The adventures at Tyler Public Library began Monday, June 11, bringing a summer of exciting events like story hours, kid-friendly movies, teen events and lively family entertainers. All activities are free and open to the public.

As part of its mission to encourage people of every age to become life-long readers, the Library promotes reading throughout the summer. Using time logs available at the Library and online, children, teens and adults track the hours they spend reading in June and July.

Beginning June 12, the Library hosts ongoing programs for two months. Young children are invited to Fables and Films—45 minutes of picture books, stories and age-appropriate short films. The story hours for preschoolers are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning at 10:30 a.m.


Movie Matinees for elementary children are shown every Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and showcase feature films featuring crime-solvers like Scooby Doo, Spy Kids and The Great Mouse Detective.


Teens & Tweens, a new series of hands-on experiences for kids who have completed 5th grade and above, is set for Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Most events are collaborative efforts between the Library and a community organization or individual. This year, kids may become insective detectives with Caldwell Zoo, explore poetry with Anne McCrady, craft their own journals with Christie Daugherty of Stampin’ Up, and learn some quick and easy healthy cooking ideas with Jackie Erlandson of St. Paul Children’s Foundation. Registration is required for this program.


Fab Fridays bring great entertainment for all ages to the Library every Friday afternoon at 1:30 and again at 3 p.m. Special guests include animal performers Circus Chickendog, yo-yo master Valerie Oliver, magician Brett Roberts, puppeteer Maricela and Friends, children’s author Sherry Garland and animal educators from Zooniversity.


Groups, summer camps and childcare facilities are welcome to attend events but must register by contacting the Library. Families and individuals do not need to register for any events except Teens & Tweens, for which there is a 40-child maximum.


All summer programs take place in Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College in downtown Tyler. Texas Reading Program is made possible through the Friends of the Tyler Public Library, with additional support from KETK/Fox 51 and the Great American Cookie Company.


For more information, call the Library at (903) 593-7323 or check out the Summer Reading Club page online at