Category Archives: Library

Articles Library 08-18-14

Library Sets Record with Summer Reading Program

A record number of kids, and adults for that matter, took part in the Arlington Public Library’s My Summer Reading Program (SRC). The program culminated with a celebration for participants at the Texas Rangers Globe Life Park Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 2. “We had an estimated 5,900 participants from birth to grade 12 and 1,130 adult participants,” said Yoko Matsumoto, Program Management and Community Engagement Administrator. One of the reasons for the record numbers was the proactive way in which staff marketed the program. “Where’s David? and the 2014 Geocaching Challenge were both designed to add to the Read more…

Articles Library 07-21-14

New Partnership Provides Book Delivery to Homebound Seniors

The Arlington Public Library Foundation and Groupon Grassroots (http://grassroots.groupon.com), the philanthropic arm of Groupon, recently announced the launch of a local campaign to help the Arlington Public Library provide monthly delivery of library materials to participating homebound seniors. The Books on Wheels campaign will be available on the Fort Worth Groupon Grassroots page beginning on Monday, July 21 and running through Sunday, July 27. Utilizing Groupon Grassroots’ collective action model, Groupon subscribers can pledge support for the Books on Wheels initiative in increments $10. Reading or listening to books for recreation and information can engage and stimulate the mind, but Read more…

Articles Library 07-17-14

Arlington Public Library to Celebrate Summer Reading Club at Globe Life Park

Participants in My Summer Reading Club are invited to a final celebration at the Texas Rangers Globe Life Park Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 2, 3-5:30 p.m. This family friendly event is for all ages. There will be activities on three floors of this exciting venue at 1000 Ballpark Way. Admission and parking are free. The distinctive Arlington Public Library vehicles will be in the parking lot. The TechLiNK mobile computing lab will offer tours and computer access to play fun and educational games. Find David at the MiniLiNK for his final Where’s David? appearance of the summer. He Read more…

Rangers’ Soto Reads to Children at Arlington Public Library

“¡Jonron!” exclaimed Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto as he read from fellow baseball player Alex Rodriguez’s book to more than 25 eager kids who packed the Children’s Area at Arlington Public Library during his bilingual storytime. ¡Jonron!  is Spanish for Out of the Ballpark or what we commonly yell at a baseball game, “home run.”  Finding similarity in A-Rod’s story, Soto — known for his creative catching style — hit a home run during Tuesday night’s game. The Rangers’ Reading Club All-Star Program is partnering with 25 Texas area libraries. Only one lucky winner from each library will win special Read more…

Travel Texas with Chet Garner, Host of ‘The Daytripper’

Texas travel expert and star of The Daytripper television program, Chet Garner, will make an Arlington appearance on Friday, June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 South Center Street. Garner has traveled Texas from the tip of the Panhandle to the Piney Woods to the Rio Grande to the Gulf Coast and everywhere in between. He will discuss adventures in Texas travel, and talk about interesting places to see, fun things to do, and provide inside information on the best barbeque in Texas. The Daytripper, winner of a 2013 Lone Star Chapter Regional Emmy® Award, airs Read more…

Kids, Parents Enjoy Summer Reading Club Kickoff Event

The Summer Reading Club (SRC) Kickoff event launched participants on their reading adventure with a bang on May 31. The theme of the SRC this year focuses on science and the kickoff helped inspire toddlers, children, teens, and adults to both read and explore.  Over the course of the hour and a half event, more than five hundred participants came to pick up their SRC materials and enjoy the events offered by Arlington Public Library staff and volunteers. Cary Siegfried, Director of Libraries, and Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, AISD Superintendent, provided a warm welcome and a few words to express the Read more…

Citizens’ Bond Committee Recommendations Being Reviewed by City Council

After a series of meetings, numerous tours, exhaustive document reviews, public input and public forums, the Citizens’ Bond Committee (CBC) has ranked $192 million worth of projects as the highest priorities for a potential November 2014 bond election. The 19-member Citizens’ Bond Committee was charged to assess the  short-term capital needs of the City of Arlington, and to provide a recommendation listing of projects and anticipated capital investment necessary to the City Council. Including renovations to city streets ($118 million), parks and recreation centers ($65 million), fire improvements ($8 million) and library ($395,000), the grand total of the committee’s recommendations is Read more…

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Celebrate the 2014 Summer Reading Club

The annual Summer Reading Club is ready to fizz, boom, spark, and whir into action starting at the kickoff event on Saturday May 31 at the Arlington ISD Professional Development Center, 1111 W Arbrook Blvd. When the doors open at 10:30 a.m., families will be welcomed in to pick up reading logs and a brochure with all the exciting SRC summer programs.  While it will be easy to grab everything you need for the Summer Reading Club, the real focus of the day will be on fun for the whole family, getting everyone pumped up and excited about reading and Read more…

Arlington City Council Approves Funding to Rebuild Central Library

The Arlington City Council on Tuesday approved spending $24.9 million to replace the current Central Library in downtown with a new building just north of City Hall. Council members unanimously agreed to a resolution that would amend the City’s FY 2014 capital budget to fund the project, which also would include an outdoor plaza, related site parking and a joint use council chamber and library meeting space. The project will be paid for by issuing $19.5 million in certificates of obligation and by using $4.1 million from the Arlington Tomorrow Fund and $1.3 million from the natural gas drilling fund. Read more…

Arlington Student Wins 2014 Texas Summer Reading Program Teen Video Challenge

Every year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) hosts a national video challenge competition, the CLSP Teen Video Challenge,  in an effort to encourage teens to get involved with reading, videography and, of course, their library’s summer reading program. This year, twenty-six states participated and one winner was selected from each state. The winners were announced on April 9, 2014 during the CSLP Annual Meeting held in Biloxi, Mississippi. This year, China Wilson, 18, was selected as the winner for the State of Texas. For her hard work, China received a monetary award of $275 and the Arlington Public Library Read more…