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Registration begins soon at all our library locations Don't forget your booklets to begin your summer adventures

Adults - June 1st. 

Kids and Teens - June 5th 



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Roving Librarian
(Ages 5+)
Wednesdays @ 3:30 PM (Runs June 1ST - Aug. 5TH)
Where in the world is the Librarian? Find her and catch a cool story. Fun for all ages.        

Shape it Up Thursday
(All Ages)
Thursdays @ 5:30 PM
Exciting exercising, fit for all ages. 15 and under must be accompanied and monitored by an adult.  

2ND Saturday of the Month @ 11:00 AM
Love reading to dogs and making crafts? Come read to certified therapy dogs in a fun, interactive, non-judgmental environment and make a fun craft.

CCPL Summer Reading Kickoff Pop Culture Flyer

Pop Culture Fest
June 3RD @ 3:00 PM
Kick off summer by celebrating all things Pop Culture. There will be crafts, games, photo ops, and so much more. Fun for all ages.

Hook, Line, and Sinker
(Ages 5+)
June 8TH @ 4:15 PM
Texas Parks and Wildlife will be showing the basics of fishing. Learn all about fishing regulations, how to tie a fishing hook, and practice casting. Make a craft and have a great time with the whole family!

Blockbuster Summer
June 9TH, June 23RD, July14TH, July 28TH @ 2:00 PM
Enjoy a family-friendly movie with us. Movie snacks included.
June 9: Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG)
June 23: Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (PG)
July 14: The Goonies (PG)
July 28: The Super Mario Bros. Movie (PG)

Operation Game Thief
June 10TH & July 8TH @ 9:00 AM
Meet some of Texas’ finest Game Wardens. Explore a display of confiscated wildlife and hear stories of how they caught the bad guys.

Artist Corner
(Ages 7-17)
June 16TH& July 28TH @ 11:00 AM
Miss Sindi of the Art Center of Corpus Christi will be leading us through a very special art project.

Tournament Saturdays
June 17TH, July 29TH & Aug. 26TH @ 3:00 PM
How competitive are you? Test your skills against others in this tournament. Two games to choose from each month. Will you be the winner?
June: Timed Puzzle Making or Dominoes
July: Scrabble or Uno
Aug.: Battleship or Yahtzee

Cirque De Library
June 24TH@ 11:00 AM
Ever wonder how the graceful trapeze and air dancing athletes starring in Cirque productions get their start? Watch a local Aerial Silks Gymnast perform, show demonstrations, and answer any questions you may have.

Sharks of Texas
(Ages 4+)
July 12TH@ 11:00 AM
Good golly, y’all… its SHARK WEEK with a SHARKY CRAFT! Learn how to identify common shark species found in the Gulf of Mexico and their adaptations with real shark specimens.

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Wonderful Land of Oz
Aug 5TH @ 3:00 PM
Skip on over to the end of Summer Extravaganza and venture into the very merry land of OZ. Crafts! Games! Costume contest! Oh my!




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Phun with Phonics
(Ages 3 - 5)
Wednesdays & Thursdays
@ 10:00 AM (Runs June 1ST—Aug. 5TH)
Leap into reading by exploring letters and sounds.

The Young and the Restless
(Ages 0  - 5)
Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM
Exciting Stories? Check! Dance and Rhythm? Check and Check! Early Literacy Tips? Check! Social Skills Building? Check!
Come to a musical story time that ticks ALL the boxes!

Leapin’ Legos
(Ages 4+)
Wednesdays @ 4:00 PM (Runs June 1ST—Aug. 5TH)
Try your hand at our weekly Lego Build or just come and create.

Stories, Songs, and Crafts
(Ages 3 – 10)
Thursdays @ 10:30 AM
Literacy, Fine Motor Skills, and Creativity are all in play during this storytime. Parent bonding, decision making and actively participating in “clean up time” are important practices encouraged during this weekly session.

Pop-up Story Time
(Ages 3 – 12)
Thursdays @ 5:20 PM
Chill and unwind from a stressful day with some longer, laid-back stories. Kids can use the time to center themselves and are welcome to help choose the day's stories. Light snacks will be served during this relaxing after-school time.

