Nicholson Memorial Library System

News Release

Nicholson Memorial Library System

625 Austin Street, Garland, Texas 75040


Tweens Experience Minecraft at Garland Libraries

Young fans of the video game Minecraft can expand their knowledge of the game at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Tween Scene.

Tween Scene is a program series designed for youth ages 10 through 13, consisting of activities related to fun and interesting themes. Participants also receive book recommendations based on each theme. The program takes place twice a month at various library locations on Thursday afternoons and evenings.

The March Tween Scene events focus on Minecraft. Program attendees will discuss the game and learn about handbooks designed to improve their gaming skills. Participants can also make Minecraft-related papercrafts. The first Tween Scene takes place at 6:30 p.m. on March 5, at the South Garland Branch Library, with the second occurring at 4 p.m. on March 12, at the North Garland Branch Library.


Kids Learn Drawing Techniques at Garland Library 

Children who like to draw can learn some new techniques at Art Explorers, a monthly program for children ages 6 through 12 presented by the Nicholson Memorial Library System. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Walnut Creek Branch Library.

Children attending Art Explorers learn about different types of art, then use their new skills to create their own masterpieces. At the March event, participants can use clipped magazine art to begin their artwork, then use pencils to sketch the remaining details.

Library Offers Travel Information—from A to Z

Planning a business trip or vacation to a major world city? Find out everything you need to know about your destination with A to Z World Travel, an online resource available free to Nicholson Memorial Library System cardholders.

A to Z World Travel contains more than 200 guides to major world cities, including Athens, Beijing, Dubai, Jerusalem, London, Rio de Janeiro, and a host of other international and U.S. cities. These guides offer information on city neighborhoods, in-town excursions, and day trips, in addition to major attractions, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

A to Z World Travel also supplies users with practical travel information such as health advisories, passport information, lists of local embassies, currency, weather reports, and tips on city navigation. A to Z World Travel users will enjoy their trips even more by knowing they are fully prepared.

To access A to Z World Travel, visit and click on Library Portal & Catalog, then Online Resources. Next click on the Do It Yourself subject area and find A to Z World Travel. Enter your library card number and PIN and get ready to travel the globe.

Teens Invited to Divergent Screening at Garland Library

Teenaged fans of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are invited to dinner and a free screening of the film Divergent at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Central Library. The event takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 19.

Divergent is based on the dystopian novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. Set in futuristic Chicago, it focuses on Beatrice Prior, a girl who must choose between remaining with her family or joining one of society’s five factions of individuals: the honest, the selfless, the brave, the peaceful, or the intelligent. Beatrice’s choice will change her life forever. The film is rated PG-13.

This program is free and open to teens ages 13 through 18. No registration is required to attend. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the event. Seating is limited.  Sandwiches and water are available while supplies last.

Families Can Enjoy Free Movies at the Library

Bring a blanket and attend free movies with your family. The Nicholson Memorial Library System is hosting the following family movie times in March.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11

Walnut Creek Branch Library



6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12 

South Garland Branch Library


Big Hero 6

2:30 p.m., Friday, March 13 

North Garland Branch Library

All films are full-length children’s movies. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the events. Seating is limited. No registration is required, and all ages may attend these events. Free popcorn and water are available while supplies last.

Kids, Play Life-Sized Board Games at Garland’s Central Library


Want to play life-sized versions of popular board games? You can at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Central Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9.


Players can choose from Sorry, Connect Four, and Tic-Tac-Toe. The program is free and open to children ages six and up and their caregivers. No registration is required to attend.

Scenes from Musical Theatre Staged  at Garland Library’s Senior Social Hour 

Artist Sheran Keyton and an ensemble cast will present scenes from a variety of musical productions at the Nicholson Memorial Library System’s Senior Social Hour. The group appears at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St., in Downtown Garland.

Sheran Keyton founded DVA Productions in 2008 in order to increase awareness of the performing arts in the Fort Worth community. The company’s productions tackle issues of interracial struggles and acceptance, inter-generational relationships, growth and progress in African American communities, communication between adults and youth, and acceptance of human differences. The group’s Senior Social Hour performance will include scenes from the original musical productions It’s a Man’s World, Simply Etta, Soul of Sam and I’m Every Woman.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Senior Social Hour programs are free and open to anyone 55 years of age and older. Donations of gently used books and media for the Friends of the Library book sale are accepted during the program. No registration is required to attend the event, but seats do fill up quickly. Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance


The South Garland Branch Library is located at 4845 Broadway Blvd., at Oates Road. The North Garland Branch Library is located at 3845 N. Garland Ave., at Apollo Road. Please be aware that photographs and video may be taken at Library programs for use in print and/or electronic media at the Library’s discretion. For more information, call 972-205-3933.