Parkland Library. Photo courtesy City of Parkland.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Check out this next week’s classes and activities at the Parkland Library. During construction of the new wing, the Parkland Library remains open and is holding many upcoming classes for all-ages. The new addition, set to open by the end of the year, will house a dedicated library for children as well as include new space for classes and events. 

Upcoming Classes and Activities 

Peaceful Pieces Jigsaw Puzzle Meetup (adults), Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.

Put it all together with new and old friends during this relaxing morning of jigsaw puzzles. Enjoy snacks, listen to music, and get that sense of completion. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Step-into-Spring Mural Painting, Tuesday, March 19, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It’s almost spring! What better way to celebrate than to add your creative mark on a giant paper mural that will be displayed at the library all season long? This all-ages family fun painting event will get you in the spirit of spring. Drop in anytime during these hours to participate. Parkland Library required to register. Register online www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Tiny Tots Social Time (age 9 months to 4 years), Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Children enjoy free-play time with age-appropriate toys, puzzles and books while the adults get to socialize, too. Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Chess Club (age 8 and up), Wednesday, March 20, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Come to the library for a friendly game of chess.  All levels welcome. Parkland Library Chess Club is for children ages 8 and up. Registration is required for each game date. Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Reading with the Tail Waggin’ Tutor Finn (K-5th grade), Thursday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.

Come to the Parkland Library to practice your reading skills by reading to therapy dog Finn. This program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend who won’t mind if you make a mistake. Bring a book from home or choose one at the library. Each child will have the opportunity to read for about 5 minutes. Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Arts, Books and Culture Discussion Group, Monday, March 25, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Similar to a current events group, but focused on entertainment and culture, this lively discussion will cover topics like: What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big at the box office? What’s trending in pop culture? Share your thoughts, listen to others, and get your culture fix as we chat. Registration required. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Kids’ Coloring, Tuesday, March 26, 11 a.m. to noon

Do some creative coloring while listening to Disney tunes at the library. Parkland Library card required to register. Register online www.cityofparkland.org/library  or call 954-757-4207.

Bricks ‘n’ Books (age 6 and up), Tuesday, March 26, 2 p.m.

Children age 6 and up, bring your imagination and Lego building skills to the library!  At each Bricks ‘n’ Books meeting we will have a new building challenge. Conquer each challenge with a buddy or work on your own.  Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Spring Break Story and Craft (age 4 and up) Wednesday, March 27, 11:00 a.m.

Spring over to the library for a fun story. Then get creative and choose a wiggly, wooden, fish, snake or lizard to paint. Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Family Book Folding Craft (age 10 and up), Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m.

Kids, teens and adults will have a fun time making these novel but easy projects: artsy sculptures made by folding the pages of a book! No experience necessary. All materials will be provided. Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Grady the Great: Kid Magician, (age 5 and up) Wednesday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.

Grady is an 11-year-old magician who has had a love of magic since birth. Every week Grady attends magic school and helps out in a magic shop. He is happy to be the youngest member of the Ft Lauderdale chapter of the Society of American Magicians. Grady enjoys taking part in his magic school shows. His upcoming performance at the Parkland Library will be his solo debut. Parkland Library card required to register. To register visit www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207.

Smart Start Tutoring, varied Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This program provides free tutoring for elementary, middle and high school students provided by high school students. For information and to register, visit http://www.smartstartfl.com