Library Events & Programming

  1. CHILDREN 
  2. TEENS & TWEENS
  3. ADULTS
  4. FAMILIES
  5. STORYTIMES

Programs and events geared to elementary school age children plus toddlers and babies.


Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Superhero SciencePerot Museum of Nature and Science: Superhero Science

This interactive, educator-led show will explore the science behind superheroes and their fantastic powers. Enjoy demonstrations on topics such as matter and energy, magnetism, levitation, and light properties.


2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 17
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 19
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804

Some locations have limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to children. Due to planned construction, event locations are subject to change. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.


Drawing of a Lego construction manBlock Party at the Central Library

Children can develop their engineering skills, an important STEAM concept, by attending Block Party at the Library, a program from the Nicholson Memorial Library System for children ages 4 through 12. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures within one hour. Block Party at the Library is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations while having fun. 


3 p.m., Tuesday, July 23
Central Library
972-205-2516

Block Party at the Library is a free event open to children ages 4 through 12 and their caregivers. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend. The Library provides all supplies used at this event. Due to planned construction, event locations are subject to change. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. 


Creative Kids logo Creative Kids Workshops

School-age children, ages 7 to 12, have the opportunity to become creative kids this summer by joining the Creative Kids Group at the South Garland Branch Library. This program series features a different class each Tuesday, beginning June 4 and ending July 23. Each class runs from 7 to 8 p.m. During these sessions children will learn a new creative skill and then practice with hands-on activities and crafts. There is a class to engage almost every child.

July 23    Space Suncatchers  

Create a space-themed suncatcher using stained-glass paint and clear plastic plates. Once the paint has dried, staff will help you add stars for a finished look. THIS CLASS IS FULL

Registration is required to attend Creative Kids and begins Wednesday, May 1. Due to the popularity of these programs, registration is limited to 30 participants, and parents may register their children for a maximum of two programs per month. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. The South Garland Branch Library is located at 4845 Broadway Blvd., at Oates Rd. Call 972-205-3933 for information on specific classes and to register.


Michelle RabouinRochelle Rabouin: Mae Among the Stars at the South Garland Branch Library

Learn about Mae Carol Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space. Rochelle Rabouin is a vocalist, musician, and Master Teaching Artist who integrates multiple art forms into her presentations.


2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 24
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

Some locations have limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to children. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.


James Wand MagicianJames Wand Magic

Assist magician James Wand on a mission of magic and mystery. Help him solve clues, crack codes, and perform magic on this top secret adventure.

2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 25
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 26
Central Library
972-205-2516

2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804

Some locations have limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to children. Due to planned construction, event locations are subject to change. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.


Toddler Dance Party Toddler dance party at the North Garland Branch Library Storytime

Toddlers, put on your boogie shoes and join us for the Toddler Dance Party!  At this special storytime there will be musical games, guided dance, and free dance time.


10 a.m., Friday, July 26
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804

For toddlers Ages 18 - 36 months. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.


Picture of musical notes on a rainbowGarland Symphony Orchestra visits Preschool Storytime

Preschoolers ages three to five can get a taste of STEAM learning this summer as members of the Garland Symphony Orchestra (GSO) visit three Garland library locations. STEAM learning has become a dominant part of both national and local school district curriculums and teaches kids science, technology, engineering, art, and math in fun and engaging ways. Children attending these events will learn about music as an art form as GSO members teach them about the different musical instruments that form the orchestra and demonstrate how they are played.

11 a.m., Friday, July 26 - during Preschool Storytime
North Garland Branch Library
972-205-2804

In addition to this special event, Garland Libraries also host STEAM-related programming for school-aged children and offer STEAM educational technology for children ages two through twelve. 


Drawing of a Lego construction manFamily Block Party at the Walnut Creek Branch Library

Practice your engineering skills and make original Lego® creations as a family by attending Block Party at the Library, a family event from the Nicholson Memorial Library System. Block Party at the Library is designed to help attendees develop their STEAM engineering skills in a family-friendly environment. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures within one hour. 

2:30 p.m., Friday, July 26
Walnut Creek Branch Library
972-205-2585

Block Party at the Library is a free event open to families. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to attend. The Library provides all supplies used at this event. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.


SRP Wrap Up PartySummer Reading Wrap-Up Party: Celebrate a Summer Well Spent at the Library

Participants in the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Summer Reading Program can celebrate their accomplishments by attending the Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party. The beloved children’s book character Biscuit the Dog, created by Alyssa Capucilli, will be on hand to meet party-goers and take photos. Attendees may also make Biscuit-themed crafts. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.

2:30 p.m., Monday, July 29
Central Library
972-205-2517

The grand prize drawings for each Summer Reading Program age group, babies, kids, and teens, will be conducted at the party as well. If present, winners may receive their prizes at this time, though attendance is not required to win.

Due to planned construction, event locations are subject to change. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.


Optical Illusion drawing with checkered boxesArt Explorers: Optical Illusions at the Walnut Creek Branch Library

Children ages 6 through 12 can make spherical optical illusions at this month’s Art Explorers event. Attendees will be taught to draw an optical illusion of a floating sphere using pencils, pens, and markers. All supplies are provided by the library.


2:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3
Walnut Creek Branch Library
Registration opens Saturday, July 20
972-205-2585

Children attending Art Explorers learn about different types of art, then develop their STEAM art skills by creating their own masterpieces. Registration is required to attend each Art Explorer program and is limited to 24 participants. Registration may be completed by phone or in person at the Walnut Creek Branch Library beginning Saturday, July 20.  Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. 

Publicity disclaimer

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.