Children (5-12)

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School Age Children

The library has programs and resources to support your child’s interests and provide open-ended learning opportunities. We are committed to making a space for kids to explore technology, art, and literacy. 


At the Arlington Public Library we use LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits to explore engineering, visual programming, problem-solving, creativity, and teamwork. Each team will build a robot using the kits and follow directions from the instructor to achieve an objective. Mindstrom LEGO Robotics


Bring the whole family to explore a room of recycled materials and supplies. Choose the materials you want to use, how you want to use them, and make something amazing together. While you're here, we'll have other activities available like our marble run wall, button maker, Dash + Dot robots, perler beads, and 3D pens. 

Mini Makers

Introducing younger library patrons the opportunity to develop the ability to learn what they can do in our Makerspace- from the Cricut Machine and 3d printer to our Embroidery machine. We also offer them a chance to learn how to hand sew, crosstitch, knit and crochet.

Study Rooms

The Kindness Room in the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library is a group study room reserved for use by children ages 5-12. This room is perfect for working on group projects, studying or collaborative thinking. See a staff member to reserve this room.

In Library Technology

Traditional Computer Stations Kids at the computer at southwest branch 2007
Each of our seven locations has computers with Microsoft Office and age-restricted internet access set aside for children under the age of 13. The computers can be reserved for 30 minutes at a time for up to four hours a day, and either require a child’s library card or guest pass. Children must follow all Arlington Public Library computer usage guidelines.

At the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, there will be a Chrombox with touchscreen hub. These hubs will be pre-loaded with games and activities, while still allowing access to the internet and Google web-based apps.  

At the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, there will be mounted iPads where children can check out Osmo Play Systems. Osmo is an award-winning game system that will change the way your child interacts with the iPad and iPhone by opening them up to hands-on play.

Take Home Technology

Two Playaway ViewsPlayaway Views

Playaway View comes pre-loaded with multiple videos making it simple for patrons to access digital movies, shows, educational programming and more without the need for DVDs, downloads or an additional player.

  • They check out for one week like the videos, but cannot be renewed.
  • There is a charge of $.25 for each day that they are late.
  • If they are lost or damaged the replacement cost is $100. Charger replacement is $15.
  • They may only be checked out on an adult card.
  • There is a checkout limit of two per card.
  • They can be returned to any location and can be put in the book drops.

Playaway Launchpad

Check out the kids only learning tablet today!

Pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped by age, subject and grade level Every Launchpad is durable enough to move from the hands of one little explorer to the next. 100% secure — No risk of exposure to unintended content

  • 7” high-definition touchscreen
  • External speaker
  • two out at a time
  • Can only be checked out on an adult card
  • They check out for one week like the videos but cannot be renewed.
  • There is a charge of $.25 for each day that they are late.
Read It Again STEM Kits

These themed kits are full of educational toys and games, DVDs, CDs, puppets, and of course, books! These resources include kits focused on science, Math STEM Kits Grade 4-6technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for grade school-aged students. All of our kits are themed to enhance your child’s enjoyment of learning. 

Made possible by a grant from  The Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

How to Participate

Hear ye! Hear ye! A summer of adventure awaits brave kids, ages 5-12. Complete any of the weekly challenges here and enter into a drawing for a prize pack full of S.T.E.A.M. activities.

If you participate in any activities this summer, you can go to a library and pick out one free book.

Summer Reading Challenge Main Page

Week One: Dragon's Lair