Literature, Learning & Inspiring Workshops

This was originally published several months ago, so it may be out of date.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Literature, Learning & Inspiring Workshops

It's the beginning of the year and you know what that means, an exciting new season of community programs, events and classes for adults, teens and children at the Austin Public Library. This is just a small taste of what's happening. Search our website for a complete listing of APL programs. All Austin Public Library programs, classes and events are free and open to the public. For more information Ask a Librarian, call 512-974-7400 or visit

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Austin Out Loud
Public reading with Austin literary treasure Sarah Bird.
Wednesday, January 25, 7 PM
Old Quarry Branch | 7051 Village Center Dr. | 512-974-8860

Aural Literature
Local writers read their own work aloud for the public.
Monthly on Last Wednesdays, 7 PM
Aural Lit Facebook Group
Terrazas Branch | 1105 E. César Chávez St. | 512-974-3625

Book Clubs
Meet, mingle and chat with other avid readers.
Meeting monthly
Check website for dates and locations

Local History

Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980
Opening Reception for the exhibit Finding Refuge in Austin, 1848 to 1980.
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 PM
Austin History Center | 810 Guadalupe St. | 512-974-7480

Celebrating The Rag: Austin's Iconic Underground Newspaper
Noted for its unique blend of New Left politics and ‘60s alternative culture – presented with a hearty dose of irreverent Texas humor and psychedelic art – The Rag was one of the earliest and most influential of the 1960s-1970s underground papers.
Sunday, February 19, 2-4 PM

Austin History Center | 810 Guadalupe St. | 512-974-7480


Citizenship Classes
Preparation for the US citizenship exam with a free, 10-week course taking place weekly at three locations.
Mondays 7 - 8 PM, January 23 - April 10
Ruiz Branch | 1600 Grove Blvd. | 512-974-7500
Tuesdays 7:15 - 8:45 PM, February 7 - March 14
Manchaca Road Branch | 5500 Manchaca Rd. | 512-974-8700
Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30 PM, February 7 - April 11
Little Walnut Creek Branch | 835 W. Rundberg Ln | 512-974-9860

Computer Classes
Free computer training and assistance at several Library locations.

Check website for dates and locations

Meditation Classes
Learn how to manage stress through guided meditation techniques.
Check website for dates and locations


Art Workshops
Austin Public Library and the Umlauf Sculpture Center present a free art program for middle schoolers and high schoolers at Little Walnut Creek, Southeast and Twin Oaks Branches. Register in person.
Check website for details


Harry Potter Party
Celebrate all things Harry Potter and the movie release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. All ages are welcome.
Saturday, January 28, 2 PM
Howson Branch | 2500 Exposition Blvd. | 512-974-8800

Little Peep Puppet Show
A chick is warned by the other barnyard animals never to annoy the old rooster, because without him to bring up the sun, there may be no future.
Check website for
dates and locations near you

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