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Children's Department Receives Grant!

Congratulations to the Children's Department for receiving a community donation from the H-E-B Tournament of Champions Charitable Trust.  Last Fall, the Friends of the Tomball Community Library applied for and received this grant which will be used to strengthen the library's ongoing early literacy initiatve programming held during the school year.  In addition to books for the collection, the grant will be used to further support Choo Choo Club, the weekly early literacy program started 9 years ago as well as other similar programs.  The Children's Department is honored to be selected as one of the community recipients this year and to have their hard work recognized.  *the H-E-B Tournament of Champions is an annual golf tournament, now in it's 34th year, that raises money to support organizations and programs that positively impact youth in Texas.

Weekly Story Times and Choosing the Right One for Your Child!

Story Times at the Library are fun, engaging and most importantly, carefully planned and geared for specific age groups.  With that in mind, we offer story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.  To assist you in choosing the right story time,  please see the below guidelines for ages, times and what to expect at each one:  

  • Baby Bookworms - Mondays @ 9:30 am  (recommended for newborn - walker in training).  This first story time experience is for you and your baby to enjoy songs that include rocking, tummy-time, bouncing, tickling and scarf-time.  
  • Read and Play - Mondays @ 10:30 am (recommend for walkers - 18 months).  This story time will include more complex motor-skills and activities related to standing and walking.  It will be accompanied by bubble-time (where the children can chase the bubbles and pop them) as well as singing songs while shaking a small parachute. 
  • Toddler Time - Tuesdays @ 10:30 and Wednesdays @ 9:30 (18 months - 3 years).  This story time will include at least 2 stories, fingerplays, songs, fine motor activities, parachute play, an occasional craft and play time with other children.
  • Preschool Story Time - Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30 am (ages 3 - 5 years).  This story time is themed and geared for the child who is preschool or kindergarten bound.  The expectation is that children in attendance are able to quietly sit and listen to 3 books and participate in songs, fingerplays and other activities led by the librarian with little to no assistance from their parent or caregiver. Parachute play and an age appropriate craft is included each week.

With these guidelines in mind, please choose the story time that is right for the age and stage of your child so that they are able to have the best overall experience.  If in doubt, please ask a librarian for assistance!

*all Toddler Times and Preschool Story Times require tickets to attend.  They are FREE and available 30 minutes prior to the start time at the Children's Reference Desk.

Book Buddies Program Returns!

Do you have a child in Kindergarten – 3rd grades who you want to develop a love of reading? Do you have a teenager in 7th – 12th grades who needs service hours and wants to share their love of reading? Then stop by the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and fill out an application for our Book Buddies program!

Harris County Public Library's Book Buddies program pairs trained teen volunteers (Big Buddies) with children (Little Buddies). For 10 weeks, the Buddies meet once a week for 45 minutes of shared reading.

This next session will run from February 11th through April 22, 2019 at the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library. Book Buddies will meet once a week on Mondays from 5:00 to 5:45 PM.

Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk of the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library and are due by February 2nd. For more information, contact Kimberly Clutter at Kimberly.clutter@hcpl.net.

New Year + New Programs = More Fun!

Happy New Year!  Change always happens in the New Year and the Library is no exception.  Starting this month, the Children’s Department will be adding new programs for kids of all ages!  Every 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm, “Discover:___” will be offered for kids ages 4 – 7.  Just as the name implies, kids will be discovering “something” new each month.  On January 23rd, they’ll have fun learning and discovering the process of creating Winter themed art.  Every 4th Thursday of the month at 5pm, we’ll be offering a program called Nature Explorers!  Kids ages 7 – 12 will experiment, observe and explore the wonders of the natural world!  On January 25th, they'll have fun learning about what happens to wildlife in Winter! Learn more about these [or any of our] programs here!   *registration begins online one week prior to the program date!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the Staff of Tomball Library! 

We are open this week with modified hours and closures:

  • Tuesday - Thursday (12/18 - 12/20) 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday (12/21)  8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Tuesday (12/22 - 12/25)  CLOSED
  • Wednesday and Thursday (12/26 - 12/27) 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday (12/28) 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday - Tuesday (12/29 - 1/1) CLOSED
  • Wednesday (1/2) 8 am - 8 pm

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019!

 

Annual Holiday Open House!

Mark your calendar for the Library’s annual Holiday Open House

  • When:  Saturday, December 15th from 11 am – 1 pm. 
  • Where:  The Community Engagement Area of the Library. 
  • What to expect:  Fun, fun and more fun with family friendly activities, including:  crafts, games, snacks and a visit from Santa and pictures. 

At 2 pm, the Children’s Dept. will have Saturday stories for children of all ages!  

We hope you can join us!

HCPL Curiosity Cruiser Coming to the Tomball Library!

HCPL's very own book mobile, the Curiosity Cruiser, will be "cruising" up to the Tomball Library on Saturday, November 10th from 1-3pm!  Visit with the Cruiser in the front of the Library and then come inside our Community Engagement Area and have fun doing crafts and other activities.  At 2 pm, we'll have Saturday Stories, and children in attendance will get to choose a *FREE book to take home!!  *free book while supplies last.

Star Wars Reads Day this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 27th, join us from 1 - 3:30 pm in the Community Engagement Area of the Library and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day!  Come dressed as your favorite character (if you want) and enjoy crafts, photo booth fun, snacks, trivia, and enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win cool Star Wars stuff!  At 2pm, we will have Saturday Stories which will [of course] include a Star Wars book!  All ages welcome!  

Sensory Story Time in the Children's Area!

Sensory Story Time is a now being offered in the Children’s Department!  Designed to engage the five senses and promote an inclusive environment for children with stories, movement, activities and sensory/therapeutic play.  The program will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at 1:30 pm (and every 3rd Tuesday after) and is limited to 10 participating children (ages 3-6) and their parents.  Online registration is required and begins one week in advance.  For more information, please call the Library at 832-559-4235.

After-School Programming in the Children's Area!

The children's area will resume after-school programming in September.  Along with our weekly story times we will also have the following programs at 5 pm:

  1. Tuesdays
  2. 1st week - Chapter Chats*
  3. 2nd week - Crafternoon*
  4. 3rd week - STEM Studio*
  5. 4th week - R.E.A.D.
  • Thursdays:
  • 3rd week - The Story of America

Sensory Story Time* is a new program that will meet every 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 pm.  Designed to promote an inclusive environment while engaging kids ages 3 - 6  through movement, stories and sensory play.

Choo Choo Club* early literacy program for children ages 3 - 5 will continue to meet every Thursday at 1:30 pm.  Work with your child as they create, discover, and become ready readers!

*these programs require online registration which begins 1 week prior to the program date. Click on the specific program you would like to register for and fill in the required information.  Please access our online calendar for specific information about each program. 

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