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Fun Programs for School Age Kids Every Tuesday at 5pm

Flyer for afterschool programsJoin us every Tuesday at 5pm for a fun activity for school age children. Most programs are for kids ages 5-12, with the occasional program geared for 8-12 year olds. Activities include arts and crafts, STEM activities, holiday fun, guest presenters, games and more! To attend these programs, pick up a free ticket 15 minutes prior to the program at the Children's Information Desk. 

Upcoming Programs:

- Tuesday, January 29th- Doodle Daze (Ages 8-12)

- Tuesday, February 5th- Cursive Writing for Kids (ages 5-12)

- Tuesday, February 12th- Paper Circuit Valentines (ages 8-12) (made possible through a granted funded by North Harris County AAUW Fellowship Fund)

- Tuesday, February 19th- Mersenne Primes Robotics Team (Ages 5-12)

New Year, New Programs

Happy New Year! Check out these exciting new children's programs starting next week. We hope to see you there!

Flyer for new programs

The Children's Department is Seeking Teen Volunteers!

Teen volunteer helping students with Lego projectThe children’s department is seeking teen volunteers for the Spring semester. We currently have two types of volunteering opportunities open:

- Teens between the ages of 15 and 18 can be a regular children’s department volunteer. He or she will work a 2-hour time slot once a week. Tasks include craft preparation, help with events, shelving books and more.
- Book Buddies: Book Buddies is an early literacy program that pairs a student between the ages of 12-17 with a little buddy (K-3rd grader) for 45 minutes of shared reading weekly on Monday afternoons at 4:45pm. Applications to be a Big Buddy are due on Jan. 14th and interested teens will need to attend a training on Jan. 14th as well.

Storytime Break Dec. 17th- Jan. 4th

Flyer for storytime breakThe Children's Department will be taking a break around the holidays while we prepare for a fun-filled spring and summer. We will be on a storytime break from Dec. 17th-Jan. 4th. Storytimes will resume on Jan. 7th. Happy Holidays!

Fascination Station Preview on Tuesday, Dec. 4th

Picture of Cosmo, a small robotWe were recently awarded a generous grant through the North Harris County chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) to create the Fascination Station, a mobile STEM and maker cart. We will be unveiling the Fascination Station to the public for the first time on Dec. 4th at 4:45 pm. We have a robots (like Cozmo, pictured), building toys and more! This program is for children ages 5-12. A free ticket is required and can be picked up at the children's reference desk 15 minutes before the program. 



Fascination Station Preview*

Tuesday, Dec. 4th

4:45pm-5:45pm in the Robin Bush Room

Ages 5-12

*Free ticket required

Meet the U.S. Army Troops

Flyer for Meet the TroopsOn Tuesday, Nov. 6th from 4:30-6:00pm, join us for free family outdoor activities and inflatable games provided by the US Army. All ages welcome. No tickets needed. This event will be held outside in the library parking lot.

If you have any questions, please call us at 832-927-7800.

Take a Trip Back to 1968 This Saturday, Oct. 6th!

This Saturday, the Barbara Bush Branch Library will host a special event, Living History: 1968 with our partners from the Tomball Community Library. It's been 50 years since 1968, which was a year jam packed with major historical events, important pop culture developments and space exploration. Join us to learn all about this pivotal year in our history.

The exhibit will be open this Saturday, Oct. 6th from 10:30am-2:30pm. 

Ultimate Rock, Paper, Scissors!

Trio playing rock paper scissors Can you and your team make it across the line first in this epic game of rock, paper, scissors? This program is for children ages 5-12. To participate, please pick up a free ticket at the children's information desk 15 minutes prior to the program. Children must be present to receive a ticket.

Tuesday, October 2nd

4:45 pm in the Robin Bush Room


Flickr CC: 2009 Yahoo Rock Paper Scissors World Championships: wizardhat

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!

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