We began as a children’s library. Even today, the majority of our classes and activities focus on the enrichment and education of young people.
After School Kids' Garden (ASKG)
Instructors Master Gardeners: Harold Pieratt, Tricia Morley, Suzanne Ellis.
REGISTER NOW! Return application below to school office by Tuesday September 1st or mail/drop off at RT Family Library (206 W. Mill St.).
Questions? Contact Mary Leitko: 979-966-7563
ARTS/RTFL Art After School Program
ARTS, Arts for Rural Texas is proud to partner with RTFL to provide free Art After School classes to the children of the RT/C community. These classes, involving both visual and performing arts, enrich the educational opportunities of the kids while providing a fun, safe, and constructive option to local parents. The children of Round Top and surrounding communities are benefiting from these classes because ARTS and RTFL know that art exposure leads to higher test scores, better behavior, long term success, and really fun afternoons. Join the fun and leave an artist!
Art After School is provided at the Library in three semesters during the school year and you can sign up on line at the ARTS website www.artsforruraltexas.org/ArtAfterSchool.html.
Round Top Family Library Traditional Storytime
Early childhood reading readiness is encouraged through simple activities and children’s books being read to preschool age kids, including pre-k students from the RT-C Elementary School pre-k class. (Other preschool age children are also welcome, but please call Mary Leitko in advance if your preschool age child wishes to attend and is not a preschool student at RT/C Schools.
Phone 979-966-7563 or email This applies to both Traditional Storytime and Neighborhood Visit Storytime.
Neighborhood Visit Storytime
We hold Storytime at various locations around our community, allowing preschool age children including our RT-C Elementary School pre-k the opportunity to visit area businesses and organizations, meet the people who hold various jobs, and listen to a story related to the visit. (Please call in advance if your child is not a RT-C preschool student so we can make arrangements in advance.)
Children’s Cooking Classes
Held in the new kitchen in the Historic Rummel Haus Activity Center, the cooking classes for children are scheduled periodically. Cooking is for boys and girls, and these kids have a lot of fun learning their way around a kitchen. Contact Mary Leitko for information about future classes, at 979-966-7563 or email
From free public WIFI to yoga classes and our popular FYI Lecture Series, we offer resources well beyond those of a traditional lending library. We’re now a regional community center.
English as a Second Language Classes (ESL)
RTFL English as a Second Language (ESL) program is open to both adults and children. Taught by community member volunteers who are enthusiastic about helping their neighbors improve their English communication skills. Class meets on Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 at the Round Top Family Library Rummel Haus Activity Center. For information in Espanol please call, text or e-mail Sylvia at 979-966-7550, , or in English only call, text or e-mail Mary at 979-966-7563, .
Online English as a Second Language
Our new partnership with Basic ESL ® for Libraries allows us to offer free online English learning courses to our patrons. Using Basic ESL, you can access quality online English lessons with native language support in 19 languages, including Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Korean and Vietnamese.
Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, yet instructionally proven curriculum. URL – https://institutions.basicesl.com/access
Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. No computer experience is necessary.
Garden Workday for Adults and Seniors:
Computer Instruction for Seniors and Adults
Yoga Classes for Adults and Seniors:
Enhance your well-being with friends and neighbors. Our classes welcome everyone, regardless of fitness level, or yoga experience. Yoga uses postures and stretches in combination with breathing to develop flexibility and relaxation. Classes are held every Monday afternoon at 5:30 PM in the Round Top Family Library.
FYI (For Your Information) Lectures at the Library:
Senior Gaming Parties and Social Events:
The 12th Annual Round Top Chili Cookoff
This “hot” event starts at noon on January 16th on the Round Top Town Square. Featured music by long-time Friends of the Library, the Black Cat Choir. Tickets $8.00 each for all the chili tasting you can stand. If you want to cook and compete, download the application below or pick one up at the Library. All benefits from this annual event benefit the Round Top Family Library. (The library is a 501 C(3) nonprofit organization.)