Texas Sea Life Center Meet and Greet
(Ages 3+)
June 7TH @ 11:00 AM
& July 13TH @ 11:30 AM

Texas Sea Life Center rehabilitates injured sea life. Make a craft, meet some of the animals, and listen to their harrowing rescue stories.
June: Turtles and Tortoises
July: Birds

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Exploration Station
(Ages 6-11)
June 8TH & July 13TH @3:00 PM
Create, explore, and invent something original just for you. Maybe you create your path to victory or create art in a galaxy far far away.
June: Ozobots
July : R2D2 Robotic Art

Chat with the Parrots
(Ages 5+)
June 10TH & July 15TH
@11:00 AM
An animal Care Specialist from the Texas Botanical Gardens will bring a macaw and other members of the parrot family. Feed, chat, and interact with our special aviary guests.

Guinea Pigs Galore
(Ages 3+)
June 10TH@ 12:00 PM, June 20TH @ 11:00 AM & 4:00 PM, July 8TH @ 12:00 AM
What is a guinea pig? What do they eat? How does one care for them? Come meet our Guinea Pig Rescuer and several of her animal friends. We will read stories about our fuzzy friends, and craft, and learn about adopting and fostering.

Humane Society Meet and Greet
(Ages 6-11)
June 13TH, July 11TH, July 22ND @ 11:00 AM
June 26TH, July 24TH @ 4:00 PM

Make a craft and learn what it takes to be a good Pet Parent or just visit with various animals brought to you by the Humane Society of South Texas.

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Catch a Coastal Critter
(Ages 6-11)
June 14TH @11:00 AM,
Test your critter knowledge and win a prize. Explore different skulls, teeth, and bones with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Touch a Texas Tortoise
(Ages 6+)
June 24TH @10:00 AM, July 25TH @ 3:00 PM
Touch a Tortoise? Yes, please! Crafts? Definitely Yes! Meet some native tortoises and other wild friends brought to you by the UT Marine Science Institute.

Ships Ahoy
(Ages 6+)
June 24TH , July 22ND @ 12:00 PM,
Local Curator from the USS Lexington, Ms. Blakely Milsaps, will make history come alive with this fun and interactive program.

A Day in the Life of a Texas Game Warden
(Ages 4+)
June 27TH , July 11TH @ 3:00 PM,
Meet our local Coastal Bend Texas Game Warden Ben Baker as he presents Water Awareness, talks about local wildlife, and gives a safety and law enforcement lesson. Crafts included.

Reading with a Ranger
(Ages 4-8)
July 6TH @3:00 PM
Padre Island National Seashore has lots to offer this Summer! Come and learn all about it from a park ranger and even how to track animals.

Gyotaku (Fish Printing)
(Ages 5+)
July 22ND @ 10:00 AM
The Japanese practice of fish printing once it was only to record the angler’s catch now it has become an art form. Make your own art using this technique and learn something new about fish.





Teen Manga Club
(Ages 13+)
June 10TH & Aug. 5TH @ 11:00 AM
Anime, manga, friends, snacks, games, cosplay, and crafts!

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Asian Snacks Demystified
(Ages 12+)
June 13TH, June 27TH, July 11TH, & July 18TH @ 4:00 PM
Learn how to make cool Asian snacks and chill out with video games, board games, and diamond art stickers.
June 13: Mochi
June 27: Boba Tea
July 11: Onigiri & Sushi
July 18: Group Suggestion

The Workshop
(Ages 11-17)
June 15TH & July 20TH @ 3:00 PM
Innovate, create, and explore. Test out your Jedi skills or code your next book save.
June: Virtual Reality Goggles
July: Code Bookmarks

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Teen Manga Mixer: The Beach Special
(Ages 13+)
July 15TH @ 2:00 PM
Special Summer Anime screening, discussions, snacks, games, cosplay, crafts, and more!

