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Library's May Calendar Continues to Offer Interesting and Enriching Virtual Programs

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 30, 2021) - Join the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative for interesting, entertaining, and informative free programs for the entire family in May.

Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, real-time programs continue virtually. The events listed below are only a sampling of the many scheduled. Find more listings under the "Online Events & Classes" tab at HCPLC.org.

The views expressed in these programs are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, positions, or opinions of Hillsborough County, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, or the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc., which do not endorse the presenters. For more information about these and the many other programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit HCPLC.org.

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Holiday Schedule
Memorial Day - All libraries in the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will be closed on Monday, May 31. For a complete list of library locations and hours, call (813) 273-3652 or visit HCPLC.org.

The Frog Princess: An Original Play by Creative Arts Theatre

  • Saturday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 5 at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, "The Frog Princess" combines songs and puppetry with the story of a selfish princess who is transformed from a frog into a human by a mysterious golden ball. Can the spell be reversed in time for her to attend her party at the frog castle? Come along on this comedic journey of self-discovery and unexpected friendships. It's sure to be a hoppin' good time! Presented by the City of Tampa's Creative Arts Theatre. For ages 4 to 8. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Character Voices: Youth Workshop

  • Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 at 11 a.m.

Do you ever wonder where those fun voices you hear in cartoons come from? In this workshop, students will learn how to manipulate their voices to create their own, unique characters. Just like the actors who bring beloved characters like Sponge Bob or Mickey Mouse to life, students will learn how pitch, rate, and tone can open a world of different emotions and personalities. Presented by the City of Tampa's Creative Arts Theatre. For ages 4 to 8. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Puppet Pals! Youth Workshop
Monday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
Bring an ordinary sock to life in this workshop. Students will learn the basics of puppet manipulation, including lip-synching, character creation, and movement. What will the puppet's voice sound like? How will it express emotion? The only limit is your child's imagination. Parents/guardians must provide a sock that fits comfortably and loosely on your child's hand. Presented by the City of Tampa's Creative Arts Theatre. For ages 4 to 8. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Celebrations Around the World: Birthdays
Tuesday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Take a glance at the music, food, customs, and culture of special occasions around the globe in this event series. Today's topic: Birthdays. For all ages. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

New and Next: Current and Upcoming Children's Books
Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate Children's Book Week with this discussion of current and upcoming children's titles. Participants also will learn how to search and access these books in various formats. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Tech Topics Series

  • Scanning Documents with Your Phone - Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m.
  • What is 5G? - Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Microsoft Word: Paragraphs - Wednesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Social Media Management Tools - Wednesday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Dip into a wide variety of short sessions under the technology umbrella. For all ages. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Story Strong: Community Book Club
Wednesday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The Story Strong group discussion is designed to help empower individuals and families as they navigate the uncertainties presented by economic insecurity. The featured Community Book Club title for May is "Saving Your Digital Past, Present, and Future: A Step by Step Guide," by Vanessa Reyes. Story Strong is a collaboration between the University of South Florida School of Information's Responsive Librarianship Group and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. Parents/caregivers and kids will enjoy interactive and lively online discussions about books while engaging with members of the community to discover resources for critical help and support. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org. This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.

Serie de Temas Technológicos

  • Aplicación de Novel Effect - el 6 de mayo a las 5:30 p.m.
  • Eliminar las contraseñas guardadas del navegador - el 13 de mayo a las 5:30 p.m.
  • Pruebe la velocidad de su internet - el 20 de mayo a las 5:30 p.m.
  • Aprenda inglés con Mango - el 27 de mayo a las 5:30 p.m.

Explore una amplia variedad de temas tecnológicos en estas sesiones cortas.
Evento presentado en español. Para todas las edades. Regístrese por el evento en HCPLC.org.

