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Adult Reading Challenge

How to play:
Choose a book which fall into a category square listed inside the Reading Log. E-media, audio, and print titles are all eligible. Titles may be from any place but we hope you'll see what's available for checkout at TPL!

When you finish reading / listening to your book:
Social Media Users: Snap a photo of the title next to the category square and post it on the TPL's Facebook Event Page TPL Reading Challenge 2019 or tag us on Instagram or twitter @tularelibrary. You will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize! Those who also post a book review get entered twice into the drawing! 

Walk-Ins: Snap a photo of the title next to the category square and show it to TPL Staff Member, or you can show the actual book to a staff member in order to receive a ticket to enter the drawing.
To print out the Adult Reading Challenge click here

The Drawing will be May 1st.
Don't miss out on our Summer Reading Challenge beginning June 1st

Story Time

Preschool Story Time (Ages: 3-5): Every Friday @ 11:15 am
Wiggle your wiggles! Preschoolers will enjoy stories, rhymes & songs. Make new friends and play!

Family Story Time (All Ages): Every Saturday @ 12:30 pm
Enjoy books & songs then stay for the Kids' Activity at 1:00pm

Familia Hora del Cuentos Bilingües / Bilingual Story Time
La primera jueves del mes a las 11:15am
The first Thursday of each month at 11:15am

Early Literacy Skills
Reading and sharing books with your child is an important part of their development.
All of our story times support these Early Literacy Skills:

  • Vocabulary: Knowing the names of things and the meaning of words.
  • Print Awareness: Print is all around--not just in books.
  • Narrative Skills: Make predictions, describe things, or retell events in sequence.
  • Phonological Awareness: Play with and explore the sound that make up words.
  • Print Motivation: Show that reading is fun so children will want to learn to read.
  • Letter Knowledge: Knowing the names and sounds of different letters.

Tulare Public Library is pleased to offer preschool story time twice weekly in the children's area. Our program is designed to introduce children from babies to 5 years of age to the library and to participating as part of a group. Regular activities include music, singing, finger plays, and of course stories! While story time is geared primarily for preschool age children, parents and children of all ages are welcome to attend. Teachers and children care providers are also invited to bring their children. If your group is larger than 10, we encourage you to contact the Library prior to your visit so we can accommodate everyone comfortably. Story time lasts thirty to forty-five minutes.

Kids Activity

Join us every Saturday for fun, interactive, and creative learning Kids' Activities after the 12:30pm Family Story Time at the library. Every first Saturday of the month enjoy a kids' movie at 1:15pm in our Council Chambers Room. Saturday Crafts start at 1:00pm in the Olympic Room.

Homework Help

Free Homework Help is available to students in grades k - 12 at the Tulare Public Library. The homework help center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm but is closed during school vacations.

Are you interested in being a tutor for our Homework Help Center? Please visit our Volunteer Page for more information.

Just for Teens

The Tulare Public Library has specific programs, opportunities, and information just for teens.
For more information visit the Teen Page!

Volunteer at the Tulare Public Library,  join the Teen Advisory Board, become a tutor (16+), and learn about the community and make a difference through the library.

Knitting Club

The knitting Club meets every other Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Tulare Public Library in the Olympic Room. The free program welcomes all knitting skills and ages, material is provided upon request. For specific dates visit the library calendar.

Movies at the Library

Movies at the Library are every 1st Saturday at 1:00pm, 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 10:30am in the Council Chambers.

See our Calendar for all upcoming movie showing.

Arts & Crafts-Adults

Adult Crafts are held on the 3rd Thursday of every other month at 5:30pm in the Olympic Room. To sign-up for this program call or visit the library.  Make sure to look out for special Paint Night events happening throughout the year.  You can follow us on Facebook @tularelibrary or visit the library to learn more about events. 

See the Calendar specific program dates.
Tulare Public Library 475 North M Street Tulare, CA 93274 • (559) 685-4503

Book Clubs

Book Clubs at Tulare Public Library 

The library hosts three monthly book club.  You can sign up in advance by calling our Research and Information desk at
559-685-4503. Or feel free to drop by any book club to hear the discussion. See below for more details and find the perfect fit! 

To reserve a book, please place a hold through our Online Catalog.  Or stop by the library as we often have extra copies of this month's book on hand.  

YA 4 Everyone Book Club Thumbnail

This group meets the first Friday of the month at 6:00pm.

Readings include a mix of classic & current Young Adult titles.
Meetings are held in the Charter Room.

Access our Online Catalog to place a hold.

March's YA Book Club selection: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth

March Selection

April's YA Book Club selection: The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
The Science of Breakable Things
by Tae Keller

April Selection

 May's YA for Everyone Book Club selection: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley

May Selection

 Saturday Book Club ThumbnailThis group meets the second Saturday of the month at 11:00am.

Primary focus is classic, current, and non-fiction titles.
Meeting are held in the Charter Room.

Access our Online Catalog to place a hold.

March's Saturday Book Club selection: Dietland by Sarai Walker
by Sarai Walker

March Selection

April's Saturday Book Club selection: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
The Line Becomes a River 
by Francisco Cantu

April Selection

May's Saturday Book Club selection: Tangerine by Christine Mangan
by Christine Mangan

May Selection

Thursday Book Club ThumbnailThis group meets the last Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm.

Titles are generally current or popular fiction.
Meetings are held in the Charter Room. 

Access our Online Catalog to place a hold.

March's Thursday Book Club selection: Diamond Head by Cecily Wong
Diamond Head
by Cecily Wong

March Selection

April's Thursday Book Club selection: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford

April Selection

May's Thursday Book Club selection: Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
Only Child
by Rhiannon Navin

May Selection

One-on-One Technology Help

The Tulare Public Library offers 30 minute One-on-One Technology Help sessions by appointment.  
Library Staff Members can assist with:

  • Smart phone / tablet basics
  • Computer basics
  • Email
  • Resume (Ask about how to access free templates). 
  • eBook
  • Microsoft word, excel, power point
  • and more...

To schedule a session visit or call the library at (559) 685-4503.

For basic computer skills to get you started at home or information about our computer lab click Here

Tulare Public Library • 475 North M Street Tulare, CA 93274 • (559) 685-4500