CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Calendar of Events

Monday, August 20, 2018

Kids Minecraft Club

If you love Minecraft, this is a weekly chance to join us and explore the Library's realm. Space is limited, so save your spot!

Romp & Read

Kids ages 2-4 have so much fun with stories, songs, movement and puppets! Build literacy skills through repetition, rhymes and pictures. Take home a fun craft, too!

Walking Tales : Stories Bringing History to Life, a Brown Bag program

Join us for a preview of the 6th Annual Walking Tales at the Oakwood Cemetery. Figures from the past will be brought to life with monologues, costumes and stories. The program, hosted by the Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild, is a great way to learn about local and state history. This program is co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogical Society.

Yoga Lunch Break

Join us every Monday for a yoga practice at your favorite place--the Library! Beginners are welcome. Just bring your mat, a towel and a bottle of water.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

LEGO Lab

Use your imagination to create something great with LEGOs! We bring the LEGOs, you bring the ideas! Sometimes we will have a project to work on together and sometimes you can just let your building and imagination skills go WILD!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kid's Minecraft Club

Kids love Minecraft! If you've got Minecrafters in your house, bring them to the Library to play and explore the realm. Beginners are welcome or join us to show off your skills!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Book Hedgehogs

Old books might be headed for the trash, but we'll help you turn them into adorable hedgehogs! We'll have everything you need to make a hedgehog from the pages of an old book. Get some glue and some googly eyes and we'll help you make something great! One man's trash is another teen's treasure.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Game Time

Meet new friends while playing board games at the library! Play our games or bring your own.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Margarita & Salsa Festival

Make plans now to attend the biggest, coolest, hottest party of the summer – the 23rd Annual Margarita & Salsa Festival happening on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. All proceeds benefit the Scholarship Program at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. So if you dig margaritas and great country music (who doesn't, right?), then mark your calendar. For more information, visit our website or call 254-776-1660.

Kid's Minecraft Club

Kids love Minecraft! If you've got Minecrafters in your house, bring them to the Library to play and explore the realm. Beginners are welcome or join us to show off your skills!

Kids Roblox Club

Do you know Roblox? If you love this online game, join us work on creativity and problem solving by creating games for others. Space is limited, so be sure to register online to save your spot.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Romp & Read

Kids ages 2-4 have so much fun with stories, songs, movement and puppets! Build literacy skills through repetition, rhymes and pictures. Take home a fun craft, too!

Kids Minecraft Club

If you love Minecraft, this is a weekly chance to join us and explore the Library's realm. Space is limited, so save your spot!

Yoga Lunch Break

Join us every Monday for a yoga practice at your favorite place--the Library! Beginners are welcome. Just bring your mat, a towel and a bottle of water.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

LEGO Lab

Use your imagination to create something great with LEGOs! We bring the LEGOs, you bring the ideas! Sometimes we will have a project to work on together and sometimes you can just let your building and imagination skills go WILD!

Fall Lecture

Retired lawman and award-winning author Bob Alexander is the speaker for this year's fall lecture. Free and open to the public!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate

The art exhibit is designed to inform visitors about the global emergency of anthropogenic climate change. The art will address climate change impacts, strategies for mitigation, and methods of adaptation. For artists, there is NO fee to enter the show. Four cash prizes will be awarded, up to $1000. For instructions to artists and an entry form, email: anorthc@aol.com. For visitors to the exhibit, NO entrance fee is charged. The artists may also offer the pieces for sale. The artist reception, with awards, music, food, and science will take place September 15, 6pm-8pm.

2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate

The art show is themed around anthropogenic climate change. For artists, please address the impacts of climate change, the emotional effects, the dangers, the science, the graphs and data, opportunities, solutions, and others. We prefer submission of an entry form by August 15, but will accept pieces on the day of delivery, August 25, as space permits. We accept all media of wall art and also have space for a few sculptures. The judging will be of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, with cash prize up to $1000. We also have a People's Choice Prize, with voting by the public. Questions: Director Alan Northcutt, MD at anorthc@aol.com

2nd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit, hosted by the Waco Friends of Peace/Climate

The art exhibit will emphasize climate science, the impacts of anthropogenic climate change, solutions to mitigate climate change, and adaptation strategies. We welcome all artists to submit hanging art of all media. We also have room for several sculpture pieces. There is no entry fee for artists, and 4 cash prizes will be offered, up to $1000. For artist entry form or questions email: anorthc@aol.com Admission for visitors is also free.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Game Time

Meet new friends while playing board games at the library! Play our games or bring your own.

