The Springdale Public Library offers themed special events for children of all ages. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and do not require registration to attend.
All Story Time programs are free and no registration is required.
If you would like to bring a group of 5 or more children to a story time, please call the library in advance (no need to call in advance for special events). Children under the age of eleven must always be supervised by an adult, in all areas of the library. A parent or adult caregiver of children under age eleven must remain in the library while school age children are attending programs.
Want to do your own story time or S.T.E.A.M. project at home? Backpacks stocked with books and activities are now available for checkout. Craft items and activity sheets are yours to keep, please return the backpack with all materials marked “need to return” to the front Checkout desk. Please do not return backpacks in the Book Drops.
Story Time Backpack Themes
Reading, singing, playing, writing, and talking promote literacy and help you prepare your child for kindergarten. These story time backpacks include materials to support these activities.
We recommend alternating between stories, songs, and rhymes. Save the craft project for the end of your story time. Children love to hear their favorite songs and books over and over. Do not hesitate to add or repeat a book, song, or rhyme.
You will need to return the Story Time Back Pack and the materials that say “need to return.” You may keep the activity sheet and the craft materials.
Stop by the children’s desk for more books or ideas for your story time!
- Cars, Trucks, Trains
- The Farm
- The Garden
- Community Heroes
- The Ocean
- Shapes and Colors
NEW! S.T.E.A.M. Backpack Themes
The Library’s 24 S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) backpacks are suitable for children ages 5 – 12 and include lots of hands-on materials as well as books and DVDs to support the theme of the bag. These bags are intended to be used with parent participation and check out for two weeks.
- Add & Subtract
- Multiplication & Division
- Fractions, Decimals & Percents
- Human Body and Senses (ages 5-7)
- Human Body (Ages 8-12)
- The Microscope
- Optics and Prisms
- Snap Circuits
- Coding 101
- Simple Machines (Ages 5-8)
- Simple Machines (Ages 8-12)
- Rocks & Minerals
- Plant Life Cycle
- Puzzles & Logic
- Solar System
On behalf of the 1,000 Books Foundation, we invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she starts kindergarten.
The concept is simple. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).
How do I do this? Come to the Children’s Desk and sign up. You will receive your reading log and a bookbag to carry all your books home from the Library. Don’t want to wait? You can also download the reading log here and start today. Next time you come to the Library drop by the Children’s Desk and we will give you a bookbag.
Your child will be recognized each time they have read 100 books. When they have reached 1,000 books they will get a star on the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten© Wall of Fame and can pick a book from the prize shelf to take home and keep.