Activities and Events for Kids
Reading with Ruby (ages 5-12)
Thursday, April 6th, April 27th 3:30 p.m.
Come to the Parkland Library to practice your reading skills by reading to Ruby, a therapy dog who is almost as big as Clifford! This program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend who won’t mind if you make a mistake. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. Each child will have the opportunity to read for about 5 minutes. Parkland Library Card required to register. Register Here
Tuesday, April 4th 6:00 p.m.
"Astronomy, Incorporated" is a class program conducted by the Honors Astronomy classes of Stoneman Douglas High School. In this program, students work in small groups to create both digital and physical 'products'. "SPACE NIGHT at PARKLAND LIBRARY" is an opportunity for those students to display their creations. Student artwork and astrophotography will be posted throughout the library and their short films will be played in the conference room. Telescopes will be set up on the sidewalks outside of the building as well and operated by the Astronomy Club. Mr. Jeter will answer questions about Astronomy and Mr. Simpson will share his knowledge of astrophotography. Finally, we will have a Space Trivia Contest in the conference room during the 2nd half of the event. Register Here
Bricks ‘N’ Books (age 7 and up)
Monday, April 10th, 11 a.m.
Children age 7 and up, bring your imagination and Lego building skills to the library! At each Bricks and Books meeting we will have a new building challenge. Conquer each challenge with a buddy or work on your own. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Wednesday, April 12th, 11:30 a.m.
Spend a little time coloring and listening to Disney tunes at the library. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Family Flix: Disneynature: Bears (age 5 and up)
Wednesday, April 12th, 2:30 p.m.
Showcasing a year in the life of a bear family, mother Sky teaches her two impressionable cubs, Amber and Scout about life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, their journey begins as winter ends. Emerging from hibernation, the three face the bitter cold and an exciting but very risky outside world. Astonishing footage captures the fast-moving action and suspense of an endearing family learning to live life to its fullest in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses. This movie is 78 minutes long and rated G. Parkland Library card required to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register here.
Tiny Tots Social Time (age 9 months to 4 years)
Thursday, April 13th, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Children enjoy free-play time with age-appropriate toys, puzzles and books while the adults get to socialize, too. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Beatnik Poetry for Kids (age 6 and up)
Thursday, April 13th, 2:30 p.m.
Children will take turns picking out poems and then reading them aloud while the group snaps, drums and follows along in this fun throwback to the era of Beat Poetry. Participants can volunteer to read or just be part of the audience. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Building with Lincoln Logs (ages 4-7)
Monday, April 17th, 3:30 p.m.
Children will have fun using their imagination while building log cabins, towers or whatever else they become inspired to make. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Game Squad (age 7 and up)
Tuesday, April 18th, 4:45 p.m.
Are you crazy about playing games on your favorite handheld device? Then the Parkland Library’s Game Squad is right for you! Children will get the chance to connect through the library’s WiFi to play with fellow gamers while also socializing in person. Participants must bring their own devices (iPad, Nintendo DS, etc.) with their preferred games already downloaded. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Stories in the Garden*
Tuesday, April 18th 6:15 p.m.
*Meets at Pine Trails Park
Parkland Library is hosting a special Storytime at the Community Garden located at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center at Pine Trails Park. Enjoy the outdoors while listening to stories; then tour the garden and plant a seed to take home. The garden is located right behind the P-REC. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Chess Club (age 8 and up)
Wednesday, April 19th, 4:15 p.m.
Parkland Library Chess Club is for children ages 8 and up. Beginners can learn to play and players meet your match! Registration is required for each game date. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Earth Day Storywalk
Thursday, April 20th 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Take a walk and read a story at our Earth Day StoryWalk! Our book selection is We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow. Each page from this tale will be posted on signs along a path by the library. To finish the story you will need to finish the walk! Then join us on the library patio for more activities. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. Parkland Library card required to register. Register here.
Smart Start Tutoring
Varied Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This program provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students provided by high school students. For information and to register, visit http://www.smartstartfl.com.
Reading Buddies (K-5th grade)
Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Would your child benefit from a Reading Buddy? When younger students read with older students, literacy skills are picked up in an enjoyable manner. The Parkland Juniorettes, high school girls dedicated to making a difference, have partnered with the Parkland Library to help younger students with reading. Building partnerships between our high-achieving high school students and elementary-age children is an excellent way to reinforce lifelong reading success. (Note: On the Mondays that school is closed Reading Buddies will not meet.) Registration is not required; just meet at the desk in the center of the library.