Thursday, May 26, 2022

Read with Malbec Before His Fur-well

Malbec is saying fur-well to the Library! May 5 is your last oppawtunity to read to him and practice your reading skills.

Malbec, a Portuguese Water Dog, first became a therapy dog in 2012. He and his siblings realized their pet-tential as therapy animals because they enjoy being around people and spreading paws-itivity. Malbec has worked at many organizations but his favorite is the Southlake Public Library.

Malbec will spend his retirement doing his favorite activities: throwing bed pillows on the floor, walking around Grapevine, riding with his head out the car window and chasing his tennis ball.

Children can register to spend 15 minutes reading to Malbec each first Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m., now through May. Please call the Library at 817-748-8243 to reserve a spot!

Library Launches New Literacy Week Program

The Southlake Library is launching it’s first-ever Early Literacy Week Program for preschool-aged children.

The Library staff created a week of fun and engaging programs to help instill a love of reading at an early age with an emphasis on literacy. The program offers several stimulating classes and hands-on activities.

Youth Services Librarian Stacy Wells says, “The new program grew out of the Library’s participation in the Read Across America Day Initiative which takes place nationally on March 2, Dr. Suess’s birthday. We wanted to create a week-long program to encourage  literacy and reading, especially among our youngest readers.”

Below is the list of activities the Library has scheduled for the week of March 5, 2018.

Caregiver/Child Workshop

March 5, 10:00 a.m, in the Library

Join us as we kick off our early literacy week with some fun stories and guided hands-on activities.

Hands-On Literacy

March 6 and 8, at 2:00 p.m., in the Library

This come-and-go style program allows caregivers and children to work through hands-on literacy stations at their own pace.

Bunnies are Funny!

March 7, at 11:00 a.m., 3rd Floor of Town Hall

A fun and interactive storytelling of The Little Red, with a surprise visit from a furry friend.

Library Play Date

March 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Library

Play is a great way to foster and encourage early literacy. This open play session will include blocks, manipulatives, and musical instruments. Snacks will also be provided.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss any of the fun and exciting events planned for Early Literacy Week.

If you have any questions, you can call the Library staff at (817) 748-8076.

Discover Great Courses

Do you have a passion for Lifelong Learning?

Come check out our Great Courses collection at the Southlake Public Library. We offer over 130 Great Courses on DVD—ranging from Fine Arts and History to Better Living and Gourmet Cooking. Use your Southlake Library card and you can have access to courses taught by the best professors across the country, for FREE!

Come explore our collection of titles:

Great Courses: Everyday Gourmet by Stephen L. Durfee and others

Great Courses: Understanding the Fundamentals of Music by Robert Greenberg

Great Courses: Stress and Your Body by Robert Sapolsky

Great Courses: The Medieval World by Dorsey Armstrong

Summer Fun Flows into August at the Southlake Library

Southlake Summer Reading isn’t over yet! It runs until August 12th and will continue to offer various programs for families to keep their summer interesting and engaging.

Take an art class with Art House Southlake, see Storybook Theatre perform The Country Mouse and the City Mouse, check out the Just Kidding Improv Show and more!

Also, don’t forget the Last day of Summer Reading Ice Cream Blast! Drop by the Library on the last day of Southlake Summer Reading between the hours of 12 PM – 2 PM or 4 PM – 6 PM to get your free ice cream! The Ice Cream Blast is in lieu of the traditional Summer prize party.

Remember to turn in all of your reading minutes and your prize drawing slips by 6 PM on Friday, August 12th for a chance to win one of this Summer’s great prizes. Prize winners will be contacted by phone and announced the week of August 15th.

For more information, and a full list of activities, go to or call (817) 748-8243

Southlake Library Hosts Family Events All Month

School’s out! Everybody shout – what do we do? The Library has the answer to that question, with activities almost every day through the month of June.

Show your sweet decorating skills with Scribble Cupcakes. Find out what a Circus Chickendog is. Compete against your friends with Minute-to-Win-It games for tweens. The Library’s programs are always free and open to the public and make a great addition to your summer schedule.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for Southlake Summer Reading – it’s the best way to turn reading into fun and prizes.

Check out the Library’s Summer Reading webpage for a full listing of available activities.
For more information, call 817-748-8243

Barefootin’ and Summer Readin’

June’s jumping at the Southlake Public Library. It’s time for Southlake Summer Reading! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ is the theme of this year’s kids program and it’s chock full of great books, awesome events, cool prizes and lots and lots of fun.

Stop by the Library or visit the website to register beginning June 4! Registration remains open until the program ends on August 12.

Things to know:
• A library card is not required to participate.
• Kids log their minutes on their reading log to win prizes.
• There are free events and activities for kids almost every day of the 10-week program.

