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Our First Escape Room for Kids

Kudos to these kids for breaking out of the escape room! This was our first time doing an escape room for the upper elementary age group and it was a lot of fun! This escape room was based on The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Our players had fun combing through the "debris" of a shipwreck to find the clues they needed. It was down to the wire, but we had a blast seeing everyone work together to solve these tricky puzzles. Great job everyone! 

The Children's Department is Back from Our Break!

Flyer with information about new programsWe are back from our end of summer break and ready to roll for fall! We have weekly storytimes for all age groups and fun afterschool activities on Tuesdays. Be sure to check our online events calendar, as some program times may have changed and new programs have been added. We hope to see you soon!

Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter

20 years ago, on September 1st, 1998, Harry Potter first came into our lives. To celebrate this occasion, the Barbara Bush Branch staff wore Harry Potter t-shirts and costumes. Come by to check out our Harry Potter read-a-like display. You can also check out the ebook of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone right now on Overdrive with no holds and no waiting through Sept. 7th.

What are some of your Harry Potter memories?

Meet the Staff: PJ

Meet the Staff: PJ

PJ is a Children's Services Librarian at the Barbara Bush Branch. She has worked here for about two years. PJ enjoys going to concerts, sporting events and trying different world cuisine. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite food is tacos. If she were sorted at Hogwarts, she would be in Ravenclaw. She enjoys reading historical nonfiction and one of her favorite books is The Little Prince. PJ has a bichpoo named Loki, after the Norse trickster god.

PJ's favorite quote: " At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can" - Frida Kahlo

Meet the Therapy Dogs

Picture of Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs groupJoin us for a chance to meet the Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs next Wednesday, August 22nd! These dogs are the stars of our literacy program, Wags and Tales. You'll learn more about the program, learn about what therapy dogs do, and of course you'll get to say hello to our furry friends.

Meet the Therapy Dogs
Wed., August 22nd
Earl Elliott Room

Happy International Cat Day!

cat reading To celebrate International Cat Day check out this summer reading list of cat approved books from Buzzfeed. What is your favorite cat book?

Pixabay CC: Cat Cute Kitten Book: fbnicod

Storytime Break Aug. 13th to Sept. 3rd

Storytime Break FlyerSummer is winding down. Don't forget to register for the summer reading program and log your books by August 4th!. The children's department will be taking a brief storytime break from August 13th to September 3rd in order to plan the fall programs. Regular storytimes will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4th. Thanks for a great summer!


Photo of Truck-A-Palooza eventWe had a blast at Truck-A-Palooza yesterday! Thank you to everyone who braved the heat to check out these cool vehicles.

A special thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Fun Bus - Northwest Houston, Chick-fil-A 1960 & Cutten,  Klein ISD Police Department, and Harris County Public Library Curiosity Cruiser. We have an awesome community!

Meet the Staff: Jennifer

picture of staff memberJennifer is a Library Technician at the Barbara Bush Branch. She has been at our branch for 14 years, but she has been with HCPL for 17 years total. Her hobbies include cooking, sleeping, hanging out with her daughter, listening to The Weekend and watching the Texans. Her favorite color is black, she loves Halloween and her favorite foods are curry chicken and anything chocolate. Jennifer's favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jennifer has a three year old daughter, which is her whole world.

Jennifer's favorite quote, from the TV show Friends:
Rachel: A "moo" point?
Joey: Yeah. It's like a cow's opinion. It just doesn't matter. It's moo.

Meet the Staff: Katelyn

Picture of staff memberKatelyn is an Adult Services librarian and has been working at the Barbara Bush Branch library for about a year. Her hobbies include following the Astros (go 'Stros!), going to farmers markets and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite color is kelly green and her favorite food is Nutella on french bread. If Katelyn had attended Hogwarts she would have been a Hufflepuff/Huffle-claw. Her favorite book is Feed by M.T. Anderson and she enjoys reading speculative fiction or "literary" sci-fi.

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