Family Storytime: Cryptids!

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Just a reminder about summer storytimes: Family Storytimes are on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. See you then!

This week’s storytime theme is “cryptid”! What is a cryptid you might ask? It is a mythical creature that people believe exists or have seen, but has not been proven yet.
Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:

El Cucuy is Scared, Too! Story by Donna Barba Higuera, Pictures by Juliana Perdomo

I Love My Fangs! by Kelley Leigh Miller

Buttercup the Bigfoot by Douglas Rees, illustrated by Isabel Munoz

Not Yet, Yeti written by Bethany V. Freitas, illustrated by Maddie Frost

Here are some songs and/or rhymes we might do in storytime:

Get Ready Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands

Hello song: Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
No matter what the weather!

Verses: For June we are learning how to say hello in Italian which is “Ciao”! Then we repeat again with the signs for clap, hello, and weather.

Song: “Yeti Pokey” (Tune: Hokey Pokey)
You put your claws in, you take your claws out
You put your claws in, and you shake them all about
You do the yeti pokey and you turn yourself about
That’s what it’s all about!

Verses: horns, big feet, and furry self

Song: 5 Little Fairies (tune: 5 Little Monkeys)
Five little fairies playing by the pond,
One fell in and lost her wand,
Mama called the wizard and the wizard said,
“No more fairies playing by the pond!”

Song: “If You’re a Unicorn and You Know It”
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, shake your horn,
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, shake your horn,
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re a unicorn and you know it, shake your horn.

Additional verses: Stamp your hooves, Toss your mane, Twitch your tail, Prance around

Song: Go Away, Scary Monster
Go away, scary monster, go away. GO AWAY!
Go away, scary monster, go away. GO AWAY!
Go away, scary monster.
Go away, scary monster.
Go away, scary monster, go away. GO AWAY!

Verses: cryptid, bigfoot, yeti, mermaid, unicorn, ghostie, mothman, etc.

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

Verses: Clap my crazies… Jump my jiggles… Yawn my sleepies… finish with a fast shake your sillies!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
To all our friends at storytime,
We wave goodbye like this!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting June 3rd until July 26th:
Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30, 10:15, and 11:00

No Family Storytimes week of July 29th and all of August.

Family Storytimes starting September 4th until Summer Reading: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15, and 11:00, Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 except the 3rd Friday of each month

New Carpet this Fall

Attention Library Lovers! We have an important announcement: we’re getting new carpet on the second floor.

We’re excited to see this improvement to our building. However, this means the second floor will be closed from early August through late September. Considerable parts of the DVD, nonfiction, large print, audiobook, graphic fiction, and fiction collections will NOT be available during this installation. Study rooms and meeting rooms will NOT be available either.

As of now, there are no plans to change the WOW!mobile schedule or stops.

Don’t fret! We are working on plans to make returned items available for browsing and borrowing. Please stay tuned for more updates. We appreciate your patience as we undertake this much needed improvement!

Summer Reading at the Library

“Adventure begins at your library” is the theme this year. The Library will have events for kids, tweens, teens, and adults Check them out here:

Children’s Summer Reading

Visit the library for fun and adventure this summer. See amazing performers. Keep track of your reading to win prizes. Vote for your favorite cryptid.

Stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up reading logs or to redeem reading logs for tickets to grand prize drawings.

Children’s Summer Reading Events

👨‍🔬 June 4 | 10 a.m. – Mad Science
🐄 June 18 | 10 a.m. – Mobile Dairy Classroom
🕺 June 22 | 2 p.m. – Terrence Taps: tap dancing
🌍 July 9 | 10 a.m. – Elizabeth Kahura: storytelling
🎶 July 20 | 2 p.m. – Staci Gray: music and dancing
🦎 July 23 | 10 a.m. – Austin Reptile Shows

Groups: Our programs are very popular so we cannot accommodate groups such as churches, camps, or daycares.

Summer Storytimes

Storytimes change during the summer. These storytimes will be from June 4-July 31.

🏞️ Storytime Playdate: Join us in San Gabriel Park at 9:30 a.m. Storytime + play! Storytime Playdate is on these dates: June 5 | June 12 | July 10 | July 17
👶 Baby and Me: Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m.
👪 Family: Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30, 10:15, 11 a.m.
📚 Sensory storytime: For kiddos with sensory issues. 10:30 a.m. on these dates: June 7 | June 21 | July 5 | July 19

Tween Summer Reading Events

Tween events are specifically for tweens ages 9-12. These events are ticketed and tickets are available at the Children’s Desk one hour before each event begins. Some events have limited spots available.

🎶 June 14 | 1 p.m.: K-Pop Party
📻  June 28 | 1 p.m.: KGCO Radio Mystery Show Adventure. Join this interactive old-time radio program with songs, sounds, and storytelling!
💅 July 12 | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Nail Art with Miss Linda: Paint swatch sticks and try out cool nail art techniques!
🤹‍♂️ July 26 | 1 p.m.: Matt Tardy Juggling Workshops

Teen Summer Reading

Teens ages 12-18 will choose your cryptid team this summer-Bigfoot, Nessie, or Mothman! Scoop a reading log and earn tickets for your chosen team by reading every day. The team with the most tickets at the end of the program wins! Redeem your reading log and pick up tickets at the Children’s Desk.

