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Youth Flash Fiction Contest - Submission Window

Thursday, February 29, 2024
All Locations

Young writers are invited to participate in the Spring 2024 Flash Fiction Contest. The contest is open for 2nd grade through 12th grade. Submissions will be reviewed in grade specific divisions and prizes will be awarded to division winners. Submissions will be accepted from February 19th through February 29th at [link incoming]. Submission guidelines can be found below, and on the submission form. Division winners will be announced on March 8th. Happy writing! 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov or (817) 459-6900.


Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.


Submission Guidelines for the Spring 2024 Youth Flash Fiction Contest:

All Submissions must meet all guidelines to be considered by our Review Board. 

  • The word count may not exceed 1000 words. (Submissions with word counts higher than 1000 will not be accepted.)

  • Entrants must submit their stories through the provided Google Form during the submission window. (We will not accept submissions via email or in hard copy. Any submissions received outside the submission window will not be accepted.)

  • Submissions must be uploaded in .pdf or .doc or .docx format.

  • Entrants must title their uploaded document with their name, age division, and story title.  (Ex: John Doe, High School, The Fairy Friend)

  • Submissions must include a title page with the title of the story, the word count of the story, and the grade division of the entrant.

  • Submissions must be typed in 12 point professional font (eg. Times New Roman, Ariel, Helvetica, Georgia, etc).

  • The content of the submission may not be excessively profane, vulgar, or explicit.

  • Submissions must not contain personal identification information.

  • Submissions can be genre fiction or literary fiction or creative non-fiction. 

  • Only one submission per entrant is permitted.

  • All Submissions must be an original work by only one author. (This means we can not accept any works of Fan Fiction.)


By submitting to the Spring 2024 Arlington Public Library Youth Flash Fiction Contest, entrants agree to abide by all submission guidelines and submit to the decisions made by the review board as it concerns naming winners, determination of submission fitness, and prize allocation. 

The Arlington Public Library is not responsible for technical errors that result in failed submissions.

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Women's History Month: Great Women Scavenger Hunt - LA

Saturday, March 02, 2024
Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library
Lake Arlington Public Area
Spend this week learning all about the amazing women in history and their accomplishments with this awesome scavenger hunt in honor of Women's History Month. This is available all day during open hours at the Ron Wright Lake Arlington Library.

Thank you to Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming!
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Women's History Month: Great Women Scavenger Hunt - LA

Saturday, March 09, 2024
Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library
Lake Arlington Public Area
Spend this week learning all about the amazing women in history and their accomplishments with this awesome scavenger hunt in honor of Women's History Month. This is available all day during open hours at the Ron Wright Lake Arlington Library.

Thank you to Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming!
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Women's History Month: Great Women Scavenger Hunt - LA

Saturday, March 16, 2024
Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library
Lake Arlington Public Area
Spend this week learning all about the amazing women in history and their accomplishments with this awesome scavenger hunt in honor of Women's History Month. This is available all day during open hours at the Ron Wright Lake Arlington Library.

Thank you to Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming!
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Women's History Month: Great Women Scavenger Hunt - SW

Saturday, March 23, 2024
Southwest Branch Library
Southwest Branch Public Area
Spend this week learning all about the amazing women in history and their accomplishments with this awesome scavenger hunt in honor of Women's History Month. This is available all day during open hours at the Southwest Library.

Thank you to Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming!
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Black History Month: Music 'n Motion Storytime - SW

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Southwest Branch Library
Southwest Branch Community Room
Laugh, dance, listen and sing! Enjoy this energetic storytime with your little one where we will be exploring music, rhymes, storytelling, fine-motor fingerplays and gross-motor movement. For ages 1-4. In honor of Black History Month, we will be exploring the music of Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children's Music.

*Due to the nature of this program, we ask caregivers be actively engaged alongside their child and participate, dancing and trying out the motions. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow for movement!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.

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Cuentos Bilingüe/Bilingual Storytime - EA

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
East Library and Recreation Center
Children's Area

¡Esta hora de cuentos involucra a niños con historias cortas, juegos con los dedos, y canciones en español e inglés! Se les presentará a los padres herramientas efectivas para entretener, interactuar, consolar, y ayudar a sus hijos a crecer.

