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FREE Fall Classes & Banned Books Week at Tyler Public Library

The Tyler Public Library is located at 201 S. College Ave., Downtown Tyler. For more info call (903)593-7323 or go to Most of the events are free unless noted. 

Banned Books Week – Every year, the American Library Association urges libraries and patrons to combat censorship and support the freedom to read by celebrating Banned Books Week during the last week of September. The Tyler Public Library will have many opportunities to do so by offering coloring materials, information, displays and other means of learning about this annual event. The Library is also excited to be hosting a photo competition with the East Texas Camera Club in celebration of Banned Books Week. Make sure to stop by the Library’s Bulletin Board and vote for your favorite photo!

Library Closings – The Tyler Public Library will be closed Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2 for Labor Day. The Library will also close later this month on Friday, Sept. 13 for a staff development day. The book drop will be closed, but the AV Drop, as well as our two book drops at Pollard Park and the Faulkner Park Police Station are open for any returns during our closings. The Library will resume normal hours on Sept. 3 and 14.

Tween Tuesday – Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.: Tweens in fifth through seventh grades can put their engineering skills to the test to assemble an edible Mars rover cart that not only rolls but tastes good too! Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.: Tweens in fifth through seventh grades will be challenged to survive an ultimate game of The Floor is Lava. Kid Buzz – Thursday, Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.: Kids in Kindergarten through fourth grades can engineer a Mars rover cart using cookies, graham crackers and more.

Lego® Block Party – Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Families and children are invited to build Lego® creations at this come and go event. Use wheels, building plates, doors, windows and more to make your imagination a reality brick by brick, and while you are at it, check out a Lego® person to play within your one-of-a-kind Lego® build.

Novel Ideas – The Tyler Public Library and Goodman Le-Grande Museum continue their book club, Novel Ideas. This book club is open to everyone interested in reading young adult books. Novel Ideas will meet at the Goodman Museum on the first Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. In celebration of Banned Books Week, we will be discussing Looking For Alaska by John Green.

Maker Space – Tyler Public Library Maker Space sessions are held every 2nd and 4th Saturday featuring activities and learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

The following programs are recommended for ages 10 through 18 and registration is required.

Make a Robotic Hand out of Cardboard – Kids can learn about the science of robotics and make their own robotic arm out of cardboard. This program is on Sept. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the third-floor Makerspace. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Spaces will only be held until 2:15 p.m.

Creative Writing – On Sept. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the third-floor Makerspace, kids are invited to experience the fun of creative writing. Our instructor will show you fun ways to spark your creativity that you can use to write your own story. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants. Spaces will only be held until 2:15 p.m.

Blood Drive – On Monday, Sept. 16, the Tyler Public Library will be hosting Carter Blood Care for a Blood Drive in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the past months, our community blood banks have been increasingly low. This drive provides our wonderful community the chance to put their best foot forward. We urge our patrons to Give Blood, Save Lives! Sign up now!

Family Movie Matinee: Families and children can come to the library to catch Pikachu in live-action while watching Pokemon: Detective Pikachu on Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. in the Taylor Auditorium. Carpet-friendly snacks, blankets and pillows are allowed while watching the movie.

Teen Event – Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m.: Teens in eight through twelfth grades will have their agility and problem-solving skills tested as they compete in a game of The Floor is Lava.

Financial Literacy Classes – We have two financial literacy classes lined up on two different topics. If you have a topic you’d like to see, let us know so we can try to make them happen.

Thursday, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m: Local Edward Jones representative Bryan White will be teaching about the foundations of investing. This class will be held in the third-floor Makerspace and is limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.: Join Capital One in the Taylor Auditorium for a class on Paying Yourself First. Get tips, tricks and advice for saving money.

Mario Kart Tournament – The Tyler Public Library will be hosting a Mario Kart Tournament for patrons 18 and older on Sept. 28 in the Taylor Auditorium from 10 a.m. to noon. Sixteen players will compete on the big screen to decide who is the best racer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Registration required. Spots are limited! This is an adult program.

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