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Star Wars Day
[Jackson Branch | Sat, May 4 @ 10 am]

Join us as we celebrate Star Wars on May the 4th at the Larry R. Jackson Branch.
There will be  games, crafts and a chance to meet Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion.  All ages are welcome!

This event is free.  No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Yadira Camacho at 863.834.4288 or

Paint with a Pro
[Main Library | Tue, May 7 & 21 @ 6 pm]

Paint with a Pro is a guided painting session that encourages novice painters
to learn new painting techniques. 

There will be two classes offered in May. 
Both sessions will focus on the same content.
Please only register for one class. 

All supplies will be provided.  Ages 15 and up!

Registration for Tue, May 7th will open on April 30th at 6 pm.
Registration for Tue, May 21st will open on May 14th at 6 pm.

Questions?  Contact Lisa Kolesar 863.834.4281 

Writers @ LPL
[Main Library | Wed, May 1 @ 6pm]
Topic: The Write Tool for the Job

Writers @ LPL is a writing group hosted by the Lakeland Public Library.
It meets the first Wednesday of each month in the Meeting Room.  There are two sessions, one for beginning writers and one for those at an intermediate level.

First Steps for New Writers (6 – 7pm)
Writing Resources for Beginners
How do you know what book or website to trust for writing advice/help?
We'll cover the best websites and books for getting your writing off to a good start

The Next Level for Intermediate Writers (7 – 8:50pm)
The Write Tool for the Job... Redux
Got a writing/research dilemma and can't figure out what to do next? We'll look at old and new (to you) tools and research techniques to get you past your problem.

No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276

Foxy Craft Night
[Main Library | Tue, May 14
@ 7 pm]
Art Tiles with Alcohol Ink

Join us for adult crafting at the Lakeland Public Library.  Each month has a different craft and all you need to do is register!

In May we will be making art tiles
with markers and alcohol.

All supplies are provided. This event is free for adults aged 18 and up.

Registration will open on Tue,
May 7th at 7 pm

Questions?  Contact Susan Crawford at 863.834.4282 or

[Main Library |
Thu, May 16 @ 6 pm]

Shutterbugs is a monthly photography club where you meet with fellow photographers to share tips & photos.

All skill levels are welcome.
Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Judy Owens at 863.834.4268

Coloring Carnival Fridays
[Main Library |
Fridays, 10am-12pm]

Wind down and get ready for the weekend with coloring. 

We'll provide the adult coloring sheets and coloring supplies.

Questions?  Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276 or

Netflix & Spill
[eLibrary South Lakeland | Tue, May 28 @ 6:15 pm

Netflix & Spill is a discussion group of popular Netflix titles.

It’s fun to watch Netflix, but it’s more fun when you can discuss the good, the bad, and the what-did-I-just-watch afterwards.

This month: Brene Brown: The Call to Courage
Watch it on Netflix and meet up with us afterwards. See you there!

This event is intended for adults and is free to attend. 
No registration is required.

Questions? Contact the eLibrary at 863.838.4507

Books Sandwiched In
[Main Library | Tue, May 7
@ 12:15 pm]

Love to talk about books? Join us for Books Sandwiched In, our monthly book discussion group. 
No registration is required.

May's Read:
Brain on Fire

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, the author tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen. 

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson 863.834.4276 or
I2 Film Club
[Jackson Branch Library | Sat, May 25 @ 10:30 am]

i² Film Club is an international independent film viewing and discussion group.
No registration is required.

May's Film:

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson 863.834.4276 or

Knit One, Crochet Too!
[Main Library l Mondays @ 6:30 pm]

Knit One, Crochet Too! is a weekly knitting/crochet club.

Bring in your current yarn project and chat with other yarn fanatics, or take on a project for a good cause.  

For Spring all projects benefit babies, both human and animal:
Ocotupi for premmies to be donated to
the Winter Haven Women's Hospital
Wildlife Rescue Nests to be donated to
Genesis Zoological Center in Auburndale

Questions? Contact Lisa Kolesar 863.834.4281


Love to craft? Want to explore your creative side? 

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There’s no pressure, just possibilities!

Start here to set up your FREE account with Creativebug!

Kids' Korner
[Main Library |
Wed, May 1, 15 @ 2:30 pm]

Kids' Korner features activities, games and crafts for school-aged children.
Ages 5-12. 
No registration required.
Creative Crafts
[Jackson Branch |
Tue, May 7 @ 5:30 pm]

Make and take a craft every first Tuesday of the month at the Larry R. Jackson Branch! Come create and have fun!  

Ages 5-14.  No registration required.

Writer's Block
[Main Library | Mon,May 13
@ 3:30 pm]

Writer's Block is our youth writing club where you'll find inspiration, get writing tips, and improve your writing with honest peer reviews.
All tweens and teens (ages 10 - 17) are welcome.

Questions? Contact Tiara Reverdes 863.834.4250 or

Family Movie Night
[Jackson Branch | Tue, May 21 
@ 5:30 pm]
The Lego Movie 2
Watch the trailer!

Come watch movies together with family and friends at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library. 
No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Yadira Camacho at 863.834.4288

Find out what new books, music, and movies have arrived at the Lakeland Public Library by signing up for our new materials email alert, The Goods.

Select the genres you are most interested in and once a month an alert will be delivered to your inbox that includes 6 to 12 new titles.  Each option is a separate email.  Pick as many as your inbox can handle.

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Be In the Know

Five ways to know what's happening in Polk County Library Cooperative (PCLC) libraries: 

1.  Visit Lakeland Public Library's Events Calendar.  

2. Visit the Programs/Events calendar on the PCLC catalog.

3. Subscribe to Beyond the Stacks, PCLC's newsletter. For more info, contact Jennifer Kovac

4. Subscribe to your local library's newsletter. Lakeland Public Library's sign-up is here.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statute, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Specialist, Jenny Sykes.  Because providing a reasonable accommodation may require outside assistance, organizations, or resources, the City asks that any request be made with as much notice as possible, preferably 72 hours, but no later than 48 hours in advance of the event, at (863) 834-8444, Email:  If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-(800) 955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service number: 1-(800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.

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