The library…Oh how I’ve loved the library, ever since I was a little girl. My sister began taking me to our then local library, and I remember some of my first books being The Bobbsey Twins and The Boxcar Children. Yep, I was a mystery fan even way back then. I used to stare in awe at shelves upon shelves of books just waiting to be opened up and read from start to finish. Speaking of opening up a good book, who’s with me on the smell of a good book? Oh, I know we have our electronic devices nowadays, but nothing quite beats the smell of a good book, the suspense of turning the page to find out what happens next. Trips to the library continued as I grew from a little girl into a young woman, loading up on books for both leisure and education. And now years later, I’m passing down the love of reading (and the library) to my own boys.
Since 1904, the Rogers Public Library has provided books to area residents, young and old alike. Now in a different location with more room, the library houses over 150,000 books, electronic items, multimedia items, computers, and more. It really is a beautiful facility. With departments, activities and events geared toward children, teens, and adults, the Rogers Public Library is yet another place to add to the growing list of 100 things to do in Rogers.
The library is one place my boys and I really enjoy going, pretty much on a weekly basis, if not more. There’s always something to do at the library, and you can guarantee it will involve some sort of education, but in a really fun way.
Activities and Events for Children
The Walmart Children’s Library is full of books, puzzles, and activities for kids, as well as resources for parents. It’s decorated to the hilt too. From the moment Jaden walks in, he’s mesmerized by fish in the aquarium, sitting areas (even quiet, little tucked away sitting areas), and décor geared toward his interests. Every month the library has a calendar available, outlining all of the events for that particular month. Regular events include the following:
- Preschool Storytime – Geared toward ages 3-5, kids can come and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and craft time.
- Toddler Storytime – Geared toward ages 2-3, kids can enjoy books and crafting.
- Babies, Bubbles, and Books! – Geared toward babies to 24 months old, guests enjoy songs, rhymes, bubbles, stories, and bouncing.
- Babies Play 2 Learn – This is an interactive storytime for babies to 24 months, and it involves songs, rhymes, bubbles, and sensory play.
- Reading Adventures with Scout – Scout, a Mastiff, loves to listen to stories. Scout and his owner, Wendy, will listen to kids practice reading skills. Since Jaden is learning to read, I definitely have to carve out time to take him to this; he would love it!
- Krafty Kidz – For ages 5-12, kids will enjoy getting their craft on.
- Block Party! – Kids, ages 0-12, who love LEGO® and Duplo®, will love getting together with other kids to build to their hearts’ content. Every time we go to the library, Jaden is checking out the LEGO® creation displays.
- Saturday Surprise – Kids, ages 3-12, get to craft and create.
- Expert Hour – An educational program for kids, ages 5-12, with learning activities around the subjects of art, science, music, and more.
- Gamers and Makers – Kids, ages 8-12, can enjoy their favorite video games, connect with other gamers, and create a cool craft!
Activities and Events for Teens
- Teen Scene – Teens are encouraged to come hang out, maybe try a craft, watch a movie, or join the Gamers Club or Anime Club. Just come and enjoy, make some new friends!
- Teen Writers Group – Teens between the ages of 13-18, who love to write, are able to learn and write amongst their peers.
- Crafty Teen Crew – Teens can get their craft on too!
- Teen Podcasting Program
Activities and Events for Adults
- Serendipity Book Club
- RPL Adult Programming Computer Class – This is drop-in for computer and tech assistance, and it’s free!
- Scrappy Ladies – Quilters – Love to sew? This might be just the gathering for you.
Activities and Events for All Ages
- Tales, Myths & Fables – All ages are welcome to come and enjoy stories and crafts.
- Family Storytime – Stories and crafts are in abundance at this particular weekly event.
- Colorin, Colorado – Spanish Storytime – All ages are welcome for stories and crafting.
Of course, there are seasonal and special events, as well. In fact, fall is an especially fun time at the library.
- Saturday, November 15 – International Game Day
- 10-11:30am – Enjoy playing board games, all ages welcome.
- 1-2pm – Enjoy playing that favorite game… BINGO, ages 5 and up.
- Thursday, December 11 – Polar ExpressNight
- 5:30-7:30 – The movie will be playing, games and crafts will be available, and of course, snacks! All ages are welcome.
Want to know specific times and rooms for the events listed above? You can find all the details on the Rogers Public Library Events Calendar. And even if you’re not looking for a specific event, the library is still a great place to go to just relax with a good book, maybe use the complimentary Wi-Fi, or play a great game of Checkers.
Mel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle/travel blogger and freelance writer residing in Northwest Arkansas. Mel blogs at MamaBuzz. You can also find Mel on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.