Exhibit Opens - Parlor: A Room By Many Names

What do you know about the parlors in historic homes? Have you ever wondered about the origin of modern living rooms? Do you know where the word "parlor" came from? Come experience the history of the parlor with our latest exhibit to discover answers to these questions and more! 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sensory-Friendly Matinee

The Sensory Friendly Matinee is a movie viewing especially for our visitors with special needs. The lights are not too low and the sound is not too loud. There's plenty of room to move around and sing along! This month, join us for The Little Mermaid. Animal crackers and water will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own light snacks.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

FREE Legends for Youth Clinic presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association

You are invited to participate in the FREE Legends for Youth Clinic presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association! Who: Former Major League Baseball players will teach the fundamentals of the game and life skills. Waco's own Donald Harris www.donaldharrisbaseballfoundation.com will be in attendance. About Legends for Youth Clinic Series: The Legends for Youth Clinic Series is a charitable program running more than 180 free events each year worldwide. Its mission is to promote the game of baseball to youth using positive sports images and personalities. Please make a contribution to the LFY Program or the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA). Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Baby Time

Timeline of event: 1. Families sit around a circle. 2. Storytime activities for babies include nursery rhymes, fingerplays, music, movement, puppets, and other manipulatives, such as bubbles and shakers. 3. As a part of Baby Time, I will include baby sign language that families can learn to do with their babies. 4. Playtime follows the storytime. Do we provide all necessary materials/equipment? Yes. Are there any requirements to participate? No. What are we trying to achieve? We are helping families develop babies' minds through stimulation and special experiences. Core Message—summarize the value of the program in one sentence: I've seen that participation in Baby Time develops into making the library a part of their lives as toddlers and beyond. Who is the target? Children Age: 0 - 12 months Gender: Any. Background: No prior knowledge needed. Are there any outside partners? No

LEGO Lab

Use your imagination to create something great with LEGOs! We bring the LEGOs, you bring the ideas! Sometimes we will have a project to work on together and sometimes you can just let your building and imagination.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Toddler Time

A special storytime designed for ages 1-2. Come join the fun with rhymes, stories, music, movement games and more! Toddler Time is a great way to increase language development and other pre-literacy skills for your busy toddler.

Be Well, Live Well

We're joined by Texas A&M Agrilife for a program on healthy aging. Learn how to reduce your risk for disease, engage in a healthy lifestyle, increase your cognition and enhance your physical abilities. This week: Be Independent, Eat Well: Learn which nutrients you need more of as you age, how to support cognition through food, and more!

Girls Who Code

Join the sisterhood of tech-savvy women! This club is a great chance to explore computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Meet your peers and discover role models in the computer science and technology

Thursday, September 6, 2018

PaintTeens

Come learn how to express yourself with paint! We will learn painting techniques buy painting a new picture every month. All materials are provided and what you produce in class you get to take home! This program is for ages 11-17. Please register as space and materials are limited. This month we will paint this painting. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/84/3a/7e/843a7e0b3e9dbb40694d59a1b8d44414.jpg

Family Storytime

When the school day and the workday end, join us for an evening of stories, music, and activities for the entire family! Also, make a craft as a part of the fun.

Southern Nationals

Modifieds, Limited Modifieds and Factory Stocks will race around the dirt track at Heart O' Texas Speedway for a $63,000 purse over 3 days!

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Thursday Crafternoon

Every week, teens can get crafty and learn something new. We'll have all the supplies you need to make something great and make new friends.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Newspaper Searching : the Needle in the Haystack

Searching newspapers with any degree of success can be a difficult if not frustrating task. Newspapers provide those genealogical and Local history gems that can break down research brick walls. Learn about the Newspapers.com database available at all the Waco libraries and remotely. Learn how to use filters to narrow down your search. Learn when to browse vs. searching. Learn about local library newspaper indexes and archives.

Pop-Up Saturday at the Dr Pepper Museum

POP in to the Dr Pepper Museum for a creative re-purpose focused craft! Use recycled soda can tabs to create fashionable bracelets, necklaces, and key chains. This activity is free with general admission and will be located in the Holt-Getterman Gallery.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

All Aboard for Fall

September Family Fun Day Destination: FALL! Bring children and children at heart for activities and treats focusing on all things trains and fall ($10 per family). Call (254) 753-5166 with questions.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Choosing the Right DNA Test and Vendor for YOU, a Brown bag program

With so many vendors for genealogy DNA testing, it can be challenging to know how to get started. Join us for a panel discussion presented by the CTGS DNA Interest Group. Learn more about the different tests on the market today. Understand how to determine which vendor features matter most for your family research goals.

