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October Computer Classes

In October we are offering the following computer classes:

Beginner Word—October 6
Intermediate Word—October 13

Beginner Excel—October 20
Intermediate Excel—October 27

All sessions are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sign up at the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.

TGIF Programs Friday Film Series Returns to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Friday Film Series will be showing the 2015 film McFarland USA, starring Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, and Ramiro Rodriguez. This Disney film tells the true story of Coach Jim White who moves his family to McFarland, California.He turns seven students with no hope into a cross-country team.

All TGIF Programs events are free and no registration is required. Film and refreshments are provided by the Friends of Freeman Library. Please contact the Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, TX 77062 or at 281-488-1906 for further information.

Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

Train to Crystal CityTitle to be discussed: The train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell.  Date of meeting: October 11,  6:30 p.m.  Summary: "From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered more than 10,000 civilians to Crystal City. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "quiet passage." During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important Americans behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls who were interned, author Jan Jarboe Russell uncovers the details of their years spent in the camp; the struggles of their fathers; their families; subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan; and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States. Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, "The Train to Crystal City" reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR's tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war."

Come Meet Alex and Mary Pollak - Sept. 29

Thursday September 29 @ 6:30
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Come and “Meet Alex and Mary Pollak,” where the Pollaks will tell their story, talk about their collection and answer any questions.

HACK THE PLANET: Round Three

HACK THE PLANET: Music and Sound

Learn beginning Computer Coding using GoogleCS . 

Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8

Grades 6 and up

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TEEN CHESS CLUB---FRIDAYS

Join the Spring Branch - Memorial Teen Chess Club!

Challenge other teens to a game of chess, we will provide the room and chess boards.

 

Starting Friday,  August 26

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12

 

 

This program has no instructor or teacher, but provides teens with a fun, safe place to practice the game of Chess.

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Preschool Storytime----Fridays

                                                         

We are adding a Preschool Story Time on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. at Spring Branch-Memorial Library effective 8/5/16.

This is an "encore" program for those who are not able to attend the Preschool Story Time on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Preschool Story Time is for ages 3-6 and includes stories, songs, finger plays, and a craft.

Space is limited and free tickets are distributed 30 minutes prior to the program. For more information, call 713-464-1633.

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Read with a Furry Friend!

Did you know dogs love stories too?

This is a wonderful opportunity for beginning and reluctant readers to read aloud with a patient and gentle listener.
Our certified therapy dog teams are from Tender Loving K9s.

 

Date: Wednesday, October 5
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Ages: For beginning readers ages 5+

Children will sign up for a 10-15 minute time slot to read with a Therapy Dog.                           

Space is limited.

Pick Up HCPL Items at the Texas Medical Center Library

tmc libraryIt’s not always easy navigating the area around the Texas Medical Center, so HCPL and the TMC Library hope to reduce daily stress for those who work or seek treatment in the Medical Center with the availability of public library items for pick-up and browsing in the TMC Library.

Starting January 3, 2012, Harris County Public Library materials will be available for convenient pickup at the TMC Library location (1133 John Freeman Boulevard).  Simply select the materials you want in the library’s catalog at www.hcpl.net, place a request using your library card, select TMC as the pickup location, and the items will be delivered to the TMC Library.  Once your items arrive, you will receive a notification by e-mail or phone and have one week to pick them up.  If you would just like to browse, the library will have a small collection of books for adults, children and teens available on site.  If you don’t currently have a HCPL library card, you can apply for one online or at the HAM-TMC Library.

Please note that parking is not free at this location.  More information is available through the TMC website.

October Events in the Children's Department

Here are a few of the fun events we have planned for October in the Children's Department. 

Family Storytime - Saturdays, October 1 and October 15 at 11:00 am.  This storytime for the whole family meets in the Children's Department and requires no tickets.


Bilingual Chinese/English Storytime - Monday, October 3 at 10:15 am.  This brand-new program will feature stories and songs in Chinese and English.  Tickets will be given out at 10:00 am when we open.  This program is recommended for children aged 2 and older.


Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration - Join us on Thursday, October 6 at 4:30 for crafts, music, and food from Hispanic countries.  Tickets will be given out at 4:00 pm.

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