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Author Series
Crystal Wilkinson
Reading and Book Signing
[Main Library | Thu, April 11 @ 7 pm]

Join us for an evening with Crystal Wilkinson, author of The Birds of Opulence, winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence,  Water Street and Blackberries, Blackberries. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in the Oxford American and Southern Cultures

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276

Winter Has Come: A Game of Thrones Event
[Main Library | Sun, April 14 @ 2 pm]

Do you know everything about Westeros?  Or do you know nothing? 
Gather under the banner of one of the Five Kings in a pitched trivia battle to decide the House to win, if not the Iron Throne, some cool prizes.

Then you’ll have one last chance to talk to other fans, swap theories and make predictions for the final season while making some GOT swag of your own. 
All the materials will be provided to make a set of house sigil coasters. 

No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Tariq Belhaj at 863 834-4278

The Art of Hand Lettering
with Carmen D'Agostino
[Main Library | Thu, April 25 @ 7 pm

Curious about hand lettering? Come to our class!
We will show you the basics of the art and how to get started! 

All supplies are provided. This event is free for adults aged 13 and up.

Registration will open on April 18th at 7 pm

Questions? Contact Susan Crawford at 863.834.4282
Foxy Craft Night
[Main Library | Tue, April 9
@ 7 pm]
Hand Painted Eggs

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 April we will be hand painting wooden eggs.

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

Registration will open on Tue,
 April 2nd at 7 pm

Questions?  Contact Susan Crawford at 863.834.4282 or
Books Sandwiched In
[Main Library | Tue, April 2 @ 12:15 pm]

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

April's Read:
John Henry Days

An assignment for a travel Web site takes J. Sutter, a young black journalist, to West Virginia for the first annual "John Henry Days" festival, where history and popular culture are juxtaposed as the real story of John Henry unfolds.

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

Netflix & Spill
[eLibrary South Lakeland | Tue, April 30 @ 6:15 pm

Netflix & Spill is 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: Dumplin'
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

I2 Film Club
[Jackson Branch Library | Sat, April 27 @ 10:30 am]

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

April's Film:
Bad Lucky Goat

After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father's truck, brother and sister Corn and Rita must find a way to get the damaged truck fixed and conceal the accident, the siblings embark on an amazing 24-hour odyssey around Port Paradise. 

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson 863.834.4276 or

[Main Library |
Thu, April 18 @ 6 pm]

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

April's Topic:

All skill levels are welcome.
Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Judy Owens at 863.834.4268

Writers @ LPL
[Main Library | Wed, April 3 @ 6pm]
Topic: No Fear Poetry

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)
Poetry (Reading & Writing) for Beginners
Does the idea of reading, much less writing, poetry freak you out?
We’ll examine how poems are “made” and take the mystery out of poetry.

The Next Level for Intermediate Writers (7 – 8:50pm)
(Poetry) Forms Can Be Fun
There’s more to poetic forms than sonnets or sestinas. 
We’ll explore a few “new” forms – golden shovel, monostich, and cento – that just might change your idea of fun.

No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Brenda Patterson at 863.834.4276

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


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Kids' Korner
[Main Library |
Wed, April 3 @ 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, April 2 @ 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, April 8 & 22
@ 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, April 16 
@ 5:30 pm]
Ralph Breaks the Internet
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

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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

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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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