Library Events & Programming

Featured events:

Decoding Braile Decoding Braille

Crack the code and learn how to write your name in Braille! This hands-on program consists of age-organized gatherings for children to learn the basics of braille. Both non-visually impaired and visually impaired children and their guardians are welcome to attend! This program in partnership with Visual Aid Volunteers, and we’re so super excited about it!  

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Decoding Braille for 1st – 3rd grades is being rescheduled for 2 pm Saturday, December 9 at the  North Garland Branch Library.  This hands-on introduction to Braille is now open to grades 1st – 6th. 

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9
North Garland Library 
1st  - 6th Grade

Register online:

For more information please call 972-205-2975.

Winter Reading Challenge December through FebruaryWinter Reading Challenge

December 1, 2023 through February 29, 2024

Calling all adult patrons (18 years+): Come join this year's Winter Reading Challenge! 

Registered participants who read at least three books and turn in at least one reading log between December 1, 2023 and February 29, 2024, can enter to win a winter-themed prize pack! (Maximum five entries.).

  • Register for the program by completing your first reading log.
  • Keep reading and enter up to 5 logs total between December 1 and February 29.
  • The prize pack drawing will be held within a week after the end of the program at Central Library Express. Winners will be drawn from the pool of system-wide entries.

Winter Reading Challenge Events:

Drop-In Winter Painting Workshop
5-7 p.m., Tuesday, December 5
Central Library Express

Bookmark Party
2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13
South Garland Branch Library

Alcohol Ink Art Keychain
6:30, Tuesday, Jan. 23
Walnut Creek Branch Library

Exploding Valentine's Gift Box
5 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6
North Garland Branch Library

English Conversation Class in yellow text on a teal background

English Conversation Classes

6:30 p.m., Mondays
Central Library Express
Limited seating available. Google Meet option available

6:30 p.m., Tuesdays
South Garland Branch Library 972-205-3931

Meeting once a week, these interactive conversation groups for English learners are geared toward improving every day skills in a casual setting. These classes will allow participants to improve their conversational skills in a friendly environment as well as build vocabulary and confidence.

  3. CHILDREN  ages 0-5 
  4. YOUNG AUDIENCES ages 6-12
  5. TEENS ages 13-17
  6. ADULTS 18+
  7. SENIORS ages 55+

Drawings of flowers along a wooden picket fence with the words Spring Storytimes aboveJoin us this spring for our storytime programs!

Storytime programs include stories, songs, and activities led by our talented children's librarians. The librarians will model reading for parents plus songs and fingerplays. Parents can connect with other families in the area.  

The Storytimes listed below are organized by age group. Take note of the time and location. Storytimes begin early January and end in late April.

Storytimes Calendar

Baby bounce & read

Babies, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers will learn, play, and grow together in this lap-sit storytime that introduces books, rhymes, tickles, and bounces designed to incorporate early literacy practices into their everyday lives.

  • 10 a.m., Mondays, Jan. 8 - Apr 22, Central Library Express
  • 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 10 - Apr. 24, North Garland Branch Library
  • 10:15 a.m., Fridays, Jan 12 - Apr. 26, South Garland Branch Library

Toddler time

Toddler Time is a storytime for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Toddler Time storytimes will be a mixture of age appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, flannelboard stories, crafts, and parachute play.

  • 10 a.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 9 - Apr. 23, Central Library Express
  • 10 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 12 - Apr. 26, North Garland Branch Library
  • 11:15 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 12 - Apr. 26, South Garland Branch Library


Preschool Discovery is designed for ages 3 to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. Enjoy books, songs, exploring colors, letters, numbers, and much more that will help develop your preschooler's early literacy skills.

  • 10 a.m., Thursdays, Jan. 11 - Apr. 25, Central Library Express
  • 10:15 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 10 - Apr. 24, South Garland Branch Library
  • 11 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 12 - Apr. 26, North Garland Branch Library

Family read & Play

The whole family will learn, play, and grow during this interactive storytime full of stories, creative movement, and songs that will strengthen listening, language, and literacy skills. We will use books, movement activities, songs, rhymes, manipulative, and extensions that promote the growth of the child's literacy, brain, and emotional development. We will also model ways caregivers can interact, engage, and be their child's first teacher.

  • 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, Jan. 13 - Apr. 27, Walnut Creek Branch Library

Cuentos y Cantos (Spanish Storytime)

Este tiempo de cuentos en Español se dedica a preparar a su hijo para ingresar a la escuela. Acompáñenos para unos cuentos y cantos mientras aprendemos sobre temas escolares y lo más importante, las habilidades necesarias para leer.

This Spanish Storytime is dedicated to preparing your child for entering school. Join us for stories and songs as we learn school subjects and, most importantly, the skills needed to read.

Biblioteca Central Express
10 de enero al 24 de abril

  • 10 a.m. los miércoles | Wednesdays

Biblioteca Walnut Creek
12 de enero al 26 de abril

  • 10:30 am los viernes | Fridays

Publicity disclaimer

Attendance at Garland Library programs or public spaces constitutes consent to be photographed and video recorded for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Library, such as presentations, displays, newsletters, articles, library websites and other media. If you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please speak to the Library Staff member before the event.