100 W. Bridgers Avenue, Auburndale.


TALE BOXES: 2 to 5 years old, books, finger games and crafts. One week departure, must have an adult library card.

STEAM BOXES: from 5 to 13 years old, practical learning with gadgets, instruments…, cash box over two weeks, youth and adult card.

PAWS TO READ: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays. Free. Come and read to Sophie, the therapy dog.


2150 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow.


BABIES BOOK: Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., from 18 months to 2 years old. Free. Nursery rhymes, finger games, songs, speech bubbles.

STORY TIME: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Wednesdays, ages 3 to 5. Free. Stories, songs, finger games and a movie.

STORY TIME: 3 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, ages 6 to 8. Free. Stories, songs, finger games and a movie.

PUPPET WORKSHOP MARINE CREATURE PUPPET SHOW: 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free. Learn about different types of puppets and puppeteers, and make a different type of puppet each week, ending with a puppet show you put on for friends and family. Pre-registration is suggested.

PAINTING IN THE COLORS OF THE OCEAN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., July 13, teens. Free. Step-by-step instructions and supplies provided. Beginners are welcome.

ESCAPE FROM THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 15, teens. Free. You’re on a plane heading to San Juan, but to get there you have to fly over the Bermuda Triangle. Do you have what it takes to survive the journey? Come and try our summer escape game.

TEEN MAKER SPACE: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 16, third Thursdays, ages 13 to 18, free.

PAWS TO READ: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 18. Come read to the visiting dogs and receive a free book.


75 East Broadway Street, Fort Meade


MOVIE MONDAYS: 1:00 p.m., June 13, “Finding Dory.” Free.


111 N. Sixth St., Haines City.


AMONG US: Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., middle school and high school. Free. Group game. Several devices available or bring your own device.

BILINGUAL OCEANS STORYTIME: 11 a.m., June 11, June 25, every other Saturday, ages 2 to 5. Free. Story time in English and Spanish with stories and a craft. Limited space available; first come, first served.

BASIC OCEAN EXPLORERS: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 14, ages 5 to 12. Free. Come experience ocean-focused craftsmanship.

OCEANS OF GAMES: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 14, ages 5-12. Free. A game night including board games, Nintendo Switch and Minecraft.

OCEANS PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. June 15, ages 2 to 5. Free. Storytelling, songs, puppet show and ocean crafts. Limited space available; first come, first served. Limit of 50 people per story hour.

ANIMAL CROSSING FISHING TOURNAMENT: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 15, middle and high school. Free. In-game prizes for tournament winners and hidden fetch surprises all over the map. Bring your Nintendo Switch with the Animal Crossing game on it. An Animal Crossing game available for a Switch owner and system with game available. First come, first served.

SENSORY SUMMER: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on June 16, preschool. Free. Hands-on experiences with toddler-friendly activities, games and puzzles.

BASIC DIY DAY TO TAKE HOME: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17, ages 5-12. Free. Come get a take-home ocean-themed craft bag to create together at home. New boats available every Friday until July 22. While stocks last.


245 N. Seminole Ave., Lake Alfred.


DIY AFTERNOON: Monday from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., from 5 years old. Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.

BEE STORY TIME: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., up to 4 years old. Free. Must be accompanied by an adult.


290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales.


GIGGLES AND GIGGLES: from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, walkers up to 4 years old and their companions. Free. Books, finger games, action songs and nursery rhymes.

ANIME CLUB: Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., 13-18 years old.


Larry R. Jackson Branch

1700 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland.


OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES SUMMER READING: Reading challenges for all ages. Pick up your reading journal at any Lakeland library. Read three days a week and have an adult sign each week’s bubble. Then bring your ID to any library in Lakeland and get an ocean-themed prize.

Summer reading challenge for teens. Pick up a reading journal at any Lakeland library. Every book you read over the summer (up to eight) will earn you a ticket to enter a raffle for the prize pack of your choice.

Walk-in Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Larry R. Jackson branch. Free. No registration required. Explore the depths of the ocean with crafts and games. June 10, The Beach; June 17, Mangroves; June 24, The Surface; July 1, coral reefs; July 8, the twilight layer; July 15, Midnight Layer; July 22, The Abyssal Layer; July 29, The Trenches.

STORY TIME WITH MR. CHARLES: 10 a.m. June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, main library.

