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Teen Volunteers Needed!

We're looking for a few good TEEN VOLUNTEERS to join our team for the upcoming school year! MUST be between 14-18 years old and MUST be able to commit to a 2 hour shift for 10 weeks. Training provided! Know someone who might be interested? Come by the Tomball Library Children's Department and pick up an application, or call us at 832-559-4235 for more information. Ask for Cathy Tralmer-Teen Volunteer Coordinator.

(photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Final Week to Register for the Summer Reading Program!

You can still register for this year's Summer Reading Program "A Universe of Stories" and earn cool prizes!  Sign up, log your books, minutes and activities, come to the Library and get your prizes. *August 3rd is the last day to register and August 10th is the last day to collect prizes. Thanks for participating!    

New Flooring to be Installed in the Children's Area!

Please pardon our dust! Starting Friday, July 19, the Children's Area will be closed while the flooring is replaced. During this process, Children's Services will temporarily take place in the Community Engagement Area at the front of the library. There will be Children's computers, a partial Children's collection available for browsing and checkout, crafts and activities, and a desk staffed by one of your friendly Children's librarians! And most importantly, all Children's programs will continue as scheduled.
If you visit the library this week, you may see us getting the Children's Area ready to move and close on Friday. But we are still ready and willing to answer all your library questions!
We apologize for any inconvenience this renovation might cause and appreciate your understanding.

Super Tom Con - Saturday, July 13th!

Saturday, July 13th from 12-3pm, you don't want to miss Super TOM CON!  The entire 1st floor of the Library will be set up with fun activities for all agesJoin us for what promises to be an awesome day!  Here's the lowdown:

  • *Costume contest for all ages - simply register when you get here, have your photo taken and later in the day, winners will be announced/posted at 2:30pm
  • *Table top gaming
  • *Interactive trivia
  • *Maker space demo (3D printer)
  • *Green screen photo booth fun
  • *Craft tables
  • *Stranger Things themed room
  • *80's movie screening
  • *Butz Food Truck will be on site in the front of the Library with lunch items for purchase.
  • *Swag bag, giveaways and more!

This event is FREE and will be awesome!  Sure hope you can join us!

Summer Reading Program Registration Continues!

Haven't registered for the Summer Reading Program yet?  It's not too late!  The program runs until August 3rd and registration is ongoing.  There is plenty of time to log your books, minutes and activities to earn cool prizes and other incentives.  We have programs, prizes and fun for all ages:  babies, kids, teens and adults.  Click here to get started!    

Program Registrations are Online!

Did you know that you don't have to call the Library to register for any of our amazing programs?  All registrations are now online!  Here's the lowdown:

Go to our Tomball Library Events Calendar:   

  1. Find the program you want to register for
  2. Click on that program
  3. Fill in the form

Summer Reading Kickoff Event this Saturday, June 1st!

  10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - Blast off into a Universe of Stories at the Harris County Precinct 4 and Harris County Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff Event this Saturday, June 1st at Burroughs Park!  The fun begins at 10 am and continues until 2 pm.  All ages are invited to this FREE and fun event! 

Save the Date - Summer Reading is Coming!

          A Universe of Stories, this year's Summer Reading Program starts June 3rd!  Everyone at the Library has been very busy the past few months planning shows, activities, programs and special events for Kids, Teens and Adults. Stayed tuned for more info on all 3 program levels, but, for now, here's a sneak peek of just a few of the shows and programs we'll be offering in the Children's Area:

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.

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