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Libraries

Libraries in Lakeland + Polk County

Wondering where the libraries are in Lakeland? We have 3 libraries that are part of the larger Polk County Library Cooperative that includes 16 local libraries here in Polk County, FL.

The library is our favorite place for free indoor fun! You can explore the shelves looking for a new book to read, attend storytime, use a computer, learn something new, and so much more.

Looking for more things to do indoors? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Indoor Activities in Lakeland + Polk County. You’ll find a variety of ideas for things to do with kids including arcades, indoor play areas, museums, skating rinks, trampoline parks, and more. 

Use the 3 bars on the top left to filter by location. Use the map below to find Libraries Near Me.

Auburndale Public Library

Just for 2’s Story Time – Every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

3 to 5 Story Time – Every Thursday at 10:30am.
Programs includes stories, music, crafts, puppet shows, dancing, rhymes, and lots of fun!

Game night every other Friday – K-5th grade from 3-4:30 PM and ages 11-18 from 5-6:30PM

Family Fun Time event is from 3:30-6 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Teen Fun Night is from 4:30-6 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Makerspace (currently for teens but watch for future kids program) is 4:30-6 PM on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Bartow Public Library

Book Babies – Ages 18 months to 2 yrs old – select Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Storytime for Ages 3 to 5 yrs old – select Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

STEAM for Homeschoolers ages 8 to 12 yrs old – Select Fridays 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Visit our website for a full calendar of events – https://pclc.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/bartow

Dundee Public Library

Preschool Story Hour every Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 am during the months of September to May.

Ft. Meade Public Library

Storytime – Thursdays at 10am

Haines City Public Library

Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 – Wednesday at 10:30am – Themed stories, singing, puppet shows, and crafts in the Children’s Room.

Bubbles & Bounces Storytime – ages 0-2 – Thursday at 10:30am

Terrific 2’s & 3’s Storytime – Thursday at 11:30am

Homeschool Club – Every Monday at 1:30pm

Lego Club – all ages – every other Tuesday at 4pm

Bilingual Story Time – select Saturdays at 10:45am

See a full schedule – http://hainescity.com/calendar.aspx?CID=23,&Keywords=&startDate=&enddate=&

Lake Alfred Public Library

Afternoon Craft – Mondays from 4:30 -5 pm

LEGO Hour – Tuesdays from 3-4pm

Storytime – Wednesdays from 10-11am

Visit our calendar – https://www.lakealfredlibrary.org/calendar

Lakeland Public Library

The Lakeland Public Library is a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative, an inter local agreement between 13 municipalities with public libraries and the Board of County Commissioners, enabling all residents of the county, including those in the unincorporated area to have library services. Check out their fantastic programming for adults and children, including storytime, writing club for teens, children’s theatre, technology programs, summer programs, and more! Visit the website to see a full list of upcoming programs. You can also find them all on our calendar at lakelandmom.com/calendar.

Larry R. Jackson Branch Library - Lakeland Public Library

The Larry Jackson Library is a branch of the Lakeland Public Library. Check out their fantastic programming for adults and children, including storytime, make & take crafts for kids, technology classes, and more! Visit the website to see a full list of upcoming programs. You can also find their kids programs on our calendar at lakelandmom.com/calendar.

Mulberry Public Library

Pokemon Club – select Mondays at 2:30pm

Invent It Makerspace – grades 3 & up – select Mondays from 3-4pm

Paws to Read – select Mondays at 3:30pm – kids can come read to our therapy dogs and gain confidence in yourself!

Come Art with Me – select Tuesdays at 3:30pm

Preschool Story Time – ages 3-5 – Wednesdays at 10:30

Wii Wednesdays – ages 10 & up – Wednesdays at 3pm

Visit their website for a full list of programs for Kids and TEENS! http://mulberrylibrary.com/programs/
Many programs require advance registration.

Polk City Community Library

Preschool Story Hour – Thursday mornings at 11 a.m.

215 South Bougainvillea Avenue, Polk City, Florida 33868
Winter Haven Public Library

Lego Club – Ages 6-12. Lego Club meets every Tuesday at 4-5PM.

Little Sprouts Story Time – ages 5 & under – Children enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and puppet shows that develop early literacy skills and promote interaction between parents and children. September through April on Tuesdays at 10:30AM, and Wednesdays at 9:30am.

Minecrafters – ages 6-12 – 3rd Friday of the month – a hands-on event for kids. Learn, play and share the world of Minecraft. Lego Minecraft and Minecraft Pocket Edition on iPads will be featured.

Saturday Afternoon Movies – Enjoy free movies provided the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 2pm in the Library’s movie theater. Movie titles are geared towards a family audience with a variety of G, PG and sometimes PG-13 ratings. Refreshments are available for a small charge.

Teen Planning Group – Earn community service hours by helping the librarians plan arts and crafts and STEM projects for kids of all ages. Ages 12-17

Visit the Winter Haven Library calendar for details.

Eagle Lake Public Library
75 North 7th Street, Eagle Lake, Florida 33839
Lake Wales Public Library

Drop In Crafts – All day Monday

Tail Waggin Tutors – Monday 3-4pm

Wiggles & Giggles Toddler Story Time – ages 1-3 – Tuesday at 11am

Pokemon Card Club – Tuesday at 3:30-4:30pm

Curious Kids STEAM program – ages 4-8 – Wednesdays at 11am

Lego Mania – All day on Thursdays

PCLC Bookmobile

The PCLC Bookmobile operates in unincorporated Polk County and incorporated cities without public library services. The Polk County Library Cooperative’s mobile branch library will serve residents Wednesdays through Saturdays. Email bookmobile@cityoflakewales.com to be placed on the email reminder list. Click here for details and a schedule – http://www.cityoflakewales.com/337/Bmail-Bookmobile-PCLC