Garland offers a variety of entertainment choices with theater productions at both the Plaza Theater and Granville Arts Center. There are also free movies at the Plaza along with special celebrations, events and festivals in downtown Garland and various other locations around town.
Additional family-friendly events are sponsored by the Nicholson Memorial Library System as well as by various nonprofit organizations, churches, youth organizations, schools, businesses and associations.
Summer storytimes – June 5-July 29. 972-205-2516.
Central Library, 625 Austin St., 972-205-2516
Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.) Mondays, 10 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) Mondays, 11 a.m.
North Garland Branch, 3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2804
Wee Read (birth to 18 mos.) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.) Fridays, 10 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) Fridays, 11 a.m.
South Garland Branch, 4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934
Toddler Storytime (18-36 mos.) Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Family Storytime Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
Walnut Creek Branch, 3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585
Family Storytime Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion.
NMLS announces June activities
Block Party Program develops STEAM engineering skills – Children can develop engineering skills, by attending Block Party at the Library, a program for children ages 4-12. Block Party is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations. The program challenges participants to use building blocks to create unique structures. Event is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at Central Library. This is a free event. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by adult. Library provides supplies. 972-205-2516.
Library screens Magnificent Seven – Adults can enjoy a free screening of The Magnificent Seven. Movie is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at Central Library. The Magnificent Seven takes place in the Old West and tells the story of seven outlaws, bounty hunters and hired gunmen. Rating is PG-13, but due to violence is recommended for adults. Children may attend with adult. Parents may consult IMDB.com or commonsensemedia.com to see whether film is appropriate for families. Doors open 15 minutes before movie. Seating limited. Registration not required,. Popcorn and water available while supplies last. 972-205-2501.
Library welcomes jazz quartet – Enjoy a free evening of jazz with Matt Tolentino Band at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 8 at Central Library. Tolentino, a native of Dallas, specializes in popular pre-swing music from the 1895 to 1935 period. For this performance, his four-piece band will present jazz and ragtime music of 1920s and 30s. Event for adults 18+. Registration not required. Seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. 972-205-2502.
Adults learn Mahjong – Adults learn to play mahjong, the Chinese game of strategy, at Central Library Wednesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. Event will feature a mahjong instructor who will relate the game’s history, its rules and strategy. 972-205-2501.
Adults invited to play board games – Adults and their families can enjoy an evening of board games and card games at the North Garland Branch at 7 p.m. Yuesday, June 20. Attendees can choose to play classic games like Uno, Connect Four, dominoes and chess or newer games like Apples to Apples, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan. 972-205-2803.
Adults and families build with Lego® – Adult fans of Lego® and families show off building prowess at Family Lego® Build event at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at Walnut Creek Branch. All supplies and bricks used provided by library. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult. 972-205-2585.
Adults learn to crochet – Adults can learn to crochet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22 at South Garland Branch. Learn basics of crochet and some simple stitches. All supplies including yarn and hooks will be provided. This program is limited to 12 individuals ages 18+. Registration required and begins June 8. To register, call 972-205-3931.
Make free greeting cards – Learn how to make your own greeting cards at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 at North Garland Branch. Workshop consists of demonstration of card construction techniques followed by period of craftwork. Library provides supplies. 972-205-2803.
Adults create string art – Adults create string art at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at South Garland Branch. String art is made by stringing colored thread between points in geometrical or representational design. Various patterns available. Supplies provided by library. 972-205-3931.
Adults make tote bags – Adults can upcycle their old T-shirts and transform them into tote bags at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at the Central Library. Instructor will demonstrate the technique for making the T-shirts into totes, then assist attendees with their own bags. Participants must provide their own T-shirts. All other supplies will be provided by library. No registration required.
Develop STEAM engineering skills – Children can develop engineering skills, an important STEAM concept, by attending Block Party at the Library which is designed to help children test their building skills and stretch their imaginations. The program challenges participants to create unique structures in an hour. Free event is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at Central Library. It is for ages 4-12 and caregivers. 972-205-2516.
Singers pay tribute – Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald – Singers from DVA Productions will pay tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Central Library. DVA Productions was founded by Sheran Keyton in 2008 to increase awareness of performing arts in Fort Worth community. Performance includes songs from Armstrong’s and Fitzgerald’s repertoires. Program free and open to anyone 55+. Donations of gently used books and media for book sale accepted. No registration required. Doors open 1 p.m.. 972-205-2502.
Kids play board games – Afternoon Board Game event, 1 to 2 p.m. June 27, at Central Library. Program is a drop-in event where children ages 6 -12 play board and card games. 972-205-2516.
Summer gaming for teens and tweens – Gaming for teens and tweens is at 6:30 Thursday, June 29 at North Garland Branch. Play video games on Nintendo Wii and Kinect, board games or card games. Sign up for Summer Reading Program and bring gaming skills. 972-205-2804.
Tweens practice STEAM engineering skills – Tweens practice engineering skills while engaging in builder battles. Tween Scene is for youth 10-13. The program takes place twice a month at various library locations Thursday afternoons and evenings. June attendees will learn about history and science of catapults before fashioning miniature versions. Builders can then practice aim by lobbing pom-poms, buttons and M&M candies at a target. Tween Scene is at 6:30 p.m. June 8, at South Garland Branch and 4 p.m. June 15 at North Garland Branch.
Garland library branch locations:
South Garland Branch Library is at 4845 Broadway Blvd.
North Garland Branch is at 3845 N. Garland Ave.
The Central Library is at 625 Austin St.