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  • Art supplies on a green and yellow background with text Crafternoon at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library

    Crafternoon at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library

    Early dismissal from school and don't know what to do? Come create with us on Friday, April 26th at 2:30 PM! We'll supply the materials; you just bring your imagination.

    Crafternoon is a monthly, drop-in craft program for kids ages 5+ and their grownups at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library, falling on Polk County Public Schools' Early Dismissal Days. No registration required, but things could get messy, so please wear appropriate clothing!

    Crafting boosts fine motor skills, improves coordination, allows for creativity and self-expression, and teaches flexibility. 

    Questions? Contact Cassie Walters-Shantal at cassandra.walters-shantal@lakelandgov.net

  • Interlocking gears and dirigible illustration with text STEAM Explorers; wonder robotics, tech-know, beakers and books

    STEAM Explorers at the Main Library

    Join us at the Lakeland Public Library as we create, learn, and explore the world around us through hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math: STEAM!  Each week, come enjoy Beakers & Books, Tech-Know Time, or Wonder Robotics!  STEAM Explorers is designed for children ages 7-12. No registration required.

    STEAM Explorers (select Fridays at 3:30 PM) 


  • Scroll with feather pen in inkwell and spot of ink and text The Write Spot

    The Write Spot

    The Write Spot:  A safe place where people who like to write or are interested in writing can come and create in a supportive environment.  Fun writing prompts, encouragement, and prizes.  If this sounds like a  good time, then this is the Write Spot for you.

    The Write Spot meets the last Saturday of each month at 2 pm in The Lakeland History & Culture Center at the Lakeland Public Library.

    Next Meeting:   Saturday, April 27th
    2 PM - 3:30 PM 

    For more info, contact Charles Frierman at Charles.Frierman@lakelandgov.net.  No registration required.


  • Five seated children looking off screen smiling; link to Lakeland Libraries' Storytime Programs event calendar

    Preschool Storytimes at Lakeland Libraries

    All three Lakeland Library locations have preschool storytimes for children ages 2-5 and their grownups! With stories, songs, rhymes and activities, storytimes promote the development of preliteracy, verbal and listening skills, and socio-emotional skills.

    Kelly Branch Library Storytimes (10:15 AM select Tuesdays) 

    Lakeland Public Library Storytimes (10 AM select Wednesdays) 

    Larry R. Jackson Branch Storytimes (10 AM select Thursdays)  

    For more information, please contact the Kelly Branch Library 863.834.4286, Lakeland Public Library 863.834.4268, or Larry R. Jackson Branch Library 863.834.4288  

  • Illustration of two swans swimming with text Welcome Baby, Baby Storytime

    Baby Storytime at Lakeland Public Library

    Join us at 11 AM on select Thursdays at the Lakeland Public Library for an interactive lapsit Baby Storytime with songs, rhymes, and fingerplays! 

    Baby Storytime is designed for ages birth to 2 years old. 

    Lakeland Public Library Baby Storytime (11 AM Thursdays)

    For more information, please contact Melissa Estrada at 863.834.4275.