Este programa está recomendado para niños de 2 a 4 años.

Gracias a los Amigos y la Fundación de la Biblioteca Pública de Arlington por su generoso apoyo a nuestra programación.

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This storytime engages children with short stories, finger plays, and songs in Spanish and English! Parents will be introduced to effective tools to entertain, engage, and help their children grow.

This program is recommended for children ages 2-4. 

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.

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Homeschool Thursday

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
The Play Room
Calling all homeschoolers! Homeschool Thursday is an opportunity to make new friends and learn something new. We focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities, with something different every 2nd and 4th Thursday. 

What We Are Learning: Focus, Following Directions, Science and Math Skills.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.

Event Type(s): Life Skills
Age Group(s): Children (5-8), Tweens (9-12)
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Toddler Time- LA

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library
Lake Arlington Public Area

Toddler Time taps into the boundless energy of toddlers to get your child excited about books and reading! This storytime engages children with short stories, finger plays, action rhymes, and songs. If you don't think your child can stay still during a storytime, we don't expect them to! Come ready to dance, wiggle, and play as we learn together!

This is a 30-minute program and is intended for toddlers who are walking through age 3. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Family History & Local History—Drop-In Research Help

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Genealogy and Local History
Get started or get unstuck! Get a second opinion and fresh eyes on your research!

Bring any information you already know and our Genealogy and Local History Librarian will be here to show how Arlington Public Library's online and in-house research tools can help you reach your goals.

If this time slot doesn't work with your schedule, you can Request a One-on-One Appointment for a time that does work for you!
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Teen Time - DT

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Young Adult Area - Teen Zone
Join our Teen Services staff for Teen Time! During Teen Time, the Young Adult Area (2nd floor past the Makerspace) will be reserved for teens only. We will have our Xbox and Switch available, board games out, and our craft cart. Spark Ideas will also be reserved for teen use only, so if you want a private room to study or hang out, you are welcome to use it. Our Teen Services staff will be available for any reference questions. Come hang out!

Teen Time is every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3 - 6 p.m., and every Wednesday from 3 - 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Black History Month: Genius Hour

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
The Play Room
Come join us for a special afternoon of fun and educational activities focusing on important figures and history for Black History Month. This program is sure to exercise your brain.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.


Event Type(s): STEAM
Age Group(s): Children (5-8) Children Tween(9-12)
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D&D Free Play - SW

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Southwest Branch Library
Southwest Branch Community Room
There's a Dragon in the Library!

Learn how to play Dungeons & Dragons with us!  Our Dungeons & Dragons Free Play Sessions are designed to give you and your friends a space to learn the game, play, and practice your skills as a Dungeon Master! This program is designed for ages 9-17, but this event is free and open to the public.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Potting Succulents: Ages 9+

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Tinker Room
Explore the world of succulents at the Maker Space! Join us for an afternoon of planting and creativity as we guide you through potting your own succulent. Learn essential care tips in a friendly, communal environment. All supplies included. Let's get planting! 

This event is appropriate for kids aged 9+. The event will be limited to the first 20 in attendance. 

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Night Owls: Creative Writing for Teens

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Young Adult Area
Do you love creating new characters and developing new worlds? Taking original ideas and transforming them into stories? Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join the Arlington Public Library for its teen creative writing program, Night Owls! We will use prompts and writing techniques to stretch our imaginations and help each other grow into better writers. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month except for holidays. Come find us in the Young Adult Area on the 2nd floor past the Makerspace and Adult Computers. Whether you are a regular member or a walk-in, all are welcome!

Want to be added to our e-mail list for reminders? Send an e-mail to Ms. Loretta with Night Owls: Creative Writing for Teens as your subject line and request to be added.
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Little Explorers - DT

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
The Play Room
Stop by The Play Room on Fridays for a morning of play-based learning.  This come-and-go program will vary week-to-week as we explore art, math, science, engineering, sensory, and fine motor skills.  Join us as we playfully discover the world around us!  Designed for ages 1-4.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Black History Month: Family Storytime - SE

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Southeast Branch Library
Southeast Branch Community Room

Join our fabulous library staff to sing, read and wiggle during this special Black History Month themed storytime at the Southeast Branch Library. This storytime is geared for ages 2-5. We will read books, sing songs, and have an activity after the program each week.


Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (817) 459-6900 or by email at LIBYouthServices@arlingtontx.gov.


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Final Fridays - Family History Workshops for Beginners & Beyond

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Genealogy and Local History
Join as we explore how to get started researching your Family History plus tips, tricks, sources, and practical advice to keep you moving forward into your past — even as an experienced genealogist!

In addition to the many free resources the library offers family history researchers both online and in person — such as Ancestry Library Edition, we'll explore research strategies & organizational techniques that will save you a lot of time and frustration down the road. 

Then we will discuss 4 approaches to capturing and conveying your findings to others perfect for both beginners and long-time researchers.

Finally we'll close our time with attendees beginning or continuing their personal family history research with guidance from Arlington Public Library's Genealogy Librarian and trained volunteers from the Arlington Genealogical Society

The goal is that everyone who comes will leave with at least one new detail or document about their heritage and have an idea of how to continue.

No registration. Just come!

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Tween and Teen Hour of Code - DT

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Explore Technology Classroom
Tweens and teens ages 10-17 are invited to spend an hour learning the basics of computer science and coding. This program is ideal for those with very little to no coding experience. We'll be meeting in the Explore computer lab on the 2nd floor of the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

While no previous coding experience is necessary, basic computer and typing skills are recommended. Registration is required.

  • January sessions: Python
  • February sessions: JavaScript
  • March sessions: HTML and CSS
  • April sessions: JavaScript
Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Advanced Conversation Circle

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Arlington Reads Adult Learning
This volunteer-led,  drop-in program offers English language learners the opportunity to practice their conversational English in a relaxed, fun way. A conversation circle is an opportunity for English language learners to practice speaking in an informal setting. This conversation circle is geared toward the more advanced speaker who would like more practice with their conversational skills. 
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Silent Book Club

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Offsite (see program description for address)
The book club with no assigned reading and no pressure! We meet once a month at local spots around Arlington & Grand Prairie to read, drink, and be in community with other bookworms. Bring any book you choose, enjoy some refreshments, and stay for optional socializing just before and after our reading time.

Our meetup location is Nehemiah Coffee505 E Lamar Blvd Suite K100, Arlington, TX 76011.
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Online Conversation Circle for English Language Learners

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Do you need to practice your conversation skills as you learn English? If so, we have the group for you.  This volunteer-led, drop-in program offers English language learners the opportunity to practice their conversational English in a relaxed, fun way. The group setting is informal so it is a great way to practice your skills without the formality of class.  This group meets online via Zoom for two hours on Saturdays.  To join, please click the link below and use the passcode provided. 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/98835564417?pwd=RUlWdkt2VVlwQ3JHbzNLU1pkbzdIUT09

 Meeting ID: 988 3556 4417

Passcode: 931851

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Teens Give Back- LA

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ron Wright Lake Arlington Branch Library
Lake Arlington Community Room

Teens join us at Lake Arlington Branch for a chance to give back to the community!

Come to make seasonal cards and gifts for seniors who partake in Books on Wheels, the library's outreach service for residents who live in select senior housing facilities. Supplies will be provided.



 


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Melted Crayon Art Ages 9+

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
Tinker Room
Create a unique piece of art by melting crayons on a canvas.

This class is limited to the first 12 in attendance and is appropriate for ages 9+.

Children 9-12 will need an adult present to assist with the craft.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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Black History Month Reception: An Evening of Art and Jazz

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
George W. Hawkes Downtown Library
[re]Brary A&B Afterhours + lobby/restroom access
Enjoy a cultivated evening of culture by perusing a stunning artist gallery by local Black artists. Live music, light bites, and beautiful artistry will fill the library during this night of class and elegance. Cocktail attire requested.

Thank you to the Friends and Foundation of the Arlington Public Library for their generous support of our programming.
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