Can’t make it to the library for an event? Here are some things you can do on YOUR time!
Clearwater Public Library
Pokemon Grab Bags
Starting the second Sunday of each month, visit the Clearwater Main Library 2nd floor Youth Desk for your grab bag filled with activities, crafts, and more (just let us know you’re a Pokemon Trainer to get access). These bags are made for Trainers 7-12 years old and are only available while supplies last.
Fun with Felt: a Take and Make
Stop by the Clearwater East Community Library for a Take-and-Make craft! Available at the service desk and drive-through. Each month we will create a different felt craft. Supplies provided. Share your completed project by messaging us via the library Facebook page, or show a librarian. *Needles are not included. Please pick up your kit inside the Clearwater East Community Library or at the branch’s drive-thru. Unclaimed kits will be offered to patrons on the waitlist.
East Lake Community Library
Art Showcase @ the Library: Jaimee Ponce
Tampa Bay based artist and photographer, Jaimee Ponce, has been passionate about photography since 1996. Starting out locally in the darkroom at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and learning all of the technical and manual aspects of the camera, Jaimee now blends that training with her passion for finding beauty in all things and her gift of having a keen eye. Even though her work as an artist, a wedding photojournalist and a photography enthusiast has led her to many international destinations like Paris, Venice, Rome, and Florence to name a few, here in Florida, Jaimee has photographed many beautiful events in places such as the Safety Harbor Spa, The Don Cesar, The Vinoy, Renaissance International Plaza and St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and many more.
Showcase runs every day from 1/5 thru 2/26.
Largo Public Library
Books For Bites (School Year Reading Incentive)
For Ages 13-17. Read and review 5 books for snack coupons you can use at the cafe! Pick up a review pack at the Teen Desk starting in October. Ongoing thru 5/1.
For ages 9-12. Stop by the children’s department to pick up a mystery book packet. Each packet will contain a mystery children’s fiction book and some other fun surprises inside! These will be limited in quantity for children and only while supplies last. Limit of 2 per household. Child must be present for pickup. Ongoing thru 1/31.
Monday Night Mayhem
Join us every Monday in January and express your creative side each week with hands-on crafts and activities! Painting programs will be using acrylic paint which will stain clothing so please prepare accordingly.
Take-Home Tuesdays: School-Age Craft Programming
Ages 6-9. There will be 2-3 different craft activity kits available weekly, starting on Tuesdays, as noted below. The following week, you can join our staff online for step-by-step instructions at the date and time listed on your kit. Instructions on where to find the videos will be provided in each kit. The activities are designed for children ages 5-12, but if you have any questions or want to share pictures of your craft activities, you can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited to 3 craft kits per family per week. Any additional registrations will be canceled. Registrations can be made online or by calling 727.587.6715. Every Tuesday through January. SignUp
Teen Book Boxes
Ages 12 – 17. Book Boxes come with a surprise book, goodies, and tasty treats. New Boxes are released on the 2nd Friday of the month. Teens must be present to pick-up. One per person. Available while supplies last.
Ages 9-12. These take-home craft kits are like our weekly craft kits, but for older kiddos who want the extra challenge. Register to pick-up a craft kit that will flex your crafting skills. Instructions on where to find the craft-along videos will be provided in each kit. January’s craft is a Snowman Nail Board. Registration required. Kits can be picked up from 1/11 thru 1/18. Sign Up
Snowman, Snowman, where are you hiding? How many hidden Snowmen can you find in the Children’s Department? Come in and let us know so you can be entered into our prize drawing. Winners will be notified on Tuesday, 2/1.
Pokemon© have taken over the Library! Count how many Pokemon© there are and earn a gym badge for counting ‘em all. Every two weeks, a new Pokemon© type will take over the children’s department and you can earn a new badge! Ongoing thru 1/31.
Count the Conversation Hearts
1, 2, 3, the Library is lovely! Come to the Children’s Department and count the conversation hearts. Entries will be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the month of February!
Help us celebrate National Library Lover’s Month! Come to the Children’s Department and write down something you love about the library on a (paper) heart. Hang your heart up on display so others can see how much you love your library. Ongoing thru 2/28.
Safety Harbor Public Library
Home Delivery Service
Home delivery/return for local residents unable to get to library due to illness, disability, COVID-19 risk, or injury. Call 727-724-1525 x 4107.
Pen Pals Unite
Staff writers exchange cards and letters filled with inspiration, quotations, or simply send a kind hello to homebound residents.
Black History Month Writing & Artwork Contest
Commemorate Black History Month by submitting a short essay, poem, or artwork based on a selected quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Winners will receive a $50 gift card or a donation to a non-profit charity of their choice. Open to all ages.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
For Ages 0-5. Enjoy reading 1,000 books with your little ones! Create an online account on Beanstack and log reading to earn badges. Come to the Youth Services desk to celebrate their achievement by collecting a small reward (stickers, toys, books) for every 100 books read.
Children’s Pen Pals
We are partnering with the Eagle Public Library in Utah to match children with a pen pal. Registration Required.
Children’s Spring into Reading
Read any books you like and earn prizes! Come to the library to collect prizes at 6 and 12 hours. Registration required.
Tween Book Bag
For ages 9-12. Each tween book bag will include a tween book to keep and more! Registration is thru February 6. Bag pickup is February 7 thru February 12.
Tween Chocolate Taste Test Challenge Take Home Kit
For ages 9-12. Taste test and rate different chocolates at home with supplies from the library. Registration is thru February 14. Pickup is from February 15 thru February 19.
Tween Spring Reading
For ages 9-12. Log 12 hours of reading to be entered into a raffle for the grand prize.
Tween Zoo Murder Mystery Take Home Kit
For ages 9-12. There has been a kidnapping at the zoo! Solve the mystery with the supplied materials. For 1-8 players. Registration is thru March 31. Pick up is February 1 thru February 5.
Teen Book Box
For Teens. Take home your very own teen book box to enjoy. Each box will include a teen ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) book for you to keep, snacks, bookmark, button, sticker, and more!
Teen Zoo Murder Mystery Take Home Kit
For Teens. A veterinary assistant has been murdered at the zoo! Can you find the killer in time before they kill again? For 1-8 players.
Teen Fall Reading
For Teens. Read 12 hours to be entered into a grand prize drawing.
Seminole Community Library
Tuesday, Jan. 18. Wear your pajamas to the library and join us in the Children’s Department for special crafts, activities, and giveaways all day long! All pj wearers will get a free book!
Winter Reading Challenge for Adults
Get a challenge sheet from the 2nd floor Info Desk, check out your books, fill out your sheet, and return it by the end of the month to enter a prize drawing for a library card mug and cocoa kit.
Pen Pal Club
Enjoy our newest pen pal club and enjoy corresponding with someone your own age in North Carolina. Stop by the children’s department to be matched with your new pen pal.
Join us in the Children’s Department for crafts, activities, and giveaways all day long in celebration of this “sweet” holiday! Enter a prize drawing!