Friday, June 18, 2021


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

Tyler Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

Tails and Tales a Summer Reading Challenge – Take on Tyler Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! Log your reading and earn rewards! The challenge kicks off June 7 and ends July 30. To register, visit Beanstack or to learn more, visit Tyler Public Library’s website.

Rewards and Challenges: Children from zero to 12th grade are challenged to read 12 hours. Those who complete the challenge can choose a free book to keep from a selection provided by The Friends of the Tyler Public Library. Kids upto 4th grade will also receive a t-shirt and goody bag, while kids from 5th to 12th grade will receive a t-shirt and earn raffle tickets to put toward a variety of rewards.

Adults age 18 and older are challenged to read six books. Those who complete the challenge will receive a free book coupon to use in the Library’s Book Nook. They will also earn raffle tickets to put toward a variety of rewards.

Silly Safari Kickoff

June 7 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Sign up for the reading challenge and take a drive through the Silly Safari in the Library parking lot featuring a variety of animal-themed booths hosted by City of Tyler departments, the Friends of the Tyler Public Library, the Tyler Public Library Board, and city manager Ed Broussard! Kona Ice will also be onsite so you can buy a cool treat!

Therapet Reading Sessions

Tuesdays in June and July from 4 to 5 pm: Registration Required! Children in Pre-K to 5th grade can sign up to practice their reading skills in a no-pressure environment with a trained Therapet dog. Sign up at

Library Under the Trees | Outdoor Storytime

Children and families can join Library staff for outdoor storytimes and activities in the parks on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout June and July. Visit for the full schedule.

Grown-Up Storytime

Every Wednesday at Noon (starting June 9): Adults, bring your lunch and get settled in for a good story. Every Wednesday at noon on the Downtown Square various readers will be bringing you delightful stories. On rainy days, the readings will be held in the Taylor Auditorium at the Library.

Letterboxing & Adventure Kits

Tyler Public Library Makerspace is bringing you “Go-Outside” adventures this Summer with our Letterboxing Adventure Kits. There are three kits available for three separate Parks inside the Tyler City Limits with three separate adventures. These kits include the backstory to each adventure, a clue sheet on where to find the letterboxes, a stamp pad, and in some of them, a field agent badge, and a nylon backpack to carry your letterboxing supplies in. Kits are available to check out, one per family. Subject to availability.

Activity Tracks for Kids

8 Weeks – June 7 to July 30 – Children, tweens, and teens from Preschool to 12 grade can sign up at to discover fun indoor and outdoor activities to do throughout the summer! Those who complete will earn a free book provided by a selection from the Friends of the Tyler Public Library.

In-house Activities at the Library

For Adults

  • June 7:  Juneteenth Walk-Through
  • July 5:  Local Treasure Hunt

For Grades 5-12

  • July 27: Build Your Own Story Walk-Through

Addition Programs

Adult Kits

  • June 7: As supplies last. Come get a kit fully equipped with supplies to build your own bird feeder.
  • June 21: Genealogy Kit. Interested in Family History? Come get a kit as supplies last! Kits will include, tips, tools and resources to help you in your search for ancestral knowledge!

Juneteenth Walk

  • During June: Visit the Library and explore a Juneteenth Walkthrough, learning the history of Juneteenth.

Take-Home Kits

Children Kits

Makerspace Kits

  • June 1:  Owlvision Kit for pre-kindergarten to 5th grade
  • June 7:  Letterboxing for children of all ages and families
  • July 1:  Chickens and Levers for pre-kindergarten to 8th grade

Early Childhood Kits for toddlers and preschool

  • June 8:  Lion Craft
  • June 15:  Pink Pig Craft
  • June 22:  Owl Craft
  • June 29:  Fish Handprint Craft
  • July 6:  Hooray for Birds Craft
  • July 13:  Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft
  • July 20:  Mars Rover Craft
  • July 27:  Caterpillar Paper Chain

Elementary Kits for pre-kindergarten to 4th grade

  • June 8:  Animal Cootie Catchers
  • June 15:  Folding Zoo Animals
  • June 22:  Swan Craft
  • June 29:  DIY Sponge Boat
  • July 6:  Spinner Craft
  • July 13:  Jellyfish Windsock
  • July 20:  Mars Rover Craft
  • July 27: Balloon Dog

Take-Home Kits for Tweens/Teens

For Grades 5-7:

  • June 8:  Cardboard Copy & Scale Machine
  • June 15:  Yarn Octopus
  • June 22:  Egg Geode
  • June 29:  Accordion Book
  • July 6:  Kawaii Animal Drawing
  • July 13:  Cyclops Eye Origami
  • July 20:  Space Vision Board

Teens Kits for Grades 8-12

  • June 8:  Folded Book Art
  • June 15:  Orick’s Ball Origami
  • June 22:  Egg Geode
  • June 29:  Accordion Book
  • July 6:  DIY Pop Socket
  • July 13:  Cyclops Eye Origami
  • July 20:  Space Vision Board

Adults Kits

  • June 7:  Birdseed Feeder Kit
  • June 18:  Intro to Beading Kit
  • June 21: Genealogy Kit
  • July 2:  Owl Necklace Beading Kit
  • July 5:  Adventure Kit
  • July 16:  Acorn Bracelet Beading Kit
  • July 19:  Matisse Paper Kit
  • July 30:  Mermaid Earrings Beading Kit

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