Teens can Get in the Game… Teens and Adults can Make Fun Their Summer Sport with programs designed just for them.

Discover more at

Come Read to Malbec at Southlake Public Library

The Southlake Library is partnering with therapy dog, Malbec, and his owner, Jill Ritzer, to improve reading and communication skills while teaching children to love reading books. Malbec, a Portuguese water dog, is helping kids one book at a time. He loves having a book read to him. When kids are reading to him, they know he is listening by the way he sits or lays patiently and wags his tail.

“Malbec creates a comfortable place for the children and does not judge when you read, he just enjoys listening to your stories,” says Ritzer.

What better way to practice your reading and communication skills, than with a dog in a comfortable environment? Malbec is great at working with children not only on building confidence through reading and communication but motivating readers to hit the books.

Ritzer became very passionate about education and building a strong community of readers thanks to the help of her sisters who share the same enthusiasm for reading and education. She combined her love for dogs and her passion for reading to create a positive program that attracts many from all over the DFW Metroplex.

She is excited to share the joy Malbec brings her with everyone else – “It’s all about the children. I really enjoy seeing the progress they make,” she says. “Children are so excited to read to Malbec, I can see the children progress, as they come running in ready to share with Malbec about what’s happening next in their books”.

Want to sign your beginning or struggling reader up to read with Malbec? If so, email the library at to reserve a 15 minute spot.

Malbec’s summer schedule is as follows: June 11 & 18; July 2 & 16; August 6 & 20 – from 10 AM to 11:15 AM.

For more information please visit kids library page on the website.


Southlake Summer Reading – Every Hero Has a Story

Southlake Summer Reading

Southlake Summer Reading

It’s here! Southlake Summer Reading is the highlight of the summer when kids, teens, and adults win prizes for reading and using their library. Kids and teens win prizes for every 5 hours they read up to 25 hours. They also earn a large prize drawing slip for each 5 hours, with no limit on the number earned. They will use the drawing slips to enter large prize drawings for fun rewards like electronics, bicycles, games, pool toys, and more. Adults can get into the fun by earning a drawing slip each time they check out from the library or bring a child to a library program. Limit 1 per day. Prizes are donated by area businesses and will be on display in the library throughout the program.

Kids can enjoy over 60 special programs and performances, including Story Times with special guests and shows with magicians, comedians, puppeteers, and live animals. There are also hands-on workshops for cartooning, juggling, and becoming an animal ambassador.  Teens can work directly with author Jenny Martin to find their own unique writing voice in a 3-part teen writing workshop. Kroger will lead kids in cookie decorating and Yogee’s Yoga will offer yoga and yogurt. The Library will also offer crafts and a weekly movie matinee for kids. The Southlake Historical Society will host a special kids event at the Southlake Log Cabin.

Southlake Summer Reading is a free program that encourages families to make reading and the library part of their summer fun. Children who participate in programs such as summer reading, maintain and improve their literacy skills over the summer and are better prepared for the next school year. Families who read together, create an enjoyable reading experience that encourages lifelong learning. The Library’s goal is to support Southlake as a creative and educated community. We look forward to building relationships with our families this summer.

Southlake Summer Reading with Southlake Public Library is supported by our presenting sponsors, Friends of Southlake Library and Brigg’s Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Its theme and artwork are copyright of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) organization.

Southlake's 8th Annual Summer Kickoff will be Saturday – May 30, 2015

Kids enjoying the balloon artists at a previous Summer Kickoff!

Kids enjoying the balloon artists at a previous Summer Kickoff!

Get ready to kickoff your summer in the beautiful city of Southlake with a morning full of fun at the City’s 8th Annual Summer Kickoff! This FREE event will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 10 AM – 1 PM at Rustin Park in Southlake Town Square.

This annual event not only commences the start of summer, but also showcases the Southlake Public Library and it’s Summer Reading Program. The  program is for babies all the way up to teens and is designed to keep kids from slipping down the dreaded summer slide by offering an exciting summer reading program filled with fun and incentives to keep them reading all summer long. This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Every hero has a story.”

Several other City departments will also be at the event to answer questions and provide information about their summer activities,  including; The Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve,  Southlake Tennis Center,  Senior Center and Community Services Recreation team.

The morning will be filled with activities for the family including live musical entertainment by The Space Rockers, bounce houses, balloon artists, crafts, field games, police and fire vehicles, appearances by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wonder Woman and an amazing fire juggler! There will also be a limited amount of Rita’s Italian ice available at no cost!

For more information about Southlake Summer Kickoff, or for questions about sponsorship opportunities – please contact Southlake Community Services at 817.748.8019.