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Using Your Local Austin Library for Summer Fun

Cecily Sailer, Guest Blogger

June 24, 2019

Summer presents a daunting childcare puzzle for parents: How do you keep kids engaged, learning, and having fun (for the whole summer!) without blowing the family budget?! For parents of toddlers and teens, the puzzle gets more puzzling, since many youth programs cater to the K-5 crowd. Look no further than the Austin Public Library, a fantastic resource for families seeking quality learning programs in various disciplines—for youth of all ages.

It’s worth noting that the Austin Public Library hosts a robust Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults—one that ventures light years beyond reading to encompass astronomy, theater, opera, film, nature, gaming, pop culture, and more. Anyone can attend Austin Public Library programs for free, though popular programs require advanced ticketing. You do not have to be an Austin Public Library card-holder to attend a program. (But if you live within the city limits, there’s truly no good reason not to have a library card.)

Library Programs for Toddlers

Kick off the summer with a parent-toddler dance party! Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés will perform at the Central Branch on Sunday, June 9, at 1pm in the special events center. Enjoy beats and rhythms from all over Latin America!

https://www.123andres.com and http://library.austintexas.gov/event/123-andr-s-590417

The library’s Toddler Storytime series includes performative readings of favorite children’s books and early readers, but also songs, finger plays, and games for ages 18 months to 2 years. These programs can fill up, so it’s best to arrive early. Storytimes happen regularly at branches across Austin. Here’s the full schedule: http://library.austintexas.gov/event-tags/toddler-storytime Also check out Books and Babies, which meets June 4 and July 2 at 2pm at Milwood Branch.

If you have bilingual dreams for your little one, check out the library’s Dual Language Storytime in Spanish and English. This program isn’t specifically for toddlers, but caters to the 5 and under crowd. Storytellers speak in Spanish and English, and these events happen throughout the summer in branches across Austin. Here’s the full schedule: http://library.austintexas.gov/event-tags/spanish-dual-language-storytime

APL Studios helps teens learn how to write a screenplay, produce, film, edit, and market a movie. Led by Austin Film Society experts and guest instructors.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/apl-studios-594250

The Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament invites gamers to throw down in a summer-long seeded tournament that culminates with championship finals at the Central Library on August 14. Definitely pay attention to sign-up instructions if your teen wants to compete.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/super-smash-bros-wii-u-tournament-591520

K-Pop fans will go bonkers for the library’s K-Pop Idol Parties this summer. Learn dance moves, make K-Pop inspired crafts, and enjoy Korean snacks.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/k-pop-idol-party-594260

Cooking for the Cosmos allows teens to learn a simple dish and taste-test their creations.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/cooking-cosmos-594269

Problem-solvers and puzzle-lovers should grab tickets early to Library Escape Room: Return of the Demogorgon. Players must stop the Upside Down from spreading in pressurized game inspired by Stranger Things!

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/library-escape-room-594279

At the library’s Silent Rave, teens can slip on headphones and transform the quietest space in town into their own unique dance party—and switch between multiple DJs to create the perfect, personalized musical vibe.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/silent-rave-594283

Teens can also begin prepping for their future as a Twitch-streaming celebrity! (Look out, moms and dads!) Twitch Lab helps teens think about their online persona, build an audience, and develop a personal style.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/twitch-lab-594285

And don’t forget: Your Austin Public Library hosts an incredible number of programs that serve all of us in so many ways—whether we’re small business owners, kiddos seeking the perfect book, or parents wanting to expand our child’s experience of the world. If you want to learn it, the library probably can show you how!

Cecily Sailer is the programs and events director for The Library Foundation, which supports the Austin Public Library by raising money and awareness, and by offering unique programs within the library. The Library Foundation also hosts the Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp, which serves rising 3rd through 12th-graders.

APL Studios helps teens learn how to write a screenplay, produce, film, edit, and market a movie. Led by Austin Film Society experts and guest instructors.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/apl-studios-594250

The Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament invites gamers to throw down in a summer-long seeded tournament that culminates with championship finals at the Central Library on August 14. Definitely pay attention to sign-up instructions if your teen wants to compete.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/super-smash-bros-wii-u-tournament-591520

K-Pop fans will go bonkers for the library’s K-Pop Idol Parties this summer. Learn dance moves, make K-Pop inspired crafts, and enjoy Korean snacks.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/k-pop-idol-party-594260

Cooking for the Cosmos allows teens to learn a simple dish and taste-test their creations.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/cooking-cosmos-594269

Problem-solvers and puzzle-lovers should grab tickets early to Library Escape Room: Return of the Demogorgon. Players must stop the Upside Down from spreading in pressurized game inspired by Stranger Things!

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/library-escape-room-594279

At the library’s Silent Rave, teens can slip on headphones and transform the quietest space in town into their own unique dance party—and switch between multiple DJs to create the perfect, personalized musical vibe.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/silent-rave-594283

Teens can also begin prepping for their future as a Twitch-streaming celebrity! (Look out, moms and dads!) Twitch Lab helps teens think about their online persona, build an audience, and develop a personal style.

http://library.austintexas.gov/event/twitch-lab-594285

And don’t forget: Your Austin Public Library hosts an incredible number of programs that serve all of us in so many ways—whether we’re small business owners, kiddos seeking the perfect book, or parents wanting to expand our child’s experience of the world. If you want to learn it, the library probably can show you how!

Cecily Sailer is the programs and events director for The Library Foundation, which supports the Austin Public Library by raising money and awareness, and by offering unique programs within the library. The Library Foundation also hosts the Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp, which serves rising 3rd through 12th-graders.

 

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