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Award Winning Children's Books!

Each year, the American Library Association recognizes outstanding contributions to children’s literature with the awarding of Newbery and Caldecott medals
The Newbery Award, named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year, the honor went to Kate DiCamillo for “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.  This is the story of a young comic book enthusiast and cynic named Flora, and a superhero squirrel named Ulysses who helps Flora against her greatest enemy.
The Caldecott Medal, named for 19th Century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year, the honor went to Brian Floca for “Locomotive”.  Mr. Floca, is also the author of this book. The story follows a family and crew traveling together on America’s new transcontinental railroad in the Summer of 1869.  The next time you are visiting the children’s area, we hope you are able to check out and enjoy these beautiful books!

1001 Books Before Kindergarten!

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.
This new early literacy program is designed to help ready your child for Kindergarten. It sounds like a lot of books, but if you read only three books a day, you will be done in just about a year!
Come to the Children’s Reference desk and get a pre-printed book log (each log is for 100 books)
Color in one star for each book your child listens to. (story time books count!)
When you complete a log, bring it to the Children’s Reference desk to have it stamped and dated.
Continue on with each book log until your child has completed the program!
Book logs can also be downloaded from home at www.hcpl.net

Call 832-559-4235 for more information.  Happy Reading!

*There is no registration or online book logging.

Little Amigos Story Time!

Starting this Tuesday, February 4th at 9:30 am, the Children's Area is excited to present this new weekly story time for children ages 3 - 5.  Presented in  English, this program will give children exposure to the Spanish language by teaching one word in Spanish each week!  Call 832-559-4235 for more information!

Art Explorers Around the World!

 This month, we travel to the United States to learn about architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright.  This FREE program is for children ages 8 – 12 and will meet on Monday, January 13th at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, January 14th at 4:30 pm.  Children will design a simple house floor plan as well as a rendering of their plan using shading plates and other “architect” tools!  Each session is limited to 20 children!  Call 832-559-4235  to reserve your spot!

Happy Holidays from the Children's Department!

  

The following story times will be offered during the next few weeks.  Monday, December 23rd, Baby Bookworms at 9:30 am and Wibbley Wobblers at 10:30 am.  Thursday, December 26th, Preschool story time at 10:30 am. Tuesday, December 31st, Toddler Time at 10:30 am. Normal Library hours and Children's programming will resume on January 2nd.

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year from your Children’s Staff members:  Lynn, Christie, Cheryl, Ann and Laura! 

Celebrate the Holidays!

This Saturday, December 14th from 2 – 4 pm come to the 1st floor of the Library and get in the holiday spirit with music, cookies, a craft in the Children’s Area and a visit from Santa!  Enjoy fun for the whole family brought to you by the Friends of the Tomball Library! Happy Holidays!

Hey, Art Explorers!

 Our artistic trek around the world continues as we visit Holland!  Children ages 8 - 12 will have fun learning all about this beautiful area of the Netherlands, the artist Vincent Van Gogh and create their own painting!  Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot for Monday, December 9th at 1:00 pm or Tuesday, December 10th at 4:30 pm.  Each session is limited to 20 children and all supplies are provided!   

November is Picture Book Month!

   Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates printed picture books during the month of November. Each day during the month, access the official website and enjoy a new post from a  champion author explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. And, the next time you are in the Children’s area, stop and take a look at the fabulous display behind the reference desk!  You will find picture books from the featured authors as well as the favorites selected by the children’s staff - all available for you to check out and enjoy with your children!  Join the celebration and party with a picture book!  November is Picture Book Month!
Read * Share * Celebrate!

Art Explorers "travels" to France!

 Bonjour!  Come to the Children's Area on Monday, November 11th at 1:00 pm or Tuesday, November 12th at 4:30 pm as we travel to the Country of France!  Learn about the artist Matisse and create a unique picture using his technique known as "painting with scissors"!  This program is FREE and for children ages 8 - 12.  Each session is limited to 20 children.  Call 832-559-4235 to reserve your spot! 

Halloween Stories and Craft for Kids!

 No tricks, just treats this Tuesday, October 29th at 4:30 - 5:30 pm in the Children's Activity Room! Children ages 5 - 8 are invited to enjoy [not so scary] Halloween stories and make a craft!  This program is limited to 15 children, so call today at 832-559-4235 to hold your space!

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