Thursday, January 27, 2022

Winter Reading Challenge 2021: IditaREAD

Children and adults, take on Tyler Public Library’s Third Annual Winter Reading Challenge: IditaREAD!

The IditaREAD highlights the incredible long-distance dog-sled race that occurs every year in Alaska.

Sign up for the challenge at or follow the link to register at to get started on your own reading journey!

The challenge kicks off Dec. 4 and ends Jan. 7.

Adults are challenged to read three books and receive a free book coupon for completion.

Children of all ages from babies to grade 12 are challenged to read five hours and can pick out a free book provided by a selection from the Friends of the Tyler Public Library for completion.

Each challenge category (Early Childhood, Elementary, Tweens, Teens and Adults) will also have a raffle for a special winter-themed reward basket open to all who complete the challenge in that category.


Family Movies

Kids, families and childcares: join us for movie matinees in the Library Auditorium! Snacks, blankets and pillows are allowed to make for cozy viewings. All movies are rated PG. Childcares can register at

Movie Showtimes

  • Dec. 27 at 10:30 a.m. | Spirit: Untamed (PG)
  • Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. | Onward (PG)
  • Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. | The Croods: A New Age (PG)
  • Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. | Raya and the Last Dragon (PG).

The Desk Jar Kit | Available Jan. 3

All the supplies to make your own little world, contained in a jar, right on your desk. You don’t want to miss out on this fun and unique kit! Kits are available as supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.

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STEAM Saturday | Jan. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. | Makerspace (third floor)

Kids in elementary to grade 12 are invited to explore the five subject areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) in this come-and-go Makerspace event. Kids can engage in activities and experiments including, making their own DIY VR setup, learning about chemical reactions, trying their hand at circuity and more. Be ready to learn and have fun!

Homeschool Libratory | Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. | Makerspace (third floor)

January will kick off our first class of Homeschool Libratory geared for kids ages five through 12 years old. The topic for the inaugural class is “Beginner Stargazing.” Children can learn about astronomy and make their own DIY constellation projectors.

Family Movie Matinee | Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. | Auditorium (first floor)

Kids and families can join us for a movie matinee, featuring “The Mitchells vs The Machines” (Rated PG.) Snacks, drinks with lids, blankets and pillows are allowed to make for a cozy viewing.

Storytimes at the Library | Auditorium (first floor)

Join Library staff weekly for reading, singing, activities and playtime during storytimes!

  • Baby Storytime | Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 0 to18 months.
  • Toddler Storytime | Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages 18 to 36 months.
  • Preschool Storytime | Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. | Geared for ages three to six years old.

Take-Home Kits for Kids | Available Jan. 10 | In front of Reference Desk (first floor)

Each month children of all ages can pick up a fun, educational craft or project to take home. Kits are available as supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. Kits are geared for the following age ranges:

  • Early Childhood – Snowman Puppet
  • Elementary – Mini Sled
  • Tweens and Teens – Bullet Journaling

Makerspace Rover Cart Activity | All Month | In front of Reference Desk (first floor)

Each month, our Rover Cart features a STEAM-oriented activity for kids to do when they visit the Library. January will feature a Paper Chain Challenge! Kids are challenged to problem solve and practice math hands-on by measuring to make the longest paper chain they can out of one piece of paper.

Pop-Up Programs | Young Adult Area (first floor)

Beginning in January, the Library will host pop-up programs each month! These mysterious programs will feature crafts, activities or games for children of all ages. Listen for the announcement to catch one of these pop-up programs in progress the next time you’re at the Library!

Adult Activities

Great Decisions | Beginning Jan. 5 at noon | Auditorium (first floor)

Check out the Great Decisions Lecture Series on Wednesdays at noon beginning on Jan. 5. Topics and speakers will be announced each week.  

Basic Computer Classes | Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. | Computer Lab (third floor)

The topic of the January class is “How to Use a Mouse,” which is geared for those who have little-to-no experience with computers. This class will cover a basic overview of computers with a focus on using the mouse, including how to click, right-click, scroll, drag-and-drop and highlight text. Space is limited. Call the Library at (903) 593-7323 to sign up or sign up online.

Chess Club | First Saturday each month at 5:30 p.m. | Makerspace (third floor)

Check out the Chess Club or learn how to play at these monthly meetings.

Club Read | Last Tuesday each month at 10:30 a.m. | Makerspace (third floor)

This month’s book club read to discuss is The Jungle by Sinclair Lewis.

East Texas Genealogical Society | Second Saturday at 2 p.m. | Auditorium (first floor)

For all who love history and genealogy, check out the East Genealogical Society.

Meditation | First and third Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. | Makerspace (third floor)

Adults can destress and learn meditation techniques in a group setting.

Quilting | Thursdays at 10 a.m. | Makerspace (third floor)

For all those who love to quilt, join the quilting group.

Tai Chi | Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. | Auditorium (third floor)

Adults can learn the martial art of Tai Chi.

Yoga | Mondays at 5:30 p.m. | Auditorium (third floor)

Yoga is sponsored by Next Community Solutions and is a great way for adults to relax and exercise.

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