Children's Theater @ Your Library

Taking kids to live theater is a wonderful experience. I speak very personally of this joy. I still remember the expression on my daughter's face when she saw, as a young child, her first Broadway in Tampa show at the Straz Center. It was truly a new world opening up to her. But her first visit to the Straz Center was NOT her first introduction to live theater. 

We are now season ticket holders to the Straz Center and I alternate between taking the #TampaTrio. Of course, one upcoming show that they MUST see will be Hamilton. We're all huge fans, and thankfully I've been training my kids proper theater etiquette for over 10 years, so I know they will be ready to be in The Room Where It Happens

Did you know that many public libraries offer live theater productions for kids and their families. It's true. In Tampa we have a partnership with Creative Arts Theater and throughout the year they host theater productions throughout the area. And guess what...these are all FREE for you to attend. What better way to introduce your children to live theater than in a friendly, informal setting. It's in settings like this that you can teach them how to sit and listen listen and follow proper theater etiquette. As they learn and grow, you can begin to take them to kid friendly shows at the Straz Center.

Right now many Tampa libraries are hosting Creative Arts Theater and their production of The Secret Garden.

This literary classic comes to life through the magic of colorful design, music, and live actors! For those of you who aren't familiar with The Secret Garden, in a nutshell....when an orphan is sent to live with an uncle she’s never met, she discovers a mysterious, walled-off garden. To her surprise, as the garden begins to bloom, so does she. For ages 5 and up.
While it is recommended for ages 5 and up, I highly encourage all of you to bring your younger children. If they get fussy, bored, etc., you can simply leave the room. You aren't out any money (because it was FREE) and you and your child still get the experience of live theater. Click HERE to view the upcoming dates and locations of this production. 
 
Have your children experienced live theater?

 

 

Holiday craft and cook books from your Tampa library

It's the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many things going on right now, and my life is so busy. I bet yours is too. Tomorrow at my library I'm hosting Green Screen Holiday Cards.  

You can bring the whole family and have a holiday picture taken in front of the green screen. You can pick from a variety of fun, festive backgrounds, like the one I posted above!
Hint....don't wear green!
 

Can you believe that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us (if you're looking for kids books for Thanksgiving, click HERE for my favorites), and then it will be Christmas, quickly followed by the New Year.

When I think about Christmas gifts, I get overwhelmed. I really do enjoy making gifts for friends and family, but I can't just think of the crafts on my own. I need books. I need classes. Lucky for me, my local libraries have just what I'm looking for. Staff did a great job putting together book lists that link directly to our online catalog, so all you have to do is click and see if the item is available at your favorite library. If it's not, place a hold and have it transferred.

Here are the links to some of our favorite holiday craft and cook books!

For adults 

For kids

Right off the bat I put a few books on hold. These books, they called me.....

I have really been enjoying crafting lately, and these books look like they will be full of great inspiration!

What is your favorite holiday DIY??

 

Holiday craft and cook books from your Tampa library

It's the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many things going on right now, and my life is so busy. I bet yours is too. Tomorrow at my library I'm hosting Green Screen Holiday Cards.  

You can bring the whole family and have a holiday picture taken in front of the green screen. You can pick from a variety of fun, festive backgrounds, like the one I posted above!
Hint....don't wear green!
 

Can you believe that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us (if you're looking for kids books for Thanksgiving, click HERE for my favorites), and then it will be Christmas, quickly followed by the New Year.

When I think about Christmas gifts, I get overwhelmed. I really do enjoy making gifts for friends and family, but I can't just think of the crafts on my own. I need books. I need classes. Lucky for me, my local libraries have just what I'm looking for. Staff did a great job putting together book lists that link directly to our online catalog, so all you have to do is click and see if the item is available at your favorite library. If it's not, place a hold and have it transferred.

Here are the links to some of our favorite holiday craft and cook books!

For adults 

For kids

Right off the bat I put a few books on hold. These books, they called me.....

I have really been enjoying crafting lately, and these books look like they will be full of great inspiration!

What is your favorite holiday DIY??