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Back-to-School Bash at New Tampa Regional Library

New Tampa’s back to school event took place on Friday August 12th from 12 to 5 PM. We showed movies in one room, offered video gaming in another, and crafts for different grade levels in the big community room. While the crafting went on, students were invited to enter a trivia contest for school-supply prizes.

The Friends of the New Tampa Library generously provided a groaning table-full of school supplies tailored to the needs of the community. Local middle and elementary school lists were consulted so that students could win items that they actually needed to fulfill the lists’ requirements. Attending families eagerly took advantage of this opportunity.

This event featured two special guests, also funded by the New Tampa Friends: TumbleBus Tampa for the younger kids (this is a gymnasium on wheels operated by two trained gymnastic coaches) and local rock band Slightly Removed for older kids.

More than 200 people attended and it went off really well, largely due to the cooperation and participation of the New Tampa Library’s Teen Advisory Board members who staffed each activity.

This is just one example of the great programming we have for kids at the local library. Please come out and see some of the great programs we have scheduled for the fall.


August 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Rabbit and the Moon

Rabbit has a dream to ride the moon high in the night sky, but is having difficulty getting there. This Native American Cree tale teaches the value of friendship and following one’s dreams, through puppets, masks, and dance.

The puppet show is for ages 3 and up. You can view the performance calendar for this program by clicking here.

For more information about this and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

May 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Super Saturday: Spring Fling!

Saturday, Mar. 19 at 2 p.m.
John F. Germany Public Library

Spring is in the air! Celebrate the season with stories, games, and a fun craft to take home.

For more information about this and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

March 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Puppet Show: Ashpet, The Appalachian Cinderella

In this Appalachian version of Cinderella, Ashpet lives in a log cabin in the hills and depends on the kindness of the old witch woman in the hollow to transform her from rags to finery. After meeting the Prince at the church social, a little square dancing, and lots of trying on shoes, they all live happily every after.

 The puppet show is for ages 3 and up. It is presented by Creative Arts Theatre of the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Dept. You can click here to find the library location closest to you.

March 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Celebrate Dr. Seuss at the Library

On March 2nd, 1904, the great Dr. Seuss was born. Dr. Seuss is an American author who has written dozens of children’s books that have captiviated children for decades. Please join us in the celebration of all things Dr. Seuss with games, stories as we honor him during his birthday month.  We will have these programs at multiple locations throughout our library system. Please click here to find the location closest to you.

February 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm

2011 Notable Children’s Books

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) , published the 2011 list of Notable Children’s Books last Tuesday. The list of titles includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books of special interest, quality, creativity and value to children. Many of these books are available for checkout through our catalog. For example, April and Esme, Tooth Fairies written by Bob Graham made the list. You can view the whole list on the ALA News Bulletin.

January 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

National Puzzle Day

Join us at SouthShore Regional Library on Saturday, January 22nd at 2pm as we celebrate National Puzzle Day. Can you solve the puzzles? Visit different stations and see how many you can complete. Various books of puzzles will be given away as door prizes.

The program is for ages 5-12 and is funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Library.  For more information about children’s programming at the library, please call (813) 273-3652 or visit

January 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

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