SPOOLS OUT FOR THE SUMMER: Sewing camp for kids.

• June 13-16, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Larry R. Jackson branch, register now,

• June 20-23, Main Library, registration June 13, 2-3:30 p.m.

• July 11-14, eLibrary South Lakeland, register July 4,

Series of four lessons, free for 9 to 12 year olds. Children will learn how to use a sewing machine, basic stitches and hand sewing techniques while making fun projects to take home.

BEAKERS AND BOOKS: A picture book science club where children read a story and conduct science experiments. Free. No registration required.

• Larry R. Jackson branch: 3:30 p.m. for ages 7 to 12. June 9, waves and beach erosion; June 23, Pollution and keeping our oceans clean; July 7, Cephalopods & Jet Propulsion; July 21, underwater volcanoes.

• eLibrary at South Lakeland: 10:00 am June 21, Pollution & Keeping Our Oceans Clean, ages 7-12. July 5, Cephalopods & Jet Propulsion; July 19, underwater volcanoes.

TECH-KNOW MONDAY: 1:30 p.m. June 13, July 11, ages 6 to 12, Larry R. Jackson branch. Free. No registration required. Build, play and create with circuits. June 13, tropical fish in augmented reality; July 11, luminous lantern fish.

TECH-TUESDAYS: 10 a.m. June 14, ages 6 to 12, eLibrary South Lakeland. Free. No registration required. Build, play and create with circuits. June 14, tropical fish in augmented reality; July 12, luminous lantern fish.


1049 Parker Road, Lakeland.

BUSY BEE SPORTS EXPLORERS: 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 3-6, must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Limited to 15. Presented by Polk County Parks & Recreation. Contact [email protected]

NEIGHBORHOOD STORY TIME: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 16, preschool up to 6 years old. Free. A costumed character reads stories from a children’s book. Practical activities follow. Snack provided. Presented by Polk County Parks & Recreation. Limited capacity. 863-647-4035.


905 Fifth St. NE, Mulberry.


901 Fifth St. NE, Mulberry.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, up to 5 years old. Civic Center. Free. Tales and songs.

SATURDAY GETAWAYS: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. second, third and fourth Saturdays, teenagers. Free. The second Saturdays, puzzles; third Saturdays, coloring; fourth Saturdays, puns.

READING DETECTIVES: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 14, second Tuesday, third to fifth grade. Civic Center. Free. Review “Pirates Afternoon”.

PIRATE TALES: 2 to 3 p.m. June 15, Civic Center. Free. Children dressed in colorful pirate clothing, storyteller Katie Adams brings these stories to life with a treasure chest full of props and costumes, vivid landscapes, parrot puppets and audience participation.

HORA DE CUENTO FAMILY MANUALIADES/FAMILY STORYTIME AND CRAFTS: 10:30 a.m. June 16, 23, all ages, families, Civic Center. Free. Family story time and crafts in Spanish.

PENCIL EXPRESSION: 1:30 p.m. June 16, middle school; 10 a.m. June 21, primary school. Civic Center. Free. Writing club. Snack provided.

TWISTED TALES: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 16, third Thursdays, grades 9-12. Civic Center. Free. High school book club. Review “Fable”.

POKEMON CLUB: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 20, 1st and 3rd Mondays, ages 7 to 14, . Free. Swap cards and battle.

MARINE MEGAFAUNA WITH THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 22, all ages, families, Civic Center. Free. This Florida Aquarium game show-like program will be filled with biological facts and interactives suitable for all ages.

GAME ABOUT TEENS AND TWEENS: 1:30 p.m. Tweens; 2:30 p.m. Teens, June 23, fourth Thursdays, free. Civic Center. Puzzles, board games and video games.

PIRATES ADVENTURE: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 29, all ages, families, Civic Center. Pirate Pete has lost his precious treasure and he needs you to help him find it. Magic, balloons, audience participation and comedy with The Amazing Marco.

PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTNING THIEF OLYMPIC GAMES: 1:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June. Teens/tweens. Free. Compete in a series of mental and physical challenges to claim victory as The Lightning Thief’s top fan.


325 Avenue A NW, Winter Haven.


SUMMER STORY HOUR: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 5 years old. Free. Stories, songs, finger games and puppet shows. Registration required.

LEGO CLUB: Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 6 to 12 years old. Free. Lego blocks. Creations exhibited the following week.

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