Celebrate National Library Week 2017 – April 9-15

Celebrate National Library Week 2017 – April 9-15

This week is Celebrate National Library Week 2017 with the theme “Libraries Transform.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers that host numerous events for children and adults. Visit www.ilovelibraries.org to learn more!

Libraries are truly an amazing resource for our communities. As a mom, I have found incredible value in the FREE programs for children held every week at libraries across Polk County. These storytimes, classes, and hands-on events are a perfect opportunity for children of all ages to learn, engage, hear stories, and expand their minds. When my kids were small, going to the library for a program each week was a great way to get out of the house and meet other families!

Here in Polk County, we have 17 libraries and a Bookmobile serving our communities. All of the libraries listed below are part of the Polk County Library Cooperative, which was formed October 1, 1997 through an Interlocal Agreement between the 13 municipalities with public libraries and the Board of County Commissioners. The Cooperative enables the city-owned and operated public libraries to open their doors to all residents of the county, including those in the unincorporated area.

Below we’ve listed all of the regularly scheduled programs for children and teens at libraries across the county. Take a look down the list and you’ll realize how much our libraries have to offer! There are also many adult programs offered, check your local library website for more information.

Be sure to check directly with the library before you go in case of any schedule changes.

Don’t have a library card yet? Getting one is EASY and FREE! Read to the bottom to get more details.


Lakeland Public Library
100 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801
Website  /  Facebook  /  (863) 834-4280
Click here to see a full calendar of Lakeland Library events

  • Preschool Storytime – ages 4-5 – select Tuesdays at 10am
  • Toddler Time – ages 2-3 – select Wednesdays at 10am
  • Mother Goose Baby Time – ages 0-2 – select Thursdays at 11am
  • Kids Korner After School – ages 5-12 – select Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30pm
  • Tech Know Mondays – ages 6-12 – 1st and 3rd Monday at 3:30
  • Wonder Wednesdays – ages 5-12 – select Wednesdays at 3:30
  • Beakers & Books Science Program – grades 2-5 – select Fridays at 2:30pm
  • Children’s Theatre – recommended ages 4-8 but all welcome – 4th Saturday at 2pm
  • Teen Scene – select Tuesdays at 3pm
  • Tween Scene – select Thursdays at 3pm
  • Adventurers Guild – ages 13-18 – select Fridays at 3pm
  • Youth Writing Club – ages 10-17 – select Mondays at 3:30pm
  • Sensory Storytime – select Saturdays at 10am (registration required)

Lakeland Public Library – Larry R. Jackson Branch
1700 N Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33805
Website  /  Facebook  /  (863) 834-4288

  • Storytime – ages 2-5 – select Wednesdays at 10:30am
  • Kidtastic Tuesdays – every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm (all ages welcome)

eLibrary South Lakeland
4740 S Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813
Website  /  Facebook  /  863-838-4507

  • Babies & Books – lapsit storytime for ages 0-18 months – every Friday at 10am

NOTE: We list all of the programs offered at Lakeland’s three libraries on our Local Event Calendar.

Auburndale Public Library
Bartow Public Library
Bookmobile
Dundee Public Library
Ft. Meade Public Library
Latt Maxcy Memorial Library - Frostproof
Haines City Public Library
Lake Alfred Public Library
Lake Wales Public Library
Mulberry Public Library
Polk City Community Library
Winter Haven Public Library

Getting a Library Card is EASY and FREE!

Anyone who lives within Polk County can get a library card for FREE. To obtain a card, present a valid picture ID, along with proof of current address to any library service desk, OR register online and bring in proof of address within 30 days to receive full library privileges. [Proof of address documents include: driver’s license, utility bill, voter’s registration card, rental agreement.] There is no minimum age requirement to apply for a library card. Children of any age can obtain a library card with parent/guardian permission. Teens with a driver’s license or ID can apply for their own library card.

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With your library card you can:

  • Borrow materials
  • Reserve and renew materials
  • Download ebooks, music and movies
  • Access our online databases from home
  • Log on to our public access computers

    … and your card is valid at ANY public library in Polk County!

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