Library Events & Programming
holiday maker fests
Create your own festive gifts and ornaments this holiday season at our Holiday Maker Fests!
2 p.m., Saturday, December 10
South Garland Branch Library
Ages 12+, Registration required, 972-205-3931 or register online.
2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10
Walnut Creek Branch Library
All ages, No registration required, 972-205-2585
Join us this fall for our Storytime programs!
Storytime programs include stories, songs, and activities led by our talented children's librarians. The librarians will model reading for parents plus songs and fingerplays. Parents can connect with other families in the area.
The Storytimes listed below are organized by age group. Take note of the time and location. Storytimes begin early September and end the first week of December..
Baby bounce & read
Babies, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers will learn, play, and grow together in this lap-sit storytime that introduces books, rhymes, tickles, and bounces designed to incorporate early literacy practices into their everyday lives.
9:30 a.m., Tuesdays, September 6 - November 29, Central Library
10:00 a.m., Fridays, September 9 - December 2, North Garland Branch Library
10:15 a.m., Fridays, September 9 - December 2, South Garland Branch Library
Toddler Time is a storytime for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Toddler Time storytimes will be a mixture of age appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, flannelboard stories, crafts, and parachute play.
10:30 a.m., Tuesdays, September 6 - November 29, Central Library
11:00 a.m., Fridays, September 9 – December 2, North Garland Branch Library
Literacy in Motion: Join us for some lively stories, songs, and rhymes that will help your little ones develop early literacy skills needed to learn, play, and grow. This storytime is designed for ages 18mos – 3yrs and their caregivers.
11:15 a.m., Fridays, September 9 - December 2, South Garland Branch Library
Preschool Discovery is designed for ages 3 to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. Enjoy books, songs, exploring colors, letters, numbers, and much more that will help develop your preschooler's early literacy skills.
9:30 a.m., Thursdays, September 8 - December 1, Central Library
10:15 a.m., Wednesdays, September 7 - November 30, South Garland Branch Library
Family read & Play
The whole family will learn, play, and grow during this interactive storytime full of stories, creative movement, and songs that will strengthen listening, language, and literacy skills. We will use books, movement activities, songs, rhymes, manipulative, and extensions that promote the growth of the child's literacy, brain, and emotional development. We will also model ways caregivers can interact, engage, and be their child's first teacher.
10 a.m., Wednesdays, September 7 - November 30, North Garland Branch Library
10:30 a.m., Saturdays, September 10 - December 3, Walnut Creek Branch Library
11:15 a.m., Saturdays, September 10 - December 3, South Garland Branch Library
Tiempo de Cuentos en Espanol
Los tiempos de cuento consistirán de diferentes temas cada semana incluyendo la familia, el amor, el amistad, los animales y la comida, que a su vez destacará nuestra colección en Español para niños. Se explorará un enfoque en la prealfabetización y alfabetización temprana en Inglés y Español junto con baile, canto y manualidades ocasionales.
The story times will consist of different themes every week including family, love, holidays, friendship, animals and food, which in turn will highlight our Spanish youth collection. A focus on pre-literacy and early literacy in both English and Spanish will be explored along with dancing, singing and occasional crafts.
10:30 a.m., Jueves, Septiembre 8 - Deciembre 1, Biblioteca Central (Tiempos de cuentos para Preescolares)
Every Child Ready to Read©
Every Child Ready to Read© is a program designed to help parents and caregivers help their children be ready to read. These pre-literacy activities are designed for ages 0 through 5 years and will change every other week. These simple activities encourage a child's ability to learn and form both spoken and written words. Teaching parents and other caregivers how to support the early literacy development of their children is the basis of Every Child Ready to Read© at the Garland Libraries.
1 of the 5 Every Child Ready to Read© Practices will be highlighted during each bi-weekly activity:
1. Talking: Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.
2. Singing: Singing develops language skills. Slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. Helps children learn new words and information.
3. Reading: Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.
4. Writing: Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives.
5. Playing: Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.
Each activity will feature 1 of 4 subjects:
Each of the Garland Libraries will provide pre-literacy activities that can be accessed by parents and/or caregivers and their children anytime the libraries are open. Every location within the Garland Library system will be presenting the same subject and practice for two weeks before moving on to the next subject and practice.
art hackers / hackers de arte
2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 17
Art Hackers will be a two class program in which each class will focus on a different art hack and explain the science or ideology behind why it works. Participants will be presented with one to two art hacks along with the procedure and why it works. Participants will then get to try the art hack(s) out on their own while creating their own piece of art.
Register by calling 972-205-2501 or register online.
Noche de Loteria / Loteria Night
6 p.m., Wednesday, December 21
¡Disfruta de una noche de diversión y premios mientras jugamos una versión bilingüe del popular juego de Lotería!
¡Familias de todas edades son bienvenidas! Los jugadores deben ser capaces de leer palabras simples. Gratis para jugar. Se requiere registro. Llame al 972-205-2516 para registrarse o registrarse online.