Five Nights Friday
(Ages 13+)
July 21TH @ 7:00 PM
Would you survive Five Nights at Freddy’s? Come find out as we play hide and seek “Freddy Style”.
Must arrive on time with a parent.

Five Nights Friday
(Ages 13+)
July 21TH @ 7:00 PM
Would you survive Five Nights at Freddy’s? Come find out as we play hide and seek “Freddy Style”.
Must arrive on time with a parent.



Calming Crafts
(Ages 18+)
Mondays @ 3:00 PM
Relax and unwind with quiet crafts in a serene setting.

True Crime Tuesday
Virtual Book Club
(Ages 18+)
2ND Tuesday of the Month @ 7:00 PM
Are you a true crime addict? We are too! Dive into a new true crime book with us each month. This is a virtual book club. To be included, please email by noon the day of the meeting and a link will be sent to you.
  June - The Doomsday Mother by John Glatt
  July - Who Killed These Girls? by Beverly Lowry
  Aug. - Mindhunter by John Douglas

Sewing Machine Intro
(Ages 15+)
August 19th @ 10:00 AM
Learn how to use a sewing machine. Machines are limited so sign up early.

Sewing with Gabby: Beginner's Class
(Ages 15+)
June 17th & July 15th @ 10:00 AM
Sewing fun at La Retama Library. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.
Skill level: Beginner, must have taken sewing machine intro

Sewing with Gabby: Intermediate
(Ages 15+)
June 10th, July 8th, August 12th @ 10:00 AM
Sewing fun at La Retama Library. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.
Skill level: Intermediate

The Chain Gang
Wednesdays @ 11 AM

Learn the basics of crochet or knitting, or you can bring your own project to work on. Supplies provided, first come, first served. Available in-person and virtually, message us via Facebook for more information.

TGIF Crafts
(Ages 18+)
June 9TH & 23RD, July 7TH & 21ST, Aug. 4TH & 18TH @ 11:00 AM
Get artsy and crafty with us! Find the artist in you by trying a new craft.

Saturday Movie Matinee
(Ages 18+)
@ 11:00 AM
Cool off and enjoy a new favorite or an old one.
June 17TH– Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
July 1ST- Independence Day (PG-13)
Aug. 12TH - The Day After Tomorrow (PG-13)

Saturday Crafters Corner
So many crafts, so little time!

June 17TH @ 10:30 AM :
  Craft stick Honeycomb Shelf (Ages 12+)
July 1ST @ 10:30 AM:
  Knotted Macrame Wall Hanging (Ages 15+)
July 29TH @ 10:30 AM:
  Macrame Plant Hanger (Ages 15+)
July 29TH @11:00 AM:
  Paint Pouring (Ages 12+)
Aug. 12TH @11:00 AM:
  Beginner Jewelry Class (Ages 12+)
Aug. 26TH @ 10:00 AM:
  Beginner Embroidery Class (Ages 15+)

Green Thumbs 
(Ages 16+)
Aug. 26TH @ 11:00 AM
A plant lover’s series. Join us for plant swaps, plant talks, and more.

True Crime Saturday
(Ages 18+)
July 15TH @ 11:00 AM
Have a discussion of “Who Killed These Girls” by Beverly Lowry. Special guest speaker insight on the case.

Panel Talk 
(Ages 17+)
June 24TH, July 22TH, Aug. 19TH @ 11:00 AM
Exciting and unique comic book stories! Discuss everything from the classics to the new independent stories! Must be 17 and older.
June - Chainsaw Man
July - It’s Lonely at the Center of the Earth
Aug. - Deadly Class

Makerspace 101
(Ages 16+)
June 24TH & Aug. 19TH @ 11:00 AM
Create something unique with our maker space tools. Supplies will be provided. Reservations are required
June - Creating paper Flower bouquets
Aug. - Sublimation 101 – design your own canvas pencil case

Rock the Library!
(Ages 16+)
July 15TH @ 7:00 PM
DJ EZ brings the tunes and you bring your voice. Come sing your heart out and enjoy some refreshments at the library.