Library Events & Programming


Library Calendar of Events

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Join us this spring for our in-person 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 run weekly from mid-January to the end of April.

Baby storytime

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, January 11 - April 26
Central Library

10 a.m.,  Fridays, January 14 - April 29
North Garland Branch Library

10:15 a.m.,  Fridays, January 14 - April 29
South Garland Branch Library

Toddler Storytime

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 a.m.,  Mondays, January 10- April 25
Central Library

11 a.m., Fridays, January 14 - April 29
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, January 14 - April 29
South Garland Branch Library


Preschool Storytime 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.

11 a.m., Tuesdays, January 11 - April 26
Central Library

Zoom into Kindergarten: Learn, play, and grow in this engaging storytime 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 and prepare them to zoom into kindergarten ready to have fun and succeed. 

10:15 a.m.,  Wednesdays, January 12 - April 27
South Garland Branch Library

Play and Learn: Each week the Children’s Librarian will set up the Program Room with multiple activities that ranges from simple pretend play to STEAM activities. Sample activities include sensory bins, blocks & legos, pretend play activities, coloring pages, and STEAM activities/challenges.

10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, January 12, 19, and 26
North Garland Branch Library

Family storytime

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.

6:15 p.m., Tuesdays, January 11 - April 26
The first Tuesday of the month is a Bilingual Storytime: February 1, Tuesday, March 1, Tuesday, April 5.
Walnut Creek Branch Library

6 p.m., Thursdays, January 13 - April 28
South Garland Branch Library

6 p.m., Thursdays, January 13 - April 28
North Garland Branch Library

Tiempo de Cuentos en Espanol

Las familias son bienvenidas a vestirse con piyama o disfraz para crear un ambiente cómodo y divertido. 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.     

Families are welcome to join and wear pajamas or costumes to create a comfy and fun atmosphere. 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.

6:15 p.m. Wednesdays January 12-April 27 / 6:15 p.m. los Miércoles, Enero 12-Abril 27
Central Library/ Biblioteca Central 

List of themes/ Lista de temas: 
January 12- Kings and Queens (Reyes y Reynas)
January 19- Snow Animals (Animales de la Nieve)
January 26- Monsters (Monstros)
February 2- Sweets and Desserts (Dulces y Postres)
February 9- Love and Friendship (Amor y Amistad)
February 16- Space (El Espacio)
February 23- Colors- in honor of Flag Day (Colores- en honor de el Día de la Bandera)
March 2- Celebrations (Fiestas)
March 9- Dinosaurs (Dinosaurios)
March 16- St. Patrick's Day- (Día de San Patricio)
March 23- Spring (Primavera)
March 30- Spring Animals (Animales de la Primavera)
April 6- Picnic (Picnic)
April 13- Easter (Pascua)
April 20- Dancing (Baile)
April 27- Tropical (Tropical)

This program is for families with young children. No registration required. 
Este programa es para familias con niños pequeños. No es necesario registrarse.  

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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.