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Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

   The National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The Library will be celebrating this event on Thursday, March 3rd at 1:30 pm during the Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program in the Children’s Area.  Space is limited to 15 children (and their parents), so, please call for availability at 832-559-4235.  Remember, “you’re never too old, too wacky or wild, to pick up a book and read to a child”!

African American History Month Craft!

    Celebrate African American History Month by learning about the Quilts of Gee's Bend and design and sew a simple patchwork quilt on Thursday, February 18th at 4:30 pm in the Children's Activity Room!  This program is limited to 10 children (ages 8-12).  *All supplies are provided for the sewing craft! Call 832-559-4235 to register.

and the Awards go to...

  The Golden Globes weren’t the only awards given out recently!  The Newberry Medal, Caldecott Medal and other youth media awards were announced last week by the American Library Association and the list is quite impressive!
John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
"Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

There were 3 Newberry Honor Books also named: “The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley “Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and “Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
"Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear," illustrated by Sophie Blackall and written by Lindsay Mattick. 

4 Caldecott Honor Books were named: “Trombone Short,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Troy Andrews, “Waiting,” illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes,  “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes and written by Carole Boston Weatherford  and “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de le Peña.
Congratulations to the winners of these wonderful books!  For the complete list of winners in all the categories honored please visit the ALA website!

It's a New Year! Try a New Children's Program!

   

 Happy New Year!  Resolve to bring your kids to one or more of our fabulous weekly programs! 

  • Mondays
  • *KidLit Book Club - 1st and 3rd weeks at 1:30 pm - grades 3rd - 5th
  • *Art Explorers -  2nd week at 1:30 pm - ages 8  12
  • Tuesdays
  • *Legos Simple Machine Workshops (January and February) - 1st and 3rd weeks at 4:30 pm - grades K - 4th
  • *Art Explorers - 2nd week at 4:30 pm - ages 8 - 12
  • *R.E.A.D. Program  (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) every 4th week at 4:30 pm - ages 4 - 12
  • Thursdays
  • *Choo Choo Club Early Literacy Program - every week at 1:30 pm - ages 3 - 5
  • *Craft Time - every 4th week at 4:30 pm - ages 6 - 12
  • Saturdays
  • *Pokémon League - every week at 1:30 pm - all ages!

Access our events Calendar for program descriptions and Children's story times as well as Library programs for teens, tweens and adults!

See you at the Library!

Happy Holidays!

 Happy Holidays from your Children’s Services Staff:  Cheryl, Christie, Cate, Ann, Paige, Lynn and Bubbles!  Join us for our weekly story times and programs through Wednesday, December 23rd!  The library will be closed 12/24 – 12/27 and will reopen Monday, December 28th at 8:00 am! 

Holiday Fun at the Library!

 Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and join us tomorrow (Saturday, December 12th) from 10 – 2 for some Holiday activities!  Our wonderful Friends of the Tomball Library will be having a book sale!  This is a great opportunity for you to find a wonderful book (or 2) for the reader on your Holiday list!  We’ll be serving  light refreshments, have  paper snowflakes for you to add your holiday wishes to and last but not least, Santa will be making an appearance from 12 – 2Bring the whole family and get into the holiday spirit Library style!

Art Explorers and Walt Disney!

   Learn about the amazing Walt Disney and create an animation cel at Art Explorers!  This FREE program will meet on Monday, December 14th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, December 8th at 4:30 pm.  This program is for children ages 8 - 12 and is limited to 20 children for each session.  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Art Explorers!

  Learn about Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and create a grid painting!  This program meets in the Children’s Area on Monday, November 9th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, November 10th at 4:30 pm!  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8 – 12).  Call 832-559-4235 to hold your spot!

Texas Bluebonnet Books Announced!

At the Texas Book Festival in Austin this past weekend, the 2016-2017 master list of Bluebonnet Award Books was announced.  Chosen by a selection committee, the list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles, taking into account student interests, relevant content, reviews and literacy quality.  HCPL owns numerous copies of every book on the list and will be adding more copies in the next few months.  The Children's Department has a Bluebonnet Book Club for children in grades 3-5 that meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 1:30 pm from September through January.  In January, all club members and other homeschool children (who have listened to or read at least 5 of the titles) cast ballots for their favorite book.  Their votes along with other participating groups are tabulated and the Author is given the Bluebonnet Award at the Texas Library Association's annual meeting held in April - quite an honor as you can imagine!  Next time you are in the library, check out one of these fabulous books for your child to enjoy!  **public school children vote at their school library. 

Art Explorers!

  If you love learning about artists and want to have fun creating art projects, we have a fabulous Children's program called Art Explorers!  This FREE program is for children ages 8 - 12 and meets on the 2nd Monday and Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm (respectively).  Learn about a different artist and their art form via  ppt. presentation and create an art project with instruction on proper technique.  This month, we will be meeting on Monday, October 12th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, October 13th at 4:30 pm and learning about sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux . Call 832-559-4235 to register!  *each session is limited to 20 children and all supplies are provided!

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