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Author Series
Wiley Cash
Reading and Book Signing
[Main Library | Thu, March 28 @ 7 pm]

Join us for an evening with Wiley Cash, the prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy. His newest book, The Last Ballad, was  the Winner of the Southern Book Prize for Literary Fiction and named a Best Book of 2017 by the Chicago Public Library and the American Library Association.

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276

Great Scott! A Joplin Celebration
Richard Dowling,  Pianist
[Main Library | Sun, March 31 @ 2 pm

Richard Dowling celebrates Joplin’s 150th birthday with a tribute that will delight audiences young and old.  This solo piano concert features the beloved Scott Joplin ragtime piano works used in the 1973 Academy-Award-winning movie The Sting, plus many other dazzling, rarely-heard Joplin compositions.

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276
Netflix & Spill
[eLibrary South Lakeland | Tue, March 26 @ 6:15 pm

Introducing Netflix & Spill, a monthly 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: “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”
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 863.838.4507

Writers @ LPL
[Main Library | Wed, March 6 @ 6pm]
Topic: Flash & Flair of Writing

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 Done in a Flash
We’ll discuss three short writing forms – flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and poetry – that bring the whole idea of writing within reach.

The Next Level for Intermediate Writers (7 – 8:50pm)
Where There's Flash, There's Flair
Flash fiction. Flash nonfiction. Poetry? What’s so spiffy about ‘em? We’ll discuss how writing flash (and even poetry) is a viable way to beef up your writing skills.

No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276

Foxy Craft Night
[Main Library | Tue, March 12
@ 7 pm]
Air Plant Terrariums

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 March we will be making terrariums using air plants.

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

Registration will open on Tue,
March 5th at 7 pm

Questions?  Contact Susan Crawford 863.834.4282 or
Books Sandwiched In
[Main Library | Tue, March 5 @ 12:15 pm]

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

March's Read:
Stalin's Daughter

A painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators—her father, Josef Stalin.  

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.

Current projects to benefit
Warm Up America

Questions? Contact Lisa Kolesar 863.834.4281

Craft-e: Crafting at the eLibrary
[elibrary South Lakeland l
Thu, March 14 @ 6:30 pm]

Bird Feeders
Join us for crafting after-hours at the eLibrary South Lakeland. We meet quarterly and all you need to do is register!

In March we're welcoming spring by making bird feeders.

All supplies will be provided.  This event is free for ages 13 and up!

Registration will open on Thu,
March 7 @ 6:30 pm

Questions?  Contact Susan Crawford 863.834.4282 or
I2 Film Club
[Jackson Branch Library | Sat, March 23 @ 10:30 am]

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

March's Film:
Un Traductor

A Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana is ordered to work as a translator for child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson 863.834.4276 or

[Main Library |
Thu, March 21@ 6 pm]

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

March's Topic:

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


Love to craft? Want to explore your creative side? 

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Kids' Korner
[Main Library |
Wed, March 6 & 20 @ 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, March 5 @ 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, March 11 & 25
@ 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, March 19 
@ 5:30 pm]
Space Jam
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

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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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