Story Hours and Programs
Please check our Events Calendar to confirm event times.
Weekly Storytimes for Spring 2018
On Monday and Thursday mornings @ 9:30, Terrific Toddlers offers stories, songs, and a playgroup for 2- and 3-year-olds.
On Monday mornings @10:15, Spanish Storytime offers stories and songs in Spanish. For all ages and all Spanish abilities.
On Tuesday mornings @ 9:15 and Friday mornings @ 10:00, Baby & Me Lapsit is a storytime and playgroup for children under 24 months and their parents! You're never too young to read.
On Wednesday mornings @ 9:30, Kindergarten…here I come! is for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Help your child learn the skill they need for Kindergaten.
More Weekly Programs
On Tuesday mornings @ 10:30, drop by for Little STEAMers, a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math adventure for preschoolers and their grownups.
On Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm, join us for STEAM Club, a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math extravaganza perfect for homeschoolers. This class is reserved for patrons in kindergarten and older. No younger siblings please. Parents of children under age 12 must remain in the Library but do not need to attend the event. Space is limited.
On Tuesdays @ 3:30 pm, join us for STEAM Club, a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math extravaganza for the after school crowd. This class is reserved for patrons in kindergarten and older. No younger siblings please. Parents of children under age 12 must remain in the Library but do not need to attend the event. Space is limited. Class runs September through April, on Tuesdays when LISD is in session. Please check the calendar.
On Wednesday afternoons @ 3:00, drop by for LEGO Club - all ages LEGO building! And join us on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 – 12:00 for Structures Saturday. Use our LEGO®, Duplo®, and MegaBloks® to create structural masterpieces—or just have fun!
On Fridays from 11:00 - noon, join us for a Building Block Party and drop by to build with Duplo, MegaBloks, and other toddler-friendly building toys.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Give your child the gift of reading and instill a love of learning! Read 1000 books with your child before kindergarten and have his or her name in the stars on our library wall! For more information talk with the Youth Services Librarians or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooking Classes for Kids
NOTE: Participants are limited to only ONE class per month. Register online at tinyurl.com/LPLcooking Runs January – May.
Books and Bites Preschool cooking storytime - This class is for Ages 2-6 with a parent. Enjoy a yummy story and help your child make a treat! Limited to 15 parent/child teams per class.
CHOMP! This class is for Ages 5-10 (parent attendance optional). Participants will be learning to make some tasty treats and snacks! Limited to 12 participants per class.
HUNGER GAMES! This class is for ages 10-17 (parents not invited). Participants will be cooking up some good food and great fun! Limited to 12 participants per class.
Stress Free Saturdays
Teens & tweens are invited the second Saturday of each month to Stress-Free Saturdays from 10:00 – noon. Calm music, socializing, and a craft. Bring a friend!
Teen Gaming Nights
Check out our Teen Gaming Nights! Monthly tournaments featuring Rock Band, Street Fighter, MarioKart, Mortal Kombat or other familiar video games make for a great evening of fun. Snacks and drinks are provided and a prize is awarded to the winner if we hold a tournament. Participants must be 12 – 19. To get more information or RSVP for game night, send an email to email@example.com. Check the Events Calendar for dates and games.
Carol North MakerSpace
The Carol North MakerSpace is a community workspace that provides access to specialized tools, technologies, and social time with like-minded people. All ages are welcome to use our equipment - just bring your own consumables such as fabric and paper. Children must be accompanied by a parent. No registration necessary. Equipment available includes: sewing machine, Silhouette Cameo, button maker, iron, general craft supplies, LEGOs, snap circuits, Little Bits Kits, Raspberry Pi, and more!
Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:00 and on the fourth Saturday of the month from 12:00 - noon.
First Sunday Bluegrass Jam
Calling all bluegrass musicians and music lovers!
On the first Sunday of each month, we're partnering with the Central Texas Bluegrass Association to host a bluegrass jam from 2:00 - 4:00. Pickers and grinners welcome!
Bring your instrument and come to play, or bring your ears and come to listen!
Some Basic Rules of the Jam for pickers (musicians):
- We play only bluegrass music: old-timey, traditional, Americana, progressive, and even contemporary. This supports the written mission statement of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association.
- Personal respect for the pickers is utmost at all times. Disrespect is not tolerated.
- This jam is inclusive in that all skill levels, from beginner to intermediate, are welcome to participate. Advanced skill levels are welcome as long as their sole intention is to have fun playing and singing with others and not to be a show-off or jam buster. Generally, the first hour of the jam is beginner-friendly. Usually, the second hour is a bit more advanced.
- Noodling or excessive/loud talking between songs can be disruptive and is discouraged. However, noodling a bit to find the correct key and/or remember an arrangement is appropriate.
- The jam leader oversees the functioning and operation of the jam and is the final authority in all decisions.
Some Basic Rules of the Jam for grinners (listerners):
- Listeners do not actively participate in the making of music. They come to hear the music. Listener talking must be kept to a minimum and will not be disrupting to the picker circle. Usually, talking should be restricted to the time between songs. Listeners sit in whatever configuration is comfortable to them outside of the pickers circle.
- Well-behaved, quiet, and corralled children are welcome. Unruly or disruptive children will be given a large bag of candy and a banjo or will be told to leave.
- Generally, listeners do not request songs/tunes. Listeners may ask questions of the individual pickers only after the jam is completed.
Before leaving, it is a common courtesy to stack your chairs along the wall and remove all personal belongings and trash.
Need help with attachments, documents, email, or some other computer related issue? If so, come to our Computer Basics classes on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 4:00 – 5:00 and get help from our knowledgeable staff. Bring your own laptop if you have one or use one of ours. Check the Events Calendar to find out what topics will be covered. No sign-up required. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Book Club
Join us for lively discussions about great books! The adult Book Club is held on the last Monday evening of each month at 7:00 pm. Check the Events Calendar for titles and dates.
Leander Writers' Guild
Calling all aspiring writers! The Leander Writers' Guild meets the second Thursday of each month (except July and December) to encourage the creative process of writing. Get helpful tips and share inspiration with fellow writers and guest speakers/local authors. Come join the fun!
On the third Saturday morning of each month (except August and December) we have Adult Crafting at 10:00 am. We’ll be making fun, easy, and inexpensive projects like upcycled book crafts, garden decorations, and holiday ornaments. Morning coffee welcome!
Leander Seed Library and Garden Group
The Leander/Cedar Park Garden Group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Learn about native plants, seasonal gardening and share your gardening tips as well. You’re your garden and check out seeds from our collection. Learn about saving seed and donate them to the Leander Seed Library to share with your fellow gardeners!
GED Preparation Classes
GED classes are held on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 - 2:30 during the school year for those 17 years and older who need to study for the GED exam. Students are given the Test of Adult Basic Education for assessment and classes are self-paced. Study materials cover the four subject areas of the exam: Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. You can register at any class. For more information: email@example.com.
English as a Second Language Classes
For those needing to learn English as a second language, classes are held at various times each week. For more information, contact the Williamson County Literacy Council at 512-869-0497 or call Mary @ 512-983-7009.
The Library also holds special events throughout the year including:
- Be My Valentine Storytime
- Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration
- Poetry Contest
- National Library Week
- Teddy Bear Picnic
- Summer Reading Club for all ages
- Library Card Sign-up Month
- Banned Books Week
- Teen Lock-In
- Trick-or-Treat Storytimes
- Winter Wonderland and Winter Reading Club
Please make sure to check our Events Calendar to confirm program dates and times.