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Love Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week begins Sunday, April 8 and runs through Saturday, April 14.  Whether you’re a regular at your local branch or simply an occasional browser, you’re encouraged to celebrate with these family-friendly programs at your library:

April 9: 

April 10:

April 11:

April 12:

April 13:

  • Hit the Library History Road Show at the Temple Terrace Public Library.  Bring your photographs, memorabilia, and stories to be digitized and added to the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Collection.  Visit any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Turn Friday the 13th into a day of good fun at North Tampa Branch Library’s fortune telling program, featuring hand-folded paper fortune cookies.
  • Read to a  great listener—a dog!  Children can hone their skills taking turns reading to a canine visitor at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library’s Tail Waggin’ Tutors session from 4 to 5 p.m.

April 14:

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


April 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Books and Bites

Children are encouraged to share a book and a snack at the West Tampa Branch Library this Friday, March 9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.  If you don’t have a book you’re into right now, share a magazine or newspaper article you find interesting instead.

Can’t make it this time?  Another “Books and Bites” event will happen on Friday, April 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

See you there!

March 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2 marks the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.  Geisel, who was born in 1904, was the author of many beloved children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham. 

In March 1998, the National Education Association held the first annual “Read Across America” day, which they decided to hold on Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  Around this date, many organizations—from schools to libraries to bookstores—hold special events to celebrate reading with activities, stories and sometimes even birthday cake!  To find a Hillsborough County Library event near you, check this list of Dr. Seuss programs.

Some interesting facts about Theodor Geisel—otherwise knows as Dr. Suess:

• He wrote 47 books, which were translated into 20 languages.  They’ve sold more than 200 million copies.

• He also wrote a number of children’s books under the pseudonym Theo. LeSieg.

• As a child, Dr. Seuss practiced sketching at the local zoo, where his father was the superintendent.

• Seuss spent time in Paris, rubbing elbows with Ernest Hemingway.

• He worked in advertising, served in the army, and created two Oscar-winning documentaries.

• Dr. Seuss won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for ” his special contribution over nearly half a century to the education and enjoyment of America’s children and their parents.”

Want to learn more?  Try one of these children’s biographies about Dr. Seuss!

February 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

February is Black History Month

If you haven’t yet checked out some of the special programs your library is offering in honor of Black History Month, there’s still time!  From performers to cooking to a scavenger hunt there are events for many tastes, all suitable for children and families.

Saturday, February 18:
Join the 78th Street Community Library from 2-4 p.m. for a screening of a film based on the true story of a six-year-old African-American girl who helped integrate the all-white schools of New Orleans. Free snacks will be provided.

Sunday, February 19:   
The Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library welcomes the Kuumba Dancers and Drummers, Tampa’s premiere dance and percussion troupe.  Attendees will experience the sounds, moves and stories of different African cultures.  The program runs from 2-3 p.m.

The Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library presents “Get Things Cookin’:  Heritage Food Sampler” from 3-5 p.m.   It’s a celebration of the 23rd National African American Read – In with book talks, books discussions and individual reading.  The afternoon continues with Chef Brenda of BE’s Kitchen and Catering and a demonstration of Southern cooking with Cajun, Caribbean, African and South American touches.

Tuesday, February 21:
The Seminole Heights Branch Library hosts a “Black History Month Scavenger Hunt” from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Sleuth out the identities of some famous African Americans using the Library’s World Book Online for Kids electronic database in this fun, interactive program.

Sunday, February 26:
Poet Myron Jackson presents original works influenced by the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Poets of the 1950s and Nikki Giovanni, among other sources, at the North Tampa Branch Library from 2-3 p.m.  His original works address social issues, satire, history and fiction. Mr. Jackson has more than 30 year’s professional experience as a poet, drummer, and percussionist.

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

February 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

Yoga For Youngsters

These days, adults aren’t the only ones benefiting from the physical and mental benefits of yoga.  Kids are getting into the act too — right at their local library.  

Two Hillsborough County libraries are currently offering free yoga sessions for children.  The C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library in College Hill is hosting  “The ABC’s and 123’s of Yoga for Pre-schoolers” once a month for four sessions beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.  The Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library in South Tampa is offering “Baby and Toddler Yoga” on Fridays through April at 11:30 a.m.  Both programs are being taught by instructors from Lucky Cat Yoga.  The half-hour sessions consist of a fun mix of music and movement, and introduces preschoolers to yoga basics such as breathing techniques and simple poses.

Look for more child-friendly yoga programs like these at your local library in the coming months.

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

February 13, 2012 at 10:00 am

Super Science Monday: Robotics

Looking for a fun activity for the kids on their early release day?  Next Monday, the SouthShore Regional Library will host Super Science Monday: Robotics!

Join us for an interactive, hands-on afternoon and experiment as we turn the library into a science lab!  Children will learn about robots and explore different types of gears and how they work.  Using their newfound knowledge they will actually get to build a working, motorized robot!
This program is recommended for children in grades 1-5 and will take place at the SouthShore Regional Library on Monday, February 13 from 3-4:00 p.m.  Register in person at the Reference Desk or by calling 273-3652.
For more information about this and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit

February 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

The 2012 Storytelling Festival is Almost Here!

Hear ye, hear ye!  School-aged youngsters with a story to tell are invited to participate in the 32nd Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival on April 21, 2012.  This free event, which will once again be held at historic Hillsborough High School, is believed to be the largest and oldest of its kind at which children are the predominant storytellers. 

Workshops for all children who wish to learn to tell a story or brush up on their skills are available at libraries throughout the county.  Topics include choosing a suitable story to tell, learning a story, and how to breathe life into your story.  There is no charge for these workshops.  Those children who wish to tell their story in front of an audience are then evaluated and recommended as a Festival storyteller.

Can’t make it to a workshop?  Interactive storytelling lessons are now available on the library’s website for use by parents and children who wish to work at home, or teachers who wish to teach storytelling in their classrooms.  Additionally, storytelling kits for select titles and genres are available to check out.

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

February 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

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