The winning team gets to decorate the Teen Space in the theme of their winning cryptid mascot. One grand prize winner will be chosen from the winning team and will receive a $100 Lark and Owl gift certificate and gift bag. Three runners-up, one from each team, will win $50 Lark and Owl gift certificates and gift bags.

Teen Summer Reading is open to teens ages 12-18, June 3 through July 26. The final day to turn in tickets is July 26.

Teen events are ticketed. Pick up tickets one hour before each event at the Children’s Desk. Some events have limited spots available.

🎶 June 14 | 3 p.m.: K-Pop Party
📻  June 28 | 3 p.m.: KGCO Radio Mystery Show Adventure. Join this interactive old-time radio program with songs, sounds, and storytelling!
💅 July 12 | 3 p.m.: Nail Art with Miss Linda: Paint swatch sticks and try out cool nail art techniques!
🤹‍♂️ July 26 | 3 p.m.: Matt Tardy Juggling Workshops

Adult Summer Reading

Adults will have a jam packed summer filled with the tools needed to have their own adventures, starting with these two events:

⛰️ June 7 | 7 p.m.: Join us at the Library to hear Underground Texas Grotto present “Deep in the Karst of Texas: Conserving your drinking water, natural heritage, and the rarest animals on earth.”

🦇 July 12 | 7 p.m.: Native Plant Society of Texas will give a talk about bats as pollinators.

🦇 July 13 | 7 p.m.: Bat Walk with the Native Plant Society. They will be hosting a bat walk  on July 13 at the McNeil bridge in Round Rock. Meet outside the NAPA auto parts in Round Rock at 2000 N Mays St Suite 120.

Starting June 1, adults ages 18+ can click here to save their own BOOKS card. Once you complete a line on your BOOKS card, you can visit the main circulation desk at the Library to claim a prize and get a ticket for a prize drawing.

The Library will also have a travel map to put dots onto to show where you’ve traveled and where you would like to go. It is located on the second floor in the seating area. There is a scavenger hunt for the second floor, as well as tons of recommended items to check out!

Prize options include three gift packs:

Adventure at Home
Exit game, Scratch off map; Games on the Go; GardenCube hydroponic cube

Camping Adventure
Waterproof bags; Lifestraw, LED lanterns, s’mores roasting sticks

Adventure Challenge
Adventure Challenge book with mini polaroid camera

Adult summer reading concludes on July 31. Winners will be drawn and notified by August 9.

Ukulele Class

Six session course on the basics of ukulele playing with two optional sessions at the end. We’ll cover chords, strumming, tabs, theory, pop songs, blues and more! Bring your own ukulele or borrow one from the library. Limited spots and ukuleles available.

This class is free and open to registrants ages 18+. Register here starting June 3. Registration is required.

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.

June 10-July 30

Limited Edition Library tote

Calling all Library fans! We have limited edition Library totes on sale for $10 at the main circulation desk.

These double stitched canvas bags come with handles perfectly suited to slinging over your shoulder as you browse the newest books. Carry as many titles or movies as you need in this bad boy-it won’t let you down.

Featuring some of the things the Library is best known for, all you need now is to own one for yourself. Stop by and get one today-once we’re out, we are out!

Asian American Pacific Islander Month

May is AAPI month! This month we celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

There are many different ways to celebrate AAPI month. Maybe try one of the following:

Visit the Asian American Resource Center in Austin. They have an annual celebration called Celebrasia on May 18!
Find a new Asian owned or Asian restaurant! Check out this list of places to visit in the Austin area.
Learn about Asian cultures. Check out any of the recommended items from the Library:

Children ages 0-12
Teens ages 12-18
Adults ages 18+

Yom Hashoah 2024

In partnership with Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City, the Library is hosting “Rescued Evidence: Exploring Antisemitism through Artifacts and Memorabilia” by Gregg Philipson at the Library on May 5 at 2 p.m.

Experience the compelling stories of bravery and sacrifice from WWII through Holocaust-era materials, Jewish-related military items, and WWII propaganda.

This event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 512-930-3551.

Cryptid Camp for Tweens and Teens

Do you have a favorite cryptid? Mothman, a jackalope, or even Bigfoot?

Come explore the hidden world of cryptids at Crytpid Camp! We’ll play games, watch shows, and make art. All of it cryptid themed! April 13 at the Library.


Tweens ages 9-12: 1 p.m.

Teens ages 12-18: 3 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, reach out to the Library at 512-930-3551.


Total Solar Eclipse 2024

The Eclipse is coming! What makes this one so special? This eclipse is the only one in the 21st century where totality will be visible in large parts of North America, from Mexico to Canada.

Eclipse Glasses

The Library will be giving away eclipse glasses for viewing the eclipse.

  • Glasses will be available starting on April 1.
  • Limited to one pair of glasses per household.
  • Supplies are limited.
  • Once the Library is out, we are out!

The American Astronomical Society has a list of North American manufacturers or importers of solar filter glasses and films here. Glasses are available through other major retailers such as Walmart, Target, Amazon and HEB. For your safety, it is recommended to verify that your solar filter glasses are from a safe and trusted source.

Other ways to view the eclipse safely:

From NASA: