Library Events & Programming

  1. FAMILIES
  2. CHILDREN 
  3. TEENS & TWEENS
  4. ADULTS
  5. STORYTIMES

Family programs are designed for all ages to attend.These would include the Family Movie Nights and exhibits planned throughout the year.


Picture of a model trainCatch the Trains: Model Railroad Exhibit at the South Garland Branch Library

The Nicholson Memorial Library System and the Spring Creek Model Railroad Club host a free Model Train Exhibit open to the public Aug. 22 to 24 at the South Garland Branch Library.  The exhibit’s layout measures 32 by 40 feet with approximately 300 feet of dual mainline track, seven switching areas, an HOn3 narrow-gauge line, and a 30-foot main switching yard. The models represent many eras of railroading from the 1880s to the present day and operate steam, diesel, freight, and passenger equipment. Knowledgeable hobbyists can share their expertise on how to build and run model trains and answer questions during the exhibit.   

1 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3931

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Model Railroad Club. 


Drawing of acorns and a leafFall Storytimes for families begin August 19

The Nicholson Memorial Library System announces Summer Storytimes for children and families, Aug. 19 through Nov. 23, 2019.


South Garland Branch Library
4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3934
Family Storytime: Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24 - Nov. 23

Walnut Creek Branch Library
3319 Edgewood Drive, 972-205-2585
Family Storytime: Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Aug. 20 - Nov. 19

Due to planned construction, event locations are subject to change. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. For more information, please call 972-205-2516.


Picture of a large brown dog with white paws for Doggie 101Doggie 101 at the South Garland Branch Library

Learn the basics of dog care and ownership at this informational meeting co-sponsored by Garland’s Animal Services department.

The meeting will cover:
How to find the best animal for your family
General care information
Basic training practices

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3931

Families are welcome to attend but please leave the pups at home.


Picture of a row of booksFriends of the Library Fall Book Sale at the South Garland Branch Library

The Nicholson Memorial Library System‘s Friends organization announces its Fall Book Sale at the South Garland Branch Library. Shoppers may find great bargains on a wide variety of adult and children's books, fiction and nonfiction, paperback and hardcover, and reference books, as well as puzzles, DVDs, audio books, computer games, and more.  

Public Book Sale: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friends members only: Thursday, Sept. 12, after the 6 p.m. annual membership meeting. 

The preview sale will last until 8:30 p.m. Membership forms are available at all Garland library locations during open hours, and at www.library.garlandtx.gov. To locate the printable form online, click on About Us, then Friends of the Library, and finally, click on Membership Form. Those who plan to apply on the day of the annual membership meeting are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for the process.

For more information call 972-205-2543, or email folgarland@gmail.com. The South Garland Branch Library is located at 4845 Broadway Blvd., at Oates Rd., in Garland.  Admission to the public book book sale is free.


Mary Poppins Returns movie posterLet’s Go to the Movies: Mary Poppins Returns at the South Garland Branch Library

Families can enjoy free movies that are based on books at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s South Garland Branch Library this fall. The September Let’s Go to the Movies will be 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns. In the film, nanny Mary Poppins returns to London decades after her first visit. While there, Poppins helps the now-grown Banks siblings and Michael’s children deal with personal loss and rediscover the joy of living. The movie is rated PG. 

2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21
South Garland Branch Library
972-205-3933

October: Jumanji: Into the Jungle (PG-13) (Interactive movie for teens)
November: Spiderman – Into the Spider-verse (PG) (Family movie)

Doors open 15 minutes prior to the events. Seating is limited. No registration is required, and all ages may attend these events. Free popcorn and water are available while supplies last. 

Publicity disclaimer

Attendance at Garland Library programs or public spaces constitutes consent to be photographed and video recorded for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Library, such as presentations, displays, newsletters, articles, library websites and other media. If you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please speak to the Library Staff member before the event.