MCCIG

This group meets at the Library every month to work toward becoming the central source of cemetery information in McLennan County by recording cemetery and burial information for future generations.

BACKPACK FULL OF CASH: Baylor Movie Monday

Baylor University School of Education and Baylor Movie Mondays, a program of Baylor’s Department of Student Activities, will host a showing of the documentary BACKPACK FULL OF CASH, narrated by Matt Damon and billed as “a film exploring the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools.” After the film, an expert panel of education leaders will discuss the film and how the issues explored in it apply to Waco-area schools: Marcus Nelson, superintendent, Waco ISD Bonnie Lesley, co-founder, Texas Kids Can’t Wait Matthew Polk, executive director, Prosper Waco Alexis Neumann, superintendent, Rapoport Academy Public School Erin Wolfe, director of communication, Harmony Public Schools The film features genuine heroes like the principals, teachers, activists, parents, and — most hearteningly — students who are fighting for their education. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch (who spoke in Baylor’s Waco Hall in 2015), writer David Kirp, and policy expert Linda Darling Hammond are among the national thought leaders who provide analysis in the film. SOE Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon said, “The privatization of education has long been a national issue, and it has recently become intensely relevant in Texas and especially in our city. By viewing this documentary and hearing from knowledgeable panelists with opinions along the spectrum, we will all be better informed about how our children, communities and educational institutions are affected.”

Romp & Read

Join us for a fun storytime focusing on songs, stories, movement, and puppets! With repetition, rhymes, and picture prompts, children will be able to enhance their early literacy skills! We'll also have a small craft at the end that ties in to a book or song. For ages 2-4.

Yoga Lunch Break

Join us every Monday for a yoga practice at your favorite place--the Library! Beginners are welcome. Just bring your mat, a towel and a bottle of water.

Game On!

Team up or face off with Nintendo Switch games at this afterschool gaming event. Plus, we'll have tabletop and card games if you want to go unplugged.

Kids Minecraft Club

If you love Minecraft, this is a weekly chance to join us and explore the Library's realm. Space is limited, so save your spot!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BACKPACK FULL OF CASH: Encore Showing

Baylor University School of Education will host an encore showing of the documentary BACKPACK FULL OF CASH, narrated by Matt Damon and billed as “a film exploring the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools.” The film features genuine heroes like the principals, teachers, activists, parents, and — most hearteningly — students who are fighting for their education. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch (who spoke in Baylor’s Waco Hall in 2015), writer David Kirp, and policy expert Linda Darling Hammond are among the national thought leaders who provide analysis in the film. SOE Interim Dean Dr. Terrill Saxon said, “The privatization of education has long been a national issue, and it has recently become intensely relevant in Texas and especially in our city. By viewing this documentary and hearing from knowledgeable panelists with opinions along the spectrum, we will all be better informed about how our children, communities and educational institutions are affected.” Narrator Matt Damon explains, “I got involved in BACKPACK FULL OF CASH because I believe that every kid should have access to great public schools. I got a great education in public schools and my mom is an educator, so I know just how hard teachers work every day.”

LEGO Lab

Use your imagination to create something great with LEGOs! We bring the LEGOs, you bring the ideas! Sometimes we will have a project to work on together and sometimes you can just let your building and imagination.

Baby Time

Timeline of event: 1. Families sit around a circle. 2. Storytime activities for babies include nursery rhymes, fingerplays, music, movement, puppets, and other manipulatives, such as bubbles and shakers. 3. As a part of Baby Time, I will include baby sign language that families can learn to do with their babies. 4. Playtime follows the storytime. Do we provide all necessary materials/equipment? Yes. Are there any requirements to participate? No. What are we trying to achieve? We are helping families develop babies' minds through stimulation and special experiences. Core Message—summarize the value of the program in one sentence: I've seen that participation in Baby Time develops into making the library a part of their lives as toddlers and beyond. Who is the target? Children Age: 0 - 12 months Gender: Any. Background: No prior knowledge needed. Are there any outside partners? No

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Toddler Time

A special storytime designed for ages 1-2. Come join the fun with rhymes, stories, music, movement games and more! Toddler Time is a great way to increase language development and other pre-literacy skills for your busy toddler.

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Watercolor Portraits by Jenny Granberry

Artist Jenny Granberry will share painting techniques developed over a lifetime and demonstrate her use of Golden QoR products. 2544715955

Be Well, Live Well

We're joined by Texas A&M Agrilife for a program on healthy aging. Learn how to reduce your risk for disease, engage in a healthy lifestyle, increase your cognition and enhance your physical abilities. This week: Be Independent, Eat Well: Learn which nutrients you need more of as you age, how to support cognition through food, and more!

