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Creative Arts Theater Presents: Sinabouda Lily

Let Creative Arts Theatre transport you to the south sea island of Papua New Guinea this summer with their latest puppet show, Sinabouda Lily.  Sinabouda Lily is a girl who loves to swing and eat bananas, but what will happen when she forgets to heed her father’s warning and puts herself in danger of becoming lunch for the wicked Sinawakelakela?   

Colorful life-size puppets, rhythmic island music and dance will entertain you at this free puppet show being offered at several library locations throughout the county.  Check our events calendar to see when this show is coming to a library near you.

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


June 12, 2012 at 12:00 am

Wonders of Nature at the John F. Germany Public Library

Summer Reading for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System kicks off this week!  Our summer events calendar for children is jam-packed with fun events happening at libraries throughout the county and this week you can join us at the John F. Germany Public Library for a wildlife encounter!

On Thursday, June 14, trainer, Matt Edmonds will be bringing his traveling Wonders of Nature show to the main library downtown.  Watch in amazement as a raptor gracefully flies inches above your head or laugh out loud at a parrot comedy routine!  

While working at the Lowry Park Zoo, Matt became increasingly interested in the animal training method of operant conditioning (positive reinforcement).  In 2002, he founded Wonders of Nature and began performing wildlife education shows.  Through his guidance, audience members will have many opportunities to participate and will come away from the show with a better understanding of wildlife conservation.  Matt and his crew believe that “learning is taught, but caring is caught,” and by introducing audiences to these amazing animals, he hopes to increase appreciation for nature and promote lifelong environmental responsibility.

This program will start at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium and is recommended for ages 5-12 (though we suspect accompanying adults will enjoy it too)!  Can’t make it downtown?  A number of our other libraries will be hosting this program as well, so be sure to check the events calendar for showtimes at a location near you.  Check out this video sneak peek of Matt working with one of his coworkers, a yellow-naped Amazon parrot named Moby.

You can watch additional videos and learn more about Matt and his fantastic animal crew on his website

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

June 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Super Science Saturday: Exploring Static Electricity

What happens to your hair when you rub it with a balloon?

Come experiment with static electricity at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library this Saturday, May 19, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  This weekend, the library will be turned into a science lab for this interactive, hands-on learning event.  Children in grades K-5 will have the opportunity to use balloons, spices, and more to explore static electricity. 

This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Bloomingdale Regional Library.  For more information about these and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

May 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Baby Sign Language at the New Tampa Regional Library

Image from book: Knack Baby Sign Language : A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating with Your Little One, by Suzie Chafin

Did you know that your child can communicate effectively with you, even before learning to speak?  Baby Sign Language is a great way to help your baby or toddler learn to communicate using their hands.  Because hand-eye coordination develops earlier than verbal skills, teaching young ones to sign can alleviate frustration and cut down on tantrums.

Come explore the world of Baby Sign Language at the New Tampa Regional Library every Wednesday from 11-11:30 a.m.   This program follows Toddler Time, offered at 10:30 a.m., so stick around to learn even more ways to interact with your little one.

While you can begin modeling baby signs from the time your baby is born, most babies begin to show interest between 9-12 months.  Not sure if your baby is ready for Baby Sign Language?  Ask yourself the following questions, found in one of our library resources, Baby Signs; How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, by Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn:

Is your baby at least six months old?
Is your baby beginning to point to things?
Is your baby holding out/bringing toys or objects to you and looking for a response?
Is your baby beginning to wave ‘bye-bye?’
Is your baby beginning to shake his/her head “no” or “yes?”
Is your baby beginning to take an interest in picture books?
Is your baby frustrated when you don’t understand what she wants/needs?
Are there still important things your baby doesn’t have words for?

Below are just a few of the many baby sign language resources available from your library:



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

May 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

Free Comic Book Day Celebrated at North Tampa Branch Library

May 5th was Free Comic Book Day, an event that takes place each year on the first Saturday in May.  On Free Comic Book Day, publishers print specialty comics to be distributed in participating comic book stores as a way to generate new interest and reward dedicated fans. 

The North Tampa Branch Library celebrated this nationwide event by partnering with local business, Green Shift Music & Comics to promote literacy and the comic art form.  On Saturday, 226 children and parents came out to the branch to pick out free comic books and participate in a variety of fun activities.  Children even had the opportunity to sit in front of local artist and former professional comic book illustrator, Grace Szeja, and be drawn as their favorite superhero! 

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

May 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

Children’s Book Week is Here — Find Out How Kids Can Get a Free Book at the Library!

Childrens Book Week 2012

Children’s Book Week is here! 

The longest running literacy initiative in the country will run May 7-13 this year.  Children’s Book Week began in 1919 as a way to promote higher standards in children’s literature and it remains just as active and relevant today under the guidance of Every Child A Reader and the Children’s Book Council.

Each year, children throughout the country take the time to cast their vote for their top picks from a list of 30 finalists in six categories: K-2nd Grade Book; 3-4th Grade Book; 5th-6th Grade Book; Teen Book; author; and illustrator.  Check to see if your child’s favorites made the list of the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Award finalists.  Winners will be announced tonight at the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala at Espace in New York City.  This year’s host is Jarrett Krosoczka, the comedic creator of the popular Lunch Lady series as well as Ollie the Purple Elephant.  Full video footage of the event will be available to view on the Children’s Book Council website tomorrow, May 8.

And, as if that wasn’t exciting enough… the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System has an added bonus for you this year– a free book to any children, ages 0-5 who visit one of our library locations for an Early Literacy program this week.  See our events calendar to find a Children’s Book Week program at a library near you.

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

May 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

Discover the Wonders of Nature

On Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm, the SouthShore Regional Library will host “Wonders of Nature” for children and families.  The program features live animals, including a flying raptor and talking parrot, and one of the largest pythons in the world.  Humor and audience participation with a dash of conservation information make this a program children and their caregivers won’t want to miss.

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

April 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

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