Special Events for Kids

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.

Weekly Story Times for Kids

All Story Time programs are free. During the summer, 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.

Story Time & S.T.E.A.M. Backpacks

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!

  1. Dogs
  2. Cars, Trucks, Trains
  3. The Farm
  4. The Garden
  5. Community Heroes
  6. The Ocean
  7. Food
  8. Weather
  9. Space
  10. Fall
  11. Pond
  12. Birthday
  13. Zoo
  14. Numbers
  15. Bugs
  16. Dinosaurs
  17. ABC
  18. Bedtime
  19. Cats
  20. City
  21. Shapes and Colors
  22. Summer
  23. Winter
  24. Spring

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.

  1. Dinosaurs
  2. Add & Subtract
  3. Animals
  4. Multiplication & Division
  5. Fractions, Decimals & Percents
  6. Fossils
  7. Human Body and Senses (ages 5-7)
  8. Human Body (Ages 8-12)
  9. The Microscope
  10. Optics and Prisms
  11. Snap Circuits
  12. Coding 101
  13. Weather
  14. Simple Machines (Ages 5-8)
  15. Simple Machines (Ages 8-12)
  16. Rocks & Minerals
  17. Money
  18. Water
  19. Plant Life Cycle
  20. Puzzles & Logic
  21. Solar System
  22. Time
  23. Environment
  24. Bugs

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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.