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KinderMorgan Foundation grant for Juvenile Overdrive

KinderMorgan Foundation granted FOLK – Friends of the Library-Kingwood $5,000.00 to purchase downloadable digital media children’s books, targeting the pre-school/kindergarten through fifth grade ages.  These included eBooks and eAudio materials.  A few of the titles in eBook format include Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  Newly added eAudio titles include

Flag Retirement Ceremony

A Flag retirement ceremony was held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 to properly remove the Texas and US flags that flew over the Kingwood Branch Library.   Tim Rowe, Senior Patrol Leader, and Cody Borgfield, LC Patrol, of Scout Troop 1377 lowered the flags and will take the proper steps to dispose of them in the proscribed manner.  Over the last year these flags have proudly flown, but as their condition now was not what we wish to see flying they have been retired in a proper ceremony.

Plans are under way to replace these flags with Texas and US Flags that have flown over their respective capitols.  State Representative Dan Huberty and US Congressman Ted Poe will present these flags to the Kingwood Library in a ceremony later this summer.  We will let you all know details as we learn of them and we thank our State and US Representatives for their generosity in obtaining these flags for the community. 

A Gift from the Kingwood Garden Club

A big thank you to the Kingwood Garden Club for the outdoor trash receptacle as the President’s gift through Sandy Sexton, the immediate past president!   There should be no excuses now for any littering along the walkways to the library.  The beautiful planter to the right of the library entrance and visible from the meeting room was also a gift from them.

Kingwood Area Republican Women Promote Literacy

The Kingwood Area Republican Women and the Kingwood Branch Library have a joint mission. KARW is intensely interested in literacy and many of their projects each year promote literacy for all ages. It follows naturally that the library is the recipient for their generous donation of books.

Each year there is a theme for their literacy project and 2010 focuses on the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. With this in mind KARW donated 12 books on these subjects to the library on August 27. The community benefits each year through this wonderful project and we thank them for their generosity.

Kingwood Branch ReaderNation Winner Announced!

Andrea Morehead is the Kingwood Branch winner for the 2010 Adult Summer Reading Program, ReaderNation, of the $50.00 gift certificate given by Harris County Friends Council. This is the second year she has entered the ASRP, as we call it.

She said she was taught to read at a very young age and has enjoyed it ever since. “Every book is a new adventure. Reading to me is like a movie playing in my mind. Each character has their own voice, personality and style,” she says. Andrea looks on reading as a great escape from reality, into another world. Sort of like taking a break from the reality from our lives and seeing into others.

With winning the prize, it looks like Andrea will be able to take flight into several new worlds. Congratulations! We can be sure she will enter again next year.

FOLK Back-to-School Book Sale!

Mark your calendars! FOLK’s Back-to-School Sale will be held the week of August 16-21. All books will be 50% off with the exception of $ .50, $3, and $5 tagged books. FOLK members will receive an extra 10% off.   This sale is meant to give families, students and teachers the books they need for the upcoming school year at bargain prices.

Book donations are accepted in the FOLK Used Bookstore during library business hours. Best-selling books are cookbooks; most requested books are travel. In addition to the need for cookbooks and travel books, FOLK needs children’s, young adult, classic/literature and teacher material books to enhance the Back-to-School Sale.

Once Upon A Time: MFAH exhibit at the Kingwood Library

Once Upon a Time: Telling Stories Through Clay is a special traveling exhibit created by MFAH that will be at the Kingwood Branch Library through August 29th.   These works are from the Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection of contemporary ceramics at the MFAH.  

Included in the works are teapots and a serving platter that celebrates the artist’s connection to “Love Shack” the song from the 1980s by the B-52s. There are bookmarks that contain information about how to get a free pass to the museum. We’ve added a display of books about this interesting art form; budding artists should be sure to take a look.

Wanted: Legos®!

 When cleaning out those closets and toy chests, please consider the Kingwood Branch Library as a place to donate gently used Legos®. We would like to help spark the inner creativity of our teens in their new area at the library – The Hideout. Each week, we set out Legos® on tables to give the teens something fun and creative to do and help them unwind after a long day.

New Faces at Kingwood!

You may have noticed new staff that you don't recognize.  The library opened at the absolutely worst time due to the budget constraints that hit Harris County, but we have been gifted by several other Harris County branches who are sharing their staff with us.  Each department has what we call "permanent loaners" or staff who come from other branches to help us. 

Do You Want to Pick Up Your Holds at Kingwood Again?

While the Kingwood Branch was closed during the move to the new building the Kingwood location was not available as a pick-up location. We are now open for business; if you want to pick up items at Kingwood Branch that you previously selected for pick up at Atascocita Branch then please give us a call at 281-360-6804 and ask that we change your pick up location.   Please have your library card and PIN handy. It is an easy change for us to make. We look forward to seeing you!
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