" I don't care if you fall off your broom as long as you catch the snitch first."-J.K. Rowling

Well, we feel the same way. Whether a beginner or experienced Quidditch player, you're welcome to join our team! Based off the sport in Harry Potter, you can rest assured our version will look a lot closer to the real thing than you might think. Come play- it will be magical.

Program for young adults. No registration required.

Downtown Chess Club

Come for an evening of great fun and learn some strategies with the Arlington Chess Club. Whether you’re brushing up on your skills or learning for the first time, this is the club for YOU!

No registration is needed, just drop-in! For 8 years and up.

Midsummer Nightmare

Join us for an evening of Clue -inspired Murder Mystery!

Circuit Bending

Find out what makes a toy tick and move around by taking it apart! Use our tools to explore the inner mechanisms and circuitry then create your own toy by combining different toys together to create a new FrankenToy. Please bring in your old electric toys for this 2 day workshop!

This program is intended for ages 13 and up.

Japan Otaku Day

Make new friends, play awesome games, and watch some new anime at the Arlington Public Library's monthly program on Japanese pop culture, Japan Otaku Day! Whether it's learning how to write and speak Japanese, testing your otaku skills with some anime Jeopardy, learning about different Japanese holidays, or just sitting back and watching a new and exciting anime, Japan Otaku Day is here for you! Join other teens to let loose, have fun, and meet some awesome people with a shared love of Japanese culture.

At the end of every Japan Day, there will be a giveaway for anime/manga-...

Teen Drawing Workshop

Join local artist Erica Watts in a 6-week workshop on illustration, character development, and world building.

No registration or prior art experience is required.

Teen Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday in the Teen Area at the Downtown Library for a fun, exciting pop-up program! No two weeks are the same--from poetry to robots to painting, every week is different! Who knows what will be next?

Teen Poetry Workshop with The Dallas Poetry Slam

Discover Your Story through the art of slam poetry! Join us in a workshop led by a teaching artist from the world-renowned Dallas Poetry Slam . Come develop your poetic voice, hone your composition skills, and determine if you've got what it takes to perform your works live!

Downtown Library Grand Opening

The Arlington Public Library is excited to announce the grand opening of the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library! The 70,000 square-foot, state of the art building will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony and two days of celebration this summer.

“The Downtown Library will be a center for learning and innovation in the heart of our community,” says Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “This facility is where dreams will become reality.”

Follow the Arlington Public Library online, including on social media, for more details about the opening celebration as it approaches!

Forgotten Arlington History with O.K. Carter.

Arlington's city branding over the years and a funny look at its forgotten history.

Spend an evening with O.K. Carter, newspaper columnist, editor, author, and local historian and discover forgotten history of Arlington. He started with the Arlington Citizen-Journal in 1972 and retired from the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 2008. He is the author of Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys: Essays on Arlington .

No registration required for this event.


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