Library Events & Programming
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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.
Little art explorers: The art of shapes
2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 3
South Garland Branch Library
In September, participants will explore shapes! At the beginning of the program, we will sing a couple of songs and read a story. Then, children will discover the textures of paper and glue sticks as they create their own work of art using precut shapes (created by die cuts) to create their own collage of shapes.
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.
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:
- September 8
- October 13
- November 10
- December 8
Interviewing 101 https://my.nicheacademy.com/nmls/course/20438
DIY Friendship Bracelets https://my.nicheacademy.com/nmls/course/20346
College and Financial Aid 101 https://my.nicheacademy.com/nmls/course/19174
Adulting 101: Digital Citizenship and Online Safety https://my.nicheacademy.com/nmls/course/17829
Teen Self-Portraits https://my.nicheacademy.com/nmls/course/18320
Adulting 101: Resumes and Applications https://my.nicheacademy.com/nmls/course/18316
Blind date with a book!
Garland’s Central Library is offering its adult patrons one final fun summer activity. Throughout August patrons can go on “blind dates” with books by checking out a book without knowing the title or author.
The books will be wrapped in paper and located on the library’s display shelving. The first line of the book and its genre—science fiction, romance, horror, YA— will be written on each book’s wrapping.
Participants may also fill out a review card to give their opinions on the books they chose. Patrons who return their review cards by Aug. 31 will be entered into a prize drawing to win gift cards to a local ice cream shop.
Senior Social Hour: Dallas Zoo Animals
Join us at Central Library where the Zoo comes to you! Seniors, 55+, are invited to meet 6-8 zoo animals including mammals, reptiles, and birds!
2 p.m., Thursday, August 18
Adult Book Clubs
Romancing the Book Club
6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 1
South Garland Branch Library
This month's selection is Ramon y Julieta by Alana Quintana Albertson
Adults can join a new romance book club. The Romance Book Club will meet on the second Tuesday of each month.
Join our E-MAIL LIST for information about upcoming Romancing the Book Club meetings.
Adult Book Club
6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 18
South Garland Branch Library
This month's selection is The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
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
For more information please call 972-205-2501.
Computer Classes for Beginners
2 p.m., Tuesdays
- September 6 - Mouse and Keyboarding for Beginners
- September 20 - Desktop and File Management
- October 4 - Getting on the Internet
- October 18 - Intro to Word
- November 1 - Intro to Excel
- November 15 - Google Docs for Beginners
Participation in Library computer classes is free and open to adult Garland residents. Registration is required and begins 2 weeks before the class. Call 972-205-2501 with any questions.
Every Body Yoga
Adults can learn the basics of yoga from a professional yoga instructor. Attendees must provide their own blanket, towel, or yoga mat and are encouraged to exercise within limits of their ability and fitness levels.
2 p.m., Fridays beginning September 9th
South Garland Branch Library
Attendance at Garland Library programs or public spaces constitutes consent to be photographed and video recorded for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Library, such as presentations, displays, newsletters, articles, library websites and other media. If you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please speak to the Library Staff member before the event.