Girls Who Code

Join the sisterhood of tech-savvy women! This club is a great chance to explore computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Meet your peers and discover role models in the computer science and technology

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Family Storytime

When the school day and the workday end, join us for an evening of stories, music, and activities for the entire family! Also, make a craft as a part of the fun.

Thursday Crafternoon

Every week, teens can get crafty and learn something new. We'll have all the supplies you need to make something great and make new friends.

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

True Crime Interest Group

Join us to discuss the famous and infamous stories of true crimes, both local and elsewhere. You are not alone in your passion for these real-life mysteries! We’ll have lively discussions and use library resources to find out more. This month: learn about the early days of Waco, when it was called Six Shooter Junction. Real, wild West crimes make up the darker side of local history.

First Feature Flicks

Jump to the front of the line for some of our hottest movie titles. We'll have the popcorn ready. This month: Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13).

Bilingual Storytime / Cuentos Bilingues

The whole family can join us once a month for stories, songs and fun in TWO languagues! You'll learn a new word or phrase every time we meet. ¡Toda la familia puede unirse a nosotros una vez al mes para contar historias, canciones y divertirse en dos idiomas! Aprende una nueva palabra cada vez que nos encontremos.

Yoga for Kids

Can you be a tree, a cat or an airplane? With yoga you can! Use your body to make the shapes and use your imagination, too.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Annual End of the Summer Bash!!

4 amazing businesses coming together for an EPIC Lake Day!! Pura Vida Paddle, Sometimes Love, Waco Lake Rentals and Camp Gladiator!! Come out for a FREE Camp gladiator work out. Followed by discounted rentals on Jet Skis, kayaks, SUP boards, and boat/tube rides!!! Bounce house for kids. Hot dogs!! These businesses have a few things in common. We love the water, we love our friends and family. And we believe in enjoying family time!! We love giving back!! So 10% of all proceeds will go to Sometimes Love! They are a non-profit that offers cleaning services to those who have cancer...so they can spend more time with their loved ones! You can book jet skis and boat rides at: WacoLakeRentals.com Kayaks and SUP boards at: PiraVidaPaddle.com Must book online as we cannot exchange money at the lake.

World Play-Doh Day

Celebrate World Play-Doh Day with us! Stop by the Children’s Corner at the Mayborn Museum to explore numbers, circuits, and much more.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Yoga Lunch Break

Join us every Monday for a yoga practice at your favorite place--the Library! Beginners are welcome. Just bring your mat, a towel and a bottle of water.

Romp & Read

Join us for a fun storytime focusing on songs, stories, movement, and puppets! With repetition, rhymes, and picture prompts, children will be able to enhance their early literacy skills! We'll also have a small craft at the end that ties in to a book or song. For ages 2-4.

Kids Minecraft Club

If you love Minecraft, this is a weekly chance to join us and explore the Library's realm. Space is limited, so save your spot!

Game On!

Team up or face off with Nintendo Switch games at this afterschool gaming event. Plus, we'll have tabletop and card games if you want to go unplugged.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Books & Brews

Books & Brews continues this month. We're reading  Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover. Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University.  With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it. We'll meet at Dichotomy (508 Austin Ave).  All attendees are expected to drink responsibly. A variety of non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. The City of Waco does not endorse the hosting organization nor any services or products they may provide.

LEGO Lab

Use your imagination to create something great with LEGOs! We bring the LEGOs, you bring the ideas! Sometimes we will have a project to work on together and sometimes you can just let your building and imagination.

Baby Time

Timeline of event: 1. Families sit around a circle. 2. Storytime activities for babies include nursery rhymes, fingerplays, music, movement, puppets, and other manipulatives, such as bubbles and shakers. 3. As a part of Baby Time, I will include baby sign language that families can learn to do with their babies. 4. Playtime follows the storytime. Do we provide all necessary materials/equipment? Yes. Are there any requirements to participate? No. What are we trying to achieve? We are helping families develop babies' minds through stimulation and special experiences. Core Message—summarize the value of the program in one sentence: I've seen that participation in Baby Time develops into making the library a part of their lives as toddlers and beyond. Who is the target? Children Age: 0 - 12 months Gender: Any. Background: No prior knowledge needed. Are there any outside partners? No

Preschool Storytime

Kids ages 3-6 get to build listening and communication skills while they have FUN, learn about other cultures and grow their imaginations. Hear great stories and take home a craft!