beginning to advanced lessons for instruments and more. Don't have an instrument at home? Try free voice lessons or explore physical art classes!

    A library card or AISD lunch number and a free ArtistWorks account are required.  Click here for account setup and a user guide. 

    Play Library Bingo

    Explore the Library's website and online tools with this self-paced bingo card! This low-stress game is a great way to discover everything the Library has to offer.

    The Arlington Public Library is now offering online programs for adults! These events are pulled from our regular event schedule and moved online. Join us for free interactive discussion groups and workshops, all available from the comfort of your own home.  

    Virtual events are held using different platforms, such as conference calls or group video chats. Library staff are determining the best tool for each program! Registration is required to attend but all events are free. 

    Click here to see and register for upcoming events. After you sign up, library staff will be in touch with log-in details. 

    May 21, Southwest Spine Crackers Book Club

    Join us for a virtual meeting of our Southwest Spine Crackers Book Club! We'll have a great time discussing books from home.

    Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m. CST

    This meeting will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    May 22, Maker-Share Virtual Meeting

    Friday, May 22, 11 a.m. CST

    This meeting will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    May 27, Genealogy Research Basics

     Join us for Genealogy Research Basics, a special adaptation of our getting started with family history research class covering:

    • "The One Thing You Should Do RIGHT AWAY" and other essential research approaches
    • Where to look for stuff and what to do with what you find
    • Rookie mistakes to avoid, or, What experts wish someone had told them when they were first getting started

    Genealogy Research Basics is offered online at the following times:

    • Wednesday April 29, 3-4:30 PM
    • Wednesday May 13, 3-4:30 PM 
    • Wednesday May 27, 3-4:30 PM 

    All classes are free, but you must register in advance to attend. Click here to sign up for free

    Previous event: April 24: Budget Your Stimulus Money

    Getting a stimulus check? Make a plan and stretch your money with our free financial workshop.  Learn budgeting tips from Sam Ayeni, Money Coach with Forward Financial Group.

    Time: Friday, April 24, 12 to 1 p.m., CST

    This workshop will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    evento pasado: 29 de abril, Club de Lectura en Espanol, / Previous Event: April 29, Spanish Book Club

    Nuevo club de lectura de habla hispana. La primera reunión nos conoceremos y lo que nos gusta leer. Miércoles 29 de abril, 7 p.m. Haga clic aquí para registrarte.

    Our new Spanish book club. At the first meeting, we will meet each other and discuss what we like to read. Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m. Click here to sign up.

    Previous Event: April 29, Genealogy Research Basics

     Join us for Genealogy Research Basics, a special adaptation of our getting started with family history research class covering:

    • "The One Thing You Should Do RIGHT AWAY" and other essential research approaches
    • Where to look for stuff and what to do with what you find
    • Rookie mistakes to avoid, or, What experts wish someone had told them when they were first getting started

    Genealogy Research Basics is offered online at the following times:

    • Wednesday April 29, 3-4:30 PM
    • Wednesday May 13, 3-4:30 PM 
    • Wednesday May 27, 3-4:30 PM 

    All classes are free, but you must register in advance to attend. Click here to sign up for free

    Stream It: Come Paint With Us

    Program Specialist Lesley invites everyone to paint with her! Follow along with the video to make a beautiful landscape of your own.

    April 30, Night Out Bonus Book Club

    Join us for a virtual version of our destination book club! We'll have a great time discussing this month's book from home.

    This workshop will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    May 4, Improve Business Communication (Small Business Week)

    Learn techniques for improving and maintaining good business communication with coworkers, clients, and contacts. 

    Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.

    This workshop will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    May 5, Government Contracting Bootcamp

    This course is designed for those businesses that are new to Doing Business in the Federal Sector - startup to large businesses. It will also cover the "Art of the Process"- as well as focus on the diverse aspects of Federal Contracting. 

    Federal Contracting 101 will give entrepreneurs a very good look into the numerous best practices that are used nationwide.

    Action Points:

    • Federal Contracting 101: Understanding Contracting
    • Registration in SAM and DUNS
    • Setting for Up our Financing
    • Finding Opportunities and Bid
    • Certifications: Local, State and Federal
    • Filing out Applications (HUB Texas, NMSDC, NCTRCA)
    • Examine 8(a) and Hubzone

    Tuesday, May 5, 9 a.m. to noon CST

    This workshop will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

     

    May 6, Ways to Overcome Fear in Business (Small Business Week)

    Learn how to move past the fears you might be carrying in your professional career. Presented by JaCoi James from J&K Coaching.

    Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

    This workshop will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    May 7, Simple Steps to Starting Your Business (Small Business Week)

    Do you dream about starting a business? You're not alone - millions of Americans share that dream. And yet, not everyone has the courage to get started. But if you're ready to branch out on your own, this workshop is for you.

    Action Points

    • Getting Started  
    • Turning Your Ideas to a Business 
    • Marketing Your Business 
    • Financial Matters 
    • Stepping Out and taking action

    Thursday, May 7, 9 a.m. to noon, CST

    This workshop will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

     

    May 12, Northeast Bookworms Book Club

    Join us for an online meeting of the Northeast Bookworms!

    Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m.

    This book club will be hosted through Zoom. It's free to attend, but registration is required ahead of time. Click here to sign up.

    May 13, Genealogy Research Basics

     Join us for Genealogy Research Basics, a special adaptation of our getting started with family history research class covering:

    • "The One Thing You Should Do RIGHT AWAY" and other essential research approaches
    • Where to look for stuff and what to do with what you find
    • Rookie mistakes to avoid, or, What experts wish someone had told them when they were first getting started

    Genealogy Research Basics is offered online at the following times:

    • Wednesday April 29, 3-4:30 PM
    • Wednesday May 13, 3-4:30 PM 
    • Wednesday May 27, 3-4:30 PM 

    All classes are free, but you must register in advance to attend. Click here to sign up for free