Summer Events at the Alachua Branch Library

It’s officially summer at the Alachua Branch Library. TV reruns are in full swing and let’s be honest, do you really want to binge watch a show on an endless loop? Let your library save you from boredom. Check out our amazing programming lineup starting June 1st through July 31st.

Our Summer at the Library’ launch is Friday, June 1 from 2:00-4:00 PM. Join us in the meeting room to sign up for a Beanstack account. Get a free tote bag and coloring book featuring our summer events for signing up. Be sure to check out all our great books and upcoming Kika Silva Pla Planetarium events.

Join us for an out of this world scavenger hunt! Stop by each week to pick up an "I Spy Astronomy" flashcard.  Each flashcard will provide a clue to a constellation that can be found that week. Supplies are limited, one flashcard per family. Be sure to check out the resources provided by Kika Silva Pla Planetarium when you pick up your flashcard! Program will run from June 3-July 31.

Kids, sit back and relax while enjoying a FREE movie on Mondays at 1:00 PM. Each Monday we will be showing a kid-friendly movie for the whole family to enjoy. Our “Movie Matinee” schedule is as follows.

June 4: Disney Pixar’s Coco (Rated PG) -109 minutes

June 11: Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 (Rated G)-109 minutes

June 18: Disney Pixar’s Inside Out (Rated PG) -102 minutes

June 25: Disney’s The Good Dinosaur (Rated PG)-100 minutes

July 2: Paddington 2 (Rated PG) - 105 minutes

July 9: Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (Rated PG) – 102 minutes

July 16: Despicable Me 3 (Rated PG) -90 minutes

July 23: LEGO Ninjago Movie (Rated PG) – 90 minutes

July 30: Peter Rabbit (Rated PG) - 100 minutes


Eating good food doesn't have to be junk food verses healthy.  If eating healthy were fun I think you would be more likely to try it.  So let's start by saying no to naked vegetables!  

Why not try carrots with a brown sugar glaze?

Why not try celery sticks filled with peanut butter and raisins?

Instead of mashed potatoes, why not try mashed sweet potatoes with pecans?

Have you ever tried sliced apples and pears baked in the oven with maple syrup and walnuts?

Are you drooling yet?  Then come to the Alachua Branch Library to check out FOODIEspace Jr. "Healthy Eats" cooking demonstration on Tuesday, June 5 at 2:00 PM presented by IFAS.  This is your opportunity to learn how to make the good stuff fun.

Tuesdays at 2:00 PM starting on June 12, we will be offering teens the opportunity to put their artistic skills to the test with our weekly “Art Challenge”.  Come in between the hours of 2-4 and request an art kit from the front desk. Inside will be art supplies you can use to create your masterpiece. The trick will be to incorporate the mystery art supply like an eggshell or newspaper scraps while only using the supplies given. Think you can beat the “Art Challenge”?

What's in the Art Challenge Kit:

                1 sheet of paper

                1 Elmer’s glue bottle

                3 markers (colors will be part of the mystery)

                2 crayons (colors will be part of the mystery)

                8 Popsicle sticks


                A Ziploc baggie of assorted scrap paper

                5 pipe cleaners

                A roll of duct tape

                Misc. art materials

                1 mystery item to incorporate into a masterpiece. Item varies each week.

Attention tweens!! For three special Wednesdays during July, Alachua Library will be hosting a Book Tasting just for you. Meet us in the Snuggle Up area Wednesday, July 11, 18, and 25 at 1:30 PM to sample a wide variety of genres, titles, and authors. And if you’re wondering if it’s worth coming to a 30 minute event, why not stay for our special Wednesday event at 2:00 PM? Saw what we did there? Smart, huh?

Join us on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM for adventure and excitement. Each Wednesday, Alachua Branch Library will be hosting a different presenter for kids and teens to enjoy. See below for Alachua’s schedule of entertainers and what they are all about.

June 6: Capoeira

What is Capoeira? It is many things. Foremost, it is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates both physical and mental strength, with music and dance. You are welcome to try Capoeira as long as you have your parents’ permission. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.

June 13: Amazing Animals

Do you ever wonder about the lives of awesome amphibians or rowdy reptiles? Want to meet some exciting animal friends?

Join us when professional naturalist Jerry Walls brings his traveling educational program to your library to learn all about the amazing world of animals.

Depending on the day you might get to see reptiles, birds, bugs, or amphibians, and there may even be opportunities to interact with the animals!

This program is primarily geared towards ages 5 to 11 but families are definitely welcome.


June 20: Menestrelli Dog Show

Want to see a real circus show with talented canines that perform all kinds of amazing tricks? Want to see adorable poodles somersault, climb stairs, and conga line?

If you do, head to your library and watch as the internationally renowned Menestrelli performers share their years of circus experience and humane dog training to put on a great show! 

June 27: MOSH – Science on the Go

Children will get in on the action of the zany experiments conducted in our mobile science laboratory. This interactive program includes experiments that cover physical science concepts such as matter, electricity, force and motion, and air pressure.


July 11: Alachua County Fire Rescue

Connect with a real life hero when Alachua County Fire Resue comes to the Alachua Library. Discover how to stay safe around fire and learn about the amazing heroes who keep our community safe.

July 18: Engineering for Kids

Engineering for Kids creates lightbulb moments by helping kids build problem solving skills, discover how things work, explore engineering, learn math and science in a fun environment, and engage in real world engineering problems.


July 25: Breakout of Wonderland

You've been framed for stealing the Red Queen’s tarts. You better run away before the Jabberwocky gets you!

If you never tried an escape room game you're in for a treat!  Escape room games are a physical adventure where players work together to solve puzzles using clues and whatever strategy works best.  To add to the challenge, players are given a set time to come up with a solution that will lead to the key out.  There is no grand prize, just the thrill of being able to outsmart the designers of the room and be the first to escape!

MAKERspace Jr. is here every Thursday at 3:00 PM. This summer expect not 1, not 2, but 3 different MAKERspace Jr. opportunities.

On Thursday, June 7, 14, and 21 bring your children in to learn inspiring and empowering sewing projects in our three week tutorial of SEWINGspace Jr. Don’t let this opportunity to teach your children how to sew pass you by. The projects are so simple, of course children can do it themselves, but we want parents, grandparents, whoever the children would like to sew with to come join them. Be a part of this special adventure and have a great time. We will supply the materials and children will have the freedom to work at their own pace.  Ages 6 to 12 are welcomed. Space is limited so please register.

Starting June 28, we will begin a three class series of MAKERspace Jr. LEGO Mindstorms. In this class, learn to build robots. Building robots is cool and fun. We’re not talking rocket science, we’re talking Legos! If you’ve built with Legos then you can build these robots! This event is geared toward Elementary and Middle schoolers. Each class will be building on the previous class. Our goal is to demystify robots and build children’s confidence. Space is limited so please register.

Do you love the feel of sticky glue between your fingertips? Do you secretly enjoy the smell of crayons? Love the magic of ink as it swirls into a masterpiece? Then join us for a 2 week MAKERspace Jr. Arts and Crafts event. On July 19, we will be featuring Coaster Art using ceramic coasters and sharpies to make beautiful works of art that you can take home with you. On July 26, make your own masterpiece with only melted crayons and a hair dryer. During this event we will also have the button maker and coloring supplies out for use. This activity is geared toward ages 10-14.

Have a happy summer and don’t forget to visit us at the Alachua Branch Library all summer long!