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Library Events

Saturday December 16, 2017
2:30 PMPaws to Read with Therapy Dogs at the Central Library

Children can meet and read with certified therapy dogs this fall at Garland Libraries. A selection of books will be available at the event for children to read to the dogs. Children waiting to read may work on a fleece blanket that will be donated to the Garland Animal Shelter.

2:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16
Central Library
972-205-2517

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.

Monday December 18, 2017
5:00 PMFriends of the Nicholson Library Bi-Monthly Meeting at the Central Library

The Friends of the Library meet bi-monthly on the third Monday of the month, 5 p.m. at the Central Library. Anyone interested in the activities of the Friends is welcome to attend.

Central Library
972-205-2543

Friends of the Nicholson Memorial Library is a community organization supporting and promoting the Library. The Friends sponsors activities to raise funds for the purchase of library materials and equipment, and underwrites programming to benefit all library users.

Tuesday December 19, 2017
10:00 AMCatch Pokémon and Earn Badges at the Central Library

Pokémon is still going strong, and now kids, tweens, and teens can earn Pokémon gym badges at two Garland Library locations this December. Youth, ages eighteen and younger, can participate in Pokémon-themed scavenger hunts. Each scavenger hunt will consist of eight activities that will help kids learn about their library. Participants will earn one badge from the Hoenn or Sinnoh region for each activity completed. Scavenger hunt task lists can be picked up at the Children’s Desk on the day of each program.

10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19
Central Library
Earn badges from the Hoenn region
972-205-2517

The rules and amount of activities will be the same at both programs. However, the activities will be different and the badges earned will be from different regions, so dedicated Pokémon fans are encouraged to attend both events and earn the maximum number of badges. The second event is Thursday, Decmeber 28, at the South Garland Branch. 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.

Sunday December 24, 2017
All Day EventGarland Libraries closed for Christmas

Garland Libraries will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. All Libraries will reopen on Wednesday Dec. 27 and resume their normal hours.

During library closures:
Wireless access will remain on at all Library buildings
Online Resources are always available to card holders
Access the library catalog to search and place holds
Access to My Account is also available to renew your materials

Monday December 25, 2017
All Day EventGarland Libraries closed for Christmas

Garland Libraries will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. All Libraries will reopen on Wednesday Dec. 27 and resume their normal hours.

During library closures:
Wireless access will remain on at all Library buildings
Online Resources are always available to card holders
Access the library catalog to search and place holds
Access to My Account is also available to renew your materials

Tuesday December 26, 2017
All Day EventGarland Libraries closed for Christmas

Garland Libraries will be closed Sunday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. All Libraries will reopen on Wednesday Dec. 27 and resume their normal hours.

During library closures:
Wireless access will remain on at all Library buildings
Online Resources are always available to card holders
Access the library catalog to search and place holds
Access to My Account is also available to renew your materials

Thursday December 28, 2017
1:00 PMCatch Pokémon and Earn Badges at the South Garland Branch Library

Pokémon is still going strong, and now kids, tweens, and teens can earn Pokémon gym badges by participating in a Pokémon-themed scavenger hunt. The Pokémon scavenger hunt will consist of eight activities that will help kids learn about their library. Participants will earn one badge from the Sinnoh region for each activity completed. Scavenger hunt task lists can be picked up at the Children’s Desk on the day of each program.

1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 28
South Garland Branch Library
Earn badges from the Sinnoh region
972-205-3934

The rules and amount of activities are the same at both programs. However, the activities will be different and the badges earned will be from different regions, so dedicated Pokémon fans are encouraged to attend both events and earn the maximum number of badges. The first event was at the Central Library on December 19. 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.

Monday January 1, 2018
All Day EventGarland Libraries closed New Years Day

Garland Libraries will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 for New Years Day. All Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2 and resume their normal hours.

During library closures:
Wireless access will remain on at all Library buildings
Online Resources are always available to card holders
Access the library catalog to search and place holds
Access to My Account is also available to renew your materials

Saturday January 6, 2018
All Day EventWinter Reading Challenge for Adults: Read to Reel

Garland adults, are you up for a challenge? Be a part of your public library’s debut Winter Reading Challenge this January and February at all Garland Library locations. This year’s theme is Read to Reel, and your task is to read five or more books that have been made into movies.

Participation in the challenge is easy:

  • Saturday, Jan. 6, first day to pick up a reading log and suggested reading list at the Adult Services Desks of any Garland Library.
  • Thursday, Feb. 1, first day you can turn in a reading log.
  • First 100 participants to return their log having read five or more books, either from the suggested reading list or of their own choosing, will receive an ‘I Love My Garland Library’ tote bag.
  • All participants who complete the challenge will receive a ‘I Love My Garland Library’ pin and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.
  • Saturday, March 3, last day to turn in reading logs.

The Winter Reading Challenge is open to adults ages 18 and older. For more information about the Winter Reading Challenge, please call 972-205-2501.

2:30 PMArt Explorers: Zentangles® at the Walnut Creek Branch Library

Children practice their STEAM art skills by making zentangles® at Art Explorers, a monthly program for children ages 6 through 12. Children attending Art Explorers learn about different types of art, then use their new skills to create their own masterpieces. Attendees at the January event will create zentangles®, abstract drawings that incorporate repetitive patterns, using premade templates, pens, crayons, and markers. Participants may also design their own zentangles® from scratch if they choose.

2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6
Walnut Creek Branch Library
Registration begins Saturday, Dec. 23
972-205-2585

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, Dec. 23. All supplies are provided by the library. 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.