Welcome to Medicare (Happy 65th Birthday)
Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m.
How does Medicare work? When do you need to apply? There are so many choices. How do you choose what is best for you? Presented in partnership with SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), a free initiative coordinated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Medicare Part C, D, and SMP
Monday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Is a Medicare Advantage Plan the right choice for you? Do you need a Part D plan? How do you protect, detect, and report Medicare fraud? Presented in partnership with SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), a free initiative coordinated by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Tech Help Online

  • Tuesday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Have a technology question? The library can help! Bring your software or hardware issues to this online appointment and we will do our best to help. For adults. View available appointments and register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

"Finding Your Community Roots": Hosted by WEDU-PBS and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library
Wednesday, May 12 at 2 p.m.
Whether your curiosity is about local history or the family tree, there is much to discover. Join WEDU-PBS and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library for this virtual screening event. Enjoy an exclusive preview of "Finding Your Community Roots" with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., brought to you by WETA, and learn about research resources that are free and readily available. This program is presented in partnership with WEDU-PBS and with grant support from the national broadcasting station WETA. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Story Strong: Family Book Club
Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m.
The Story Strong group discussion is designed to help empower individuals and families as they navigate the uncertainties presented by economic insecurity. The featured Family Book Club title for May is "Take Back the Blockby Chrystal D. Giles. Story Strong is a collaboration between the University of South Florida School of Information's Responsive Librarianship Group and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. Participants will enjoy interactive and lively online discussions about books while engaging with members of the community to discover resources for critical help and support. For ages 5 and up. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org. This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.

Written by…Author Stacey Lee
Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening with author Stacey Lee, an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction. Among her books are "Outrun the Moon," which won the 2017 Pen Center Award for Young Adult Fiction, and her most recent title, "The Downstairs Girl," which Booklist calls "spectacular." This southern California native and fourth-generation Chinese American also holds a law degree from the UC Davis School of Law. A live question-and-answer session with the audience will follow her presentation. For teens and adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Summer Reading 2021: Tails and Tales
Monday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Get a sneak peek at the library's all-ages summer program, including a preview of the reading challenge, special online events, and prizes. For all ages. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Exploring the Philippines
Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Joey Omila with the Philippine Cultural Foundation will lead this engaging, informative session covering the cultures, traditions, and history of the Philippines. For all ages. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Life Hacks with Google
Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Whether it be for personal or professional needs, there is a wide range of services and tools available with a free Google account. For teens and adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org. This session is a part of the Libraries Build Communities initiative, a collaboration between the University of South Florida School of Information's Responsive Librarianship Group and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.

Finding Your Patriots
Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Explore ways to find military records through the free library resources Fold3, Ancestry, and Find A Grave. At this live online event, library staff will demonstrate helpful tips and share insights for successful family history research. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Book e-Club for Kids: "Fowl Play" by Travis Nichols
Monday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Let's get together and celebrate the best parts of the book. Our May title is "Fowl Play" by Travis Nichols. This book is available in print and eBook formats with your library card. Check out a copy through the library catalog and read along with us. For ages 5 to 7. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

The Florida Holocaust Museum
Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Located right here in Tampa Bay, the Florida Holocaust Museum honors the millions of innocent men, women, and children who suffered and died during the Holocaust. The museum is dedicated to teaching the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. Program attendees will learn about the museum's history, current and upcoming exhibitions, and more. For all ages. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

Jumping the Digital Divide with the Library
Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn how the library can help you and your family get tech savvy. For teens and adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org. This session is a part of the Libraries Build Communities initiative, a collaboration between the University of South Florida School of Information's Responsive Librarianship Group and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. This project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.

Book e-Club - New and Popular: "Magic for Liars" by Sara Galley
Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Let's get together and celebrate the best parts of the book. Our May title is "Magic For Liars" by Sara Gailey. This book is available in print and eBook formats with your library card. Check out a copy through the library catalog and read along with us. For adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

One Book, One Night: Crooked House by Agatha Christie
Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.
May is Mystery Month, and library staff is celebrating with a short and fast-paced novel by the master of intrigue, Agatha Christie. Join us for the opening excerpt of "Crooked House," which will be read in English, Spanish, and German. Register and attend this special event for a chance to win a free book. For teens and adults. Register through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org.

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