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Story Hours and Programs

Please check our Events Calendar to confirm event times.

Weekly Storytimes for Fall 2017

On Monday mornings @ 9:30, Terrific Toddlers offers stories, songs, and a playgroup for 2- and 3-year-olds!

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, Preschool and More storytime is fun for ages children ages 3 and up!

On Thursday morningss @ 9:30, Fit Club is a chance to get your mind and body in shape! Yoga and exercises for parents and their little ones. All ages welcome.

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!

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.

Hindi Language Classes for Kids

Kids ages 7-12 will learn the alphabet and numbers over this 4-week class. Attendance at all 4 sessions is strongly encouraged to ensure a continuous learning experience. Space is limited to 15 students so registration is recommended; by registering you are committing to attending the class for all 4 weeks. All attendees must already be able to read and write in English.

Beginner Session 1 will be on every Tuesday in September.
Beginner Session 2 will be on the first 4 Tuesdays in October.
Pick either Session 1 OR Session 2.

To register, send an email to youthservices@leandertx.gov or call 512.259.5259. Include your child's name and age, your telephone and email, and which session your child is registering for.

Bow Wow Reading Dogs

On second and fourth Saturdays from 11:00 – 12:00, reluctant readers are welcome to schedule a 15 minute session with our reading therapy dog, Dolph. Sign up online to reserve your time.

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 youthservices@leander.lib.tx.us.

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!
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Thursdays.

Cooking Classes for Kids

Books and Bites Preschool cooking storytime

Join us the second Thursday of each month as we read a book about cooking and then make a recipe inspired by the story!

This class is for preschoolers (children should be old enough to follow a simple oral recipe and they will be mixing and pouring and even cutting) and no child will be admitted without an adult. The children should be old enough to do the work themselves, with adult guidance. It is not a class for parents to cook while children watch.

You do not have to preregister; however, class size is limited to 20 parent/child teams so we recommend you call or email us in advance to ensure your spot. You can do this at youthservices@leandertx.gov, or call 512.259.5259.

CHOMP! Cooking class for grades K-5

Join us the second Monday of each month as we cook up something fun!

This class is for students Kindergarten - 5th grade.

You do not have to preregister; however, class size is limited to 15 children so we recommend you call or email us in advance to ensure your spot as these classes fill up quickly. You can do this at youthservices@leandertx.gov, or call 512.259.5259.

MUG! cooking class for grades 6-12

This class is for students grade 6-12. Join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month as we cook food in a mug!

This class is for students Kindergarten - 5th grade.

You do not have to preregister; however, class size is limited to 10 so we recommend you email us in advance to ensure your spot. You can do this at youthservices@leandertx.gov, or call 512.259.5259.

 

Family Game Night

Bring the whole family and play classic board games on the third Monday evening of the month from 6:00 – 8:00.

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 gamenight@leandertx.gov. Check the Events Calendar for dates and games.

Adult Programs

Coloring Club for Seniors

Join us on the first Wednesday morning of the month from 10:00 – 11:00 and let your colors shine! We provide the art supplies, hot tea, soothing music, and conversation. Just bring yourself – and a friend!

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.

Computer Basics

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 kgerlinger@leandertx.gov.

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!

Craftastic Saturday

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!

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.

The Library also holds special events throughout the year including:

  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover (January)
  • Be My Valentine storytime (February)
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration (March)
  • Poetry Contest (April)
  • Teddy Bear Picnic (April or May)
  • Summer Reading Club for all ages (June - July)
  • Library Card Sign-up Month (September)
  • Banned Books Week (September)
  • FantasTech – Comic Con & Tech Day (September)
  • Teen Lock-In (October)
  • Trick-or-Treat Storytimes (October)
  • Winter Wonderland (December)