Enjoy a night of fun and prizes as we play a bilingual version of the popular Loteria game! Families of all ages welcome! Players must be able to read simple words. Free to play. Registration required. Please call 972-205-2516 to register or register online.
Noon Year's Eve
11:30 a.m., Saturday, December 31
Families of young children are invited to ring in the new year with this Noon Year's Eve party. Activities will include a photo booth with props; crafts (party-hat decorations, DIY noise makers, Firework Wands); games ("Red Solo cup" tower building, water bottle bowling); and finally a balloon drop for the countdown at noon.
Questions? Call 972-205-2516
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative from the 1000 Books Foundation that encourages children to read or be read ONE THOUSAND books before beginning Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can work toward this goal and help their children to build the skills needed for future school and life success. Babies, Toddler, and Preschoolers ages 0 to 6 are welcome to participate in this ongoing program.
How it works
Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten in person at your local Garland Library, or register online using Beanstack: https://nmls.beanstack.org/reader365
Already have a Beanstack account? Just sign in to get started!
Come in and pick up a log, or use one of our printable reading logs below:
1,000 Books Log 1-100
1,000 Books Log 101-200
1,000 Books Log 201-300
1,000 Books Log 301-400
1,000 Books Log 401-500
1,000 Books Log 501-600
1,000 Books Log 601-700
1,000 Books Log 701-800
1,000 Books Log 801-900
1,000 Books Log 901-1,000
Once your child has completed a log, bring it to the Children’s Desk at any of our libraries to receive a prize and the next reading log.
6 p.m., Wednesdays, December 14
Team Tabletop is a monthly program on Wednesday evenings featuring single-session tabletop role playing games (One-Shot TTRPGs). While Dungeons & Dragons is growing in popularity, the complexity of the rule system and the effort needed to plan a session can be a barrier to playing the game. Instead, Team Tabletop will feature games that are light on mechanics and easy to run in one session. Some fun examples of these sorts of game sessions include The Adventure Zone: Fur or Critical Role: Crash Pandas. TTRPGs encourage critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity, and hosting these games at the library will develop a strong sense of community and inclusion.
Register by calling 972-205-2516 or register online.
novel ideas: a teen book club
6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15
Novel Ideas is Central Library's new teen book club. Meeting once a month, participants will discuss a book they have read individually. Specifically, there is no "assigned" book for each meeting - this club is meant to encourage teens to read what they like and helps others find their next favorite read!.
Nailed It! For The Holidays
3 p.m., Tuesday, December 20
Inspired by Netflix the show Nailed It!, this program allows teens to express their creativity through holiday-themed snacks - the wackier, the better!
Teens will have a set amount of time to assemble and customize rice crispy trees or snowman cupcakes before the treats are evaluated by the judges!
Teen Advisory Board
Teens ages 13 to 17 can make a difference in their community by joining the Garland Library Teen Advisory Board. Teens will discuss how the library can serve their age group in terms of events, materials, and services. Participants will receive volunteer hours for attending.
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month
In addition to helping improve library service to teens, serving on the Advisory Board allows teens to socialize with their peers. Teens who apply for board membership need parental consent and must attend two consecutive meetings and a total of eight meetings per year to officially serve as members.
The Teen Advisory Board meeting dates for 2022:
- November 10
- December 8
Adult Game Night
6:00 p.m., First Thursday of the month, December 1
On the first Thursday of the month, adult citizens (18+) are invited to gather and play board games, video games, cards or work on puzzles provided by the Library. This is a drop-in event. A staff member will be on hand to set out games/puzzles; arrange seating; field any questions about the games or the library. Refreshments available.
Wool Felted Ornaments
5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8
In this program we will create unique Wool Felted Ornaments by the process of needle felting. The loose wool is wrapped around the Styrofoam ball and repeatedly poked with a micro barbed needle to stiffen and tighten the wool into a firm shape. This is a great festive craft for all skill levels!
Register by calling 972-205-2803.
North Garland Branch Library
Adult Book Clubs
Romancing the Book Club
6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 1
South Garland Branch Library
This month's selection is The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer
Adults ages 18 and older are invited to join our romance novel book club. No registration is required to attend. Romancing the Book Club meetfs on the first Thursday of the month.
Saturday Mystery Book Club
2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10
This month's selection is Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton
Once a month on the second Saturday, adult (18+) patrons will gather at the Central Library to discuss that month’s mystery or thriller book selection. Light refreshments will be available.
Adult Book Club
6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15
South Garland Branch Library
This month's selection is reader's choice! Bring your favorite to share with the group.
Adults ages 18 and older are invited to join book club. No registration is required to attend. The Adult Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month.
English Conversation Class
Meeting once a week, this interactive conversation group for new English speakers and other patrons is geared toward improving every day skills in a casual setting. The program will allow participants to improve their conversational skills in a friendly environment as well as build vocabulary and confidence.
6 p.m., Mondays beginning September 12
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays
South Garland Branch Library
For more information please call 972-205-2501.
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