AUBURNDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
100 W. Bridgers Avenue, Auburndale.
TALE BOXES: 2 to 5 years old, books, finger games and crafts. One week departure, must have an adult library card.
STEAM BOXES: from 5 to 13 years old, practical learning with gadgets, instruments…, cash box over two weeks, youth and adult card.
PAWS TO READ: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays. Free. Come and read to Sophie, the therapy dog.
BARTOW PUBLIC LIBRARY
2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow.
BABIES BOOK: Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., from 18 months to 2 years old. Free. Nursery rhymes, finger games, songs, speech bubbles.
STORY TIME: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Wednesdays, ages 3 to 5. Free. Stories, songs, finger games and a movie.
STORY TIME: 4 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, ages 6 to 8. Free. Stories, songs, finger games and a movie.
IT WAS A CUENTO WITH YELI: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sept. 17, all ages. Tales in Spanish and English.
PAWS TO READ: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 17, Children’s Department. Free. Come read to the visiting dogs and receive a free book.
TEEN ANIME CLUB: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 24, teens and young adults, free. Chat anime, make arts and crafts
FLORIDA AIR MUSEUM
4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland
STORY TIME WITH ACE THE LIBRARY WORM: 10:00-11:00 a.m. September 6, aimed at ages 2-5, but all ages are welcome. Free.
FORT MEADE PUBLIC LIBRARY
75 East Broadway Street, Fort Meade
DROP AND READ ALL: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, teens; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. children, kindergarten to grade 12. Free. Designated quiet reading time.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: September 26 at 10 a.m., up to 5 years old. Free. Reading books and songs.
COLOR & CHILL: walk-in all day, all ages. Free. Color for fun.
CITY OF HAINES PUBLIC LIBRARY
111 N. Sixth St., Haines City.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, ages 2 to 5. Free. Tales, songs, puppets and crafts. Limited places available, first come, first served.
AMONG US: Monday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 13 to 18 years old, young adults room. Free. Group game. Bring your own device to play; some iPads available.
ANIMAL CROSSING: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 13 to 18 years old. Free. Fish, catch bugs and trade supplies. Requires a Nintendo Switch with Animal Crossing. An Animal Crossing game is available to play during play time. First come first served.
POKEMON-GO IN THE PARK: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24, all ages. Eva Lake Park, 555 Ledwith Ave, Haines City. Trainers are invited to join the City of Haines Public Library at Lake Eva Park for collecting, raiding, and fun.
LAKE ALFRED PUBLIC LIBRARY
245 N. Seminole Ave., Lake Alfred.
BEE STORY TIME: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., up to 4 years old. Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.
DIY AFTERNOON: Monday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., from 5 years old. Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.
LAKE OF WALES PUBLIC LIBRARY
290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales.
GIGGLES AND GIGGLES: from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, walkers up to 4 years old and their companions. Free. Books, finger games, action songs and nursery rhymes.
ANIME CLUB: Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., 13-18 years old. Free.
YUM CLUB: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, ages 9 to 12. Free. Discover a new country each month with snacks and sweets.
LAKELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Larry R. Jackson Branch
eLibrary South Lakeland
1700 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland.
STORYTIME AT HOME: Discover a storytime kit at home for 2 to 5 year olds. The theme kit includes three to five picture books, an activity guide, a craft, songs and more. Current themes include dogs, cats, hedgehogs, dinosaurs, birthdays, police and firefighters. Branch of Larry R. Jackson.
STORYTIME AT HOME: discover a storytime kit at home for 2 to 5 year olds. Grab books from the display table, get a sheet of suggested songs and rhymes, and request a craft from the office. eLibrary South Lakeland.
MEDULLA RESOURCE CENTER
1049 Parker Road, Lakeland.
BUSY BEES SPORTS EXPLORERS: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 3 to 6, must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Limited to 15. Featured Sport of the Month for August: Floor Hockey. Presented by Polk County Parks & Recreation. Contact [email protected] report. https://www.facebook.com/PolkCoFLParksAndRec/events.
NEIGHBORHOOD STORY HOUR: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesdays, from kindergarten to age 6. Free. A costumed character reads stories from a children’s book. Practical activities follow. Snack provided. Presented by Polk County Parks & Recreation. Limited capacity. 863-647-4035. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Medulla-Community-Center/202835616435593
MULBERRY PUBLIC LIBRARY
905 Fifth St. NE, Mulberry.
MULBERRY CIVIC CENTER
901 Fifth St. NE, Mulberry.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, up to 5 years old. Civic Center. Free. A story reading with dancing and singing with Mrs. Sarah and Mrs. Jenny.
HORA DE CUENTO FAMILIAR Y MANUALIDADES: 10:30 a.m. on September 22, 5-11 years old. Civic Center. Story time in Spanish and crafts with Mrs. Jenny.
READING DETECTIVES: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, ages 5 to 11. Flag. Free. Reading Club.
POKEMON CLUB: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, ages 7 to 14. Flag. Free. Swap cards and fight.
PENCIL EXPRESSION: 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesdays, middle school, Teen Room or Pavilion, Free. Writing activities and games with Ms. Aleisha. 2:30 p.m. the first Wednesdays, high school, Teen Room or Pavilion, Free. Writing activities and games with Mrs. Sarah.
BOOK AND A CRAFT: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, grades 1 through 5. Flag. Free. Highlight a picture book and create a craft to go along with the story with Mrs. Jenny and Kathyanne.
READ WITH PERSIA. 3 p.m. by appointment, Sept. 12 and Sept. 26, ages 5-11. Library.
THE CREATIVE PROJECT: 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13, middle school, Teen Room or Pavilion. Free. Crafts and after school snacks with Ms. Aleisha. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14, high school, Teen Room or Pavilion. Free. Crafts and after school snacks with Ms. Aleisha.
BOOK CLUB DATE: 4:30 p.m. September 20 college, room or pavilion for teenagers. Free. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21, high school, Teen Room or Pavilion. Free. Book discussion, including games and more.
GAME ON! TWEENS: 4:30 p.m. September 22, Middle School, Teen Room. Free. Board games, card games, Wii games and more after school with Ms. Aleisha.
GAME ON! TEENS: 2:30 p.m. September 28, high school, Teen Room. Free. Board games, card games, Wii games and more after school with Ms. Aleisha.
SATURDAY GETAWAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. second, third and fourth Saturday, all ages. Teen bedroom. Free. The second Saturdays, puzzles; third Saturdays, coloring; fourth Saturdays, puns.
FAMILY CRAFTS: all day, September 3, all ages, teen room. Free. Family craft. September: creation of monograms.
WINTER HAVEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
325 Avenue A NW, Winter Haven.
LITTLE SHOOTS TALE TIME: from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 5 years old. Free. Stories, songs, finger games and puppet shows. Registration required.
LEGO CLUB: Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 to 12 years old. Free. Lego blocks. Creations exhibited the following week.
TEEN PLANNING GROUP: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17, ages 12-17. Free. Earn community service hours by helping librarians plan STEAM programs for school-aged children.
OFFSHOOTS LAB: 4-5 p.m., September 15, K-5, Children’s Department. Free. Perler Bead creation.
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