Round Rock Public Library

Write On! Short Story Contest (ages 8-12)

The Round Rock Public Library is accepting entries to the Write On! Tween Short Story Contest. Young authors, ages 8-12, may submit an original short story. The contest will be open from Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

The top short stories will be turned into a book which will become part of the Round Rock Public Library’s local author collection for children. Selected writers will also be invited to showcase their work at the Round Rock Public Library’s annual Local Author Fair. 

Contest guidelines:

  • Writers may enter one original short story.
  • The story must be a maximum of 2000 words or 5 pages double-spaced. 
  • Writers must be ages 8-12.
  • Previously published stories will not be accepted.
  • Entries must be received before Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

How to enter the contest: 

  • Read the contest guidelines. 
  • Write your story!
  • Save your story in a Word document or in a plain text file. In the e-mail message please include: writer’s name, parent or guardian’s name, writer’s age, an e-mail address and/or phone number and the story title. Attach the file and email it to: Amy German at amygerman@roundrocktexas.gov.

 Questions?

Please contact Amy German at amygerman@roundrocktexas.gov or 512-218-7034

Tween Book Club: Comet Rising (ages 9-12)

The Round Rock Public Library will host a Tween Book Club meeting Thursday, March 12, 2020.  Tweens (ages 9-12) are invited to the Library to discuss the book Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly. Join us in Meeting Room B at 4:30 pm. Snacks and book themed games/crafts will be provided.

For more information or to request a copy of this month’s book:

Please contact the children’s desk, 512.218.3575.

Please Note:

The Round Rock Public Library Tween Book Club meets the second Thursday of every month. While book club selections are chosen specifically for tweens ages 9-12, parents may still wish to review the content for appropriateness for his/her child.

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18): Penny From Heaven

The Round Rock Public Library Teen Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month. Join us in The Teen Room at 6:30 PM, January 21.

2019 Teen Book Club Selections (selected by teens at the November 2019 book club) We are still deciding on some titles!

Please Note:While book club selections are chosen specifically for teens ages 12-18, parents may still wish to review the content for appropriateness for their child/teen.

For More Information:

Contact Jane Dance at 512.218.7012

Chess Club at the Library (ages 10-18)

King, Pawn, Rook, Castling, Checkmate, Stalemate! Do you know what these words mean? Do you like to play chess?  Looking to learn how to play?  If you answered yes, then this club is for you!

Tweens and teens, join us for come-and-go playing opportunities in meeting room B:

  • Saturday January 18, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday February 15, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday March 14 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday April 18, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

For More Information:

Contact Jane Dance at 512.218.7012

Tween Book Club: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation (ages 9-12)

The Round Rock Public Library will host a Tween Book Club meeting Thursday, February 13, 2020.  Tweens (ages 9-12) are invited to the Library to discuss the book Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs. Join us in Meeting Room B at 4:30 pm. Snacks and book themed games/crafts will be provided.

For more information or to request a copy of this month’s book:

Please contact the children’s desk, 512.218.3575.

Please Note:

The Round Rock Public Library Tween Book Club meets the second Thursday of every month. While book club selections are chosen specifically for tweens ages 9-12, parents may still wish to review the content for appropriateness for his/her child.

Ask A Child Development Expert

Do you have concerns about your baby or toddler, but aren’t sure if formal intervention is needed?

Bring your child and your concerns to this free come-and-go event.

Arrive when you can. Chat one-on-one with specialists, with no obligation or pressure. Explore our fun toys with your child between chats.

Our confirmed specialists include:

This program is an extension of our Family Place Libraries program, and a joint project with other certified Family Place Libraries in Central Texas.

Questions? Please contact Andrea Warkentin, 512-218-7011.

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18): Talon

The Round Rock Public Library Teen Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month. Join us in The Teen Room at 6:30 PM, January 21.

2019 Teen Book Club Selections (selected by teens at the November 2019 book club) We are still deciding on some titles!

Please Note:While book club selections are chosen specifically for teens ages 12-18, parents may still wish to review the content for appropriateness for their child/teen.

For More Information:

Contact Jane Dance at 512.218.7012

Chess Club at the Library (ages 10-18)

King, Pawn, Rook, Castling, Checkmate, Stalemate! Do you know what these words mean? Do you like to play chess?  Looking to learn how to play?  If you answered yes, then this club is for you!

Tweens and teens, join us for come-and-go playing opportunities in meeting room B:

  • Saturday January 18, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday February 15, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday March 14 10:30 am-12:00 pm
  • Saturday April 18, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

For More Information:

Contact Jane Dance at 512.218.7012

Free vision screening for kids

Round Rock Public Library proudly partners with the Round Rock chapter of Lions International to provide free vision screenings for young children 11:30 a.m.  – 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, in the Computer Lab (next to the library’s large meeting rooms).

These screenings are first come, first served. Everyone is welcome. The screening is a great opportunity to screen very young children with a quick, easy, painless test that requires only a few seconds of cooperation.

This event is part of KidSight USA, a nationwide screening program conducted by Round Rock Lions. The program provides critical eye screenings for ages 6 months – 6 years.

Lions involved with KidSight USA want to reach young learners and help identify common vision problems while those problems are more easily reversed, and before those problems interfere with learning.

If a screening suggests a possible vision condition that needs to be addressed, Round Rock Lions will work with families to make certain that professional eye exams and glasses are obtained.